Quinnipiac to launch new online master's program in instructional design

Ruth Schwartz
Ruth Schwartz

April 9, 2014 - The School of Education will introduce a new master of science in instructional design program in Fall 2014. 

"The instructional design approach teaches us to apply what we know about how people learn to the design of effective resources for education," said Ruth Schwartz, assistant professor of education and director of the graduate program in instructional design. "Today there is a growing emphasis on the design and development of digital materials for learning - for example, websites, online courses, educational games and apps. Using the instructional design approach can help insure that these materials don't just look attractive, but do a good job to support learning."

The 30-credit program, which has been approved by the state of Connecticut, will be offered exclusively online and will feature five core courses, a capstone experience and three electives. The curriculum will focus on three key areas: theoretical foundations of education; principles of design for education; and production, implementation and evaluation of digital resources. 

A range of elective courses allows students to focus on their own interests and goals, such as teaching with technology in the K-12 classroom, designing digital media for museums or afterschool programs, or producing instructional materials for higher education and corporate environments.

"A master's program in instructional design gives the students a chance to examine and reflect on theories of learning and teaching, the many different variables that affect learning, and how different approaches to design can affect educational efficacy," said Schwartz. "Our coursework is designed to help students build a base of knowledge in learning and design theory and apply this theoretical knowledge in a very practical way to the hands-on design of materials using a range of technologies."

The program will initially launch as a part-time offering for the upcoming Fall semester with a full-time option anticipated for Fall 2015. 

"The School of Education is committed to preparing graduates to thrive in the ever-changing 21st century workplace, and the new master's program in instructional design is no exception," said Kevin Basmadjian, dean of the School of Education. "With the technological advances we have experienced and will continue to witness over the coming decade, instructional designers will be in high demand across all corporate, non-profit and educational organizations. Graduates of the program will be exceptionally prepared for positions in all of these fields."

Quinnipiac also offers six other online graduate programs: master of business administration, master of science in business analytics, master of science in organizational leadership, master of science in information technology, master of science in interactive media and a master of science in teacher leadership. The University also offers online bachelor's degree programs in health science studies and nursing.

Founded in 2001, Quinnipiac University Online has been recognized for exceptional online program delivery by organizations such as the Princeton Review, US News & World Report and Quality Matters.