From corporations and universities to government and military agencies, across industries and around the world, continuous training and improvement of personnel is essential for productivity, efficiency, and innovation.

With technology playing an increasingly important role in teaching and learning, many new opportunities are emerging for professionals who hold an instructional design degree.

When you earn your B.S. in Instructional Design and Technology online from Walden, you can discover how to design effective learning experiences and training programs. Whether you’re working in preK–12, higher education, corporate training, or military and government training settings, you can benefit from a program that can prepare you to:

  • Identify your organization’s learning needs and effectively use technology to address those needs.
  • Design courses across disciplines.
  • Apply academic theory and practical experience to design training programs.
  • Gain the skills and knowledge to positively change your world and the world of those around you.

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Walden’s B.S. in Instructional Design and Technology program offers a variety of concentrations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.

Industry Standards

The B.S. in Instructional Design and Technology courses are aligned with the standards of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). These standards are critical indicators of quality in instruction through technology, and their inclusion reflects the integrity of the Walden learning experience as well as its relevancy in professional and educational settings.

You also have the option to pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

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General Program

The General Program can help to prepare you for a rewarding career in instructional design and technology. Through a combination of general education courses, electives, and a core of instructional design courses, you can gain a wealth of competencies, skills, and experience that will help you apply technology in a variety of instructional settings.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (75 cr.)
    • Electives (55 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)
    • ePortfolio

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Electives

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Instructional Design and Technology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 55 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 55 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

Technology Requirements

In addition to Walden’s general technical requirements, this program requires the following:

  • Windows XP/Vista  or Mac OS X

There are also free, downloadable software programs that may be required in order to complete the course and program requirements.

Business and Organizational Change

As organizations grow, it is critical that they have top personnel in place to help them gain and maintain a competitive advantage. By keeping employees trained and guiding them through the change process, these key players become essential to the success of a growing organization. Whether you are an instructional designer, trainer, or curriculum developer or work in human resources, this concentration will teach you how to blend knowledge of instructional design and technology within the business environment.

In this concentration, students will:

  • Understand essential principles and concepts of management theory and practice.
  • Explore practical applications for planning, organizing, and staffing.
  • Apply technology in human resource management.
  • Understand the basic principles of leadership and motivational theory, as well as the importance of communication.
  • Learn effective change-management tools and techniques.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (75 cr.)
    • Concentration Courses (20 cr.)
    • Electives (35 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)
    • ePortfolio

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Electives

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Instructional Design and Technology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 55 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 20 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

Technology Requirements

In addition to Walden’s general technical requirements, this program requires the following:

  • Windows XP/Vista  or Mac OS X

There are also free, downloadable software programs that may be required in order to complete the course and program requirements.

Human Factors and Interface Design

Gain a deeper understanding of user needs and preferences so that you can develop learning applications that are accessible and easy for learners to use.

In this concentration, students will:

  • Learn the various methods available for evaluating, measuring, and improving the way humans and computers interact.
  • Understand the ways in which users prefer to communicate and apply that knowledge when selecting the appropriate computer-mediated tools and approaches.
  • Use prototyping tools to develop interface designs.
  • Examine key structural and functional elements of e-learning systems.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (75 cr.)
    • Concentration Courses (35 cr.)
    • Electives (20 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)
    • ePortfolio

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Click here for Required General Education Courses by Program.

First Term Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Electives

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Instructional Design and Technology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 55 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 20 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

Technology Requirements

In addition to Walden’s general technical requirements, this program requires the following:

  • Windows XP/Vista  or Mac OS X

There are also free, downloadable software programs that may be required in order to complete the course and program requirements.

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 181 total quarter credit hours  $310 per quarter hour $56,110
Technology Fee  Per quarter $120 $1,920
    Total $58,030
    Transfer up to 135 credits  $41,850
    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits $14,740

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

*Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,000.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Instructional Design and Technology–A Career in High Demand

Did you know that the information-communications-technology industry has had double-digit growth just within the last four years? Demand is high for professionals who can analyze training needs and goals and then design and develop technology-supported instructional materials in various organizations. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released data in April 2008 that indicate strong, continued growth for this field. In addition, learning trends, such as the explosive growth of online learning in preK–12 and higher education, will continue to open doors to job opportunities. With a B.S. in Instructional Design and Technology, you can prepare to explore a variety of careers in this fast-growing field, including:*

  • Instructional coordinator/designer
  • Training and development specialist
  • Curriculum designer
  • Course editor
  • Desktop publishing, web design, or multimedia specialist
  • Information architect
  • Manager of e-learning delivery
  • Ed-tech specialist
  • Performance consultant

Your bachelor’s degree from Walden can enhance your ability to find a meaningful career in which you can truly make a difference, and it can open the door to a lifetime of career and earnings growth.

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Increase Your Earnings Potential

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, adults with bachelor’s degrees earned an average of $54,689 in 2005, while those with high school diplomas earned $29,448.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, based on median weekly earnings, individuals who have bachelor’s degrees earn 62% more than those with high school diplomas, 43% more than those with some college, and 33% more than those with associate degrees. 

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Stay Competitive

To remain competitive in the job market of the future, a bachelor’s degree is critical as more and more individuals pursue higher education.

  • In 2003–04, about 69% of high school seniors expected to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher, with 35% of those students expecting to continue on to graduate school. In 1980, only 35% of high school students expected to attain a bachelor’s degree.
  • The number of students enrolling in college immediately after high school increased from 49% in 1972 to 67% in 2004.

(The Condition of Education 2006, U.S. Department of Education)

Reach Your Potential

Give yourself the greatest possible chance for success with a bachelor’s degree from Walden. Take this first step in your career path and prepare yourself for additional study that can lead to a master’s and then a doctoral degree.

To help you be successful in a range of careers, you’ll develop skills in:

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Global awareness/cultural competency
  • Social civic engagement

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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When you choose Walden’s Instructional design program, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s B.S. in Instructional Design and Technology program:

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Design conditions for learning by applying principles of instructional systems design, instructional strategies, and learner characteristics.
  2. Develop instructional materials and experiences using print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies.
  3. Use processes and resources for learning by applying principles and theories of media utilization.
  4. Evaluate the adequacy of instruction and learning by applying principles of problem analysis, criterion-references measurement, and formative and summative evaluation.

For assistance in deciding which concentration fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States