This Instructional Design and Technology master’s degree program will teach you to build quality education courses and training experiences.

You’ll learn to apply theory, research, creativity, and problem-solving skills to a variety of technology applications in order to improve learning. You will also develop the skills to assess, create, and manage training materials. The combination of these skills will help you to support technology supported training in educational institutions and corporate training classrooms. Through your coursework, you will gain the experience needed to efficiently and effectively use technology and multimedia tools.

A Relevant Instructional Design and Technology Degree

When you choose to earn your degree from Walden, you’re gaining instructional design and technology training from a leading online university that uses the tools of technology to develop cutting-edge curricula. You’ll benefit from Walden’s own experience in online content development and instructional delivery. Plus, you’ll gain firsthand knowledge of a learning management system and how it is used to provide engaging and content-rich instruction.

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  • “This program blends creativity and conceptual knowledge about how people learn with applicable real-world experience. Students gain the skills to evaluate, create, and manage technology-based learning experiences. Plus, at Walden, they are learning from an experienced leader in online content development and instructional delivery.”

    Steve Canipe, Ed.D.
    Program Director The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

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General Program

This specialization offers a core of education, instructional design, research, project management, and evaluation courses designed to give you a well-rounded education with direct application in the workplace. With a heavy emphasis on leadership, problem-solving skills, and hands-on design experience, this specialization provides a solid foundation for career success.

Embedded in the specialization is a certificate in Instructional Design that you will automatically earn after completing the fifth course. Earning this certificate demonstrates to potential employers the skills you have already gained and to your current employer just how far you have already progressed. Upon graduation, you can also earn an additional certificate in either or both Training and Performance Improvement or Online Learning.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. credits)
    • Capstone (3 sem. credits)
  • ePortfolio 

Estimated time to completion is 20 months. 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.

Core Courses

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.

Online Learning

Although distance learning is not a new concept, using the Internet for delivering course content is growing. Higher education institutions, K–12 schools and corporate training all are discovering the value of online learning. With the Online Learning specialization, you will learn from a pioneer and experienced leader in online content development and instructional delivery. You’ll learn to produce and deliver courses or training modules using online 21st century delivery methods. You will gain effective strategies for engaging and teaching distance learners and the ability to assess student-learning outcomes in online environments.

In this specialization, you will:

  • Learn effective methods for managing and delivering online instruction.
  • Apply up-to-date instructional strategies in combination with multimedia technologies and strategic course management tools.
  • Develop and implement assessment strategies in online education and training environments.
  • Review and analyze research and practical strategies for assessing student learning.

Embedded in this specialization is a certificate in Instructional Design that you earn after completing the fifth course. Earning this certificate demonstrates to potential employers the skills you have already gained and to your current employer just how far you have already progressed. Upon graduation, you can also earn an additional certificate in Training and Performance Improvement.

Completion Requirements

  • 36 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. credits)
    • Specialization courses (6 sem. credits)
    • Capstone (3 sem. credits)
  • ePortfolio 

Estimated time to completion is 24 months. 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.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

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.

Training and Performance Improvement

Become a powerful force in helping your organization thrive. This specialization focuses on managing and delivering training programs and on improving workplace performance through quality instruction.

In this specialization, you will:

  • Learn essential skills for managing and delivering training systems and modules.
  • Explore technologies that support a variety of training in both traditional classroom and virtual environments.
  • Learn methods and techniques for identifying performance gaps, conducting needs assessments, and identifying solutions and evaluating their effectiveness.
  • Implement design changes to instructional materials and support systems based on your analysis.

Embedded in this specialization is a certificate in Instructional Design that you earn after completing the fifth course. Earning this certificate demonstrates to potential employers the skills you have already gained and to your current employer just how far you have already progressed. Upon graduation, you can also earn an additional certificate in Online Learning.

Completion Requirements

  • 36 total semester credits
    • Core courses (27 sem. credits)
    • Specialization courses (6 sem. credits)
    • Capstone (3 sem. credits)
  • ePortfolio 

Estimated time to completion is 24 months. 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.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

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
Courses 30 to 36 total semester credit hours $560 per semester credit hour (includes course textbooks and materials)
Technology Fee per semester $160

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Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Technology is rapidly changing the way people learn throughout higher education, businesses and government agencies. With the advancement of emerging technologies, the dynamics of how people learn, both onsite and online, is much more accessible and interactive. The web, social networking applications, on-line applications and mobile learning are redefining the way we communicate information.  

Realizing this, organizations are focused on hiring and developing talented and knowledgeable personnel to help reshape the way information is created, integrated and delivered. Instructional Designers are becoming a very important part of the curriculum development process. Those who can analyze learning or training needs and design technology-supported instructional materials have seen double-digit career growth within the last four years.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released data in April 2008 that indicate strong, continued growth for this field. Technology enhanced earning trends will continue to open doors to job opportunities in explosive growth areas as online learning in P–12 and higher education.

Earning an M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology degree from Walden can prepare you with the knowledge, skills and experience to excel in a number of positions, including:

  • Instructional designer
  • Training developer
  • Online instructor
  • Performance improvement consultant
  • Manager of e-learning delivery
  • Information architect
  • Course editor
  • Desktop publishing, web design, or multimedia specialist
  • Educational technology specialist/consultant

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As a Walden student, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.

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

Educators, Technology and 21st Century Skills: Dispelling Five Myths

New study commissioned by The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

Our commitment to educating educators with high-caliber programs led us to commission Educators, Technology and 21st Century Skills: Dispelling Five Myths, a study that sheds light on the debates and the intersections of technology and 21st century skills from the underexplored vantage point of school-based educators.

The study addresses five myths about technology use in education—particularly by teachers—and educators’ perceptions about the effects of technology use on student learning, behaviors and skills.

The findings, based on a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. K–12 teachers, principals and assistant principals, suggest that teachers have a vital role to play at the intersection of technology and 21st century expertise—modeling their confidence with technology, guiding young minds toward constructive educational purposes, and teaching students the tried and new skills for college and career readiness in a competitive world.

Educators, Technology and 21st Century Skills: Dispelling Five Myths

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Report Summary – Dispelling the Five Myths (PDF)
Full Report – Dispelling the Five Myths (PDF)

Citing the Study

You may cite the study, however we ask that you reference it and link back to it. Please use the following:

Grunwald and Associates. (2010). Educators, technology and 21st century skills: Dispelling five myths. Retrieved from Walden University, Richard W. Riley College of Education website: from www.WaldenU.edu/fivemyths

“Instructional design is a discipline that draws from a number of fields to develop training for adult learners that you can evaluate and assess. You can tell if it works—and you know if and why it works. I’ve been consistently impressed with the rigor of this program.”

Hollis Easter
M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology Student

The M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology provides students with foundational knowledge about how people learn plus the skills they need to be able to design and assess curricula across a variety of instructional settings. The program delivers the perfect balance of leadership, problem-solving skills, academic theory, and hands-on experience students need to excel. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and experience they will need to enter or advance in the instructional design field in the corporate, education, or nonprofit sectors.

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

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Design and implement conditions for learning by applying principles, theories, and research associated with instructional systems design, message design, instructional strategies, and learner characteristics.
  2. Develop instructional materials and experiences by applying principles, theories, and research related to print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies.
  3. Use processes and resources for learning by applying principles, theories, and research related to media utilization, diffusion, implementations, and policy making.
  4. Plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise instructional technology by applying principles, theories, and research related to project, resource, delivery system, and information management
  5. Evaluate the adequacy of instruction and learning by applying principles, theories and research related to problem analysis, criterion references measurement, formative and summative evaluation, and long-range planning.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to facilitate equitable access to instructional materials for all learners.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to apply common technology tools to create innovative learning solutions and materials.

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

For assistance in deciding which online degree specialization 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.