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Explore our MS in Instructional Design and Technology Training and Performance Improvement specialization

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 sixth 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.

Curriculum

Minimum Degree Requirements

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

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits

CORE COURSES

EDUC 6105

Organizations, Innovation, and Change

Understanding the fundamentals of organizational behavior and change management are essential for facilitating innovation in any organization. In this course, education professionals examine the role of instructional designers in managing change within an organization. They evaluate leadership qualities and practices that foster and sustain innovation in various settings, such as corporations, higher education, K–12 education, government, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations. They also explore the resistance to change and barriers to innovation as well as problem-solving techniques that promote competitive advantage.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6115

Learning Theories and Instruction

Effective instructional design begins with an understanding of the learning process. The behaviorist, cognitive, constructivist, and social learning theories and their relationship to instructional practices and course design are also examined. Factors that influence learning, such as learning styles, motivation, and engagement, are also explored.

(3 sem. cr.)
EIDT 6121

Multimedia Design and Development I

In this first of two multimedia courses, students take a systematic approach to the design and development of multimedia for instruction. Specifically, students will explore various applications within the Adobe Creative Cloud. Applying basic principles of visual literacy, students gain practical experience with text, graphics, and web design for the creation of interactive learning experiences.

(3 sem. cr.)
EIDT 6122

Multimedia Design and Development II

In this second of two multimedia courses, students take a systematic approach to the design and development of multimedia for instruction. Specially, students will continue to explore the various applications within the Adobe Creative Cloud, as well as Adobe Captivate. Applying basic principles of visual literacy, students gain practical experience with audio, video, and screen capturing for the creation of interactive learning experiences.

(3 sem. cr.)
EIDT 6100

Instructional Design

In this course, educators learn the foundational principles and elements of the instructional systems development process, from analysis through evaluation. They explore commonly used instructional design models, such as ADDIE, and they learn how to apply them in an education or training environment. They gain an understanding of the preliminary phases of instructional design models, such as writing instructional objectives and conducting analyses. Educators also focus on incorporating sound instructional strategies into the design and development of instructional systems and into the development of prototypes in real-world instructional settings.

(3 sem. cr.)
EIDT 6110

Advanced Instructional Design

This course is designed to extend educators' knowledge and application of the instructional design process. Educators gain a deeper understanding of best practices for implementing and evaluating education and training programs. They engage in a variety of assignments that emphasize the delivery of instruction and the various strategies for assessing student learning both during and after instruction. Educators demonstrate their understanding of course concepts by solving a real-world instructional or performance improvement problem. (Prerequisite(s): Intended to be taken after EIDT 6100.)

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6125

Foundations of Research

An introduction to the principles and processes of research is provided in this course. Education professionals explore the various steps and considerations of the research process. They develop an understanding of basic research methodologies and statistical analyses, learn how to formulate research problems and questions, conduct a literature review, and critique and evaluate research. Additionally, they consider the ethical responsibilities of the researcher.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6135

Distance Learning

Online education could be the driving force that transforms education and training practices in the 21st century. Through this lens, education professionals explore the current trends impacting the field of distance education and their implications for the design and development of distance-learning programs. They examine the different models, theories, and technologies used in the development and delivery of online education and training programs. They also explore the implications and considerations of designing instruction for blended, fully online, instructor-led, and self-paced learning environments.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6145

Project Management in Education and Training

Purposeful and careful planning is a key element to the success of any program. In this course, education professionals explore the systematic approaches to project management. Education professionals learn to use various project management tools, procedures, and methodologies, which they apply to projects in a real-world education or training environment. They also analyze the interrelated nature of the triple constraints of time, cost, and scope as well as their influence on the overall quality of the project.

(3 sem. cr.)

SPECIALIZATION COURSES

EIDT 6500

Performance Improvement

In this course, educators survey the research, models, and issues associated with improving human performance in workplace settings. They explore methods and techniques for recognizing and analyzing performance gaps, conducting needs assessments, determining appropriate instructional and performance support interventions, and measuring the results of implemented solutions. They engage in assignments that emphasize how to determine whether instructional or other performance support interventions are appropriate for addressing identified needs. Educators also use results from analyses to inform the design of job aids, instruction, and other performance support systems.

(3 sem. cr.)
EIDT 6501

Training and Development

The ability to manage and deliver training is an essential skill for human resource and performance improvement professionals. In this course, educators explore models, techniques, and best practices for managing and delivering training systems and modules. They focus on a range of topics, including managing the learning environment, selecting appropriate materials and assessments, and tracking learner performance and completion. Educators also explore technologies that support the planning, presenting, and managing of instructor-led and self-directed courses and training systems in face-to-face and virtual environments.

(3 sem. cr.)

CAPSTONE

EIDT 6910

Capstone: Practical Application of Instructional Design

This course is the culminating experience for the program. Educators are provided with the opportunity to exhibit their knowledge, skills, and creativity in an authentic situation. They demonstrate their ability to integrate instructional design principles and practical skills and apply them to a real-world learning or performance problem. Educators work with a client in a consultative capacity or explore a case study that may include front-end analyses; design, development, and implementation of performance support and instructional materials; and/or evaluation of an instructional or performance support program. (Prerequisite(s): Completion of all other program coursework.)

(3 sem. cr.)
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Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 36 total semester credit hours $640 per semester hour $23,040
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $1,260


TOTAL $24,300


Transfer up to 18 credits $12,150


Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $12,150

The tuition reflects the minimum credits to completion. Program 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 Specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $1,000 and $1,400.

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

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admissions Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

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