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Online Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology

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Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Instructional Design and Technology

The online Master of Education in instructional design and technology at the University of Mount Union combines relevant and engaging curriculum with a level of convenience and flexibility that working professionals require.
P-12 and higher education learning environments are continuing to transition from traditional formats of instruction to fully online learning platforms. With this concentration, teachers will understand the purpose of online learning and the theory and practice of using technology for designing and delivering curriculum.
Many professionals are also pivoting outside of education to other sectors of work finding employment at major companies, hospitals, in manufacturing, government, and non-profit. Individuals with a background in instructional design are needed in every industry. Training, professional development, and learning happen everywhere. This concentration will provide the tools for professionals to make this career transition.




Career Paths for M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology Degree Graduates

Professionals earning the M.Ed. in instructional design and technology often identify as educators or professionals interested in curriculum, learning theory, online learning, or instructional design. The need for instructional designers in P-12 and in higher education is obvious and growing, with many P-12 teachers choosing to pivot toward this career path. Instructional designers are also sought by Ed Tech companies and are becoming more common in HR training departments. With many organizations going remote and deciding to stay remote or hybrid, the services of instructional designers are more in demand than ever before.

  • Credit Hours


    Structured for two, seven-week classes per term for five semesters, this M.Ed. is 30 total credit hours.

  • Cost per credit hour


    The 2023-2024 cost per credit hour for the M.Ed. in instructional design and technology is $610. (discounts available)

  • Starts


    The M.Ed. in instructional design and technology can be started in the fall, spring, or summer term.

Courses in Instructional Design and Technology

Students in the Master of Education in Instructional Design & Technology program study the process of curriculum development, including research, theory, and evaluation.


Foundations in Instructional Design
Instructional design is a creative process that uses learning theories and frameworks, project planning, content expertise, communication, writing, and technology to frame and develops learning experiences. Instructional designers can benefit any organization and work in many environments, such as websites, apps, webinars, online courses, or workshops. The best instructional designers are agile and adaptable; they can quickly synthesize unfamiliar content, evaluate new technologies, and develop learning solutions that best meet the needs of a diverse audience. In this class, students will learn about some theories, technologies, and processes that help instructional designers achieve great learning environments and encourage deeper learning.  3 Sem. Hrs.

Topics in Learning Design and Technology
Topics in Learning Design and Technology focus on law/legislation, accreditation, advanced instructional techniques, utilizing learning management systems, advanced instructional technology, and working with subject matter experts and leadership. This course will help the participant with creating effective, well-articulated, and efficient instruction. 3 Sem. Hrs.

Instructional Design and Technology Capstone
Students engage in reflective practice as a leader with instructional design and technology. Students are expected to become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of leaders of instructional design, lead in the planning, implementation, mentoring, and reporting of an instructional design project designed to enhance the workplace.   S/U. 3 Sem. Hrs.


Online M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology Admission Requirements

Degree/Credentials: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. 

Undergraduate Achievement: Possess an undergraduate cumulative grade point average equal to or greater than a 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or a grade point average equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate study.

Experience: Provide a curriculum vitae or résumé.

Essay and Writing Ability: Applicants will submit an essay of approximately 250-500 words which outlines the applicant’s career aspirations and rationale for applying to the program. This piece will demonstrate the candidate’s ability to write at the graduate level.

Professional Recommendations: Provide one recommendation from an employer or former professor who is in a position to judge the applicant’s potential for graduate-level study and research, as well as suitability for educational leadership.

Consideration for Conditional Admission: Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be judged on a case-by-case basis and will be asked to submit additional documentation in an attempt to gain conditional admission.

Personal Interview: Applicants may be selected for an interview to be conducted using phone/video conferencing. Applicants who successfully complete the interview will be admitted into the Master of Education program.


Transfer Credit Policy: A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate transfer credits will be considered for transfer credit. The course(s) must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution and be aligned with the objectives for the University of Mount Union course(s), and only coursework earning a grade of B or better will be considered for transfer credit. Additional credits may be transferred on a case-by-case basis.

A candidate wishing transfer credit must submit an official transcript, along with a copy of the appropriate course description from the graduate catalogue of the respective institution and may be asked to offer additional documentation (such as a course syllabus). To initiate a transfer credit evaluation, email a request to

Enrollment Deposit: If admitted to the program, candidates are required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250. This deposit will be applied toward tuition charges. Pay Your Deposit

TOEFL Requirement: For admission into the Master of Education program, applicants whose primary language is not English must have a recent IBT (Internet- Based TOEFL) score of 100 or more in addition to meeting other program requirements.

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