Master of Science in Instructional Technology and Design (MSITD)

Learn to create innovative learning experiences with technologies that transform education with an online master's in instructional design and technology. You will be equipped for myriad career opportunities in education--including adult learning in corporate training settings. The skills and knowledge provided within this master's in instructional design program are in high demand in K-12 and higher education, corporate settings, the military, nonprofits, and government agencies.

Beyond the classroom, a Master of Science in Instructional Technology and Design (MSITD) degree empowers problem solvers to bring unique value to organizations through the ability to convey solutions grounded in instructional design theories. You will create educational programs designed to improve learning, productivity, and job performance by applying foundational instructional design principles.

UNA’s flexible master’s in instructional design and technology online program consists of two tracks: Instructional Design for Teaching, Learning and Leading; and Workplace Design and Performance Improvement. Both tracks prepare you to design, develop, and evaluate educational experiences and training products and content. Learn more about our online MSITD programs below:


Concentration A: Instructional Design for Teaching, Learning, and Leading Track

Graduate students in Concentration A emerge from our program prepared to provide instructional design leadership in traditional educational settings—namely, schools. This track focuses on developing interactive curriculum for K-12 settings—including libraries and media centers—as well as colleges and universities. You will learn to design and facilitate student instruction through efficient planning, development, evaluation, and management.

Concentration B: Workplace Design and Performance Improvement Track

Ongoing learning is a vital practice of any successful organization. Students choosing Concentration B will be equipped to design and direct education programs and initiatives for businesses and organizations in multiple industries, with a particular focus on applying technology toward effective corporate training. You will become proficient in evaluating learning technologies, programs, and trends. Instructional designers, corporate trainers, and development specialists work in nearly every industry.


Students can also earn an online micro-credential in this field that can be applied as credit toward the master’s in instructional design and technology. Learn More...

costs

Cost
Online tuition: $350 per hour
30 credit hours total

time

Time to Complete
Variable
12-18 months

modality

Modality Offered
100% Online

credientials

Credentials
Master of Science (MS)

Why North Alabama?

Experience an impactful education for your future as a leader in instructional design. UNA’s master’s in instructional design and technology professors bring real-world experience to the classroom, which serves as the foundation for our programs. If you’re ready to earn your master’s in instructional design and technology online, you will benefit from learning to look at the use of technology in class presentation and business training through a new lens.

With a diverse student body and expert faculty, the University of North Alabama offers flexible course schedules, competitive pricing, and a highly reputable education that fits your life. As a leader in education and human sciences since 1872, UNA prepares you to demonstrate knowledge, competencies, and skills in advanced instructional design practices that utilize modern technology.

Master of Science in Instructional Technology and Design Curriculum

Course Number: Course Title: Credit Hours:
ITD 602 Instructional Technology & Design Tools 3
ITD 612 Instructional Design Principles 3
ITD 622 Exemplary Course Design 3
ITD 632 Principles of Adult Learning 3
ITD 642 Data-Driven Instructional Design and Visualization 3
ITD 652 Project Management for Instructional Designers 3
ITD 697 Special Topics in Instructional Technology & Design 3
Total Credit Hours: 21

Faculty

In our online MSITD program, you will learn from dedicated full-time faculty—all holding PhDs and/or terminal degrees from leading universities—as you pursue your graduate degree. As the primary professor and coordinator for this program, Dr. Natasha Lindsey brings five years of higher education administration experience, 19 years of business and instructional design and technology teaching experience, and nine years of practical instructional design experience. Dr. Lindsey earned her PhD in this field and holds an MBA with a concentration in marketing and management. Natasha is an active contributor to Quality Matters, an international non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and improve the quality of online education and student learning through research-supported, practice-based quality standards — and recognition of expertise in online education quality assurance and evaluation.


Katie Kinney, PhD, Dean, Professor

Natasha Lindsey, PhD, Program Coordinator, Associate Professor

Christopher James, PhD, Associate Professor

What can I do with a master's in instructional design and technology?

  • Become a technology leader in your school, or a corporate training expert serving multiple industries
  • Effectively practice advanced implementation of proven educational tools and materials that leverage interactive technology and modern platforms to teach students and professionals
  • Demonstrate knowledge, competencies, and expertise in advanced modern approaches and principles of instructional design, including technology-based course delivery on digital platforms

Accreditations

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accredits the master’s in instructional design and technology at the University of North Alabama.

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Admission Requirements

Admission into the online Master of Science in Instructional Technology and Design program at North Alabama includes the following requirements:

Unconditional Admission

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally-accredited US based institution or an institution recognized by the government of another country.
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as reported on the transcript of the qualifying degree granting institution.

Conditional Admission

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally-accredited US based institution or an institution recognized by the government of another country.
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, as reported on the transcript of the qualifying degree granting institution.

Conditionally admitted students must successfully achieve a B or higher on a prescribed number of credit hours to be moved to unconditional graduate status.

Required Documents for Application

  • Most recent degree granting transcript
  • Resume

Transfer Admission

In addition to the general requirements for Transfer Admission to Graduate Studies, up to six semester hours of graduate credit by transfer will be accepted with the approval of the graduate program coordinator. Exceptions must be approved by the graduate program coordinator, department chair, and college dean.


Application Deadlines

Students may be accepted and enroll to begin the program in January, March, June, July, August, or October. All courses are offered in eight-week formats. We recommend that students complete their application for admission at least two months prior to their desired enrollment date in order to have time to submit all documentation.

Tuition and Aid

Online: $350 per credit hour plus a $50 distance learning fee per credit with no out-of-state tuition or other, traditional fees. Our New Start Scholarship is available to new students enrolled in any online degree program, offering a complimentary first course fee. Plus, for a limited time, no application fee required for our affordable, reputable program.


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Tuition Cost

Master of Science in Instructional Technology and Design


Online: $400 per credit hour for 30 credit hours.

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