Instructional Design and Development - New Fully Online Master's Program

The UAB School of Education is excited to announce a new Masters Degree: the M.S. in Instructional Design and Development. The purpose of the UAB Instructional Design and Development (IDD) program is to train qualified instructional designers who effectively analyze, design, develop, evaluate, and implement quality online, blended, and on-ground instruction. This fully-online program follows and achieves the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (IBSTPI) competencies and performance standards for instructional designers.

The application period for Spring 2018 is open. Click here to apply now. If you have questions about the program, please feel free to contact Dr. Jenelle Hodges.

Instructional design and development is the practice of systematically creating instructional experiences that make the acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficient and effective. The process consists broadly of determining the current state and needs of the learner, defining the end goal of instruction, and creating some "intervention" to assist in the transition. The process is guided by pedagogically-tested theories of learning and may take place in many different learning environments. As a field, instructional design and development is historically and traditionally rooted in cognitive and behavioral psychology, though recently, constructivism has influenced thinking in the field.

The study of instructional design and development includes the study of learning theory and trends in educational technology, instructional design principles, universal design and usability for effective design, development, and delivery of learning materials across a wide range of learning environments.

Fully Online

All courses will be hosted online on UAB’s learning management system, Canvas, and can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection.

30 Hours

Students register for 2 courses (6 credit hours) per semester. Courses run on a 7-week schedule. Each semester is 14 weeks long with an A and B term.

Rolling Enrollment

Start any semester! Follow the UAB Graduate School application deadlines for each semester. Join this Fall 2017 – applications will be accepted until August 1.

Course Descriptions

This course defines the field of instructional design and technology by exploring its history, current trends and future issues in the field. The course provides insights from leaders in the field, case studies on instructional design in different fields, and interactive activities on the systematic approaches to instructional design.
Instructional Design is a project-based course that includes step-by-step strategies to create instruction using design models, instructional strategies, and technology applications. Learners will study the processes of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation in order to apply real-world training solutions to instructional challenges.
This course gives students an experience in research-based instructional methods and alternative assessment strategies designed to meet the varied instructional needs and preferences of all learners in today's educational environments.
This course provides students with practical methods of analyzing and solving human performance problems with an emphasis on development of both non-instructional and instructional interventions. An overview of concepts and current issues related to the design and development of training and performance systems at the macro level is also provided, allowing learners to explore learning and performance from a broad organizational perspective.
This course surveys the cognitive science literature that is especially relevant for instructional designers. The course covers major theoretical perspectives in cognitive science and has students read original empirical research. The goal is to prepare IDD students to utilize cognitive science literature in their careers.
This course affords students the opportunity to apply a variety of well-established and emerging instructional design and development models.
Students will learn how to assess human attitudes, knowledge, and performance, analyze practical data, and evaluate training and human performance programs.
This course will present techniques for the integration of instructional design theory and practice with the current and emerging delivery systems. Students will acquire skills and explore software necessary to develop and produce an original interactive instructional product.
Content will be diversified opportunities to take advantage of specific areas of expertise of faculty, availability of experts in areas not covered in other course work, or original projects that become available.
The research practicum is a supervised learning experience in an actual or similar setting to that which instructional designers are employed.

Admissions Requirements

  • No GRE test score required
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (No specific undergraduate degree is required. A diverse array of fields and undergraduate degrees will be accepted.)
  • Transcripts from an accredited institution
  • 2.5 GPA in all undergraduate coursework
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Written response to provided prompt
  • UAB Graduate School base requirements

Semester Model

  • All courses run on a 7-week schedule. Each semester is 14 weeks long with an A and B term.
  • Students complete 1 course each term, completing 2 courses per semester.
  • Each course is 3 credit hours. (Tuition details and financial aid information)

Comprehensive Exam and Digital Portfolio

  • Students must pass a comprehensive oral examination during the final semester of the program.
  • Students must submit a digital portfolio during the final semester of the program.

Career Opportunities

  • 140,000 current jobs in Instructional Design and Development
  • 17% - 19% projected growth in Instructional Design and Development careers from 2010-2020

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