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Instructional Design and Technology

The role of instructors, instructional designers and curriculum developers has changed dramatically over the past decade. The emphasis in education today focuses on ensuring that educational programs help learners understand abstract concepts, solve problems, work as effective team members and develop critical thinking skills. This degree is geared toward students looking to understand and use new technologies and web-based opportunities when designing classroom instruction. From understanding how technology can be used to access learning standards, to gaining hands-on experience with the various new technologies available to classroom teachers in the education industry today, this instructional design degree program provides a comprehensive and industry-grounded approach to integrating technology in instructional design.

AIU’s Master of Education Degree program provides a solid foundation for effective educational practice and advancement for all levels of educational practitioners including K-12*, higher education and corporate learning. Students could develop a solid foundation in learning theory, instructional design and instructional technology, as well as application of educational research methods.

This professionally focused M.Ed program is designed to help students utilize authentic tools and assessment in application of learning outcomes, such as Lectora. They can also learn to collaborate in a community of learners for professional application of skills and learn the importance of asking the right questions in order to prompt efficient and effective answers. 

Focus on Your Specific Area of Interest

By studying advanced topics in Instructional Design and Technology to complete the specialization requirements, AIU gives you an opportunity to learn how to design educational programs that can effectively address objectives integrating the appropriate use of various instructional media and technologies for learning.

*Although American InterContinental University’s Master of Education degree is not designed to meet state educator licensing requirements, it may assist students in gaining licensure in their state of residence depending on those requirements. To find out more information about teacher certification in a specific state, please visit Education Degrees and use the drop down menu to select the state. Students may then be routed to the appropriate state-specific teacher licensure site for this information.


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  • Next Start Date

    November 9th, 2015

  • Total Credits


  • Specialization Credits


  • Program Length

    11 MONTHS

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Learning & Outcomes
Career Path
  • Successful completion of the M.Ed with a specialization in Instructional Design and Technology can provide students with an advanced level of industry-related knowledge and skills, including how to:

    • Integrate the use of various instructional media and technologies for learning, classroom presentation tools, computer-based and networked-based instructional systems.
    • Coach educators to use instructional technology in various educational settings.
    • Provide leadership in applying new electronic technologies.
    • Analyze problems integrating instructional technology and devise effective solutions to maximize student performance.
    • Base decisions on analysis and synthesize of appropriate data and information related to organizational and individual performance needs.
    • Gain familiarity with new technologies available to integrate in classroom instruction.
    • Evaluate these technologies for usefulness in meeting academic standards and student learning needs.
    • Analyze instructional goals to understand how lessons could be integrated with technology to further ensure student success.
    • Gain hands-on experience in designing technology-based instructional lessons and evaluate effectiveness of these lessons.
    • Design assessment procedures to measure effectiveness of new technologies in classroom instruction.

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    Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation

    American InterContinental University® is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. To contact the Higher Learning Commission please visit www.hlcommission.org.

    The Master of Education Program at American InterContinental University is awarded TEAC initial accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of two years, from October 2013 - October 2015. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

  • In this specialized curriculum, students can be challenged to develop instructional materials and products and assist in the technology-based redesign of courses.

    Specialization courses are structured to assist students in the development of their goals as they can learn advanced knowledge and skills common to today’s industry-current instructional designers and technologists.

    For example:
    • In Principles of Instructional Design, students can learn a foundation for the practice and evaluation of instructional design, as well as an in-depth elaboration of standard instructional design models and associated methodologies.
    • In Instructional Technology, students can be introduced to foundational concepts and skills for personal and professional use of technology, including productivity software. The use of technology in the classroom and distance learning are covered.
    • In Computer-Mediated Learning Environments, students can work on specific projects related to their field of practice creating computer-based instructional materials reflecting problem definition, learner analysis, objectives specification, criterion tests, construction, strategies selection, formative validation and evaluation.
    • In Online Learning: Theory and Practice, students can explore the organization, development and delivery of distance learning programs, along with course logistics, technology applications and student management systems.

    Click here to download the AIU catalog for more information and a full list of courses for this degree.

  • Upon completing this program, students can expect to be able to draw on a large base of both knowledge and hands-on experience when preparing to bring these skills to the industry.

    Students in this program will gain a current understanding of the technologies and opportunities for innovation in educational instruction design, and will be able to draw on their work in the classroom to use best practices in their own careers. Students can expect to combine understanding of academic standards and student performance requirements with opportunities for addressing student needs, and will gain experience in integrating these concerns into effective instructional design.

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AIU Online - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2008 and 10/15/2008 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 36%

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