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Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Technology (M.S.) at Albertus

Do you have a passion for making learning experiences more engaging, accessible and inclusive? Whether your interest lies in the field of education, business, or technology, earning a Master of Instructional Design and Learning Technology Degree at Albertus Magnus College will elevate your career.

This 30-credit program is where creativity meets technical skill. You will learn how to construct and implement cutting-edge curriculum and training programs within a variety of professional settings, from K-12 classrooms to public or private sectors. Coupling the foundation of Instructional Design with technology, particularly that which has allowed a virtual workforce to thrive during the pandemic, is what will further professional development within your desired industry.

The Albertus Difference

What Makes Instructional Design and Learning Technology at Albertus Different?

Engaged
Students

  • Hands-on, experiential learning
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Emphasis on collaborative work

Great
Teaching

  • Personally invested professors
  • Small class sizes
  • Innovative, well-rounded programs
  • Resources and opportunities for research

Vibrant
Communities

  • Lively extracurricular activities
  • Campus-wide events
  • Service and community engagement

Successful
Outcomes

  • Active career counseling
  • Opportunity-building networks
  • Access to internships and professional experiences
Online & On Campus

Create Your Flexible Instructional Design and Learning Technology Schedule

Offered in an accelerated format, most students can complete their Instructional Design and Learning Technology degree in a year and a half while only having to take two classes at a time.

Students choose between the following:


Online

  • Take 1 to 2 classes every 8 weeks
  • Work from the comfort of your own home
  • Have the ability to work on assignments on your own time, at your own pace

Blended

  • Take 1 to 2 classes every 8 weeks
  • Classes are a combination of in-class session and online assignments
  • Attend class on campus one night per week, while all other assignments are done from the comfort of home
  • Benefit from in-class discussions while completing projects and assignments from home

FLEX

  • Choose to take classes in either a blended or online format
  • Select the format that works best for you every time you register for a new course
  • Learn more about the FLEX format
Faculty Spotlight

CIS Program Director

Many people have encountered websites, participated in online workshops or trainings, and used other interactive materials that were created and developed by instructional designers – often without realizing it. Instructional design teams collaborate with subject matter experts in businesses and educational settings to bring learning to life. The combination of technical know-how, knowledge of best practices for learning, and a collaborative spirit helps to position instructional design professionals with a unique opportunity to contribute their expertise across a wide range of organizations. Particularly in light of the recent shift to remote working and learning, companies and schools of all sizes have suddenly realized the need for – and value in – having a strong team of instructional designers.

I found my way to the field of instructional design through a series of career moves and the realization that I had a specific set of skills that worked well in this field. Instructional design involves one-part technology use, one part understanding of effective educational practice, and one-part collaboration and project management. It presents an engaging opportunity to develop educational and training content while using the latest technology applications to make the teaching and learning engaging. Like many people, I had these skills and never realized that there was this career path that would allow me to merge skills of teamwork, training, learning, designing, and developing - all while embracing my creative spirit. It really is a special field and when the finished product is done well, it can make for a great experience for the end user.

"I believe that the Albertus master’s degree in Instructional Design and Learning Technology will pave the way for a new wave of designers who are poised to create and deliver meaningful teaching, learning, and training experiences for businesses and schools of all types."

One nice thing about the field of instructional design is that it crosses boundaries and industries. It encompasses a set of skills that fit in K-12 or higher education classes just as easily as it can benefit companies in the public or private sectors. I believe that the Albertus master’s degree in Instructional Design and Learning Technology will pave the way for a new wave of designers who are poised to create and deliver meaningful teaching, learning, and training experiences for businesses and schools of all types. The combination of a comprehensive yet compact curriculum gives students the chance to develop relevant skills while earning industry-recognized credentials (such as Quality Matters certifications), and then be on their way to a fulfilling career in instructional design.

CIS Program Director at Albertus Magnus College
Professor David Garaventa
Careers

Where Will Your Instructional Design and Learning Technology Degree take You?

The demand for Instructional Designers is high, and will only continue to expand in a post-pandemic world. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected need for the following specialties between 2020 and 2029 are as follows: 1) Development Specialist - 9% growth - average salary of $62,700 per year. 2) Instructional Coordinator - 6% growth - average salary of $66,970 per year. 3) Training and Development Manager - 7% growth - average salary of $115,640 per year. Completing your Master of Instructional Design and Technology Degree will also land you a Quality Matters Certificate. This micro-credential is an excellent resume builder recognized by companies across the globe, which will grant you the skills to create innovative digital teaching and learning environments.

Possible career paths with a Master of Science degree in Instructional Design and Learning Technology include:



Development Specialist
Instructional Coordinator
Training and Development Manager
Training Specialist
Curriculum Specialist
Directors of Instructional Technology
Education and Training Consultants
Instructional Coordinators
Instructional Technologists
Courses

Instructional Design and Learning Technology Courses

The Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Technology program is rooted in the principles of instructional design, technology use, professional training, education, and learning.

It prepares students from a variety of professional backgrounds to expand their knowledge and skills to deliver 21 st century learning and training experiences. This program serves to address the educational and workforce development needs of organizations across both public and private sectors, as well as K-12 and higher education instructional designers.

Required Core Courses - 30 Credits
IDT 500 Introduction to Curriculum Design The Introduction to Curriculum Design course will equip students with the foundational skills and knowledge required of instructional designers. With a focus on principles of curricular alignment, design of learning outcomes, and various curriculum formats, this course offers students the opportunity to engage with the core aspects of instructional design. No prerequisites. Typically offered once a year. (3 credits)
IDT 512 Foundations of Blended, Remote, and Online Learning This course will give students the opportunity to explore a range of course delivery modalities and online learning platforms. With a specific focus on current learning management systems and software, students will learn principles of course administration and development in a variety of learning environments. 3 credits. No prerequisites. Typically offered once a year. (3 credits)
IDT 523 Principles of Curriculum Assessment The inclusion of both formative and summative assessments in learning environments is an essential component of effective course and training delivery, helping to gauge learner progress and competency with the materials. Principles of Curriculum Assessment will provide students with the skills and knowledge to develop, design, and administer assessment instruments and methods in learning environments. Topics will include assessment methods, promoting integrity of learner assessment, reliability, validity, and alignment with course objectives. No prerequisites. Typically offered once a year. (3 credits)
IDT 534 Collaborative Project Management Collaboration and management of projects are essential skills required of instructional design teams. This course will give students the opportunity to develop skills of collaboration, management of project scope, and adherence to deadlines, while using current project management technology to create deliverables for clients. Emphasis will be placed on effective communication and collaboration using common project management software and techniques. No prerequisites. Typically offered once a year. (3 credits)
IDT 542 Developing Multimedia Content Developing rich, interactive content for courses and training environments is an essential skill of instructional designers. Working with subject matter experts, and utilizing a variety of advanced multimedia software, students will design and develop a range of engaging multimedia content for learning environments and online courses. In addition, this course will focus on best practices for creating multimedia content, including issues of accessibility and content formats. No prerequisites. Typically offered once a year. (3 credits)
IDT 611 Designing for Accessibility and Inclusion It is imperative that training and course content be designed in a way which enables learners of all backgrounds and abilities to access it. This course will introduce students to best practices around accessibility, reaching audiences with diverse needs, and promoting equity within course design. Concepts such as universal design for learning, differentiated instruction, and course accommodations will be covered. No prerequisites. Typically offered once a year. (3 credits)
IDT 623 Gamification and Learner Motivation Engaging and motivating learners is an important aspect of success in virtual and in-person learning environments. With a focus on learner retention and encouragement of learning, this course will highlight various theories of human motivation, principles of gamification of learning, and address the underlying elements of learner engagement. No prerequisites. Typically offered once a year. (3 credits)
IDT 637 Engaging Diverse Audiences The role of instructional designers often includes the design and delivery of professional development and learning activities. This course will focus on methods to engage and connect with learners from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. In addition to developing skills of public speaking and designing effective training materials, students will learn how to foster an environment of inclusion and equity in their instructional design work. No prerequisites. Typically offered once a year. (3 credits)
IDT 650 Future Directions of Learning Design Adaptive learning platforms, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, learning analytics, and other progressive concepts are the future of educational design and delivery. This course will expose students to a broad range of tools and techniques that are being developed to progress learning design and delivery in new and novel directions. Students will be encouraged to think critically and creatively about the effectiveness, ethical issues, and potential societal impacts of the tools that will drive learning in the future. No prerequisites. Typically offered once a year. (3 credits)
IDT 660 Capstone Portfolio Course As a culminating course in the Instructional Design program, the Capstone course serves as an opportunity for students to demonstrate their cumulative learning, skills, and knowledge regarding effective design. Working with faculty and subject matter experts, students will design and develop an interactive, multimedia project to serve as their capstone. Student work and projects will incorporate aspects of the program curriculum, including elements of accessibility, multimedia, project management, and learning assessment. Prerequisite: Students must have completed 21 credits or more in the program to enroll in the Capstone course. Typically offered once a year. (3 credits)

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What We will Need from you

Instructional Design and Learning Technology Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Instructional Design and Learning Technology program, applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed application and a $50 non-refundable application fee;
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of a 3.0 on a 4.0 system;
  • Official transcripts reflecting conferral of prior degree (a minimum of a bachelor’s degree for master’s programs.) All transcripts are to be submitted from the original institutions;
  • Proof of immunization in accordance with Connecticut State requirements;
  • Two letters of recommendation from former professors and/or professional associates;
  • An essay (500–600 words, double spaced) explaining professional career interests, reasons for applying to the program, and educational expectations of the program;
  • For applicants who intend to use Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits
    • Military, university and college transcripts
    • Certification of Eligibility letter or, for reservists, Notice of Basic Eligibility
    • Veteran’s Intent to Register form;
  • For non-native English speakers, minimum TOEFL score of 575 paper-based, 80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based.
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The Albertus Instructional Design and Learning Technology Degree Mission Statement

Vision Statement

The Tagliatela School of Business and Leadership seeks to be a respected educational leader within the regional business community. We will provide high-impact academic programs and experiences aligned with in-demand fields. Our programs will challenge students to develop practical skills and personal values that empower them to succeed in a wide range of business professions.       

Mission Statement

The mission of the Tagliatela School of Business and Leadership is to provide a superior business education in innovative, accessible and technologically advanced formats to students from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds striving to be ethical, entrepreneurial and successful in a dynamic economy through quality teaching, service and engagement with the business community. 

 

Our Core Values

Student-centered learning 

Honesty

Mutual Respect 

Competency-based educational focus  

Technological Innovation 

Business Community Engagement/Partnership    

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