M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology
The M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology program at The University of Tampa addresses a growing field in learning and human performance, and provides an inter- and cross-disciplinary area of study that draws students from many disciplines and backgrounds. Technology has become an integral part of instruction and learning that is heavily emphasized by federal agencies such as the Department of Education and National Science Foundation as well as the state of Florida. Instructional technologists understand and leverage technologies as both product (e.g., Web-based courses) and process (e.g., iterative and formative approaches to learner assessment). Faculty members hold doctorate degrees and possess firsthand knowledge and expertise in the field. Graduates of the program are well prepared to practice their unique, multidisciplinary profession in a variety of settings, including industry, K–12 schools, higher education and government, or to pursue doctoral studies.
Who enrolls in this program?
Students who enroll in the M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology program intend to pursue careers as experts in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of instructional resources to improve learning and performance. Candidates come from a broad array backgrounds, including education, communications, psychology, and management, among other areas of specialization, but share a common interest in the integration of technology in education.
What is the structure of the M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology program?
The M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology emphasizes technology in education, theories of learning and cognition, multimedia design and development, systematic instructional design and open learning environments. The curriculum couples hands-on, technology-based coursework with theories of education, learning and human performance. Candidates learn to develop effective, cross-media curricula for diverse audiences.
What courses are offered?
A small sampling of the courses in the M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology program includes:
- Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology
- Theories of Learning and Cognition for Instruction
- Inquiry and Measurement
- Media, Text and Technology in Education
- Open Learning Environments in the 21st Century
- Principles of Learner Motivation
- Design of Online Collaborative Learning
- Multimedia Design and Development
- Systematic Instructional Design
What are the benefits of the M.S. in Instructional Design program?
- Cutting-edge, multidisciplinary curriculum
- Rigorous coursework prepares graduates for highly skilled careers
- Professional networking and growth provided through classroom interactions
- Mentorship and career support from expert faculty members
- Opportunities for specialization in students’ individual areas of interest
- Exponential job growth predicted in the field
Last updated July 2, 2015