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Master of Science in

Instructional Design and Technology

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Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology

Innovate teaching with the latest instructional design practices and technologies

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Instructional Design and Technology encompasses the creation of dynamic learning content for online delivery. The field is growing rapidly in private, governmental and nonprofit settings alike as organizations seek to optimize and adapt their learning content to online and mobile platforms.

Designed for working professionals looking to advance their careers along with their educational goals, our online MS in Instructional Design stands apart because it equips students to:

  • Design, facilitate and assess courses and programs, applying evidence-based learning science.
  • Evaluate and integrate instructional technologies in diverse settings.
  • Lead instructional design and technology teams and projects.

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The 30-credit Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology has six required courses and four electives.

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The 30-credit Instructional Design and Technology program has six required courses and four electives. Required courses provide students with a focused education surrounding fundamental topics in the field, while electives build upon specific professional skillsets and allow students to enrich and round out their studies.

Below is a sample Instructional Design and Technology curriculum. Please note that available courses are subject to change.

Required courses

  • Principles of Online Instructional Design
  • Foundations of Instructional Technology for E-Learning
  • Digital Ethics & The Legal Landscape of Instructional Design
  • Advanced Instructional Design & Assessment Strategies
  • Managing Instructional Design Projects
  • Instructional Design and Technology Practicum

Sample electives

  • Learning Management Systems for Course Development
  • Interactive Multimedia Courseware Design
  • Learning Analytics for the Online Classroom
  • Social Media and Collaboration Technology in Organizations
  • Innovation and User-Centered Design

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The instructional design industry

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Instructional designers partner with industry professionals, academic faculty or other subject matter experts to leverage a variety of instructional technologies and content authoring tools to support the creation of high-quality learning environments and experiences.

Our students work or have worked at prestigious organizations such as:

  • Brandeis University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Vernon Township School District
  • Pearson Education
  • Global Experience Specialists, Inc.

Instructional Design and Technology students often hold job titles such as:

  • Instructional Designer
  • Sr. Instructional Designer
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Instructional Developer
  • Educational Technologist
  • Learning Designer
  • Director of Instructional Design
  • Manager of Instructional Design
  • Director of eLearning
  • Online Course Designer
  • Online Course Developer
  • eLearning Designer/Developer
  • Learning Architect
  • Instructional Design Coordinator
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Corporate Training Specialist
  • Distance Education Administrator
  • Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Academic Technologist

Our students

By the numbers

The program is 25% male and 75% female.

12 students are currently working toward their Instructional Design and Technology degree.

The program launched in fall 2014.

Instructional Design and Technology

Meet our featured faculty

Our Instructional Design and Technology faculty understand the challenges of modern industry. Whether they’re creating cutting-edge online curricula or building new instructional technologies, they structure their GPS curriculum to draw on real-world expertise and connections that ultimately help our students advance their career goals. Here is a sampling of Instructional Design and Technology faculty:

Brian Salerno, MS is the Director of Online Learning and Assessment and Program Chair of the MS in Instructional Design and Technology at Brandeis University, Division of Graduate Professional Studies. Brian has over a decade of experience in instructional design and leading eLearning development teams. He has spent his career designing, assessing, supporting, and teaching fully-online courses and programs at various colleges and universities. Brian's academic focus is primarily in the fields of interactive communications, instructional design and technology, and social media. In addition to his work in higher education, he previously lead his own firm, focusing on web development, interactive content design, social media, training and development, and branding for a diverse clientele.

Dr. Kim Round currently serves as Director of Instructional Technology at Saint Anselm College. Previously, she has held technology leadership roles at Kaplan Higher Education, Merrimack College and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. She was selected for the prestigious 2014 Breakthrough Models Academy, sponsored by Educause and Next Generation Learning Challenges. Kim’s research interests include cloud computing’s impact on organizational leadership, as well as next generation learning management systems. Dr. Round earned her Ph.D in Computing Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University, and her M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University. 

Elisabeth Stucklen, MS, is a senior instructional designer with more than ten years of experience working in online higher education and faculty development. She has extensive experience in the fields of online course design, content development, online instruction, and project management. Elisabeth earned her Master's degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State University, where she has also facilitated graduate-level courses in Moodle. Elisabeth also holds a Moodle Course Creator Certification.

Visit the Rabb School faculty directory for a full list of Brandeis GPS faculty.

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