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 a multidisciplinary area of study that draws students from many disciplines and backgrounds. Instructional designers understand and utilize technologies as both product (e.g., Web-based courses) and process (e.g., iterative and formative approaches to learner assessment).

Given the diverse career tracks in instructional design, this program offers students the flexibility to customize their course of study based on individual goals and interests. Graduates of the program are well prepared to practice their unique, multidisciplinary profession in a variety of settings, including business, K-12 schools, higher education, government and military, 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 in multiple environments. Candidates come from a broad array of backgrounds, including communications, psychology, management and education, among other areas of specialization, but share a common interest in designing creative solutions to learning needs.

What is the structure of the M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology program?

The M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology emphasizes theories of learning and cognition, multimedia design and development, systematic instructional design, technology 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 comprehensive list can be found in the M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology course catalog. 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
  • Open Learning Environments in the 21st Century
  • Principles of Learner Motivation
  • Design of Online Collaborative Learning
  • Introduction to Distance Learning
  • Multimedia Design and Development
  • Management of Instructional Development

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 who hold doctorate degrees in the field
  • Opportunities to build a professional portfolio to support job seeking
  • Course specialization in individual areas of interest
  • Exponential job growth predicted in the field