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Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology

Become an expert in the growing field of digital learning. 

Program Overview

With the digital age expanding more than ever, many companies across a variety of disciplines are looking for experts with the skills to take their digital learning platforms to the next level. SNU's Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology prepares scholarly practitioners to serve in leadership roles within the field to improve learning and performance within whatever environment is thrown their way.  

Research conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, based on 2019 data, suggests that approximately 11,400 new jobs in the instructional design field will be created by 2029. This program emphasizes foundational theories and practices, instructional design and human performance processes, project management, leadership, ethics and legal implications, and the evaluation and integration of technologies. Apply today using our fast application. It only takes five minutes!

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6
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2
start dates per year
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Graduate in as few as
16 months
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30
total credit hours
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$490
per credit hour
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Learn 100% online

How it Works

Earning a degree while working full time or raising a family has never been more possible. Here’s why adult students are thriving and reaching their goals at SNU:

  • Classes take place entirely online.
  • Students focus on one class at a time to ensure true mastery and prevent overwhelm.
  • Students study alongside other adults in similar stages of life.
  • Instructors with vast amounts of industry experience guide students through courses.
  • Textbooks are delivered directly to your door at the beginning of each class.
  • A dedicated student success advisor guides students through the duration of your studies.
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Courses

This 30 credit hour graduate program will prepare you to be a leader in the world of instructional design. Students in this program take one class at a time so they can master one subject before moving onto the next. 

PRINCIPLES OF INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Credit hours: 3

This course introduces students to foundational instructional design theories, systematic instructional design processes, and the practice of instructional design techniques in a variety of settings for a diverse audience of learners.

(This course is the prerequisite for the remaining courses in the program.)




PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY

Credit hours: 3 This course introduces students to the emerging field of human performance improvement, providing an overview of the systematic process of human performance technology to identify performance issues and opportunities for growth; conduct appropriate analyses; select, design, and implement interventions; and evaluate outcomes for desired impacts.

LEGAL AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

Credit hours: 3 This course introduces students to laws and ethics related to course and content ownership, privacy, intellectual property, and social responsibility. Through the lens of a Christian worldview, students will examine attitudes, assumptions, and values related to instructional design, and develop a foundation for application of ethical and legal standards in all learning and performance interventions and solutions.

NEW AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Credit hours: 3 This course provides an in-depth exploration of new and emerging technologies and their uses for learning, collaboration, and networking within the learning environment. The course provides opportunities for students to evaluate the usefulness and applicability of tools as well as methods for integrating the tools into learning and performance solutions.

TRENDS AND INNOVATION IN INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Credit hours: 3 This course provides an overview of the current trends, research, and opportunities for innovation within the field of instructional design. Consideration will be given to current topics emerging within peer reviewed research and to those being discussed within various reputable instructional design communities.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

Credit hours: 3 This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of leadership principles and project management skills. Students will examine and practice effective techniques for leading and collaborating with various groups within the scope of instructional design and human performance technology projects. Students will also explore various strategies for determining project scope and sequence related to their role as an instructional designer.

LEARNING DESIGN EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT

Credit hours: 3 This course offers students an examination of the fundamental principles and practices used to evaluate and assess the effectiveness of learning design interventions. Students will explore evaluation models and theories, as well as analyze tools and methods for assessing learning outcomes and evaluating instructional effectiveness. Students will practice designing new assessment and evaluation tools and making recommendations for improvement of future iterations.

DESIGN CONCEPTS AND APPLICATION

Credit hours: 3 This course presents an overview of effective principles and practices design and develop online instruction. The course provides access to a Learning Management System (LMS) for the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of reusable learning content.

ADVANCED INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY

Credit hours: 3 This course provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills gained throughout the program. Students will work in groups to evaluate a case study, determine project scope and sequence, employ appropriate analyses, develop appropriate interventions, and design sample prototypes, evaluations, and assessments.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY CAPSTONE

Credit hours: 3

This course is a client-based project and serves as the culmination and integration of the learning from all IDT courses. Students will integrate learning as a scholar practitioner in instructional design and human performance technology through an authentic work experience, either external or internal to the University. Sites and projects will be selected and approved in cooperation with the IDT Academic Program Director.

(Prerequisite: Completion of major courses.)




Upcoming Start Dates

 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Online
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Online

Admission Steps 

Enrolling at SNU is a simple process. With rolling start dates, there’s no need to wait months at a time to begin your educational journey. Plus, our generous transfer policy and prior learning assessment can shorten your path to graduation. Once you are ready, take the following steps:

Step 1. Apply online at degrees.snu.edu/apply

Step 2. Complete your FAFSA at fafsa.gov using school code 003149

Step 3. Send official transcripts from any colleges you have attended to SNU at pgsadmissions@snu.edu
or ATTN: SNU PGS Admissions, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

You will be contacted regarding any supporting materials we may need. Upon acceptance, your student success advisor will help you enroll and prepare for success as an adult student at SNU.

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Phone: +1 (405) 491-6332
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