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Master of Science in
Instructional Design and Technology

A growing number of businesses across multiple industries look to instructional designers to create new standards for employee training and education. 


The mission of the master’s degree in instructional design and technology prepares professionals to serve varied audiences in diverse educational contexts in the areas of effective learning analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation in a project-based curriculum that connects theoretical concepts to real-world applications.


Upon completion of the Golden State College  instructional design program, you will be able to:

Apply fundamental research and communication skills into the instructional design process using instructional designer professional foundations

Conduct comprehensive needs and instructional analyses as part of a learning project including an examination of target populations, environmental and learning characteristics, instructional materials, and multi-media and adaptive technologies

Create learning and performance solutions using learning theory, instructional design techniques and strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners and purposes

Implement and Evaluate learning and performance solutions based on instructional design proposals and learning projects

Model instructional designer management skills throughout the instructional design process


What Does an Instructional Designer Do?

Instructional designers suggest, select, and create learning experiences for a target audience. Each target audience has its own unique characteristics that need to be taken into consideration before a learning experience is created. Instructional designers must also identify specific gaps that are affecting the target audience. These gaps can be related to performance, knowledge, skills, information, and attitude. Instructional designers can work for a variety of industries, including higher education, corporate, and even the military. Education is a constantly evolving process that needs to be revised in order to keep up with new innovations and findings. Because of this evolution, there is a demand for professionals who can help reshape the education process, so that it can be relevant to the current generation that is learning.



Program Requirements

Total number of credits: 36 credits

Core Course Requirements: 36 credits

To be awarded the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology degree, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of coursework. Students are required to complete the twelve core courses; each course is equivalent to three credit hours.

Special Terms and Conditions


Create meaningful and engaging educational experiences with your master’s degree in instructional design. Your instructional design courses cover the analysis, design, research, development, and evaluation of instructional programs.


Major Course Requirements (36 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)


Instructional Design and Technology

IDT 601 Instructional Analysis I

IDT 602 Instructional Analysis II

IDT 603 Instructional Design and Technology I

IDT 604 Instructional Design and Technology II

IDT 605 ID Project Management

IDT 606 ID Technology Research

IDT 607 Evaluation of Instructional Systems

IDT 608 Instructional Development I

IDT 609 Advanced Instructional Design and Technology

IDT 610 Advanced Instructional Design and Technology II

IDT 611 Final Project Phase I

IDT 612 ID Final Project Phase II

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