Grand Canyon University

Master of Science in Instructional Design (Online)

Equip yourself to make an impact through instructional design. The Master of Science in Instructional Design can prepare you to support organizations or educational environments and is designed for professionals who wish to further their skills in instructional design and curriculum development in both educational institutions and corporate training environments.

The field of instructional design encompasses many aspects of education, including the use of emerging technologies for teaching, evaluation of learning interventions and the application of effective instructional interventions to improve learning outcomes. The degree goes beyond the scope of academic education, additionally equipping graduates with teaching and training skills that can be used to improve performance of a variety of institutions and organizations.

GCU’s MS in Instructional Design prepares students with a wide breadth of knowledge, from the history of instructional design to emerging methods for instructional delivery. Upon completion of the program, students will have gained the experience necessary for a career in professional instructional design.

The degree is designed to equip learners with applicable skills and to fully prepare them for implementation upon graduation. Students in the program develop a foundational understanding of the theoretical groundwork of instructional design.

Throughout program courses, students will learn to apply these theories and combine them with skills such as research, analysis and problem-solving in order to solve a great variety of instructional issues. Coursework allows students to build up their research skills and enables them to analyze and interpret appropriate data to make evidence-driven design decisions.

Graduates will also develop a deep background incorporating technology into instructional design. Throughout the program students prepare to collaborate in organizations through the use of digital tools and to incorporate multimedia tools, informed by multimedia learning principles and visual graphics guidelines. Students additionally gain hands-on experience creating, assessing and managing training materials using technology and multimedia tools. Classes include first-hand training in Adobe Captivate, an instructional design software.

Skills covered in the program include:

- Consultative problem solving
- Analysis of educational, organizational or training needs
- Design and development of instructional methods
- Implementation and measurement of outcomes
- Collaboration with subject-matter experts

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