Instructional Design and Technology Curriculum

  • A student in a graduate adult and community education class.
  • Advance Your Career with Professional Expertise in Education and Training

    Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) combines instructional technology with distance education technology, and adult education and training. Our unique curriculum prepares IDT students for the education and training jobs of tomorrow. 

    Our graduates work as instructional designers, trainers, distance educators, and program planners in a variety of professional settings such as in colleges and universities, business and industry, government, health care, and other types of organizations. 

    The Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology examines a variety of topics including:

    • instructional design
    • distance education learning management systems and technology
    • adult learning theory
    • leadership
    • program planning and evaluation
    • web design

    Thesis/Non-Thesis Option

    Students can elect to do a thesis or take the non-thesis option. Students electing the thesis option must complete 33 hours of course credit and three hours of thesis credit (36 hours total).  Students electing the thesis option will select a committee of at least three faculty members and complete a thesis project. For information on IUP policies pertaining to writing a thesis, please refer to the Thesis/Dissertation Manual.

    Students electing the non-thesis option must complete 33 hours of coursework and three hours of internship and/or elective credit (a total of 36 hours). In addition, students electing the non-thesis option will complete a portfolio. 

    For a complete description of the Department of Adult and Community Education’s IDT program, and all academic requirements, please see the IDT Student Handbook.

    Academic Requirements and Curriculum

    Courses for both thesis and non-thesis students

    • ACE 600  Introduction to Instructional Design (3)
    • ACE 610  Learning Management Systems (3)
    • ACE 617  Distance Education Technology (3)
    • ACE 621  The Adult Learner (3)
    • ACE 622  Program and Project Planning (3)
    • ACE 623  Organizational Leadership in ACE (3)
    • ACE 630  Distance Education Pedagogy (3)
    • ACE 700  Advanced Instructional Design (3)
    • ACE 744  Program and Project Evaluation (3)
    • BTED 675  Web Design Theory and Application (3)
    • GSR 615  Elements of Research (3)

    Additional course for non-thesis option

    • ACE 698  Internship or Elective (3)

    Additional course for thesis option

    • ACE 795  Thesis (3)

    Complete Your Degree in Two Years

    The IDT program can be completed either part time or full time. The part-time option consists of taking two courses per semester for six semesters over two years. The full-time option consists of taking three courses per semester for four semesters over two years.  

    Part-time Option

    Fall 2017

    • ACE 600, Introduction to Instructional Design
    • ACE 610, Learning Management Systems

    Spring 2018

    • ACE 617, Distance Education Technology
    • BTED 675, Web Design Theory and Application

    Summer 2018

    • GSR 615, Elements of Research
    • ACE 621, The Adult Learner

    Fall 2018

    • ACE 622, Program and Project Planning
    • ACE 630, Distance Education Pedagogy

    Spring 2019

    • ACE 700, Advanced Instructional Design
    • ACE 744, Program and Project Evaluation

    Summer 2019

    • ACE 623, Organizational Leadership in ACE
    • ACE 698, Internship, or ACE 795, Thesis, or Elective

    Full-Time Option

    Fall 2017

    • ACE 600, Introduction to Instructional Design
    • ACE 610, Learning Management Systems
    • ACE 621, The Adult Learner

    Spring 2018

    • ACE 617, Distance Education Technology
    • BTED 675, Web Design Theory and Application
    • GSR 615, Elements of Research

    Fall 2018

    • ACE 622, Program and Project Planning
    • ACE 630, Distance Education Pedagogy
    • ACE 623, Organizational Leadership in ACE

    Spring 2019

    • ACE 700, Advanced Instructional Design
    • ACE 744, Program and Project Evaluation
    • ACE 698, Internship, or ACE 795, Thesis, or Elective

    Internship/Electives

    IDT non-thesis students are required to take three credit hours of internship and/or electives. 

    Electives

    The following link contains a list of approved electives in the College of Education and Educational Technology at IUP ( COE&ET electives ). Electives may also be taken from other departments and colleges at IUP or transferred to IUP from other institutions.

    Because graduate course requirements differ from department to department, students are encouraged to contact the instructor prior to registering for an elective course. All elective courses must meet the Graduate School requirements as a graduate course. Students should consult with their academic advisor prior to registering for an elective. 

    Internship

    Students may complete an optional three or six credit internship (ACE 698). Student wishing to complete an internship should consult the Internship Checklist found in the IDT Internship Handbook. Internships may be completed any semester. 

    Course Descriptions

    ACE 600 Introduction to Instructional Design

    Provides an overview of models and processes of instructional design. The purpose of this course is to introduce basic instructional design processes, theories, and models of instructional design, learn the basics of instructional design, and to explore history and current and future trends in instructional design.

    ACE 610 Learning Management Systems

    Examines the practical use of computers as tools for developing effectiveness and efficiency in training and education through the use of Learning Management Systems (LMS). Learners explore the use of the computer in school and non-school training and education settings, conduct critical evaluation of LMS and computer-based instructional/training materials, and develop strategies for integrating computing into the total learning environment. Current research in the area of instructional computing and its implications for training and education are also discussed. 

    ACE 617 Distance Education Technology

    Explores the use of the computer software to enhance effectiveness and efficiency in developing teaching and training via distance education. Learners explore the use of the various software used in school and non-school teaching or training settings, conduct critical evaluation of software currently used in industry (both educational and corporate), and integrate these software products into the teaching/training and development environment. Current research in the area of instructional computing and its practical implications for teaching and training and development are also discussed.

    ACE 621 The Adult Learner 

    This course focuses on the adult as learner, including physiological, psychological, and sociological characteristics and their effect on learning.

     ACE 622 Program and Project Planning

     Provides a hands-on approach to planning education and training programs and instructional design projects.  ACE 622 is a knowledge and skill-building course designed for present and future instructional designers, trainers, and adult and community education professionals. This how-to course examines concepts and practices relevant to the development of education and training programs and instructional design projects in a variety of settings.

    ACE 623 Organizational Leadership in Adult and Community Education

    This course introduces the student to basic theories of leadership management and organizational structure. It includes study and application of the tasks, tools, strategies, and leadership roles of adult and community education administrators.

    ACE 630 Distance Education Pedagogy

    Examines effective teaching in online and distance learning environments.  Topics include preparing to teach, basic considerations of distance education teaching, distance education teaching strategies, assessing learners, and issues related to special needs and cultural diversity of learners.

    ACE 700 Advanced Instructional Design

    Provides an in depth analysis of the field of instructional design and application of instructional technology in various learning environments. This course will present students with the opportunity to solve instructional design problems and to develop an original learning activity that incorporates advanced principles of instructional design. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of how to design engaging and meaningful learning environments using a variety of technologies and methods to achieve learning outcomes.  Students will be introduced to and have the opportunity to further explore topics including: current trends and issues in instructional design including theories, models, evaluation, program and project management, accessibility and diversity, and professional ethics.  Prerequisites:  ACE 600 or Instructor Permission.

    ACE 744 Program and Project Evaluation

    Addresses designing, conducting and disseminating effective program and project evaluation of education and training programs and instructional design projects. This is a research based course in which students will apply research methods to plan and conduct evaluation studies. Effective strategies for disseminating program evaluation will also be addressed. Prerequisite: GSR 615 or Instructor Permission.

    BTED 675 Web Design Theory and Practice

    Emphasis on the integration of research and the creation of websites to support users’ information needs. Covers research strategies, website design, implementation and evaluation.

    GSR 615 Elements of Research

    Selection of a research problem, data collection, types of research, research reports, and use of the library and computer in connection with research problems are studied. Elements of statistics are introduced. This course provides background for preparation of the thesis and enables the student to become an intelligent consumer of products of academic research.

    For More Information

    Department of Adult and Community Education

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