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Master of Science - Instructional Design and Technology

WIU's Instructional Design & Technology major gives students the ability to apply new and existing technology in education and instructional settings. Students learn to design, develop, and evaluate instruction, instructional materials, and information resources. The program uses conceptual coursework with hands-on experience with multimedia laboratories, video editing, sound recording and photography production so students have the chance to use their skills in real-world settings.

Instructional Design & Technology majors work in settings like schools, industry, government, health agencies, and higher education. Internships, projects and practice allow students to explore career paths and focus on a chosen field of work.

Why Instructional Design & Technology at WIU?

Western Illinois University's Department of Instructional Design Technology (IDT) provides students with the knowledge, skills and ideas that will prepare them to use these tools of technology in create new ways to inform and train others. (Whether you want to develop web sites, design interactive multimedia corporate training programs, or produce training videos.)


The faculty in the Department of Instructional Design & Technology is knowledgeable, professional and committed to providing you with the best education available anywhere. Faculty members have extensive experience in their fields, enjoying national and international reputations for their contributions. All faculty members actively engage in ongoing research and fieldwork, which means that you will learn only the most current real-world solutions, techniques and applications. Instructional Design and Technology classes are small, ranging from 12 to 25 students per class, so you will have many chances to interact with your instructors. You will have their support as you progress through your program.

Other Information

With an emphasis on hands-on experience, teamwork and real-world applications, WIU's Instructional Design and Technology program is practical, comprehensive and flexible enough to support your individual career goals. Western's Department of Instructional Design and Technology has become a national leader in instructional technology, distance learning and interactive multimedia through its well-rounded yet highly focused curriculum. Specifically, the program is designed around the following four areas:

  1. The design and production of training programs.
  2. Media production of instructional and training programs, including digital video, digital graphics, interactive multimedia, Web page design, multi-image slides and electronic presentations.
  3. Technology applications in training, including the latest hardware and software applications.
  4. Technology-based delivery systems such as computer-based instruction, CD-ROM, video, and the Internet.

One of the unique and most exciting aspects of the IDT program is that while you will be well grounded in the various aspects of instructional development and technology, you can choose to concentrate on an area with your electives.

The Department of Instructional Design and Technology at Western Illinois University offers a Bachelor of Science on the Macomb campus. There are two emphasis options for students pursuing the Master of Science in Instructional Design: 1) General Instructional Design and Technology Emphasis and 2) Technology Specialist Emphasis. The Master of Science courses are offered online and as weekend academies. The Master of Science Technology Emphasis courses are all taught online. The Master of Science General Instructional Design and Technology Specialist Emphasis can be completed online with careful planning.

The Department of Engineering Technology offers both a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology and Post Baccalaureate Certificates in Instructional Design and Technology. Certified teachers who 1) complete the IDT Master’s program with a Technology Specialist emphasis OR complete the Technology Specialist Post Baccalaureate Certificate, and 2) pass the required state tests can also apply for an Illinois State Board of Education Technology Specialist endorsement.

The M.S. degree is designed to prepare graphic designers; educational technologists; trainers in industry and business; technology specialists; and classroom teachers to develop, produce, and evaluate instructional and training materials. Courses are offered in various formats including online, two-way compressed video, and hands-on experience. With careful planning through the department graduate advisor, the Master’s program may be completed entirely online. The program provides students with knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  1. Distance learning applications in training and education
  2. Multimedia applications in training and education
  3. Course work and training program development
  4. Systematic instructional design and evaluation of instruction and training
  5. Instructional software development and utilization
  6. Technology integration in the K-12 classroom and at the K-12 building level

Graduates of the program will enter or continue careers in interactive multimedia, computer-based graphics, distance learning, and training. Graduates may also use their skills to integrate technology in their classrooms or school and for professional development of educators. The program also serves students interested in pursuing advanced graduate studies in instructional design and related areas.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

  • Online and Distance Learning Development – Prepares educators, instructional designers, and trainers to effectively use and develop resources for online and distance learning
  • Educational Technology Specialist – Prepares current teachers for the Illinois Technology Specialist Certification and meets the educational requirements for this certificate.
  • Instructional Media Development – Prepares educators, instructional designers, and trainers to design video, graphics, and interactive multimedia for instruction.
  • Technology Integration in Education – Prepares educators for using technology in the classroom.
  • Workplace Learning and Performance – Prepares educators, instructional designers, and trainers for designing and managing training and performance improvement projects. For Gainful Employment Disclosure, visit

Assistantship Opportunities

A limited number of graduate assistantships, which provide a monthly stipend and a tuition waiver, are available at the Macomb campus. Undergraduate and graduate GPAs, scholarship records, recommendations, and a personal statement provide the criteria for awarding assistantships. Applications for assistantships must be made through the School of Graduate Studies. Contact the Department of Engineering Technology for Graduate Assistantship application materials.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

On-campus facilities include an advanced computer lab complex; interactive multimedia and CD-ROM production lab; electronic classrooms; video/audio production and editing facilities; and fully equipped photographic darkrooms and processing labs. In short, you will have access to all of the most up-to-date educational technologies and tools. You will receive ongoing technical and instructional support as you learn to master this equipment.

The Peaks Lab provides possibilities for conducting advanced faculty and student projects. This lab has cutting edge software technology that can be applied to the future job market. The lab allows a larger variety of applications than any other lab on campus. Tutorials created by IDT students are available for the LightWave, Maya, and Strata3D programs. Graduate students are available for assistance during their posted office hours.

Career Opportunities

Instructional Design and Technology graduates work in many areas of public education, corporate training, higher education, military, and health services. The demand for instructional designers and trainers in many fields continues to increase.

  • 3D Artist/Animator
  • Contractor
  • Creative Design Consultant/Photographer
  • Creative Director
  • Curriculum and Instructional Designer
  • Digital/Web Designer
  • E-Learning Developer/Designer
  • E-Learning Strategist
  • Educational Technology Specialist/Technologist/Coordinator/Mentor
  • Education & Training Specialist
  • Education Designer/Information Technology
  • Freelance Graphic Designer/Photoshop Layout Artist
  • Game Examiner
  • Graphic Artist-Illustrator-Product Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Home Programmer
  • Information Technology/Training
  • Instructional Design & Technology Administrator
  • Instructional Designer/Consultant/Trainer
  • Instructional Developer
  • Instructional Media Specialist
  • Instructional Medical Assistant
  • Instructional Structural Systems Designer
  • Instructional System Designer
  • Interactive Multimedia Designer
  • Intern/Game Development Producer
  • Java Game Developer
  • LCMS Integration and Instructional Design
  • Lead Interactive Designer
  • Lead Web Developer/Lead Programmer Analyst
  • Learning Design Consultant
  • Multimedia/Flash Designer
  • Oracle IDM Engineer
  • Photographer
  • Project Manager/Coordinator
  • Sales Process Manager
  • Senior Application Developer
  • Senior Art Director
  • Senior Consultant
  • Sharepoint Developer
  • Software Engineer/Developer
  • Training Documentation Editor
  • Web Based User Interface Designer
  • Web Designer/Developer

IDT Job Fair

an IDT Job Fair is held each year. Interested students should please copies of a current resume along for the employers to see what skills you have for employment or internship opportunity.

Internships and Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

IDT internships (IDT 499 for undergraduates and IDT 620) provide qualified students with a supervised opportunity of practice work experience in various career options. The IDT internship is an opportunity for students to apply and expand their education, gain valuable professional experience, build confidence in their abilities, and explore careers in their field. The contacts made during an internship can provide invaluable advice and guidance as well as lead to a permanent job offer.

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available at the Macomb campus. They provide a monthly stipend and a tuition waiver. Applications require undergraduate and graduate GPAs, scholarship records, recommendations, and a personal statement. Applications are made through the School of Graduate Studies.

Please refer to the graduate catalog for detailed program information and course requirements.

Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) Courses

406G Advanced Topics in Photography

Advanced camera and darkroom controls for processing and printing both black and white and color.

408G Large Format Photography

Introduction to the large format view camera and its controls. Studio, available, and location lighting will be used with a variety of different subjects and props in both black and white and color.

433G Instructional 3D Modeling and Animation

Instructional uses of three-dimensional modeling and animation are explored including basic modeling tools, virtual camera controls, materials, video production, and lighting.

460G Instructional Virtual Reality Design

Focuses on the integration of virtual reality technologies for instruction and training. Provides opportunities to develop instructional/training virtual environments utilizing virtual reality authoring systems.

480G Advanced Web-Based Instruction

Emphasizes the potential of Internet technology to foster interactivity in design of performance solutions. Students move beyond static Web page creation to advanced incorporation of resources in support of highly interactive forms, database creation and management, and client/server integration.

500 Preseminar

(On-line course only) Introduction to the field of instructional design and technology. Through readings, presentations, and discussions a broad sweep of the field will be explored.

503 Microcomputer Applications in Instructional Technology

(On-line course only) Introductory survey of applications of microcomputers in education and training including Computer Assisted Instruction, communication and presentation graphics, multimedia and hypermedia authoring on the Internet, word processing databases, and spreadsheets.

504 Technological Applications for the Classroom Teacher

(On-line course only) Build on basic computing skills, focusing on the effective use of technology-enhanced instruction practices to meet the state and national technology standards for teachers. Intended for students who have completed their educational methodology courses or who are practicing teachers.

505 Foundations of Instructional Technology

(On-line course only) Introductory survey of the field of Instructional Technology. Upon completion students will be able to: (1) communicate about the field’s terminology, history, accomplishments and issues; (2) describe the advantages, disadvantages, characteristics, and critical attributes of various instructional media; and (3) critically evaluate the foundations in instructional technology.

510 Principles of Instructional Design

(On-line course only) Develop knowledge and skills in systematic analysis of the teaching‑learning process using an instructional design approach. Study and application of instructional design theories and models.

512 Instructional Development for Business and Training

Develop knowledge and skills in using systematic processes for designing training programs for business and industry. Focus will be on the entire process of training/instructional analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation.

515 Telecommunications and Distance Learning

(On-line course only) Examines a variety of telecommunications systems used for distance learning and the challenges surrounding their selection and application. Emphasis is on the effective design, development, and delivery of instructional strategies for distance learning environments.

516 Internet Resources for Education and Training

(On-line course only) Focuses on developing skills in finding, evaluating, and using internet resources for education and training. Collaboration tools, social media, and mobile applications are explored. Emphasis is placed on the appropriate use of these materials, including copyright compliance.

517 Integration of the Internet and Multimedia in Education and Training

(On-line course only) Focuses on the integration of the Internet and multimedia into curricular material design, development, and evaluation for educational and training purposes. Prerequisite: IDT 504, evidence of meeting the National Educational Technology Standard for Teachers, or permission of instructor/department chair.

525 Grant Writing Basics

(On-line course only) To identify and select appropriate grants, learn strategies for effective proposal writing, and develop skills for utilizing a team approach to generate ideas, coordinate writing, maximize organizational involvement, and strengthen successful grant implementation.

529 Integration of Computer-Based Technology in Education and Training

(On-line course only) Focus on the integration of computer-based technologies into curricular material design, development, and evaluation for educational and training purposes.

530 Graphics Applications in Education and Training

Survey of imaging-related applications such as image editing, 3D modeling, movie editing and special effects software.

532 Fundamentals of Performance Technology for Instructional Designers and Technologists

(On-line course only) This course surveys performance technology approaches and tools to improve the performance of individuals, work groups, and work processes. Students will collaboratively identify instructional and non-instructional performance problems, suggest interventions based upon data-driven needs analyses, and implement and evaluate programmatic solutions in cooperation with the clients.

534 Technology Issues and Professional Development in Education and Training

(On-line course only) Focuses on exploring issues and professional development related to instructional technology.

535 Photographic Applications in Education and Training

Production techniques such as still camera handling, basic darkroom skills, and color slide presentations, and the use of photographic images in microcomputer-based multimedia will be explored.

536 Video Production for Multimedia

(On-line course on rotating basis) Emphasizes digital video production techniques such as video camera handling, lighting techniques, special effects, and desktop video editing for use in computer-based multimedia.

537 Instructional Video Production

Project research, planning and budgeting, script-writing, and media design for instructional video. Course includes casting, lighting, audio, camera movement, angles and camera techniques.

538 Imaging Technology

(On-line course on rotating basis) Study of imagery as a language of communication. Provides practical experiences in digital and electronic still images and nonverbal messages. Students will produce electronic images to be incorporated into educational products.

539 Hardware, Operating Systems, and Networking in the Schools

(On-line course only) Plan for, design, use, and evaluate computer hardware and software, operating systems, and networking for educational settings.

540 Interactive Multimedia Development

Basic principles of design and development of interactive instructional computer applications. Students will complete several projects utilizing a representative multimedia authoring tool and will create prototype instructional software.

541 Advanced Interactive Multimedia Development

Advanced skills in development of media, efficient software design, and application of instructional design principles to deliver computer-based multimedia. Students will perform a series of exercises and continue development of refined multimedia products.

545 Instructional Web Development

(On-line course on rotating basis) Development of web-based instruction and the application of current commercial products for web-based course delivery. Deals with HTML authoring and adapting graphics and movies for web-based delivery.

550 Advanced Instructional Design

Design, develop, and evaluate an instructional system. Using the knowledge of instruction design, students will develop a mini-instructional system.

553 Professional Development

Studies leading to applications of instructional technology and telecommunications which emphasize competency development in a specialized area, such as: distance learning, electronic classrooms, and computer-based presentation systems.

560 Visual Literacy

(On-line course only) Understanding the theories of visual communication and application in preparation of illustrations, icons, and moving images. Students will review the salient literature on visual literacy and apply principles for nonverbal communication in text and computer-based media.

561 Instructional Simulations and Gaming

Focuses on the use of simulations and games for instruction and training. Provides opportunities to develop instructional simulations utilizing appropriate development software. Also focuses on the effective and efficient development of game-based instruction.

565 Management of Instructional Technology

Emphasis is given to project management, assessment of instructional needs, coordinating instructional design and production of instructional materials and projects, and identifying resource needs and allocation.

573 Professional Development

Studies leading to applications of Instructional Technology and Telecommunications which emphasize competency development in a specialized area, such as: distance learning, electronic classrooms, curriculum integration, presentation systems, and multimedia techniques. Course includes the completion of a project.

591 Independent Study

An investigation of issues related to the student’s major area, not specifically covered in other courses.

595 Technology, Planning and Research

Emphasis on the planning, leadership, and evaluation of technology integration in educational and training environments. Provides students with the opportunity to apply theories and techniques of educational technology through on-site field experiences.

600 Applied Project

Advanced level fieldwork in a setting appropriate to the student’s professional goals. The result of the applied project will be presented to the student’s Graduate Committee.

603 Graduate Portfolio

Throughout their graduate program, students will develop a portfolio documenting their knowledge and skills in instructional design and technology. The result of the portfolio will be presented to the student’s Graduate Committee.

605 Thesis

Thesis direction under the guidance of a major advisor to meet the need of the student. A written thesis will be presented to the student’s Graduate Committee.

620 Instructional Design and Technology Internship

Integrates instructional technology theories and practical skills with application in a real-life environment. Students are exposed to a variety of positions in that environment during the semester. During the internship, the student will demonstrate his/her ability to integrate, organize and manage a project.

756 Planning for Technology

This course focuses on the role of the school administrator in addressing issues and strategies for integrating technology in K12 schools. Topics explored include the use of technology to support teaching and learning; the integration of technology into long- and short-term planning and budgeting; models for technology staffing, professional development, and support; and alignment with state and federal technology initiatives and standards.

Admission Requirements

The IDT program welcomes and invites qualified applicants from diverse fields and interests. Applicants desiring admission into the IDT graduate program must formally apply to the School of Graduate Studies declaring Instructional Design and Technology as their area of study. Furthermore, applicants must indicate whether they are applying for the General Instructional Design and Technology Emphasis or the Technology Specialist Emphasis.

Learn about the graduate application process.

Applicants may qualify for admission to the General Instructional Design and Technology Emphasis under the following conditions:

  1. Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. Currently, the School of Graduate Studies admits students with an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the final two years of undergraduate coursework). If undergraduate requirements are not met, the departmental admissions committee will consider for admission applicants who have completed at least 12 semester hours of graduate coursework with a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.2 or higher from a regionally accredited university. All others will be denied admission. No more than nine semester hours completed before being admitted to the program can be used to meet degree requirements, unless the hours were earned while in an IDT Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program.
  2. Applicants must submit a 1000-word structured essay that describes their interests and career goals as they apply to the field of instructional design and technology. Download the structured essay questions (docx).
  3. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s academic potential at the graduate level.
  4. International students whose native language is not English must satisfy one of the following criteria:
    1. meet the minimum TOEFL admission score required by the School of Graduate Studies;
    2. complete the WESL program prior to taking IDT graduate courses;
    3. hold a bachelor’s degree (with four years in residence) from an accredited college/university within the USA and within two years of matriculation at WIU.

In addition, applicants for the state-approved Technology Specialist Emphasis must also meet the following conditions:

  1. Applicants must have completed a state-approved teacher education program and hold a teaching certificate/license.
  2. Applicants must show evidence of meeting the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T) by submitting a self-assessment of competencies.

Applicants for the state-approved Technology Specialist Emphasis should also be aware of the following:

  1. Applicants who lack basic competencies in microcomputer application software may be required to take IDT 503.
  2. Applicants to the Technology Specialist Emphasis who have identified NETS-T deficiencies may be required to take IDT 504, or they may be required to complete a faculty approved plan of selected professional development activities.
  3. Completion of the Technology Specialist Emphasis does not automatically lead to an Illinois State Board of Education Technology Specialist endorsement. Questions concerning this licensure should be directed to the IDT Graduate Advisor.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology may choose to follow a research plan or a course work plan. The research plan is 32 semester hours and includes either IDT 600 Applied Project, or IDT 605 Thesis, which students present to their Departmental Graduate Committee. The course work plan is 35 semester hours. Students in the course work plan must complete an additional six semester hours chosen from courses in the IDT program. Students selecting the course work plan are required to complete IDT 603, and present to their Departmental Graduate Committee a portfolio of completed projects that demonstrate competencies in specific areas (i.e., instructional design, multimedia development, graphics applications, technology integration, etc.).


Instructional Design and Technology

Hoyet Hemphill, Program Advisor/Graduate Advisor
Location: Knoblauch Hall
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1091

Leaunda Hemphill, K-12 Coordinator
Location: Knoblauch Hall 132
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1091

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Dr. Ray Diez, Chairperson
Location: Knoblauch Hall 135
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1091
Fax: (309) 298-1061

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Dr. William Bailey, Interim Dean
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Phone: (309) 298-2442
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