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Masters of Science – General IDT Emphasis

                      Online and Blended Learning Programs of Study                            
We offer both online and residential graduate programs that provide learning and career opportunities that are flexible, affordable, and convenience to a diverse student population

 

Degree Program

The graduate program in the Department of Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) offers instruction and hands-on training on instructional design and evaluation, distance learning, multimedia applications, educational video development, instructional software development, educational technology, computer-based graphics, and technology integration in the classroom and school building level. Students enter careers in a wide variety of corporate, K12 and high education schools, and government sectors.

You have the choice of two tracts for your IDT degree program. IDT program offers either a research tract or a course work tract. The research tract, which includes an applied project or a thesis, is most suitable if you are interested in conducting and testing a site-specific project, conducting a research study, or if you are planning to pursue additional education beyond the MS degree. The course work tract is recommended if you prefer taking additional courses and producing a portfolio of completed projects demonstrating your expertise in instructional technology.

Online or Blended Programs of Study.

  Your program can be tailored for your own needs and location.You may complete your M.S. program entirely online or in combination of online and face-to-face classes. You will work with the Graduate Advisor to design your program of study. 

All Masters options can be completed ONLINE. Either a research tract or a coursework tract can be selectedOnline courses are taught using the WesternOnline course management system. 

 

Degree Requirements:

Students seeking the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology may choose to follow a research tract or a course work tract.

The research tract is 32 semester hours and includes either IDT 600 Applied Project, or IDT 605 Thesis.

The course work tract 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.).

Also, there are two emphasis options for students pursuing the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology: General Instructional Design and Technology Emphasis, and Technology Specialist Emphasis.

 

I. Core Courses: 11 s.h.

  • IDT 500 Preseminar (2)
  • IDT 505 Foundations of Instructional Technology (3)
  • IDT 510 Principles of Instructional Design (3)
  • EIS 500 Research Methods (3)

 

II. Directed Electives (select one emphasis): 15 s.h.

A. General Instructional Design and Technology Emphasis

  • IDT 503 Microcomputer Applications in Instructional Technology (3)
  • IDT 504 Technology Applications for the Classroom Teacher (3)
  • IDT 512 Instructional Development for Business and Training (3)
  • IDT 515 Telecommunications and Distance Learning (3)
  • IDT 516 Internet Resources for Education and Training (3)
  • IDT 517 Classroom Integration of the Internet and Multimedia (3)
  • IDT 522 Computers as Critical Thinking Tools (3)
  • IDT 525 Grant Writing Basics (3)
  • IDT 529 Integration of Computer-Based Technology in Schools (3)
  • IDT 530 Graphics Applications in Education and Training (3)
  • IDT 532 Fundamentals of Performance Technology for Instructional Designers and Technologists (3)
  • IDT 534 Technology Issues and Professional Development for Educators (3)
  • IDT 535 Photographic Applications in Education and Training (3)
  • IDT 536 Video Production for Multimedia (3)
  • IDT 537 Instructional Video Production (3)
  • IDT 538 Imaging Technology (3)
  • IDT 539 Hardware, Operating Systems, and Networking in the Schools (3)
  • IDT 540 Interactive Multimedia Development (3)
  • IDT 541 Advanced Interactive Multimedia Development (3)
  • IDT 545 Instructional Web Development (3)
  • IDT 550 Advanced Instructional Design (3) 
  • IDT 560 Visual Literacy (3)
  • IDT 561 Instructional Simulations and Gaming (3)
  • IDT 565 Management of Instructional Technology (3)
  • IDT 591 Independent Study (1–3, repeatable to 3)
  • IDT 595 Technology Planning and Research (3)
  • IDT 601 Seminar in Instructional Technology (2)
  • IDT 620 Instructional Design and Technology Internship (4)

OR

B. Technology Specialist Emphasis

  • IDT 517 Classroom Integration of the Internet and Multimedia (3)
  • IDT 529 Integration of Computer-Based Technology in Schools (3)
  • IDT 534 Technology Issues and Professional Development for Educators (3)
  • IDT 539 Hardware, Operating Systems, and Networking in the Schools (3)
  • IDT 595 Technology Planning and Research (3)

 

III. General Electives: 3 s.h.

Students may choose from among courses in the IDT program or from other departments’ offerings to augment and enhance their program objectives and employment opportunities.

 

 

IV. Exit Options (select one of the following options)

A. Research: 3 s. h.
--IDT 600 Applied Projects (3)
   
or
--IDT 605 Thesis (3)
TOTAL PROGRAM: 32 s.h.

B. Course Work: 6 s.h.
IDT 603 Graduate Portfolio (0)

General electives (6)
TOTAL PROGRAM: 35 s.h.

 

Research Tract 
IDT Core Courses ---11 s.h. 
Directed Electives---15 s.h.
General Electives---3 s.h.* 
IDT 600 Applied Project or IDT 605 Thesis---3 s.h.
TOTAL PROGRAM---32 s.h.

Course Work Tract 
IDT Core Courses---11 s.h. 
Directed Electives---15 s.h.
General Electives---3 (+6 Course Work) s.h.* 
Complete Portfolio---non-credit
TOTAL PROGRAM---35 s.h.

*- IDT electives or transfer credits

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Graduate Advisor

Contact Dr. Leaunda Hemphill, IDT Graduate Advisor, for assistance in planning your coursework for either the online or blended graduate programs.

Leaunda S. Hemphill, Ph.D.
Horrabin Hall 95D
email: LS-Hemphill@wiu.edu
Phone: 309-298-1186 to schedule an appointment

Leaunda S. Hemphill, Ph.D.