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.
Applicants may qualify for admission to the general Instructional Design and Technology Emphasis under the following conditions:
- 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 G.P.A. Of at least a 2.75 (or a G.P.A. 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 G.P.A of 3.2 or higher from a regionally accredited university. All others will be denied admission.
- Applicants must submit a 1000 word structured essay that describes their interest and career goals as they apply to the field of instructional design and technology. Structured essay questions are available here.
- Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s academic potential at the graduate level.
- International students whose native language is not English must satisfy one of the following criteria:
- Meet minimum TOEFL admission score required by the School of Graduate Studies;
- Complete the WESL program prior to taking IDT graduate courses;
- 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:
- If seeking State of Illinois certification through the IDT Department, applicants must submit verification of Illinois teaching certification and successful completion of the Illinois Test of Basic Skills (within five years of admission if certified prior to July 1, 1988, or if not certified in the State of Illinois). If not seeking State of Illinois certification through the IDT Department, a signed statement attesting to that fact is required.
- Applicants must show evidence of meeting National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T) by submitting a self-assessment of competencies.
Applicants should also be aware of the following:
- Applicants who lack basic competencies in microcomputer application software may be required to take IDT 503.
- 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.
- Completion of the Technology Specialist Emphasis does not automatically lead to an Illinois State Board of Education Technology Specialist (Type 10) certification. Questions concerning this certification should be directed to the IDT Graduate Advisor.
Contact Dr. Leaunda Hemphill, IDT Graduate Advisor, for questions about the program or assistance in planning your coursework for either the online or blended graduate programs. She answers questions from prospective students on the IDT graduate program. She counsels current students on the following items: 1) selecting graduate-level courses, 2) petitioning to transfer appropriate graduate coursework completed at other institutions or departments, 3) formulating and submitting a Graduate Study Plan, 4) selecting the appropriate exit option (portfolio, applied project, or thesis), and 5) filling out the Request for Graduate Advising Committee form.
You can contact Dr. Hemphill by email (LS-Hemphill@wiu.edu) or phone (309-298-1186).