Graduate Studies

Instructional Design and Technology

“Given my prior undergraduate experience in IDT, I knew that the quality of instruction at the graduate level would more than exceed my expectations and provide me with the necessary skills to succeed in the world of instructional technology.”– Donnie Ingram, MS, 2005, Instructional Designer, St. Ambrose College


  • General
  • Technology Specialist

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Program Overview

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Instructional Design and Technology is designed to prepare educational technology specialists, graphic designers, instructional designers and developers, educational technologists, trainers in industry and business, and classroom teachers to develop, produce, and evaluate instructional and training materials. Courses are offered in various formats such as online and weekend courses with hands-on experience. Graduates of the program will enter or continue careers in instructional design, interactive multimedia, computer-based graphics, and distance learning. The program also serves students interested in pursuing advanced graduate studies in instructional design and related areas.

Why Choose Instructional Design and Technology at WIU?

The IDT MS degree program offers the flexibility for students to tailor their own program specifically to their career goals. Also, many of the courses, including all core courses, are completely online. Weekend academy courses provide hands-on experience for the working professional.

Our Faculty

Graduate faculty members are committed to helping their students apply the principles of instructional design to develop effective instruction and training. Professors in the department have doctorates in their field. Faculty members have extensive experience in their fields and are actively involved in a variety of professional organizations as well as publishing and presenting at the state, national, and international levels. The Illinois Association for Educational Communications and Technology and the Midwest Journal of Educational Communications and Technology are housed in the IDT department. Faculty have expertise in the following areas: multimedia development, digital graphics, digital video editing and production, 3D modeling and animation, web page and database development, computer game development, computer simulations, instructional design and development, project management, performance technology, online course development and evaluation, corporate training, P-12 technology integration in the classroom, and instructional theory and research.

Possible Careers

  • instructional designer
  • web-based user interface designer
  • 3D modeler
  • virtual learning designer
  • 3D animator
  • interactive multimedia designer
  • learning design consultant
  • e-learning strategist
  • web developer
  • instructional developer
  • project manager
  • technology specialist
  • web master


There are numerous job opportunities around the country and internationally. Every spring the Department hosts an Annual IDT Job Fair, which is attended by major corporations (John Deere, Cummins Engines, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, etc.) and other agencies and colleges looking to higher instructional designers and related positions. Our AECT student chapter is very active in bringing in exciting guest speakers and arranging field trips to major companies involved in instructional design, multimedia development, online training, and 3D animation.

Some of our Graduates

  • Donnie L Ingram Jr. M.S.
    Senior Instructional Designer
    Center of Instructional Design & Technology
    St Ambrose University Davenport, IA 52803
    Office Phone: 563-333-6086
  • Dana Fellows
    Systems Engineer at Whiteside Area Career Center
    Instructor, Computer Information Systems at Sauk Valley Community College
  • Jill Forti
    Technology Facilitator at Mundelein School District
  • Scott Johnson
    Illinois Online Network Program Coordinator (Director) at University of Illinois
  • Jing Yu
    Instructional Designer, Center for Application of Information Technology

Quick View

Degrees Available:

  • M.S.
  • Integrated Bachelor's/Master's


  • Macomb
  • Online

Required GPA:

  • Cumulative: 2.75 or
  • Last 2 years: 3.0

Admission Requirements:

  • Goals Statement
  • Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Interesting Facts: Fall 2019

  • Currently enrolled: 38
  • International: 5
  • Minority: 5
  • Male: 15
  • Female: 23
  • Students with Assistantships: 6

Department Contact Information:

Knoblauch Hall 135