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Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology
The Master of Science (MS) degree in Instructional Design and Technology is designed to prepare educational technology specialists, graphic designers, educational technologists, trainers in industry and business, and classroom teachers to develop, produce, and evaluate instructional and training materials. Courses are offered in an online format, and selected courses are offered in a weekend format at the Macomb campus, where hands-on experience occurs. Coursework for this degree can be completed online or as a combination of online and face-to-face courses. Graduates of the program will enter or continue careers in instructional design, interactive multimedia, computer-based graphics, and distance learning.
The Department of Instructional Design and 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 (Type 10) licensure.
Master of Science Program
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:
- Distance learning applications in training and education
- Multimedia applications in training and education
- Course work and training program development
- Systematic instructional design and evaluation of instruction and training
- Instructional software development and utilization
- 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.
The Department of Instructional Design and Technology is dedicated to a high level of academic scholarship in its professional program and to excellence in the preparation of technology specialists. Faculty associated with the department includes distinguished scholars, researchers, and authors of national and international reputation. Most faculty have either taught or served in public schools or have worked in professional training and instructional product development settings. All have shown commitment to the continued improvement of education through the process of professional study, the development of new approaches to teaching, and the design and publication of innovative and scholarly courses of study.
Chairperson: Hoyet Hemphill
Graduate Committee Chairperson: Leaunda Hemphill
Office: Horrabin Hall 47
Telephone: (309) 298-1952 Fax: (309) 298-2978
Location of Program Offering: Macomb and Online
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 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.
- 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. (Structured essay questions are available online or in the department.)
- 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:
a. meet the minimum TOEFL admission score required by the School of Graduate Studies;
b. complete the WESL program prior to taking IDT graduate courses;
c. 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:
- Applicants must have completed a state-approved teacher education program and hold a teaching certificate/license.
- 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:
- 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) licensure. Questions concerning this licensure should be directed to the IDT Graduate Advisor.