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Instructional Design Degrees
An online instructional design degree combines your passion for designing a learning plan that caters to learners’ needs with your desire to push the limits of educational theory, tools, and technologies. If you are driven by curiosity and want to develop creative learning solutions that can be applied in diverse settings, an instructional design degree* from the University of Arizona Global Campus may be the degree for you.
Your bachelor’s degree in instructional design will give you a fundamental understanding of instructional design and the role it plays in advancing education on a global scale. Your courses will train you to focus on the needs of the learner and provide solutions to educational challenges that impact students at various stages of life. This foundational knowledge will position you to pursue a fulfilling and successful career in the field of instructional design.
You may also choose to complete your education with UAGC’s online Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology. These graduate-level online courses are project-based, allowing you to put theory into practice throughout multiple settings – academic, corporate, and military – and take a lead role in the research, development, implementation, and analysis of technology-based curriculum. Like UAGC’s bachelor’s program, your master’s degree courses are based on the Instructional Designer Competencies developed and validated by the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction (ibstpi®).
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What Can You Do with a Degree in Instructional Design?
A bachelor’s degree in instructional design will give you the knowledge and skills training necessary to begin a meaningful career in an instructional design-related field, such as an Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialist, or another role that requires you to merge digital and physical technologies with carefully-designed learning strategies.
With the project-based experience and knowledge gained from your Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology, you can manage the curriculum development process from concept to completion, with an understanding that a diverse approach is necessary to meet the needs of learners in academic, corporate, government, nonprofit, and even military settings. Upon graduation, you can pursue opportunities as an instructional designer and technologist, instructional coordinator, or another role in which your exceptional leadership, research, and communication skills are needed.
“A degree in instructional design and technology is very versatile. There will be a need for people who can design and develop instruction wherever learning and training occurs.”
Dr. Chris Sorenson, Instructional Design Program Chair
What Does an Instructional Designer Do?
Instructional Design professionals are at the forefront of modern education, with advanced knowledge of educational training tools and a unique understanding of learning environments and target audiences.
Instructional designers, coordinators, and other related jobs commonly focus on the following areas:
Identification of Education Requirements
Instructional design professionals recognize that you cannot take a one-size-fits-all approach to training and development. Your degree program will teach you to identify the gaps that exist with each audience, so you can tailor your curriculum to address specific needs and reach positive outcomes across the board.
Development of Trainings for Diverse Audiences
Just as important as identifying the specific needs of your audience, you must also understand how they learn. Through your courses, you will learn how to diversify your techniques and approach to curriculum development, so that you can create innovative solutions that are relevant to each audience.
Assessment of Training Effectiveness
Instructional design professionals must be able to analyze the effectiveness of their curriculum. Your degree program will teach you how to set benchmarks for success and determine which audiences are most receptive to your work.
Optimization of Existing Training Programs
When instructional design professionals are not developing their own curriculum, they are testing and examining the effectiveness of existing programs. Your courses will train you to carefully inspect and improve these methods utilizing your knowledge of emerging technologies as well as ethical, regulatory, and political factors.
Should I Add an Emphasis to My Online Instructional Design Degree?
If you are pursuing your Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design, you can broaden your education with emphasis courses. An emphasis consists of three, three-credit courses that will enrich your knowledge base and expand your career options upon graduation. You may choose from these five emphases:
Career Outlook for Instructional Design Professionals
With more education and training taking place online and a greater emphasis on continuing education at the corporate level, instructional design professionals are in high demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree – specifically those with a background in training and development – are among those growing faster than average. Likewise, roles that require a master’s degree, such as those that involve overseeing school curriculums and education standards, are among those that employers will value for years to come.
Why Should I Study Instructional Design at UAGC?
As a trailblazer in the field of online learning and online technology tools, the University of Arizona Global Campus offers value and perspective for instructional design students.
The University of Arizona Global Campus courses are designed to meet the needs of on-the-go students with curriculum that is optimized for mobile learning and the support of an experienced faculty comprised of master’s degree and doctoral degree holders. As a UAGC student, you will also enjoy the benefits of:
- 5- to 6-week courses and a flexible schedule that allows you to take one course at a time
- 24/7 student support from the UAGC Library, Writing Center, Career Services, and more
- UAGC’s SMART Track, a faster path to a master’s degree for those pursuing a bachelor’s degree at UAGC
- Dedicated student advisors to support you from enrollment to graduation
- The Instructional Design at UAGC Student Club
“There are a lot of roles in a company that tie into instructional design. It’s for anyone who is in business management, corporate leadership, and professions that tie into that.”
Richard Bodo, Instructional Design Student
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