Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology

July 01, 2021
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UC Online Waived Application Fee Fall 2021The Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) program at the University of Cincinnati online, is a program that prepares students for a career in the IDT industry.  Our 100% online program offers students a learning schedule where they can access the coursework at the times that work best for them.  UC Online’s educators prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to learn the latest online and digital tools.

The University of Cincinnati’s CECH School of Education is consistently ranked among the nation’s very best by U.S. News and World Report.

What is Instructional Design and Technology?

Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is a relatively new and expanding field, that concentrates on the design, creation, use and evaluation of multimedia learning experiences.  According to, “Instructional Design is a technology for the development of learning experiences and environments that promote the acquisition of specific knowledge and skill by students”.  IDT is the science and art of creating innovative, efficient, and collaborative training in educational programs, business and industry, K-12, and Higher Education.  Interested?

Watch one of our students discuss some of the reasons why IDT was the right path for him.

What to expect with UC Online’s M.Ed Instructional Design and Technology Program

The University of Cincinnati’s 100% online program is taught from world-class professors that are experts in the areas of design, evaluation, as well as the use of media and technology.  Concentrating on a well-rounded, interdisciplinary educational experience, courses draw from the fields of cognitive science, education, design, information technology, and computer science. Graduates of the IDT program become versatile content creators and are equipped to work in a variety of industries. Here are examples of graduate portfolios.

The University of Cincinnati Online also offers the Blended Online Learning and Teaching( BOLT) graduate certificate.  The BOLT graduate certificate is 15 credit hours, and sets students up to meet online teaching demands by gaining skills in education, design, and information technology.

Program Offerings for the Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology Program?

  • 100% online: no campus visits are required
  • Opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning & project-based assignments
  • Part-time and full-time scheduling: you have the flexibility to balance work and family obligations while completing your degree
  • World-class faculty who are leaders in the field of instructional design & technology
  • State-of-the art virtual labs
  • Scholarships for qualifying applicants
  • Meets the current demands of teaching remotely and socially distanced formats
  • Growing job market with high salaries (for example, Instructional Coordinators made $66,290 on average per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019)
  • Start-to-Graduation Support: Every student enrolled online is assigned a dedicated Academic Advisor and also a Student Success Coordinator providing one-on-one support. They are your on-campus partners who can help you manage your time and ensure you’re meeting degree requirements to get you to graduation.


The University of Cincinnati is happy to partner with the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).  AECT is an international organization which values the exchanging of ideas, thoughts and collaboration with individuals whose activities are directed toward improving learning.  AECT members include instructional designers, researchers, professors and teachers, educational technologists, and other professionals united by a passion for improving teaching and learning.

IDT Student Showcase

Want to learn more about instructional design from students that have been through the program?  Join us for the Instructional Design & Technology Student Showcase virtual Zoom event!

Graduating students will present their portfolios of work in a fast-paced PechaKucha style format.  There will be 2 breakout sessions and attendees can pick which presentations they want to see.

Attendees are welcome to watch the whole thing, or just pop in to see a presentation or two.  After each presentation, there will be time for Q&A.  A short information session will follow the showcase.  Stick around to learn more about the IDT program from our world-class faculty members.

Save the date: April 14th,2021 from 5-6 PM ESTSign up for the event here!

Full agenda for the event below.

Session One:

Alex Vinolus– Education for All, A Usability Evaluation of an Online Canvas Course

Luanna Schwaeble– A Strong Foundation–Focus Group Evaluation of an Online Canvas Course

Ashley Renfro– A Portfolio Presentation Focusing on the Use of Video Lessons to Improve Learning Outcomes

Session Two:

Megan Brown– Digital Storytelling in Expressions and Equations

Carmen Rietta– Learner Centered Design: Learning Experiences for Children to Adults

Vicki Buckley– Leveraging Learning Analytics to Evaluate a Skill-Based Simulation


Why University of Cincinnati Online?

Learn from National Renowned Faculty
The real-world focused faculty at UC are relevant, inspiring, attentive, supportive and connected!
Start-to-Graduation Support
Student Success Coordinators are available to students enrolled in online programs - they are your on-campus partner who can help you manage your time and whatever you need to get you to graduation.
Affordable Financial Support
Financial aid packages can help make your tuition more affordable. Currently, nearly all students at UC Online are eligible for some form of financial aid or assistance.
Career Advancement
Gain cutting-edge marketability, knowledge and skills to increase your earning potential and quality of life.
Academic Accreditation
The University of Cincinnati, a premier research and higher learning institution, ranks in the top tier of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report and is fully accredited nationally.
The program is designed for working professionals that need the flexibility of online classes.
Student Testimonials
“Being in the IDT program at UC helped me build on my undergrad degree and opened so many doors for me that I never thought possible. Because of the UC IDT program, I now am working fulltime and have a career where I know I am making an impact on thousands of students every year. ”

Alexander V.

“I am thankful that I ventured into this IDT world, and have found unique ways to allow my background in early childhood and leading PDs for teachers, to inform my studies, and vice versa. My experiences have helped turn me into a well-known support system for many of my colleagues. Thank you for the part that this program has played. ”

Carmen R.

“The IDT program has greatly helped me in my job... I used the instructional design methods, online collaboration practices, and website design skills you taught in class. Thank you all for the program!”

Nathaniel H.

“I am aware of so many schools in our area that for all intents and purposes virtually closed doors because instructors did not have the technology skills to make the conversion to online. I am very grateful for this program because I had the tools "at the ready" to make such a conversion at a moments notice. ”

Emily M.

“The Instructional Design and Technology program granted me enormous freedom to pursue my interests with hands-on, project-based assignments. This flexibility allowed me to tailor my work and resume according to my interests in the IDT field.”

Mitchell C.

“The M.Ed IDT program helped me obtain the position I am in now. I gained real-world experience while working on group projects with students who were in the educational technology field. The program has also helped me gain valuable skills to aid in my growth as an Instructional Technologist.”

Josie W.

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