Instructional design has evolved beyond the classroom and into the business world where instructional designers are also needed to develop training and educational programs for employees.

With your Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology degree from Ashford University, you will be able to serve varied audiences in diverse educational contexts in the areas of effective learning analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation.

You will develop and design learning solutions to address identified needs and problems, tailor coursework to individual design interests, and build a professional instructional design ePortfolio. Learn how to use existing and emerging technology to develop impactful educational experiences for learners of all ages.

  • Apply fundamental research and communication skills into the instructional design process using instructional designer professional foundations
  • Conduct comprehensive needs and instructional analyses as part of a learning project including an examination of target populations, environmental and learning characteristics, instructional materials, and multi-media and adaptive technologies
  • Create learning and performance solutions using learning theory, instructional design techniques and strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners and purposes
  • Implement and Evaluate learning and performance solutions based on instructional design proposals and learning projects
  • Model instructional designer management skills throughout the instructional design process
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Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions


An online degree from Ashford University does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state's policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.