Whether you are an educator who wants to improve education processes in the classroom, or you are a working professional who wants to develop, implement and assess training programs for the workplace, you need a universal instructional skill set that is transferable to any industry. If you want to help teach others in today's digital world, you can acquire the knowledge and skills you will need with a master's degree in instructional design and technology from the University of West Florida.
UWF has created a fully online program for those who want to learn how to access, design, develop, implement, evaluate and manage technology-based education processes. This Master of Education degree is in the high-demand field of instructional design, and UWF gives you the option of adding a high-demand concentration in either Human Performance Technology (HPT) or in Distance Learning (DL).
What the Graduates of This Program Have to Say
Dean Allerheiligen's first master's degree was a Master of Divinity, and after spending 20 years as a United Methodist Church pastor, he decided to make a career change and became a customer experience manager at World Ford Pensacola. "I discovered that if I was going to be effective in my position, be able to bring customers to our local store and build identity and value in the store, then I was going to have to learn how to do instruction through video," he said.
After researching his options, Allerheiligen enrolled in the online M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology program from UWF, completing his degree in 2018. The Emerging and Innovative Technology Systems course was especially useful in Allerheiligen's role at World Ford. "That course was very good because it allowed you to see what is out there and what kind of things are coming," he said, as he has already seen the auto industry using augmented reality and video lessons to teach and train employees.
Ashley McArthur was hired to do instructional design at Pensacola State College and discovered she loved it. She realized that she was doing the same tasks as everybody else but not getting paid the same because she didn't have a master's degree. She decided to earn an M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology from the UWF online program, and she is currently enrolled in UWF's Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction online program.
McArthur found the curriculum in the M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology program was useful in her job instantly: "Every single course was immediately applicable. My mind was blown. I was so surprised. I was expecting it to be like my bachelor's and the post-graduate, where it was okay but you couldn't really apply it. That was so far from the case."
UWF's Online M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology Program
This 100% online program from UWF can be completed in as few as 24 months, has multiple start dates per year, and is very affordable. Discounts are also available to active duty military, veterans, spouses and dependents of military. The curriculum comprises 36 credit hours which include 15 hours in core courses, 12 credit hours in your chosen degree concentration (Human Performance Technology or Distance Learning), six credit hours of electives, and one three-credit-hour capstone course.
The online format makes it convenient for working professionals who want to pursue an advanced degree but can't quit work to attend in person. As Dean Allerheiligen shared, "It allows me to study at my own pace. It allows me to get online when it's convenient for me. I'm very busy with my job. I'll steal a few moments in the morning to read. I'll read some at lunchtime. I'll come home and read some more. Those kinds of things would be very difficult to fit into my life if I had to come and attend class on campus."
Learn more about the UWF online M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology program.
Sources:UWF: Ashley McArthur Embraces Change, Earns M.Ed. Online
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