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Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology Online

Complete Coursework: 24 months Credit Hours: 36 Tuition: $14,994

Improve the field of education in the digital age


The Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology online degree program from UWF is designed to prepare you to meet the challenges of complex problems from the perspective of education and training within a variety of industries including education, military, health care, business and nonprofit organizations.

In this 100% online program, you will learn how to access, design, develop, implement, evaluate and manage technology-based education processes in order to optimize performance within organizations or companies. You’ll study the latest technology and its uses for teaching and learning and prepare to design learning systems for anyone, on any topic, in any format.

This versatile M.Ed. will give you a universal instructional skillset that is transferrable to any industry. Whether you are a working professional who aspires to assess, develop and implement training programs to optimize the performance of an organization, or an educator who wants to move beyond the classroom and into distance education, this degree can deliver.

In as few as 24 months, you can be prepared to take advantage of a broad range of career opportunities such as corporate trainer, technology coordinator, distance learning specialist, instructional designer, e-learning developer, and more.

Earn your degree 100% online with a high-demand concentration:

  • M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology with a concentration in Human Performance Technology (HPT): Learn to identify individual and organizational performance issues, facilitate interventions and recommend effective solutions. If you seek the challenge of working with other professionals to improve organizational performance, this UWF degree can help you achieve your goals.
  • M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology with a concentration in Distance Learning (DL): Apply current technology tools in online environments, with a focus on integrating modern distance education and virtual training systems. UWF graduates with this degree work in curricular, instructional, performance or distance environments, designing, producing and evaluating instructional materials and managing teams or technology projects.


Find out how this Instructional Design & Technology student is using his knowledge


In this top-ranked program, you'll learn how to:

  • Apply instructional technology concepts and instructional design models and processes to work environments in a variety of settings
  • Analyze real-world individual and organizational performance problems comprehensively from education and training perspectives
  • Develop project management plans that outline project tasks, times and milestones
  • Design programs utilizing instructional design and distance learning best practices
  • Analyze and recommend a wide range of solutions to performance problems in business, industry, education and the military


Learn more about the online M.Ed. in Instructional Design & Technology


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Tuition for UWF's online degrees make them some of the most affordable programs in Florida. The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology online.

A special Academic Partnerships discount price is available for students employed by partner organizations and partner school districts. A discount price is also available to active duty military, veterans, spouses and dependents of military. Please call our enrollment specialists at 877-588-2502for more information.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course* Per Program Per Program with Partner/Military Discount
M.Ed. – Instructional Design and Technology $416.50 $1,249.50 $14,994 $13,914

*Per course amount based on three-credit course.


A $30 application fee is required; applications will not be processed without it.

Applicants are admitted to the University only for the semester for which they apply. Students who do not enroll in the semester for which they have been admitted and want to be considered for a different semester must reapply and pay the application processing fee again. Applicants will be considered for admission under the policies in effect at that time. Admission is not automatic. If a student has attended another collegiate institution prior to updating the application, the student must provide an official transcript of all work attempted.

Refund Policy

Students receiving financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office regarding the effect on financial aid eligibility prior to dropping or withdrawing. To understand the refund/repayment policy, you must understand the difference between a drop and a withdrawal.

  • Dropped courses are courses removed from your schedule before the fee payment deadline
  • Withdrawals occur after the fee payment deadline

Refunds are calculated by determining the point in the semester that the student either drops or withdraws. The calculation is also based on whether the student drops or withdraws from all courses or individual courses.

Refunds During the Drop/Add Period

100% of tuition is refunded for each credit hour dropped during the drop/add period. The refund is applied to any financial aid that was disbursed to the student if the drop results in a change to enrollment status. If the amount of the refund does not cover the amount owed to financial aid, the student will be billed for the difference.

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Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology Online

Term Course Start Date Application Deadline* Registration Deadline** Tuition Deadline Drop/Add Period
Spring 2 2020 March 2, 2020 January 31, 2020 March 1, 2020 March 8, 2020 March 2 – March 8, 2020
Summer 1 2020 May 11, 2020 April 10, 2020 May 10, 2020 May 17, 2020 May 11 – May 17, 2020
Summer 2 2020 June 22, 2020 May 22, 2020 June 21, 2020 June 28, 2020 June 22 – June 28, 2020
Fall 1 2020 August 24, 2020 July 24, 2020 August 13, 2020 August 13, 2020 August 24 – August 30, 2020
Fall 2 2020 October 19, 2020 September 18, 2020 October 15, 2020 October 15, 2020 October 19 – October 25, 2020
Spring 1 2021 January 11, 2021 November 25, 2020 December 17, 2020 December 17, 2020 January 11, – January 17, 2021
Spring 2 2021 March 15, 2021 February 12, 2021 March 4, 2021 March 4, 2021 March 15, – March 19, 2021
Summer 1 2021 May 10, 2021 April 9, 2021 April 29, 2021 April 29, 2021 May 10, – May 16, 2021
Summer 2 2021 June 21, 2021 May 21, 2021 June 17, 2021 June 17, 2021 June 21, – June 27, 2021

*Application and all documents must be submitted by this date.

**Registrations after the deadline will be charged a $100 fee.



The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Find out the requirements for the Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology online, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology Online Requirements

Any individual with a baccalaureate degree is eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology online program. Admission to the program is selective and based on a combination of factors, including academic and professional achievement.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

In addition to UWF's graduate admission requirements, the College of Education and Professional Studies bases its decisions on a holistic review of credentials. Students who meet the following requirements may be provisionally admitted to the program:

  • A bachelor's degree from an institution that is fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or a comparable degree from an international institution
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate degree
  • Official transcripts must be sent from a college or university directly to the Graduate School and bear an official seal and signature. Students who received their undergraduate or graduate degree from UWF do not need to provide UWF transcripts.

    The University of West Florida
    Graduate Admissions
    11000 University Pkwy., Bldg 11
    Pensacola, FL 32514-5750

    The UWF Graduate School is unable to accept electronic, secure transcripts directly from other institutions unless it is a Florida institution that uses the FASTER transcript system. When requesting transcripts from your current or previous institution, please be sure to specify that you need a hard-copy transcript sent to UWF.

    International students may have additional requirements

  • Graduate admission test requirements: The graduate admission test may be waived for applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher. Applicants with a bachelor's GPA below 3.25 should submit their scores on a nationally standardized graduate admissions test, such as the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or an equivalent that is acceptable for the program to which the student is applying. Test scores must be no more than five years old.
  • Good standing at all previous institutions of higher learning. Students who, for academic or disciplinary reasons, are not eligible to register in the college or university last attended will not be admitted for graduate study.
  • Submission of letter of intent that meets the following minimum requirements:
    • Describes the applicant's academic and professional experiences
    • Describes the applicant's career goals and reasons for pursuing the degree
    • Minimum of two pages in length
    • Free of spelling and grammatical errors
  • Approval by the department offering the degree

Official transcripts must be sent from a college or university directly to the Graduate School and bear an official seal and signature. Students who received their undergraduate degree from UWF do not need to provide UWF transcripts.

Transcripts should be sent to:

The University of West Florida Graduate School
Attention: Graduate Admissions
11000 University Parkway, Building 11
Pensacola, FL 32514-5750

International students may have additional requirements.



For the Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology online, the curriculum consists of 36 semester credit hours, including 15 hours of core coursework, 12 hours corresponding to your degree concentration (Human Performance Technology or Distance Learning), 6 hours of electives, and 1 capstone course. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take electives that align with their area of concentration. Alternative 5000 or 6000 courses may be used to fulfill the requirement with advisor approval.

Please note: Course duration is reduced from 8 weeks to 7 weeks during the summer sessions.

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Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students investigate historical, sociological and philosophical perspectives of instructional technology in education and training environments. Students develop the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to integrate instructional technology theories and processes into education and training settings. Credit may not be received in both EME 6054 and EME 6053.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to past, present and future instructional technology research. Research paradigms and underlying theory appropriate for IT are emphasized. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research designs and appropriate data analysis techniques are explored.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will examine the use of instructional systems design models to create instruction that is appropriate from a pedagogical and practical viewpoint. Theories and models to support the design of instruction for use in a variety of instructional formats will be emphasized. Focus areas will include analysis, instructional goals and objectives, assessment, instructional strategies and the role of formative evaluation in instructional design. Students will apply theories and best practices to design a pedagogically sound instructional product.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will research, critique and apply theories that support the practice of instructional design in various instructional situations. Students will examine the key components of the instructional system; the learner, the content and the context, and develop the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to design and develop theoretically sound instruction. Theories examined will include systems theory, communication theories, learning theories and instructional theories.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides students with the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes necessary to provide leadership in the implementation of instructional technology. Students will learn to identify the constraints and risks associated with instructional technology planning and implementation and develop ways to manage these factors. Students will utilize software tools to manage the implementation of an instructional technology project.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Human Performance Technologists, education and training leaders in organizations, identify gaps between desired and actual employee performance levels. Once the gaps have been identified, the HPT practitioner determines interventions or combinations of interventions that are needed to close those gaps. These interventions consist of instructional and non-instruction solutions that educators and trainers design and develop that, in turn, solve organizational performance problems.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Once performance gaps have been identified, Human Performance Technologists determine interventions or combinations of interventions that are required to close those performance gaps. The implementation of instructional and non-instructional interventions follows a process model that meets education and training needs of the organization. Guides the student in developing strategies for implementing those interventions.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will examine the theory and practice of evaluation models and processes as they relate to the formative, summative and confirmative evaluation of instructional and non-instructional HPT interventions. Students will develop the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to plan and conduct comprehensive evaluations based on best practices.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Models of human performance technology, associated processes, and procedures for completing the tasks ascribed to the various stages within the models/processes are explored.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines current theories, technologies and strategies related to the design, development and implementation of effective, efficient distance learning systems. Students will critique existing distance learning systems, examine the roles and responsibilities of instructors and students in distance learning and design, and develop and implement a theoretically sound distance learning experience.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to design and develop web-based instruction using a variety of current technologies. Through integrating theory and application, students will learn to critically examine the instructional capabilities of various technologies and identify instructional strategies that support integration. Multiple units of instruction will be developed and designed that demonstrate the ability to align technology integration with the principles of learning theory and instructional design.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Principles of instructional video design and development, including designing for learning objectives, effective audio and lighting techniques, video recording, editing and delivery will be taught. Students will explore the opportunities and technical challenges associated with web-based video as a communication medium. Practical application projects are an integral part of the learning experience as students explore all aspects of instructional video pre-production, production and post-production.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Current issues and trends in distance learning and associated impact on policies and planning as related to design, development, delivery, evaluation, implementation and administration of distance learning courses and programs. Theories of distance education are integrated with modern theories of learning and instruction and systems within education and training organizations, leading to the development of a conceptual framework for distance education and learning.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The skills and abilities necessary in planning for the integration of technology into educational and training environments are the focus of this course. Students will develop a technology integration plan for a real-world scenario through the application of the major practices and models of technology integration.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

New technology and approaches to teaching and learning evolve and revolutionize how professionals approach technology integration. Explore how innovation and new technologies can be used in instructional strategies to promote performance and learning.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Observation and participation in instructional and performance technology organizational settings. Students participate in field-based experiences related to their course of study and future goals. Permission is required.


Student Testimonials

Ashley McArthur "Every single course was immediately applicable. My mind was blown. I was so surprised. I was expecting it to be like my bachelor's... where it was okay but you couldn't really apply it. That was so far from the case."

—Ashley McArthur, UWF Online M.Ed. Graduate

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Courtney Hyland "I went in with the expectation I wasn't going to like the online program very much, but I was going to do it anyway. UWF just completely changed my view of that. They have quality instructors and quality instruction. I'm so thankful I took the plunge."

—Courtney Hyland, UWF Online M.Ed. Graduate

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Leslie McGill "Getting the degree gives you that foundation you can jump from into the practical application, and you are more prepared."

—Leslie McGill, UWF Online M.Ed. Graduate

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