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Instructional Design and Technology, MEd

As an instructional designer you will help individuals learn better and achieve success by creating and supporting accessible, dynamic learning environments that are personalized to how individuals retain information. 

Program Information

Graduate students in the Instructional Design and Technology, MEd Program learn how to design, develop, and implement learning solutions for K-12 schools, higher education institutions, and in government or corporate settings with the goal of supporting and increasing individual success. Candidates take courses emphasizing learning theories, design principles, technology integration, multimedia design and development, as well as delivering instruction in online, in-person, and blended environments. 

  • Affordable and Practical - Idaho State University is one of the most affordable accredited universities in the country. All instructional design and technology students are invited to learn more about qualifying for in-state tuition!
  • Anywhere and at Anytime - The 100% online, asynchronous program enrolls students nationwide and is tailored to the working professional.
  • Flexible and Accessible - Students can be enrolled part-time or full-time and can start in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.
  • Innovative and Experiential - Students will learn from national leaders in instructional design and technology with the chance to network and be involved with professional organizations in the field such as AECT or ISTE.
  • Presentation and Publication - Students will have the opportunity to publish and present their own research or participate with program faculty research on the regional, national, or international levels.

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Application, Funding, and Support

In 2023, the ISU Instructional Design and Technology program was ranked as one of the nation's top online master's degrees by OnlineMastersDegrees.org! Just 6% of regionally accredited postsecondary institutions earned a ranking position. We were recognized for overall quality, affordability and commitment to student success. View all rankings.


  • Meet the ISU Graduate School admissions requirements
  • Some programs require additional information (e.g., letters of recommendation); please contact the specific department and review individual departmental sections of this catalog for additional requirements

Career Opportunities

Graduates with a master’s degree in instructional design and technology could be qualified for the following types of positions:

  • Instruction Development Specialist/Director   
  • Organizational Development professional    
  • Instruction Coordinator
  • Facility Manager
  • Software Developer    
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Consultant   
  • Instruction Technology Specialist 

Job Placement and Salaries 

As a field of study and career, instructional design and technology has a bright outlook.  The current outlook includes:

  • 28% increase in annual job growth over the next decade
  • 38th best job in America according to CNN Money 
  • One of the best jobs in higher education according to Inside Higher ED
  • Average salaries, according to the government’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, for an Instructional Coordinator is $70,560 and the median income Instructional Designers working in the healthcare field is $93,870.
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John Curry, PhD

Department Chair / Professor

Office: Garrison 623

(208) 282-2585