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Instructional Design and Technology

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Preparing professional educators for leadership, development, and performance improvement in organizations.

Ed. D. in Instructional Design and Technology (ID&T) professionals facilitate learning and performance through the systematic planning, creation, and assessment of technological solutions in a broad range of instructional settings and environments. M.Ed.-ID&T candidates take courses emphasizing instructional technology and design principles, theories, methods, and applications. As an ID&T professional, you will design individualized programs for school and corporate audiences: K-12 face-to-face, blended, and online environments; post-secondary and higher education; and business/industry entities in support of training and consulting endeavors. 

The Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design is in hiatus through 2019-20. For a doctoral program in Instructional Design and Technology, see the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Instructional Design and Technology Emphasis through the department of School Psychology and Educational Leadership.

M.Ed. ID&T Graduation Requirements:

Career Opportunities

Catalog Information

ISU Catalog - Instructional Design and Technology, M.Ed. (scroll down for M.Ed. ID&T requirements)

ISU Catalog - Instructional Design and Technology, Ed.D. (scroll down for Ed.D. ID&T requirements)

Student Spotlight

Rebeca Peacock

Idaho State College of Education Doctoral student, Rebeca Peacock, has been selected as one of the 2020 Lee W. Cochran Intern for the Association of Educational Communities and Technology (AECT). The AECT is an international association for instructional design and technology research and practice organization in which they only accept three interns across the world. 

Peacock is currently in the Educational Leadership, Instructional Design and Technology Concentration, Ed.D program at Idaho State. She is also an instructional designer and assistant professor, librarian at Boise State University. Peacock has an MEd in Instructional Design and Technology from Wayne State University, an MSLIS from Syracuse University. She started her career as a high school science teacher before becoming a librarian, which is where she fell in love with the theory and practice of instructional design and technology. 

Peacock loves to research and has published/presented on teaching/learning topics in libraries, including first-year students, motivation, and microlearning as well as a recently co-authored OER book chapter with Dr. John Curry and Dr. Sacha Johnson on systematic instructional design. 

The AECT internships identify outstanding individuals with significant potential to lead in the field of instructional design and technology. “It feels wonderful to be recognized by AECT leadership as an instructional designer and future leader in the field. I am excited to learn more from AECT leaders, network with my fellow interns/work on our research project over the next year, and find opportunities to collaborate with researchers outside of academic libraries with similar research interests.” During her internship, Peacock will participate in a coordinated program of activities focused on leadership development and association governance. 

Peacock has represented Idaho State University last year at the AECT conference in Las Vegas with faculty advisor, Dr. John Curry, who encouraged her to apply. “Dr. Curry encouraged me to apply for this opportunity and his faith in my abilities has meant so much to me. In addition, his mentorship, not only in this instance but also in co-authoring with me and helping me navigate my doctorate in these final stages leading up to my dissertation and future has been invaluable.”

Faculty Spotlight

John Curry Portrait

The Association for Educational Communications awarded Dr. John Curry, associate professor in the College of Education’s Organizational Learning and Performance Department the Presidential Award for 2020.

The Presidential Awards, according to AECT, “acknowledge the contributions and works to the organization and to the field at large.”

”Dr. Curry’s service and leadership in planning and executing the 2019 convention was remarkable. The successes of the convention — attendance, tone, events, and sessions — are a direct result of his tireless work and service,” AECT President Michael M. Grant said.  

Award recipients are recognized prior to the AECT 2020 annual convention Nov. 2-7 online. 

To learn more about AECT, Dr. Curry’s award, and the AECT convention, visit