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Idaho State University

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:

  • Instructional Design and Technology Core (12 credits)
    • EDLT 6601 - Foundations of Instructional Design and Technology (3)
    • EDLT 6611 - Planning Instruction for Digital Formats (3)
    • EDLT 6621 - Issues and Trends in Instructional Design and Technology (3)
    • EDLT 6622 - Assessment for Digital Formats (3)
  • ID&T Specialty Studies (15 credits)
    • Choose 5 of the following 6 courses (EDLT 6680 may be repeated for a total of 6 credits):
      • EDLT 6612 - Designing Instruction for Digital Formats (3)
      • EDLT 6613 - Developing Instruction for Digital Formats (3)
      • EDLT 6614 - Implementing Instruction for Digital Formats (3)
      • EDLT 6616 - Integration of Technology into School Curriculum (3)
      • EDLT 6680 - Special Topics in Instructional Design and Technology (3)
      • EDLT 6680 - Special Topics in Instructional Design and Technology (3)
  • ID&T Research/Applied Field Study (6 credits)
    • EDLT 6651 - Field Project or Case Study in Education (1)
    • EDLT 6651 - Field Project or Case Study in Education (1)
    • EDLT 6651 - Field Project or Case Study in Education (1)
    • EDLT 6651 - Field Project or Case Study in Education (3)

Career Opportunities:

Instruction Development Specialist/Director   

Organizational Development professional    

Instruction Coordinator

Facility Manager

Software Developer       

Curriculum Designer


Instruction Technology Specialist 

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.”