Instructional Design and Technology M.A.

August 15, 2018
Next Start Date
Per Credit Hour


The growth in online education and training has created a demand for individuals who can apply cutting edge technologies and instructional design strategies to create quality learning experiences in public schools, higher education institutions, and corporate and non-profit organizations. The Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, prepares students for jobs as technology integration specialists or online curriculum specialists. Teachers looking for a master’s degree may also find this a perfect complement to undergraduate degrees.


In higher education, instructional designers develop online courses or work with faculty to create interactive classroom components. In addition, the IDT degree provides the foundation for additional doctoral study.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. West Virginia University’s Professional Education Preparation Unit is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This Unit includes undergraduate and graduate preparation programs for licensure of teachers and those in educational support areas. This includes programs not only in College of Education and Human Services but also several outside the College (Agriculture, Art, Health, Music and Physical Education).


Applicant must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited university
  • GRE or GMAT scores OR a narrative describing two years of professional work experience (individuals with 2+ years work experience can ask to have the testing requirement waived)

Application Requirements

Applicant must:

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • Upload a cover letter describing work experience and goals for graduate study
  • Request official GRE or GMAT scores be sent to WVU (or a narrative, as described above)
  • Upload resume or vitae
  • Upload three letters of reference commenting on professional background and your plans for graduate study
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores for International Students
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:
    WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510


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Application Deadlines:

Deadline for Summer 2018 is April 1, 2018


Residents Non-Residents
Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2017-2018


Per Credit Hour


Per Credit Hour

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.


Students typically complete the 30 credit hours in two years.


View Curriculum



The curriculum consists of the following courses:


Analysis and Design

EDP 600 Educational Psychology
EDP 640 Instructional Design
IDT 630 Instructional Delivery Systems
IDT 600 IDT Models and Theories
IDT 610 Distance Education
IDT 612 Educational Research

Development and Evaluation

IDT 620 Social Network Media
IDT 660 Authoring Systems
IDT 735 Technology Integration
IDT 740 Design Studio
IDT 750 Prototype Studio
EDP 617 Program Evaluation

* Because this is a constantly evolving field, other courses will be developed and offered to students. These courses may substitute for required courses.


Students will also develop an online portfolio and write a two-page summary of what was learned in the program. Faculty will review portfolios at the end of each semester and upon completion of the program.

Career Information

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Instructional Design and Technology M.A. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.


Instructional Designer and Technologist

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Instructional Coordinator

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Training and Development Specialist

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Information Technology Project Manager

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Education Professor

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Secondary School Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Education Administrator - Postsecondary

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Education Administrator - Elementary and Secondary

Projected Growth: 5-9%
Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).