Plan of Study

All courses in the MEd program can be taken either online, on-campus or in a blended format with two exceptions. INSDSG 602 Adult as Learner and INSDSG 604 Communication Theory in Organizations, both required courses, are offered in a blended format and have a required face-to-face component. Students local to Boston, take these blended courses during the Fall or Spring semester. Long-distance students take these two courses during a summer intensive program in a condensed format(6-weeks) during the summer term. The summer intensive requires 1 week of face-to-face residential study and 5 weeks of online coursework for each course. Both courses can be taken in one summer (2 weeks of residential study) or distant students may elect to take one course over two summers. It is highly recommended, however, that students take these two courses together with the residential component back to back in one summer experience.

Non-degree students are invited to select individual courses to meet their career development or other specialized needs; their enrollment in courses is on a space-available basis.

Required courses

The program curriculum includes courses in three areas:

Area I: Instructional Design Core Courses

The following six courses, required of all degree candidates, provide a foundation and a context for the instructional design process. The first two courses (INSDSG 601 and 602) form the basis of the program and should be completed first. The remaining three may be completed at any time during the program.

  • INSDSG 601 Introduction to Instructional Design
  • INSDSG 602 The Adult as Learner
  • INSDSG 604 Communication Theory for Organizations
  • INSDSG 618 Assessment in the Instructional Design Process
  • INSDSG 624 Evaluation in the Instructional Design Process
  • INSDSG 690 Capstone Seminar

Area II: Instructional Strategies and Skills

It is strongly recommended that students take two courses in this area. Current course offerings include:

  • INSDSG 603 Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials
  • INSDSG 607 Using Primary Research for Evidence-based Practice
  • INSDSG 612 Instructional Strategies and the Adult Learner
  • INSDSG 614 Writing Learning Events
  • INSDSG 620 Interpersonal Skills and Group Dynamics
  • INSDSG 622 Curriculum Development for Organizations
  • INSDSG 630 Managing the Training Function
  • INSDSG 632 Organizational Development
  • INSDSG 634 Project Management in Instructional Design
  • INSDSG 646 Universal Course Design: A Pathway to Mindful and Creative Adult Learning for All

Area III: Educational Media and Technology

Students take two courses in this area. Current course offerings include:

  • INSDSG 605 Production of Media Materials
  • INSDSG 608 Information Design and Visual Literacy
  • INSDSG 610 Video Principles for Instructional Design
  • INSDSG 616 Production of Computer-Based Training
  • INSDSG 617 Advanced Computer-Based Training
  • INSDSG 640 Planning & Design of Educational Multimedia Programs
  • INSDSG 646 Universal Course Design: A Pathway to Mindful and Creative Adult Learning for All
  • INSDSG 653 Theory, Design, and Practice of Online Synchronous Learning
  • INSDSG 655 Project in Multimedia
  • INSDSG 684 Design and Instruction of Online Courses

Additional Electives

In order to complete the 36-credit program, students may choose three additional electives from Area II, Area III, or a wide range of graduate offerings throughout the University. They may also choose to complete some of their credits in other ways (see below).

Independent Study
This option is available with permission of the program faculty.

This option is also available with permission of the program faculty.

The Capstone or Thesis
An instructional design capstone or thesis is required of all degree candidates for the MEd. For additional information please consult the program faculty.

Advising and Course Selection
All students are expected to meet with a faculty advisor each semester for prior approval of course selection.