Instructional Design and Technology – Online Learning: Teaching Specialization

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About the Program

The University of Cincinnati online graduate program in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) offers a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) with a specialization in teaching for blended and online learning environments. According to the 2016 Babson Survey of Online Learning, more than one quarter of students were taking at least one online course, with that number expected to rise. With ever increasing demand for effective online and blended learning in both educational institutions and corporate settings, the ability to create, manage and facilitate online learning is now, more than ever, vital for educators in every field.

The IDT M.Ed. program specialization track in teaching helps educators develop the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate learning using the latest online and digital tools, all offered in a fully online learning environment that capitalizes on UC’s highly ranked CECH school of education and its state-of-the art virtual lab facilities. Led by world class educators with proven success in the field, students examine current and projected trends in blended and online learning educational technologies, while experiencing authentic online classrooms, completing hands-on practice with eLearning tools, and completing project-based assignments. Collectively, these experiences help budding IDT professionals design, manage, and lead online and blended classrooms of the future.

The IDT M.Ed. program is specially designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of professional contexts including educational institutions, healthcare, publishing companies, corporate training centers, museums, the military, and non-profit organizations. Students may find themselves doing anything from designing blended  instruction in college settings to preparing online training of new hires in a large corporation.

About IDT

IDT is a quickly growing field with an immediate need for highly trained graduates, largely fueled by the significant increase in online learning. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), occupations related to IDT will have a faster than average growth with a projected growth rate of 11 to 15% between 2012-2022.  UC’s IDT program prepares students to meet this demand by offering an interdisciplinary program drawing from the fields of cognitive science, education, design, information technology, and computer science.

The IDT program furthers learners’ skills in design, evaluation, and the use of media and technology for education and training. Graduates of the IDT program are able to work in a variety of professional contexts and build value in and improve upon learners’ experiences.


To fulfill the requirements of the IDT MEd degree, students complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of graduate study, which can be completed over 1 academic year for full-time students or over a longer period of time for students who wish to attend part-time.

All classes are offered in a fully online format. Students have the option to apply directly to the online Master’s program or apply to the 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Blended Online Learning and Teaching and then later apply to the Master’s, and transfer those graduate certificate credits into the Master’s program, if admitted. A teaching background is not a prerequisite for the program. This degree does not lead to a teaching license.


Scholarships in the form of Graduate Incentive Scholarship Awards (GIA) are available to incoming and returning students based on merit. If awarded, students can use GIA funding to cover part of their tuition. Application forms for GIA support scholarships will be sent to students after they have been officially accepted into a program.  GIA funding is an annual award. A new application must be submitted each year. For more information regarding GIA scholarships, please contact Jill Altus at





Did You Know?

The UC IDT program has a 100% job placement rate among graduates.

Program Objectives

  • Apply learning theories and sound pedagogical practices to the instructional design and development process.
  • Apply a systematic process to design instructional strategies that meet identified learning contexts and needs.
  • Create authentic, technology-mediated learning experiences.
  • Evaluate learning technologies and strategies using a variety of methods.
  • Analyze current research and emerging trends in the area of learning technologies.
  • Develop strategies to encourage active learning, application, interaction, participation, and collaboration in online and blended environments.
  • Facilitate effective learning in online and blended learning environments.
  • Demonstrate mastery of contemporary learning technologies.
  • Explain the instructional delivery continuum, including associated strengths and affordances.
  • Remain cognizant of the diversity of student academic needs and make appropriate accommodations.
  • Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards.

Required Coursework

View all required coursework for the Instructional Design and Technology: Teaching Specialization Master's Degree.

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(513) 556-6308
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Cincinnati, OH 45221

Additional Information

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