Instructional Design and Technology- Teaching Specialization, M.Ed.- Online

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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.

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

  • 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.

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


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.