Jun 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Instructional Design and Technology, M.Ed.

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The Master of Education with a Concentration in Instructional Design and Technology is designed to prepare future instructional designers for schools and training organizations. Instructional Designers plan, design, and develop learning interventions applying best practices and technology to support the development of accessible content, curriculum, and other training materials. They apply learning theory and collaborate with subject matter experts to maximize learner success. 

Program goals:  

  1. Apply learning theory and instructional design principles to educational activities for adult professional development in K-12 education and other professional settings using various delivery formats 
  2. Evaluate, create, and integrate current and emerging learning technologies to enhance teaching and learning 
  3. Collaborate with business leaders, subject matter experts (SMEs) and/or school leadership to create meaningful and innovative professional development activities for teaching and training 
  4. Develop technology-enabled learning solutions for diverse audiences 
  5. Evaluate legal and ethical facets of technology-enhanced learning  
  6. Use quantitative and qualitative data to inform the use, development, and evaluation of learning interventions 

The Master of Education with Concentration in Instructional Design and Technology requires the completion of 36 credit hours.

This program is available to be completed fully online.

Total Credits 36

*All courses can be completed asynchronously except MEDUC 617 - Practicum in Instructional Design . The practicum requires 90 hours of on-site experiences that may require completion during normal business hours (fee applies).

Program Information

Gateway Assessment

In order to earn a Master of Education degree students must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, complete at least 36 credit hours of graduate-level coursework including a 6-credit practicum, have successfully presented a research capstone, and have passed each gateway.

Gateway 1: Entrance

Occurs for M.Ed. candidates at the time they make initial application to the M.Ed. program. Candidates move to Gateway 2 when all conditions for admissions have been met.

Gateway 2: Pre-Practicum

Requires that candidates meet with the program director to discuss assessment requirements of the appropriate specialized professional association. As applicable, the program director ensures that candidates have proper clearance to work in schools or other workplaces and that program requirements have been maintained.

Gateway 3: Transition

Occurs midway through the practicum when candidates submit a log of experiences and reflections to the university supervisor. Through a comparative analysis of the appropriate specialized professional association standards with the log of experiences and reflections, a plan for the remainder of the practicum is developed.

Gateway 4: Program Completion

Is the successful completion of the practicum (with a rubric score of 2.0+), research capstone (2.0 or better), and all program assessments and requirements as determined by a transcript analysis.

Program Completion Capstone

M.Ed. students are required to complete a graduate research capstone. MEDUC 630  and MEDUC 631  support capstone development.

Academic Policies

Admission and Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to candidacy may be awarded to those who have fulfilled all admission requirements. Upon advancement to candidacy, M.Ed. and MAT students have five years to complete their program. If necessary, students may petition for an extension. All graduate students must maintain a 3.00 GPA

Admission and Advancement Decision Appeals

Applicants who wish to appeal a decision regarding special student enrollment or advancement to candidacy decisions must submit a written request to the Chair of the School of Education.

Academic Sessions

Sessions are offered on a year-round basis.

Practicum Experiences


Master of Education students culminate their program of study with a practicum. A practicum provides prospective professionals with scaffolded opportunities to experience the multiple roles of the profession. With an experienced mentor and a university supervisor, candidates will develop a Professional Development Plan so as to further develop and demonstrate their proficiency with the appropriate specialized professional association standards. Lab fee applies. 

Incomplete Policy for School of Education Practicums

Due to the nature of advanced practicums, a student receiving a grade of I (Incomplete) may be required to defer the completion of the practicum until the next time the experience is offered, which may be during the following academic year.  Requirements of practicum assessments, and/or reassigned practicum placements could require the candidate to participate in the experience in its entirety.


Mount St. Mary’s University emphasizes the integration of technology into teaching as outlined by the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). Coursework models best practice in uses of technology as tools to enhance student learning. 

The Mount uses Canvas as its course management platform. M.Ed.candidates use Chalk and Wire, an e-portfolio system, to develop their practicum portfolio.

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