Master of Science

Instructional Design

The School of Education & Social Services' online M.S. in Instructional Design provides an advanced study in the systematic design of instruction.

The dynamic online program prepares you to design, develop, implement, and evaluate efficient and effective instructional experiences for a variety of settings, including corporate training, military, adult learning, and higher education.

Instructional design courses prepare graduates to:

  • Apply adult learning theory to course development
  • Enhance the ID process and use it to solve real-world situations
  • Use research-based practices to inform instructional strategy
  • Develop a variety of instructional strategies and skills to be used in the design process
  • Effectively use instructional technology and media for teaching and learning
  • Evaluate training and instruction to ensure efficient and effective instruction and course improvement

Courses are guided by professional standards in the field, the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (IBSTPI) focus on the development of specialized skills to develop curricula for the 21st century learner.

Why choose Instructional Design at Saint Leo?
Saint Leo University is a nationally recognized leader in education, founded in 1889 and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Saint Leo has built a solid reputation in the educational community for our quality programs that produce tomorrow's master teachers and educational leaders.

A commitment to a set of core values is the cornerstone of Saint Leo University. Our mission is to offer a practical, effective model for life and leadership in a challenging world. It is a model designed with working adults in mind offering highly personalized attention, flexible learning opportunities, and a solid foundation for personal fulfillment and career advancement.

Our instructors are current practitioners in the field and regular presenters at national and international conferences.

Flexibility for the working professional.
Wherever you are on your journey, Saint Leo will meet you there. Turn any computer into a vibrant interactive classroom – day or night. Saint Leo provides students with the opportunity to advance their education without having to travel to a traditional campus – no conventional classroom attendance is required. Set your own weekly study schedule anywhere, anytime. All of our online students receive the same educational degrees as campus-based students, benefiting from faculty who are experienced professionals.

Contact your Graduate Admissions Counselor for more information on fitting a master's degree into your life.

What can you do with a degree in Instructional Design?
Instructional design is used to create education and training programs for schools, private companies, government and military agencies. If you're interested in developing materials to help others learn, and you have an aptitude for technology, you may find new career opportunities as a:

  • Instructional designer and developer
  • Curriculum specialist or coordinator
  • Instructional specialist or coordinator
  • Corporate trainer
  • Learning strategies director
  • Project manager
  • Educational consultant

Additional education, licensure or certifications, and work experience may be required.

How do I get started in the Instructional Design degree program?
Take the next step in your career. Apply for Saint Leo's M.Ed. Instructional Leadership today.

Admission Requirements Button


Degree Requirements

Instructional Design Courses (36 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • EDU 523 Introduction to Instructional Design 3

    An introduction to the systematic design of instruction. Topics include goal analysis, subordinate skills analysis, determining entry behaviors, contexts for learning, performance objectives, formative assessment, summative assessments, and motivational activities.

  • EDU 526 Human Perspective in Instructional Design 3

    This course is designed to help students extend their knowledge of instructional design theory by incorporating knowledge of how instructional designers can become active listeners, effective communicators, and successful collaborators in order to increase their empathic course development. Students will explore the human dimension in instruction and learning through investigation of applicable learning theories in order to design innovative and engaging learning interactions. Additionally students will learn how to accommodate for diversity while incorporating ethics and values in today’s learning environment. Learners will engage in a variety of individual as well as team-based learning activities to complete the course requirements.

  • EDU 532 Instructional Strategies 3

    Applies learning theory to course development. Topics include the use of media for teaching/learning, active learning, instructional theories, and best practices for development of both synchronous and asynchronous courses.

  • EDU 544 Graphics and Design Concepts in eLearning 3

    This course will focus on graphics and design concepts and how to apply and evaluate them in online instruction and interactions. Students will apply design principles to develop effective instructional graphics and learning interactions, develop storyboards for linear and branched instruction, use current technologies, and illustrate their design knowledge by developing various instructional graphics for online learning.

  • EDU 552 Diffusion and Adoption of Innovations: Change Management 3

    The study of the diffusion and adoption of innovations including models of change, research-based practice, adaptation due to contextual constraints, and the challenges particular to the adoption of technology in educational settings. Topics include systems theory, models of change, and issues of implementation.

  • EDU 541 Production of Educational Media 3

    This course will serve as an introduction to the effective use of instructional technology and media. Topics include planning for use of instructional media, graphics, audio and motion media, one-way and two-way communications, audio conferencing, videoconferencing, computers as tools for learning, producing, and evaluating the effectiveness of instructional technology and media.

    Prerequisites: EDU 523

  • EDU 630 Measuring Learning & Performance 3

    This course considers introductory classical and modern measurement theory and practice, classroom test construction and improvement, and standardized testing applications.

  • EDU 543 Advanced Instructional Design 3

    This course is designed to help students explore the fundamentals of the instructional design process, including application of the principles of learning theory and instructional strategies to the instructional design process. Students will analyze, evaluate, and apply the principles of instructional design to develop educational and training materials for the resolution of instructional problems. Learners will engage in a variety of individual as well as team-based learning activities to complete each phase of the instructional design process as well as develop prototype instructional products.

    Prerequisites: EDU 523, EDU 527, EDU 532

  • EDU 548 e-Learning 3

    This course addresses the complex and multifaceted issues associated with the design, development, and implementation of e-learning programs. Students will explore instructional strategies and tools for development and delivery as well as teaching strategies, and management issues from both the faculty and institutional perspectives.

  • EDU 524 Program Evaluation 3

    An introduction to gathering and interpreting data applicable to various aspects of improving human performance for the purpose of making management and instructional decisions. Topics include training/learning needs assessments, and best practices for assessing knowledge, comprehension, and transfer of knowledge, in relation to workplace learning and how these relate to return on investment.

    Prerequisites: EDU 630 - Measuring Learning & Performance

  • EDU 557 Project Management for Instructional Design 3

    Project Management for Instructional Design

    Prerequisites: EDU 523 - Introduction to Instructional Design , EDU 526 - Human Perspective in Instructional Design , EDU 532 - Instructional Strategies EDU 541 - Production of Educational Media , EDU 524 - Program Evaluation

  • EDU 576 Applied Project in Instructional Design 3

    This course is designed to be a capstone project in which the student will use all the skills, attitudes, and knowledge acquired from the program curriculum to address an important problem or launch a program initiative related to the field of instruction design. The objective of this course is primarily outcomes assessment for the Graduate Program. For successful completion of this course and the Master of Science in Instructional Design degree requirements, students must demonstrate both a mastery of the curriculum content and an articulated ability to apply what has been learned to professional endeavors.

Total Credits 36