Instructional Design and Technology Master Degrees
Both the M.Ed. and M.S. degrees are designed to provide the skills you need to be a practicing instructional designer in education or corporate settings. Graduates of these programs are qualified to work as instructional designers in K-12, higher education, goverment, corporate, and other institutions.
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree is primarily intended for students who plan to work in an education environment, either the K-12 schools or higher education. Individuals pursuing this degree will work primarily with instructors in assisting them to appropriately, effectively, and successfully integrate technology into their instruction. They are also likely to do some direct work with students in teaching skills associated with the use of technology. Students pursuing this degree will learn the theoretical issues associated with technologically supported instruction but their emphasis will be in the application of this knowledge in terms of best practice. An independent study project (research) is required and is considered a capstone experience. The independent study may address a practical problem or address a theoretical construct in the same way that a thesis does.
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree is primarily intended for students who plan to work in business, government, and industry developing and delivering technologically supported curriculum. Students from backgrounds other than education (e.g. Nursing, Engineering, Aerospace) may prefer this option. This degree is available in two tracks. The M.S. (thesis option) is intended for those students who want to develop and utilize research skills in their work context. The M.S. (independent study option) is intended for those students who prefer to emphasize the development and evaluation of application and practice. Required course work within the two options is consistent with this distinction between an emphasis on research or practice.