Master of Education

Instructional Design

for the New Educational Landscape

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Classes Start Six Times Per Year For Ultimate Flexibility

Goals and Course Topics

Elevate Education and Your Career

The world is changing at an ever-increasing pace. To keep up, our educational and job training institutions must create experiences that prepare learners to make informed (and just) decisions in a complex, interconnected world.

Enter the Instructional Designer.

Tiffin University’s Master of Education (MEd) in Instructional Design is specifically tailored to develop graduates who go on to design and build learning experiences that deliver the greatest amount of value to the broadest populations at our institutions and workplaces. Whether you are interested in a career in K-12, higher education, or a corporate training setting, this program will equip you with skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience needed to enter your field of choice and make a difference.

Your Masters of Education in Instructional Design Program

Throughout the program’s coursework, you will explore crucial concepts in Universal Design for Learning, Accessibility, Critical Design, Design Justice, as well as other emerging pedagogies and ethical decision-making frameworks. These will prepare you to design, develop and support educational materials and user experiences for maximum benefit by all learners, regardless of economic, social, or cultural situation.

You will also benefit from the completion of hands-on projects throughout the program, working side-by-side with Instructional Designers from TU’s Center for Online and Extended Learning. Equipped with these real-world experiences, you will find yourself at a competitive advantage in the job market over competitors from more traditional programs.

Practical Education

Due to the direction of digital education from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an increasing need for instructional designers to structure curriculum. Students who complete this degree program will be able to:  

  1. Apply current and emerging instructional design theories and practices to create effective instruction
  2. Employ universal and critical design principles to develop and integrate accessible educational materials to benefit all students
  3. Communicate and collaborate intentionally and effectively with stakeholders
  4. Engage in ongoing evaluation of educational processes and materials for continuous improvement in quality and accessibility
  5. Identify legal issues and create recommendations to resolve the issues
  6. Assess student profiles and make appropriate determinations to create optimal learning environments


Online: Two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

Who Is This Masters in Instructional Design Program For?

This online Masters in Instructional Design program is for people who love technology, love education and want to merge their passions to make the learning experience richer and more rewarding for all students and teachers.

Did You Know?

As more organizations adopt a learner-centric model of teaching, demand for instructional designers who create effective programs will continue to increase. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for instructional designers is strong, with a 10-percent growth rate expected from 2020 to 2030—higher than the average for all other career fields.

“There aren’t enough instructional designers and other learning support specialists to go around right now. These offices have not been a priority at all colleges and universities” (Online Education Advisor for Best Colleges, Melissa Venable, 2021). In addition, Inside HigherEd considers instructional design to be the “hottest job” in education (SunyBrockport, 2020).

Average degree completion for a full-time student - 1 year
30 credits
Average degree completion for a part-time student - 2 years
30 credits

At a Glance

  • Regional accreditations
  • No application fees
  • Flexible start dates
  • Accepts transfer credits

Sample Course

Instructional Design, Development & Evaluation (EDU501)

Learn about the process of instruction through the analysis of learning needs and systematic development of learning materials. The course covers how technology and multimedia can be used as tools to enhance instruction and the assessment of the learning process.

Universal Design for Learning (EDU502)

This course prepares students to design educational materials and user experiences for maximum benefit by all students, regardless of physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges. As a foundation, students first learn about accessibility standards and techniques to ensure equal and comparable access to course materials. Extending past a compliance approach to accommodating learners with special needs, students then learn to apply Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and User Experience (UX) principles to create engaging course content, navigation, and interfaces for ALL students.

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