Master of Education
Instructional Design and Technology

All-in price:
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Application due date for January 9, 2023 term:
January 6
Estimated time to completion:
16 Months
All-in price:
View Tuition Details
Application due date for January 9, 2023 term:
January 6
Estimated time to completion:
16 Months

For those who put the “tech” in teaching.

Incorporate technology effectively in your instructional design. Whether you’re in a K-12 or higher education setting, or even a corporate or governmental organization, you’ll be ready to evaluate, develop, and implement instruction and training. And by earning your instructional technology degree in an instructional technology environment, you will experience a digital classroom from a learner’s perspective.


in the nation for most Master's degrees awarded in Instructional Design*.

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How you'll get there.

  1. You’ll take a total of eleven courses (most students take one at a time) that center around digital learning and teaching. You’ll explore concepts such as online course design, trends in instructional design, and evaluation and assessment of instructional design. Your coursework also includes one course in research methods. Each course is five weeks long.
  2. At the end of the program, you’ll complete a capstone course to demonstrate and document the impact of the knowledge you’ve gained throughout the program.

What you can expect along the way.

  • Quality instruction ACE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and we’re the #4 nationwide conferrer of master’s degrees in education.*
  • Flexible class format Our asynchronous online classes enable you to plan your coursework around your life. Each course is 5 weeks long with outlined expectations each week.
  • Relevant coursework Our classes teach practical and immediately applicable skills. What you learn at ACE today can be applied in your classroom tomorrow.
  • Diverse applications You’ll be well-versed in all aspects of the field: evaluation, digital tools, design fundamentals, theories, and assessment. The skills you learn in this program will apply to a variety of educational settings, from K-12 to corporations.

What it costs

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Total Tuition

31 semester credits
x $235 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$1,240 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost1


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Cathy McKay, Ed.D.

Cathy McKay, Ed.D.

Chair, Professional Educational Studies,
Department of Professional Educational Studies

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A degree you can count on.

American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. The College’s accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs, in education, healthcare, nursing and business and leadership through distance education via the Internet. Accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education entities. To receive and maintain HLC accreditation and affiliation approval, we must continuously undergo routine peer review cycles and provide proof that our programs meet or exceed HLC accreditation criteria and expectations of quality.

Multiple Degree Pathways

After you complete your M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology, you can earn a second M.Ed. degree in less time due to the overlap in required courses. If you’re interested in an M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training, visit our Multiple Degree Pathways page.


M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 31 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Digital Learning Courses (28 semester credits)

3 semester credits

This course will introduce the field of instructional design, design models, and frameworks used for content development. The role and necessary skills of instructional designers are examined. Learners will develop an understanding of foundational frameworks of instructional design, including applicable standards, principles, and practices.

3 semester credits

This course will examine various methods of learning in new media environments. In the 21st century, virtual communication and collaboration are crucial to understand how to participate and incorporate effectively. Also, understanding the similarities, differences, advantages, and disadvantages of online classrooms, blended classrooms, and flipped classrooms is needed. Lastly, learning about technology use, learning management systems, social media, and Web 2.0 tools will be examined. A key component of this course includes the opportunity for students to create with technology-based assignments.

3 semester credits

In this course, students will apply learning theories such as constructivism, social learning, and group learning to the practice of instructional design. Training sessions, authentic assessments, and evaluation tools for adult learners will be developed.

3 semester credits

In this course, students will explore multiple design models and Universal Design for Learning principles to create online learning content. Students will apply instructional design concepts and copyright regulations to technology-based learning. This course will serve as the pre-requisite for DL5743.

3 semester credits

In this course, students will apply instructional design skills to develop multimedia elements for online learning. Students will create and utilize technology-based assessments to evaluate learning. The course includes an emphasis on gamification as an engaging learning tool.

3 semester credits

In this course, students incorporate research, theories, and principles underlying effective design for online instruction. Various online learning applications will be explored and developed. This course will serve as a pre-requisite for DL5783.

3 semester credits

In this course, students apply instructional design theories and principles to build online learning communities. Students design virtual learning experiences using technology tools, engaging activities, and peer collaboration.

3 semester credits

In this course, students will explore a variety of assessment and evaluation tools for instructional activities. Evidence-based assessment and evaluation of course design and participant learning are addressed. Students will analyze assessment data and apply findings to plan for improvement.

3 semester credits

This course considers how people interact with technology through the content of a digital environment including the use of games, augmented reality, simulations, and social and mobile platforms. By exploring effective instructional designs, factors influencing engagement and use, and ways to utilize these within an educational situation, students will generate optional learning approaches by relating theory to practice. Ethical and responsible use of technology is applied to designing and adapting varied experiences.

1 semester credit

The Capstone Experience is a culminating project spanning the length of your program and designed to measure your growth and competency in learning the skills associated with your selected field of study. It contains a measure of self-reflection but also, insights from faculty experts who know and understand the challenges of a given discipline you use to improve and expand your thinking. Learning is dynamic. Your skills in thinking, writing, applying scholarly thought, and a range of other abilities should improve with each course, documented in the assignments you select to become artifacts. When you have reached your goal, the completed capstone becomes a source of pride as you document your expertise. 

Research Courses (3 semester credits)

3 semester credits

This course enables students to become informed consumers of research and to develop skills to prepare them to carry out action research in their professional organizations. An emphasis is placed on providing students with knowledge they can apply in determining whether particular research findings are relevant to their leadership and instructional practices and to distinguish between trustworthy and non-trustworthy research. The course places action research within the context of various types of research and examines research in terms of basic concepts and various purposes, methods, data, and paradigms. Emphasis is placed on how research can become a vital and relevant tool for professional practice.

Admission Requirements

M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, the enrollment agreement, and the payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 2.50 on a 4.00 Scale for full admission
  • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.00 on a 4.00 Scale for Provisional Admission
  • Applicants must achieve and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their program

A Note About Licensure:

While this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the intended program outcomes, it does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement. ACE offers several programs that do provide a pathway to licensure, certification, or endorsement and they can be found here.

1This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours or program pathway credit hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program or program pathway credit hours, receipt of, or eligibility for, institutional or non-institutional scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

For information on international transcript requirements, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

For English as a second language applicant information, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

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