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Instructional Design & Technology

Help meet the demands of the digital age with a Master of Science in instructional design and technology. This practical and versatile program equips students with sought-after skills like programming, animation, simulation, and the effective delivery and implementation of digital instruction.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Sep. 17, 2024
Apr. 1, 2025

From classrooms to boardrooms, a wide variety of industries are seeking employees who can help transition in-person instruction and activities to an online format. Trevecca’s Master of Science in instructional design and technology equips students with sought-after and versatile skills for the digital age.

Program Benefits

  • Complete your degree online in 15 months with no residency requirements.
  • Continue to work and focus on other priorities while earning your degree, taking one course at a time with all materials delivered to you.
  • Utilize a built-in support system and complete your degree alongside others who are working toward similar goals through Trevecca’s cohort model.
  • Learn from faculty who possess the highest degrees in their fields and have relevant and valuable real-world experience.

What to Expect

Today’s increasingly digital workplace puts high demand on digital alternatives. Schools, universities, corporations, financial institutions, healthcare companies, governmental agencies and other organizations have transitioned many of their daily activities to the internet. As a student in Trevecca’s Master of Science in instructional design and technology, you’ll be uniquely equipped to fill one of these crucial roles in a variety of industries.

This practical and versatile program is the only one of its kind currently offered in Middle Tennessee, and it offers relevant, timely and sought-after skills. You’ll learn programming; animation and simulation; methods of training and course delivery; and effective instruction design. You’ll also gain hands-on experience by developing a dynamic and engaging training module or online course using the latest digital technologies, and you’ll intern in a corporate, healthcare or education industry. 

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.

2024 #2 Online College in Tennessee, intelligent.comRecognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.

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Course Descriptions

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

Nearly every student at Trevecca receives some form of assistance in paying for college. Learn all about the affordability of a TNU education and options for receiving aid.

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Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

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Tuition Cost*


*$150 Student Resource Fee assessed per course. $400 estimated book cost not included.

Getting Started

  1. Complete the online application (it's free!). No GRE or GMAT scores required.
    Need help applying? Read the step-by-step instructions here!
  2. Fill out FAFSA to be considered for financial aid.
  3. Request official transcripts from your undergraduate institution.


  • Have earned a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by a CHEA-recognized regional accrediting agency or the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Students who do not meet these degree requirements may be conditionally accepted in accordance with the Conditional Admission Policy.
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA for all prior coursework
  • Completion of a college-level math course with grade of C or better.
  • Completion of a college-level English course with grade of C or better.
  • Provide a photocopy of government-issued identification (e.g., driver's license, state ID, military ID, passport). This requirement ensures that Trevecca complies with the U.S. Department of Education expectations for student verification. (This is only required for students enrolled in an online program.)
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We want to make earning your degree as easy as possible. Trevecca’s Master of Science in instructional design and technology program is 100 percent online. Targeted toward the busy working professional, this degree is offered one class at a time, any time—24/7. Classes are taught online through our learning management system, Blackboard. 

And when we say the degree is entirely online, we mean it. You never have to step foot on campus—not even once! Our online students also benefit from a cohort model, where students begin and complete their degree alongside a group of other online classmates working toward similar goals.

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Career Opportunities

With a Master of Science in instructional design and technology and with your new remote learning skills and expertise, a variety of career opportunities will be available to you. You can advance your current career and tap into higher earning potential, or transition into a new career field with confidence. Your degree will position you to be competitive in roles like these:

  • E-learning designer
  • Technical training specialist
  • Learning experience designer
  • Curriculum developer
  • Training specialist
  • Online course developer
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Management analyst
  • Classroom teacher
  • University professor 
  • Educational support professional or supervisor (district level)
  • School administrator
  • Corporate trainer and developer 
  • Human resources executive (corporate training and development)
  • Training and development manager

I can truly say my experience in the instructional design & technology program was very rewarding. My knowledge of instructional design increased exponentially, and my ability to use technology to increase critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving was enhanced greatly. I would highly recommend this graduate program to any prospective students, as it leads to a lot of valuable growth not only as a professional, but also as a Christian.

Shelby Johnson Trevecca graduate


Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.*

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Cohort Schedule

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Instructional Design
IDT 5000
Course is an introduction to the instructional design process with a focus on developing instructional goals, objectives and assessment outcomes. Learners will investigate the various elements that should be considered in the design process such as: needs assessment, common instructional problems, learner characteristics, task analysis, content sequencing, instructional strategies, instructional delivery, evaluation instruments, instructional resources (media selection), formative evaluation, and summative evaluation.
Copyright Laws for Online Learning and Development
IDT 5010
Course will teach the basics of copyright laws, fair use guidelines, and ADA compliance regulations relevant to the design process. Learners will investigate the idea of intellectual property as it applies to businesses and organizations. The goal is to provide learners with a practical framework for analyzing copyright issues that they encounter in their professional work. This course will use real life examples—some of them quite complex—to help learners get used to the systematic analysis of copyright problems in course design. This course is intentionally a step toward bridging the gulf that is often perceived between desirable educational practice and legal permissible activities.
Issues in Instructional Design and Technology Integration
IDT 5020
Course is designed to examine how technology can facilitate instructional practices. Students will explore instructional software, online resources, and synchronous and asynchronous methods in technology mediation. Learners will study variables that affect adult learning, techniques for stimulating and sustaining student motivation, and how to reinforce learning to a global audience.
Computer Based Instruction & Design for Learning
IDT 5100
Course provides an application of instructional design principles for the creation of computer-based instruction; emphasis on use of authoring and scripting systems to create instructional software.
Emerging Trends in Instructional Technology and Simulations
IDT 5030
Course involves the exploration of games and simulations. This includes the evaluation, design, and infusion of games and simulations in instructional settings. Students will create a process for using multimedia and visual basic applications for developing instructional materials, presentations, and games.
Project Management in Instructional Design and Technology Integration
IDT 5110
Course examines the project management phase of the instructional design process. Learners will develop a plan and work in teams to complete “real world” projects that will include a template for design of a specific environment.
Ethics and Culture Models for Learning Design
IDT 5120
Course provides an opportunity to apply various learning principles into practice in online design. Students have an opportunity to investigate their faith in which learning design takes place, considering the interplay between content experts or subject matter experts and design methodology.
Interactive and Digital Tools for Learning
IDT 5130
Course focuses on the design and development of various forms of interactive instructional media to support learning. This course will provide experiences in investigating, designing, developing and integrating a variety of interactive instructional media and mobile devices.
Evaluation and Assessment Strategy
IDT 5200
Course will focus on the effective course/program evaluation and assessment methods, theories, and applications in instructional design and technology.
Instructional Design Capstone
IDT 5210
Course will demonstrate the mastery of content through a practicum or significant project adapted to the professional requirements of instructional design. After a thorough process of feedback and revision, students are required to present their final ePortfolios or build a course to showcase their work and demonstrate achievement of program competencies.

*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.