eLearning & Instructional Design

Degree:
  • Master's
Location: Anywhere

Why eLearning & Instructional Design?

The online Master’s in eLearning and Instructional Design prepares graduates to excel in the diverse and ever expanding field of e-learning and design and to emerge as skilled leaders in their field.

Today’s learning landscape relies increasingly upon the Internet in support of blended, online, and mobile learning. The Master’s in eLearning and Instructional Design is a versatile degree that opens a world of professional opportunity in our media rich, digital, networked world. Your coursework prepares you to shape the future of any learning-driven organization, including corporations, non-profits, higher education institutions, K-12 schools, and government agencies.

Program participants are career professionals whose organizational role involves education. Their workplace settings are wide-ranging: universities, not-for-profits, schools, and even multi-national corporations. Their job titles are diverse as well: educator, trainer, professor, human resource expert, technology coordinator, online learning manager, instructional designer, librarian, and consultant just to name a few. Your program colleagues are diverse, but they share a passion for improving and transforming learning in our technology-rich, Internet-connected society.

Our faculty members are nationally recognized award-winning experts known for their excellence as teachers and designers. They focus on helping you develop the knowledge and skills you need to progress your career. Many alumni tell us that they draw from the tools and methods they learned from Northeastern’s rigorous curriculum on a daily basis, including the hands-on experience they gain during their coursework. Our program is designed for professionals—educators, higher education staff, counselors, corporate trainers, and HR managers—who seek to increase or improve the use of eLearning in their work, and to advance their workplace leadership in this realm. You are a good fit if …

  • You work in an educational and/or training support capacity in higher education, non-profits, lifelong learning, or a corporate setting
  • You are a classroom educator within K12 or higher education seeking to increase your ability to design, teach, or manage the development of online and mobile learning
  • You want to discover new ways to engage with employees and constituents online
  • You work for a non-profit or governmental organization that is interested in expanding its involvement in online and mobile learning
  • You want to transition into a career that involves eLearning
  • You want to become an expert in next-generation online and mobile learning

More Details

Unique Features

  • Offers hands-on experience in designing innovative eLearning environments, strategic development, and project creation
  • Students create an ePortfolio; past program graduates have used their ePortfolios for promotions, job interviews, and doctoral degree applications
  • Benefit from experiential learning to develop and implement numerous workplace-based eLearning design projects
  • Online program provides flexibility and interactive experience for working professionals
  • The Experiential Network (XN) allows students to virtually work on short-term, real-world projects that complement their academic work.

Program Objectives

  • Investigate the many settings where learning design takes place considering the interplay between context and design
  • Respond innovatively to the opportunities and challenges that are revolutionizing all sectors of education
  • Design and facilitate learning experiences that draw creatively upon the latest research in the science and art of eLearning
  • Develop dynamic environments that engage learners in interaction with images, words, videos, and animations
  • Put learning principles and high-impact practices into action within online and mobile learning scenarios
  • Forge constructive professional working relationships in a range of professional contexts while responding to the nuances of organizational culture, project demands, and allocated resources
  • Advance involvement with professional communities, expanding participation and visibility in the field of eLearning design
  • Develop an online, media-rich portfolio of work that demonstrates professional vision, thoughtfulness, and excellence

Career Outlook

The role of eLearning is expanding exponentially in the education, non-profit, and corporate sectors. Your degree is versatile and opens up a world of opportunity in learning-driven organizations. The number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 7.1 million and represents 33% of all higher education students. You create an online, media-rich portfolio of work that demonstrates your professional vision, thoughtfulness, and excellence. This helps position you as a sought-after eLearning designer who is part of the next generation of leaders in the field.


What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Education in eLearning and Instructional Design General Requirements
EDU 6050 - Education as an Advanced Field of Study
5.00
EDU 6051 - Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence
4.00

Concentration in eLearning and Instructional Design

Required Courses

EDU 6319 - How People Learn
4.00
EDU 6321 - Models for Learning Design
4.00
EDU 6323 - Technology as a Medium for Learning
4.00
EDU 6324 - Competencies, Assessment, and Learning Analytics
4.00
EDU 6331 - E-Learning Design as a Collaborative Profession
4.00

Capstone

To be taken last: 

EDU 6225 - Capstone
4.00

Electives

Complete three of the following (12 quarter hours):

EDU 6332 - Open Learning
4.00
EDU 6333 - Social Media and Beyond
4.00
EDU 6558 - Issues in Education
1.00 - 4.00
EDU 6202 - Faculty, Curriculum, and Academic Community
4.00
EDU 6329 - Connecting Theory and Practice
4.00
EDU 6340 - Learning Analytics Concepts and Theories
4.00
EDU 6330 - Digital Media Literacy
4.00
EDU 6321 - Models for Learning Design
4.00

NOTE: EDU 6329 (Connecting Theory and Practice) should be taken at least 2 terms prior to EDU 6225 (Capstone) to allow time for implementing a workplace-based experiential project that you will design as the signature assignment for this course.

Did You Know?

Employment for instructional coordinators and designers is expected to grow 20% by 2020. 

Options

Not ready for a full Master's degree? Consider our 4-course eLearning and Instructional Design graduate certificate, which rolls into the master's program. 

Average Time to Completion

1.5-2 Years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter

Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

No