Jan 20, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Instructional Design and Educational Technology, MS

Program Description


Primary audiences for the Instructional Design and Educational Technology (IDET) Master of Science Degree Program include professional educators in K-12, higher education, and corporate, military, and public service sectors.  The program is consistent with state, national, and international standards, supported by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning(iNACOL) standards and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. The IDET Program utilizes an overarching project-based learning (PBL) design with community service called Collaborative Lives in Context. The program’s goal is to enable graduates to solve learning and performance problems by means of applying instructional design principles, emergent technology applications and software, learning theories, best practices, and germane research.  These projects are supported and encouraged to involve international collaborators.   

Students acquire skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • describing the historical and theoretical underpinnings of the field;
  • applying current mobile and computing applications and Internet resources useful in diverse learning environments;
  • conducting project-based learning and associated learning events;
  • applying learning theories and instructional strategies appropriate for given categories of human capabilities;
  • using instructional design theory, models, principles, and processes;
  • designing and developing instructional materials in a variety of technology-based formats;
  • designing and developing instructional hypermedia;
  • developing on-line instruction;
  • exploring current STEM related technoloogy and engineering applications, strategies, and pedagogies.

All students must successfully complete IDET 5397, Instructional Design and Educational Technology Practicum, including a program-progressive electronic portfolio prior to graduation. Elective courses may not be taken.  However, students who have earned appropriate graduate credit hours from a duly accredited college or university may be allowed to transfer a maximum of nine previous semester of graduate-level credit hours based upon approval by an assigned faculty advisor.  Transferred courses may not be more than seven years old on the day of the student’s graduation.

Students in this program experience local and global collaboration through project-based learning with meaningful community service learning outcomes. Some of these Collaborative Lives in Context cross-course team projects are ongoing while others are generated from emergent learning and service needs assessments. Collaborative Lives in Context projects engage students in learning through the purposive serving of targeted learning audiences and communities in local and global service sites.


Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning outcomes for the program are as follows:

  • plan and develop effective, efficient instruction and related assessments using instructional design processes and principles to solve real-world learning and performance problems.
  • design and develop complete, effective instruction for online learning environments in an active leaning management system.
  • in an electronic portfolio, demonstrate knowledge, skills, and application of the field’s underlying theories, knowledge base, and tools.

Delivery Modes

This degree can be taken in either of two delivery modes: online or resident-based. The online resident-based delivery modes allow students to work with the faculty advisors to develop a program of study that emphasizes development of skills and knowledge in a specific aspect of instructional design and educational technology fitting to each student’s learning and career goals in K-12, higher ed, or adult learning environments.


Admission Requirements

Students are eligible to pursue graduate-level course work in Instructional Design and Educational Technology if they meet COEHD graduate admission requirements as specified in the COEHD’s Graduate Policies and Regulations section of this catalog. 

Degree Requirements

Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) Professional Development Award (6 Semester Hours)

All students who successfully complete IDET 5360 and IDET 5365 complete the professional development required to design and teach courses on the Texas Virtual School Network.  A TAMUCC College of Education Professional Development Award will be granted to each student successfully completing those courses as documentation for TxVSN networks or other agencies.  See http://txvsn.tamucc.edu/ for more information.

Instructional Design and Educational Technology-Foundations, Constructivist Environments, Design and Development Research Certificate (9 Semester Hours)

The IDET Foundations, Constructivist Environments, Design and Development Research Certificate will prepare educators and their colleagues in related fields (Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Administration, Reading, and Secondary Education) with who they collaborate and supervise to provide research-based instructional technology designs in face-to-face, flipped, hybrid, and online learning environments.  A series of three courses will prepare scholars to provide high quality design, instruction, and evaluation in utilizing principles and tenets of needs assessments, instructional systems design models, design current student-centered learning environments and activities, formative and summative evaluation, and design and development research investigation.  Participating educators will be prepared to promote greater technology integration and implementation based upon current best practices in the field.

Comprehensive Examination, Portfolio, and Exit Survey

All students are required to pass a comprehensive examination taken during their final semester of enrollment. All students must also develop and submit a professional portfolio which meets provided criteria. Students must also complete an exit survey prior to graduation.

For Additional Information



Campus Address:

Faculty Center, Room 252, 361.825.2407


Mailing Address:

Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning Sciences, Unit 5834
College of Education and Human Development
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5834