Instructional Design and Educational Technology, MS

College of Education and Human Development

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Instructional Design and Educational Technology, MS (36 hours)

The Master of Science Program in Instructional Design and Educational Technology (IDET) is oriented toward trainers, instructional designers, e-learning specialists, and teachers. Graduates effectively apply current and emerging technologies to solve learning and performance problems in varied training and school settings.

This master's program allows students a considerable amount of flexibility to explore areas of personal interest. As an IDET student, you will work with your faculty advisor to develop a program of study emphasizing the aspects of Educational Technology you wish to focus on in your career.

This online program allows 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.

To complete the program in one year, take two courses during each of the year's six cycles. To complete the program in two years, take one course per cycle.

Texas Virtual School Network: This program offers Texas Virtual School Network (TXVSN) professional development for all Texas-certified teachers desiring to design and teach courses online in the TXVSN network of course offerings for all public and charter schools in Texas. Visit for details.


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Requirements: 3.0 GPA last 60 hours, TAMU-CC spring or summer 2020 graduate from a bachelor’s program, completed application. Fall application fee will be paid through an application scholarship as long as funds last. If requirements are met, applicants should be notified within three business days after the complete Apply Texas application is received. Transcripts for TAMUCC graduates are on file – applicant does not need to submt. Apply via Apply Texas Application.

Domestic & International Students:

Fall Fall-midterm Spring Spring-midterm Summer I  Summer II 
August 15 October 4 January 11 March 14 May 15 June 18

Application deadlines are one week prior to the start of each of the six course start dates: spring, mid-term spring, summer I, summer II, fall, and mid-term fall

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.


Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Essay (Approximately 300-400 words in length which includes educational and professional goals and the reason for applying to the program)

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Degree Requirements

1. Prerequisites

Applicants entering into the program will be required to take an online module that assists learners in use of the learning management system at TAMU-CC.


2. Required Courses (36 semester hours)

Foundation Courses (6 hours)

  • EDFN 5301 - Introduction to Research 3 sem. hrs.
  • ERST 5302 - Studies in Equality of Educational Opportunities 3 sem. hrs.

IDET Core Courses (24 hours)

  • IDET 5300 - Instructional Design and Educational Technology Foundations 3 sem. hrs.
  • IDET 5302 - Computer Applications in Education 3 sem. hrs.
  • IDET 5303 - Instructional Hypermedia 3 sem. hrs.
  • IDET 5304 - Instructional Design 3 sem. hrs.
  • IDET 5305 - Instructional Design Applications 3 sem. hrs.
  • IDET 5310 - Internet Resources in Education and Training 3 sem. hrs.
  • IDET 5320 - Project Based Learning and Related Strategies for Technology Integration 3 sem. hrs.
  • IDET 5397 - Instructional Design and Educational Technology Practicum 3 sem. hrs.

IDET Specialization Courses (6 hours)

  • IDET 5360 - Design Strategies for Online Instruction and Learning Management Systems 3 sem. hrs.
  • IDET 5365 - Instructional Materials Development for Learning Management Systems 3 sem. hrs.


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 for more information.

  • IDET 5360 - Design Strategies for Online Instruction and Learning Management Systems 3 sem. hrs.
  • IDET 5365 - Instructional Materials Development for Learning Management Systems 3 sem. hrs.


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.

  • IDET 6301 - Foundations of Instructional Design 3 sem. hrs.
  • IDET 6315 - Project-Based Learning Types and Emerging Technologies 3 sem. hrs.
  • IDET 6380 - Special Topics Course - Design and Development Research 3 sem. hrs.


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 more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

Master's in Instructional Design and Educational Technology National Standards Matrices (docx)

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Contact for More Information:

Dr. Susan Elwood

6300 Ocean Drive Unit 5834
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5834
Office : 361-825-2407