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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People likely to be interested in a degree in instructional design for online learning are often training or education professionals pursuing instructional design specialist or developer positions in a variety of online learning settings, including educational institutions, corporations, the military, health care, or government.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Adult education program
  • Community college
  • Continuing education program
  • Corporation
  • Educational consulting firm
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Health care
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Military
  • Military education
  • P–12 education
  • Public or private corporation
  • Vocational school

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Computer-assisted instruction specialist
  • Coordinator of e-learning
  • e-Learning developer
  • Education and development specialist
  • Instructional design specialist
  • Instructional designer
  • Instructional technologist
  • Learning consultant
  • Training specialist

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

†Some positions require licensure and/or other designations. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

School of Education Master's Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Education Masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Career growth potential 53%Promotional opportunities 48%Salary and benefits 50%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Many of our School of Education master's degree alumni report advancing in their careers or receiving a salary increase. They also indicate they have assumed a leadership role or received a promotion.

Advanced in career or profession 26%Successfully changed careers 8%Obtained a teaching position in higher education 8%Assumed a leadership role 28%Received a promotion 13%

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.