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Instructional Design for Online Learning Specialization Master of Science in Education

School of Education

Overview

Capella University's online Master's in Instructional Design program gives you the skills to integrate online education with ethical standards. Through a curriculum that balances instructional design, the psychology of learning, and technology, you will focus on the practice of online instructional design, including designing effective instruction, methods of online delivery, software tools and project management.

Degree Outcomes

With your Master's in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella, you'll demonstrate skill in instructional design, manage instructional design projects, bridge instructional design theory and real world opportunities, and integrate ethical standards in all instructional design and development activities. 

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online Master's in Instructional Design for Online Learning include instructional design specialist, instructional technologist, coordinator of e-learning, computer-assisted instruction specialist, and education or development specialist. Potential workplaces include: corporation, community college, vocational school, military education, adult education program, land-based or online college or university, P–12 school, military or educational consulting firm.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start October 9th

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Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$453 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

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Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable–there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

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Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

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Grants

Grants are federal education funds that never need to be paid back. 

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Sample Courses

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
ED5802 Principles of Instructional Design
ED5807 Design of Instructional Media
ED7503 Instructional Design Technologies
ED5804 The Delivery of Distance Education

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Coaches

From enrollment to graduation, coaches help you stay on track. They know your program, answer questions, and cheer you on.

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty holds top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now. 

Writing Support

These skilled communicators offer free tutoring services and multiple resources to sharpen your writing skills.

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.