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Instructional Design for Online Learning Specialization Master of Science in Education

School of Education


Total program credits needed for graduation: 48

Masters in Instructional Design for Online Learning Degree | Courses - Capella University

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses

ED5010 Foundations of Master’s Studies in Education 4 quarter credits
ED5006 Survey of Research Methodology 4 quarter credits

Specialization Courses:

28 quarter credits

ED5802 Principles of Instructional Design 4 quarter credits
ED5803* Processes of Instructional Design 4 quarter credits
ED5807 Design of Instructional Media 4 quarter credits
ED5810 Project Management for e-Learning Development 4 quarter credits
ED7484* Application of Learning Theories to Instructional Design 4 quarter credits
ED7505* Evaluation and Assessment of Instructional Design 4 quarter credits
ED5992 Instructional Design for Online Learning Capstone 4 quarter credits

In addition, choose one from the following courses:

ED5804 The Delivery of Distance Education 4 quarter credits
ED7503 Instructional Design Technologies 4 quarter credits
ED7814* Interface Design 4 quarter credits

Two Elective Courses, 8 quarter credits

Recommended elective courses:

ED7311 Theory and Methods of Educating Adults 4 quarter credits
ED7641 Needs Assessment: Models and Procedures 4 quarter credits


Choose any graduate courses.

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

This specialization does not lead to license, endorsement, or other professional credential. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website ( Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

Kentucky residents are not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

North Carolina residents completing this specialization may not be qualified for licensure in Educational Technology (concentration in Computer Specialist-077).

Masters in Instructional Design for Online Learning Degree | Courses - Capella University

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Masters in Instructional Design for Online Learning Degree | Courses - Capella University

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing additional credits for your own education, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.

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