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Instructional Design for Online Learning
Master of Science in Education

Put your passion into action and help people learn more effectively in cutting-edge digital environments. With Capella’s online MS in Education, Instructional Design for Online Learning specialization, you can build the skills you need to integrate emerging trends in online education with the highest ethical standards. Open new professional doors as you learn how to balance instructional design, the psychology of learning, and the power of technology. Sharpen your focus on methods of online delivery, software tools, and project management. You’ll also dive deep into applying instructional theory and managing projects.

Competency-based curriculum 

Our program is designed around competencies established by the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction.

Professional development plan

To help you focus on achieving your goals and stay on track, you can create a professional development plan in your first course.

Apply your expertise

Learn how to utilize instructional design theory in real-world learning situations as part of your coursework.

Classes start June 6

Use the code SPRING to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • Online
  • 2 Core courses
  • 7 Specialization courses
  • 2 Elective courses
  • 1 Capstone

Reduce your tuition by $2,500

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2.5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with an MS in Education degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with an MSEd in Instructional Design for Online Learning.

Job titles to explore

  • Instructional designer
  • Instructional design specialist
  • Training specialist
  • Training manager
  • Senior instructional designer
  • Instructional technologist
  • Consultant
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of education courses 

Employment settings to explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Insurance carrier
  • Health care
  • Software publishers
  • Consultant firms
  • K–12 public or private school
  • K–12 virtual or charter school

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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