This online program is a transformative and innovative degree program established to prepare instructional designers and/or educators from a variety of educational settings such as K-12 institutions, Higher Education, virtual schools, or service industries. Graduates of this program will have the ability to build effective content for courses and trainings in their specific sector.

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Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instructional Design

The Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instructional Design degree is intended to offer preparation in instructional design for the purpose of working professionally in education and related fields where educational knowledge in learning and development theory, leadership, communication, justice, data use for decision making and understanding of educational issues are key skills.

Program Overview

The online Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instructional Design is intended for professionals likely seeking professional advancement and development in the area of instructional design. Students within this program refine their knowledge related to social justice foundational thinking; all courses emphasize this phenomenon. Within this conceptual umbrella students, gain foundational skills related to student learning and development. Students are constantly encouraged to analyze, debate, and develop productive strategies in response to the principles, challenges, and opportunities of equity and educational justice. 

Program Highlights

The program is 36-units and divided into 6 foundation courses that provide the skills necessary to conduct graduate-level research, assessment, evaluation, writing, and personal and professional reflection. Upon completing the foundation core courses, students will delve deeper into the Curriculum and Instructional Design profession and complete a master’s capstone experience tailored to each student’s professional interest. Students can complete the program in 24 months. Each course is seven weeks and students take two courses per term. 

University of Redlands Online Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instructional Design is a transformative and innovative degree program established  to prepare instructional designers and/or educators from a variety of educational settings such as K-12 institutions, Higher Education, virtual schools, or service industries. Graduates of this program will have the ability to  build effective content for courses and trainings in their specific sector.

Coursework

Coursework provides a solid foundation in liberal arts, which emphasizes the need to think critically about issues and diversity in our world.

The online program can be completed in 24 months. The degree is completed over six 14-week terms. The program is 36 credit hours and divided into four core courses that provide the skills necessary to conduct graduate-level research, assessment, evaluation, writing, and personal and professional reflection. Upon completing the core courses, students will delve deeper into the Curriculum and Instructional Design coursework and complete a master’s capstone experience tailored to each student’s professional interest. 

Course sequence will depend on the student's start term. Students must complete the courses in carousel 1 before moving on to the courses in carousel 2. The last term, also known as the capstone, follows carousel 2. 

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Specialization Courses

MAED 612: Instructional Pedagogy and Technology

This course addresses the pedagogy and technology knowledge necessary to address issues of equity and access to support the development of technology-rich learner-centered environments. Students explore contemporary instructional topics and select, design, evaluate, and implement technology-enhanced learning tools to promote collaboration, creativity, and communication. 

MAED 616: Emerging Technologies and Instructional Design Tools

This course is an introduction to the core components of instructional design. This course will cover the effective application of methodologies and principles for online, face-to-face, and hybrid instruction. 

MAED 617: Introduction to Instructional Design

This course examines how technologies are deployed to classify and coerce specific populations and whether these innovations can be resisted and reimagined for more liberatory ends. This course culminates in a sustained focus on digital equity approaches to technology-use that blends historical, speculative, and biographical methods to envision new futures made possible.  

MAED 618: Teaching Diverse Learners

Explores both historic and contemporary perspectives in cross-cultural education. Opportunities, achievement and career gaps, and socioeconomic outcomes will be examined. Utilizing a cultural and systemic perspective, interactions of education institutions and socio-historic contexts leading to differentiated outcomes are examined. Culturally relevant and socially exemplary programs are also studied. 

MAED 6XX: Ethics and Digital Equity

This course will prepare students to explore, understand, and implement contemporary technology tools used to design and develop instructional materials. The course will cover techniques and effective pedagogical principles followed when using instructional technology tools in the development of training and course materials for face-to-face, hybrid, or online delivery.  

MAED 606B: Capstone

This course will provide students the technical and pedagogical knowhow to design instructional materials for both face-to-face and e-learning environments. Students will learn to evaluate, assess, and utilize instructional design software applications. The course will include discussions on various instructional design concepts, including evaluation and employment of specific software.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program graduates will possess the ability to help shape the future by learning how to recognize social and educational inequities as well as: 

  • Respect a diverse range of learners across the educational spectrum, designing curricular approaches that complement student background.
  • Infuse curricular planning with social justice considerations so that students needing extra consideration are accommodated.
  • Become acquainted with a range of educational technology applications, infusing them within their curriculum design(s).