Academic Catalog

Instructional Design & Ed Tech (M.A.) 2024-2025 Catalog Year
College of Education
Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences

The M.A. in Instructional Design & Ed Tech (IDET) is aimed at students seeking opportunities in instructional design, instructional technology, educational media, and applied research in learning settings (e.g., PK-12, higher education, museums, libraries, and other industry learning environments). The 36-credit program consists of 21 required credits, 6 capstone credits, and 9 restricted elective credits organized by areas of interest in either learning experience design, or learning technologies, or educational media.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements for consideration may not necessarily be admitted into the program.

  • Submit a completed FGCU Graduate Admissions Application and satisfy all applicable university admissions requirements.
  • Earned baccalaureate degree from an institution that maintains accreditation by a U.S. Department of Education sanctioned accrediting body ( or equivalent foreign institution.
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours attempted accruing to the undergraduate degree.
  • Submit three favorable recommendations from working professionals in the field.
  • International students must demonstrate English language proficiency in accordance with University regulation.

Applicants who do not meet all of the above requirements, including minimum GPA, may be considered on a case-by-case basis as University exceptions and may be required to submit further requirements as determined by the program.

Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements
  • Students must satisfactorily complete the minimum number of credits specified by the program.
  • A grade of B or higher must be earned in all College of Education graduate courses.
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted.
  • The College of Education limits the transfer of coursework into its graduate programs to a maximum of three courses or 12 credits. To be considered, courses must have been completed with a minimum grade of B and no more than seven years prior to the date of entry into the graduate program and no more than ten years prior to graduation from the graduate program. The courses must be approved by the college dean or designee.
  • Up to a maximum of 18 credit hours earned from courses taken at FGCU and those that are a part of an approved Certificate may be applied to the master's degree if those courses are part of that program. Applying these courses requires approval of the college dean or designee in conjunction with the Office of Academic and Curriculum Support, and the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Submit an application for graduation by the semester deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
  • Students must register for a minimum of one credit during the semester in which they apply for graduation.
  • Earn more than 50% of the credits toward the degree through FGCU.
Program Requirements
  1. Required Courses in the Major (21 credits)
    EME 5053 Foundations of Learning Tech (3)
    EME 6209 Visual Media for Learning (3)
    EME 6408 Universal Design for Learning (3)
    EME 6465 Interactive Learning (3)
    EME 6606 Foundations of ID (3)
    EME 6646 Digital Narrative & Cognition (3)
    EME 6936 Current Trends in IDET (3)

  2. Capstone Experience (6 credits)
    EME 6607 Instructional Program Analysis (3)
    EME 6940 Design Experience (3)*

    *Students in EME 6940 will complete a case-based design experience focused on their preferred professional practice that demonstrates program learning outcome competencies for external audiences.

  3. Restricted Electives in the Major (9 credits)
    See Program Advisor for prior approval of elective courses. Electives are grouped by areas of interest for advising purposes.

    Learning Experience Design
    EME 6417 Teaching in Virtual Settings (3)
    EME 6617 Learning Management Systems (3)
    EME 6930 ID in Practice (3)

    Learning Technologies
    EME 6207 Educational Web Design (3)
    EME 6405 Technology Integration (3)
    EME 6675 Design for Informal Learning (3)

    Educational Media
    EME 6609 Instructional Media Resources (3)
    EME 6705 Collection & Acquisition (3)
    EME 6716 Media Services and Programs (3)
Total Credits Required: 36

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