Baker University has launched the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Performance Technology. This online program prepares students to use instructional design and performance technology—particularly in the growing field of online learning and training—to plan, develop, and manage instructional programs and their emerging technologies.

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook forecasts significant growth for instructional designers and coordinators,” said Professor Regena Aye. “We are proud to offer such an in-demand degree that meets the needs of a growing field.”

Baker’s program is distinctive because it unites instructional design and technology (the design, development, use, management, and evaluation of learning) with human performance technology (the systematic approach to improving individual and organizational performance). Most programs concentrate on one or the other. By combining these two fields, graduates will gain the knowledge and unique skills necessary to implement the training and performance needs of their organizations in the corporate, military, health care, and government sectors, and in PK-12 education and higher education.

Baker also offers the Doctor of Education in Instructional Design and Performance Technology. It is the only online program of its type in the region.

“Offering our master’s program in addition to our doctoral degree was a natural evolution,” said Dean of the School of Education Sharon Zoellner. “Students now have the option of beginning with a master’s and transferring what they’ve learned seamlessly into the doctoral program.”

The master’s program can be completed entirely online in as little as two years. Applications are now open for the first cohort, set to begin in September.

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