Bachelor's Degree Programs in Instructional Design

Find out the technology and education courses you'll take in a bachelor's degree program in instructional design. Discover career options and salary potential in the field. Schools offering Instructional Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will I Learn in an Instructional Design Bachelor's Degree Program?

A bachelor's degree in instructional design generally leads to a Bachelor of Science in Instructional Design and Technology or a Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design. Such programs usually require general education courses, such as natural science, humanities and fine arts, social science, communications and mathematics classes. You'll also take a selection of core courses to develop instructional design skills and elective courses to help you specialize in your area of interest. Some schools offer independent study and internships to help enhance your career options. Topics typically found in a bachelor's degree in instructional design program include:

  • Designing effective learning experiences
  • Web design techniques and principles
  • Instructional design process
  • Designing print-based instructional materials
  • Photography
  • Multimedia design and creation
  • Combining digital video with audio

CourseworkLearning experience design, print instructional materials, multimedia design, video/audio design, photography
Admission RequirementsHigh school diploma or GED; math and writing skills may need to be documented
Online ProgramsFully online programs available; software and online tools allow for interaction between students and professors
Job OptionsDesktop publisher, training and development specialist, information architect, instructional designer, curriculum coordinator
Job Outlook (2014-2024) 5-8% growth* (for instructional designers and technologists)
Median Salary (2014) $61,550* (for instructional designers and technologists)

Source: O*NET Online

What Are the Requirements?

Bachelor's degree programs in instructional design typically don't have any prerequisites outside of a high school diploma or GED, but you may be required to show competence in mathematics and writing. Once accepted into the program, you'll be required to complete general education courses, usually within the first two years of this 4-year program. The program usually consists of 120 credits or more. Most schools require you maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher in your courses. You may also be required to complete a capstone project to earn your bachelor's degree in instructional design.

Can I Earn My Degree Online?

Instructional design bachelor's degree programs are offered online at some schools. The courses you'll take to earn your online degree are similar to those of a campus-based program; however, interaction with instructors takes place via message board, e-mail or conference call instead of in person. You'll need a computer with Internet access and an e-mail address to participate.

Your computer must meet basic requirements to enable online learning and course delivery. You may be required to purchase or download software related to your instructional design program. If you need assistance, most schools offer online support as part of the distance learning process.

What Can I Do with My Degree?

Earning a bachelor's degree in instructional design prepares you for employment opportunities in Web design and development, learning aid development and assessment, electronic imaging and multimedia productions, curriculum development and graphic design, as well as within government and higher education. You'll be qualified for many jobs, including training and development specialist, desktop publisher, instructional designer, curriculum coordinator and information architect.

O*NET Online stated that employment opportunities for instructional designers were expected to increase five to eight percent from 2014-2024 (online.onetcenter.org). Median annual wages for instructional designers were $61,550 in 2014, also according to O*Net.

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