Bachelor - Instructional Design

Aspiring or professional educators seeking to enhance or develop their knowledge and skills in online instructional strategies and curriculum development could benefit from enrolling in Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design program. Read on for more information about this online bachelor's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Students of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design program have the opportunity to study topics in educational technology, learning theory, student assessment methods, evaluation processes, and instructional strategies in online learning environments. Program coursework covers basic e-learning principles, learning needs in education and training, educational technologies in real- and non-real-time environments, virtual classroom design, the use of social networking tools in online learning, evaluating e-learning programs, and project management. The practical application of theories and concepts learned in the program is achieved through an instructional design project completed in the program's final capstone course.

What Ae the Prerequisites?

You should have developed communication, computer, and organizational skills prior to entering Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design program. Current experience or an interest in teaching or curriculum design is helpful. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

As a student of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design program, you will be required to complete a total of 120 credits to earn this degree. Requirements include 46 credits in general education courses, 36 credits in major courses, and 41 credits in electives. This program does not prepare students to meet any state licensure or certification requirements.

Instructional Design Course Requirements

Course NumberCourse Title
Introductory Course Requirements
EXP 105Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202Adult Development & Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
PSY 370Learning & the Brain
EDU 120Principles of Industrial Design
EDU 232Instructional Design for E-Learning
EDU 335Design Concepts & Application
EDU 337Collaboration in the Virtual Classroom
EDU 356Emerging Issues in Educational Technology
EDU 358Assessment of Student Learning
EDU 336Evaluation of E-Learning
EDU 362Adult Learning & Instruction
EDU 431Advanced Instructional Design
EDU 433Project Management for Instructional Design
EDU 496Capstone Instructional Design

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

You could seek a variety of entry-level positions in educational or training environments as a graduate of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design program. Positions could be found in online learning institutions, colleges or universities offering distance education or hybrid programs, corporate training environments, or educational material development companies.

Positions you could pursue include:

  • Online curriculum specialist
  • Distance education coordinator
  • Instructional support assistant

Advanced Degrees

Graduates of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design program who seek advancement in the field might be required to obtain a graduate degree. A master's degree could be required for administrative or supervisory positions in the field. Advanced degrees graduates could be eligible to apply for include:

  • Master of Science in Curriculum Development
  • Master of Science in Instructional Technology
  • Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

*The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Please visit for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.