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Instructional Design and Technology (M.A.Ed.)

( Curriculum and Instruction)

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Some Online Courses

Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is a field dedicated to applying theory and research about how people learn to the design, development, implementaton, and evaluation of learning experiences and products.


Hours IDT Foundations


Hours Research Methods


Hours Restricted Electives

Affiliated with CITSIE

Our Master Program in Instructional Design and Technology

Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is a comparatively new field dedicated to applying what is empirically understood about how humans learn and improve upon performance to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning and performance support products, processes, and environments. IDT professionals understand and leverage technologies as both product (such as a Web-based course for distant learners or print-based job-aids for the workplace) and process (such as an iterative and formative approach to learner assessment). Instructional technologists practice their unique, multidisciplinary profession in a variety of settings including industry, preK-12 schools, higher education, and government.

Why Study Instructional Design and Technology Here?

Our Faculty and staff in the Instructional Design and Technology program have very diverse interests that encompass all aspects of instructional technology and committed to support students as they develop the professional, academic, research, and interpersonal skills required for a successful career of their choice.Our coursework is designed to help students advance their understanding of educational issues, theories, and practice related to Instructional Design and Technology. Our IDT program is affiliated with the Center for Instructional Technology Solutions in Industry and Education that offers excellent research opportunities with a focus on design, development, and evaluation of learning experiences, distance learning, health promotion, preparation of instructional technology professionals, and innovations in technology.

What You’ll Study

The Master's degree in Instructional Design and Technology is a 30-credit hour degree program consisting of coursework in foundations of Instructional Design and Technology, research methods, and restricted electives. There are three following components.  

  • I- IDT Foundations (15 credits)
    • You will study theoretical foundations of technology-enhanced learning, design for learning, foundations of instructional design and technology, instructional design and technology portfolio, and project and report.
  • II-Research Methods (3 credits)
    • In this component, students will enroll in Program and Product Evaluation.
  • III-Restricted Electives (12 credits)
    • Twelve credit courses from: 
      • Principles of Learning Message Design
      • Applied Theories of Instructional Design
      • Topics in Instructional Technology Tools and Methods
      • Topics in Learning Environment Design and Development
      • Distance Education
      • Digitally Mediated Learning
      • Interactive Learning Media, Arts, and Design
      • Interactive Learning Media Development
      • Problems in Education
      • Graduate Seminar in Education
      • Independent Study

Professional Development Portfolio

The process of developing electronic portfolios serves to provide meaningful learning contexts for the acquisition and application of instructional design and development skills. In addition, the portfolios will serve as a means of assessing and evaluating what you have learned from the program. The competencies you will develop are established by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). In addition to these competencies, the electronic portfolio is designed to showcase the specific standards identified by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The ISTE standards represent recommended foundations in technology for all teachers, and they constitute the core of NCATE's professional education program technology standards. Learn more about the

Learn more about full requirements here.

Career and Professional Development

Graduates of the IDT master’s program apply their multidisciplinary expertise as instructional designers, trainers, or performance consultants in educational institutions, businesses, organizations, and government, and as teachers or technology coordinators in PreK-12 or collegiate settings.

Blacksburg Campus

This degree program is offered at the Blacksburg campus. The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. 

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

  • Distance learning
  • Message design

Barbara Lockee, Professor

Barbara Lockee, Professor

Research Interests

  • Application of learning theories to instructional products
  • Video-based learning

Katherine S Cennamo, Professor

Katherine S. Cennamo, Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Application of innovative technologies to instructional situations
  • Design and development of electronic performance systems to support online learning

Research Interests

  • Instructional design
  • Distance learning
  • Self-efficacy

Alicia Johnson, Visiting Assistant Professor

Alicia Johnson, Visiting Assistant Professor

Professor Emeritus of Education

Professor Emeritus of Education

Instructional Design and Technology Research Highlights

Bond, M. A., & Lockee, B. B. (2018). Evaluating the effectiveness of faculty inquiry groups as communities of practice for faculty professional development. Journal of Formative Design for Learning, 1-7.

Stoner, A. M., & Cennamo, K. S. (2018). Enhancing reflection within situated learning: Incorporating mindfulness as an instructional strategy. Springer.

Kim,  S., Song,  K., Lockee,  B., Burton, J. (2017). Gamification in learning and education. New York, NY: Springer.

Students interested in applying to the Instructional Design and Technology (M.A.Ed.) degree should contact the program leader, Dr. Ken Potter, by email at

Visit our office at the Public Safety Building Suite 201 (0313), 330 Sterrett Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Domestic Application
*Fall: Janurary 5
International Application
*Fall:  Janurary 5
*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding:  January 5


Ken Potter
Program Leader, Instructional Design and Technology
144J Smyth Hall

Nancy Nolen
Enrollment Service Assistant
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-5348

School of Education
Public Safety Building,
Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061