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Program Overview

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The Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) program offers one master’s degree (Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology) and two certificates (Educational Technology, e-Learning). The MA in IDT degree requires 30 semester units while the certificate requires 21 semester units (Educational Technology Certificate) or 12 semester units (e-Learning Certificate).

The Instructional Technology program is hands-on and student-centered. Students who enter the master's program may choose to focus on research or in development through course selection. The ETEC program is challenging and at the same time, achievable. It is possible for students to complete the ETEC program within one and a half year.

Degree & Certificates Offered

Important Information regarding the MA Degree

M.A in Instructional Design and Technology

The Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology at CSUSB prepares students to be instructional designers, improve use of instructional design & technology and support the use of technology in a variety of career paths:

  • Technology Coordinator at a school or district level,
  • Instructional Materials Developer,
  • Online Instructor,
  • Online Course Developer
  • Corporate Trainer, and
  • Digital Media Designer and Developer

Students are strongly encouraged to determine before entering the program which track they want to pursue. Permissions from program advisor and coordinator are required for changes made after entering the program.

Students do not have to have extensive technology experience prior to entering the ETEC program, however successful students bring with them to the program a love of learning technology and an ability to explore new technologies independently as well as in the classroom and/or corporate settings.

Master of Arts in IDT Graduates will demonstrate the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

  • PLO1 Content Knowledge: Candidates demonstrate the knowledge necessary to create, use, assess, and manage theoretical and practical applications of educational technologies and processes.
  • PLO2 Content Pedagogy: Candidates develop as reflective practitioners able to demonstrate effective implementation of educational technologies and processes based on contemporary content pedagogy.
  • PLO3 Learning Environments: Candidates facilitate learning by creating, using, evaluating, and managing effective learning environments.
  • PLO4 Professional Knowledge and Skills: Candidates design, develop, implement, and evaluate technology-rich learning environments within a supportive community of practice.
  • PLO5 Research: Candidates explore, evaluate, synthesize, and apply methods of inquiry to enhance learning and improve performance.
  • PLO6 Digital Citizenship and Ethical Practice: Candidates understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.
  • PLO7 Leadership: Candidates foster changes as a change agent and provide leadership in the professional community.


The Instructional design and Technology Program offers two Certificates.