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M.S. in Instructional Design and Educational Technology (IDET)

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Create Engaging Technology-Rich Learning Environments.

The Loading... is a fully online 30 credit-hour graduate program offered through the department of Business Administration. Courses in this program emphasize the creation and management of highly engaging in-person and online learning environments. Students will engage in hands-on, minds-on learning in courses that are designed around research and applied best-practices from a variety of fields, including Learning Sciences, Education, Adult Learning Theory, Curriculum & Instruction, Digital Literacy and Educational Technology. All theory is coupled with real-world application and examples, and students implement and evaluate their designs in authentic learning environments. The skills and competencies in the program are fully aligned with the roles and responsibilities of practicing instructional designers.

What you will learn to do:

  • Design, develop, and deliver engaging learning experience for in-person or online audiences
  • Create learning experiences that emphasize flexibility in pace, place, path, choice, and voice
  • Promote lifelong learning by applying principles of adult learning (andragogy and heutagogy)
  • Meet the needs of diverse learners by applying principles of universal design
  • Creatively apply research-based solutions to improve learning
  • Develop simple and elegant solutions to complex learning problems
  • Develop an expert vision for using technology to solve learning problems.
  • Problem-solve collaboratively with peers

"Success in college is not just about getting good grades, it's about learning new skills, making connections and discovering the passions that will guide you towards a fulfilling life. With the support of my advisors, professors and peers in the Instructional Design program at SUNY Potsdam I was able to find that fulfillment.”


Sara Benko '21

Unique program features:

  • Applied learning opportunities woven throughout the curriculum
  • Fully Online: Courses model best practices in combining asynchronous and synchronous learning.
  • Professional development workshops and/or conferences to compliment for-credit courses
  • Instructors are available to meet during office hours, and respond to phone or e-mail questions within 24 hours.
  • Small class sizes
  • Expert full-time faculty with significant practical work experience
  • A diverse group of peers, consisting of working professionals and recent college graduates.
  • Professional development workshops and/or conferences to compliment for-credit courses

Program Contacts

Admissions / General Information
Center for Graduate Studies
(800) 458-1142 / (315) 267-2165
Raymond Hall 206

Program-Related Information
Dr. Anthony Betrus
Program Coordinator
Dunn Hall 393
(315) 267-2670