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Learning Design & Technology (Instructional Design Specialization) Degree Requirements

The Instructional Design specialization requires 36 credits. See courses below:

General program courses:

  • ET 605: Designing Effective Learning with Technology
  • ED 602: Designing Inclusive and Engaging Learning Environments
  • ET 620: Multimedia Design for Learning (2D)
  • ED 609: Social Justice and Ed Tech
  • ET 631: Transformative Online Teaching
  • ED 776: Educational Research Methods
  • ET 690: Critical Perspectives of Technology
  • ET 662: Leading Adult Learners
  • ET 691: Educational Technology Internship

Instructional Design Courses:

  • ET 705: Introduction to Instructional Design
  • ET 725: Justice, Data, and Technology Ethics
  • ET 750: Instructional Design Across the Disciplines


The internship is a culminating experience in which candidates take the technology and leadership skills that they have learned and apply them. The internship is generally done as an individualized project at your own school or district and involves helping your school or district move forward with technology.

Internship projects are developed on an individual basis by each candidate with the assistance of their internship supervisor. First, the candidate proposes a technology-related leadership project connected to a topic of great interest to them and also based on needs identified in their professional setting. Then candidates work cooperatively with colleagues and their internship supervisor to implement and facilitate their plan, while actively reflecting on their process and progress. This rich customized experience provides candidates with significant opportunities to apply their educational technology knowledge and skills as well as their newly learned leadership dispositions in a real setting under the supervision of their administration and their internship supervisor.

Examples of some past internships include:

  • Development of a makerspace and teaching colleagues how to use it.
  • Roll out of a newLearning Management System.
  • Coaching colleagues about technology integration tools (ie. formative assessment tools).
  • Building a classroom recording studio.
  • Developing online professional development modules.
  • Leading STEM and robotics initiatives.
  • Updating learning materials to make them accessible, engaging, and appropriately aligned with technology.
  • Improving a schools webpages and social media presence across multiple platforms.

What do these internships have in common? They were uniquely developed by Loyola students who relied on their individual interest and technology expertise to fulfill a need in their professional or school setting.

Program outcomes:

Upon completion of the specialization in Instructional Design, graduates will be prepared to pursue careers as instructional designers, e-learning specialists, curriculum developers, instructional technology coaches, distance education specialists, or learning design consultants.

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