Students are prepared to assume professional positions in instructional design and evaluation or to pursue a doctorate in these fields.

Instruction Psychology and Technology Program Overview

Instructional Psychology and Technology deals with identifying and implementing improvements in instruction and understanding the principles that influence these improvements. IP&T applies these principles to solve instructional problems, which occur in educational settings, including public schools and universities, government, church, military, business, and industry.

The program requires students to attain skills in the following areas:
  • Research
  • Instructional Design and Development
  • Evaluation and Measurement

Students participate in department seminars, interact with other students in group projects and informal study, collaborate with faculty, and participate in a wide variety of internship experiences. All majors are accepted.

How to Apply

Submit Program Application

  • Priority Deadline: January 15
  • Final Deadline: May 15

Submit program application through Graduate Studies

Submit Proper Documents

  • Grade transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Letter of intent

After application submitted, you will be asked to complete avideo interview.

Application Details

Choose a Track

Each master’s student must identify a “track”. In consultation with an advisory committee, each student must fill out and complete a program of study. This plan must be completed and delivered to the department secretary by the end of the second week of the second semester.

The Design and Development Track is intended to prepare students for work as an instructional designer, in corporate, government, and higher education settings. Instructional designers typically work in diversely skilled teams of professionals to design and develop learning materials. For example, a common team might consist of: an instructional designer, a content-matter specialist, a project manager, a graphic designer, a multimedia specialist, a developer, and a writer. As a designer, you should develop a skillset that enables you to contribute a specific skill to this team as well as a general ability to understand the other members’ roles so that you can communicate effectively.

The research track is for students considering doctoral degrees and future academic careers. It is designed to provide a strong foundation in research skills, in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, that will prepare a student for a research thesis, journal publication, and future doctoral coursework.

A central aspect of learning is knowing how to to measure and evaluate individual and institutional progress. The M&E track encourages students to develop theoretical knowledge about how to assess learning and evaluate program and product effectiveness. Students who complete this track typically find positions as measurement specialists, educational research coordinators, or independent evaluators. Many administrators will find the advanced evaluation course covering program evaluation to be useful to their careers.

Graduation Requirements

36-39 credits
  • 18 credits of core courses
  • 8 credits of specialized courses
  • 3 credits of internship
  • 1 credit of seminar

Internship: Register for 1-3 credit hours of IP&T 599R during any semester or term.

Thesis/Project Work: Complete a total of 6 hours of Master’s project or thesis credit in order to graduate. These credits may be taken over a period of one or two semesters, as the student prepares the prospectus, conducts the project, and writes the report.

Oral exam: The Final Oral Examination should be scheduled with the Department Secretary. An oral exam may take from 1-4 hours, but typically lasts about 2 hours.

Course List

IP&T 520 - Foundations of Technology
IP&T 560 - Instructional Product Development
IP&T 564 - Instructional Design
IP&T 629 - Introduction to Research
IP&T 652 - Assessing Learning Outcomes
IP&T 661 - Introduction to Evaluation in Education

IP&T 510 - Scholarly Writing and Argumentation
IP&T 520 - Foundations of Instructional Technology
IP&T 560 - Instructional Product Development
IP&T 564 - Instructional Design
IP&T 599R - Academic Internship
IP&T 629 - (IP&T - CPSE) Introduction to Research
IP&T 631 - Research in Open Education
IP&T 638 - Research in Blended and Online Learning Environments
IP&T 651 - (IP&T - CPSE) Statistics 1: Foundations
IP&T 652 - Assessing Learning Outcomes
IP&T 653 - (IP&T - CPSE) Qualitative Research 1 (Intro to Qualitative Research)
IP&T 661 - Introduction to Evaluation in Education

IP&T 510 - Scholarly Writing and Argumentation
IP&T 520 - Foundations of Instructional Technology
IPT 560 - Instructional Product Development
IP&T 564 - Instructional Design
IP&T 599R - Academic Internship
IP&T 620 - Principles of Learning
IP&T 629 - (IP&T - CPSE) Introduction to Research
IP&T 652 - Assessing Learning Outcomes
IP&T 655 - Digital Interface Design
IP&T 660 - Intermediate eLearning Development
IP&T 661 - Introduction to Evaluation in Education
IP&T 664R - Advanced Instructional Design

IP&T 510 - Scholarly Writing and Argumentation
IP&T 520 - Foundations of Instructional Technology
IP&T 560 - Instructional Product Development
IP&T 564 - Instructional Design
IP&T 599R - Academic Internship
IP&T 629 - (IP&T - CPSE) Introduction to Research
IP&T 651 - (IP&T - CPSE) Statistics 1: Foundations
IP&T 652 - Assessing Learning Outcomes
IP&T 653 - (IP&T - CPSE) Qualitative Research 1 (Intro to Qualitative Research)
IP&T 661 - Introduction to Evaluation in Education
IP&T 690R - Seminar
IP&T 698R - Master's Project