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Learning, Design, and Technology Program,
Instructional Design and Development Emphasis

Department of Career and Information Studies
The University of Georgia

The Master of Education degree in Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT), emphasis in Instructional Design and Development (IDD), prepares adults to serve as professional instructional designers in a variety of capacities and settings such as business and industry, higher education, military, not-for-profit organizations, and k-12 education.

The Instructional Design & Development program also provides students with knowledge of cutting-edge computer and multimedia technology and their application.

Our goal is to prepare professionals who are current in the systematic analysis of learning and performance problems, and the design and development of effective instruction.

Fully Online

The IDD program is offered fully online in a cohort structure. An annual professional conference and orientation event is held on campus – IDD@UGA. Attendance at this one-time campus event is strongly encouraged for all currently enrolled or newly enrolled students.

UGA’s Instructional Design and Development (IDD) program is designed to accommodate the schedules, busy lives, and distance learning needs of working professionals and international students.

Employment Opportunities

Typical job titles for our graduates include instructional designer, distance learning coordinator, instructional technology specialist, instructional systems specialist, project manager, and others.

Our alumni can be found in the following organizations:

  • Corporate and business settings including AT&T, Home Depot, UPS, Delta, ICF International, Blackboard, Zaxby’s, Polytron, Canon Learning, Ameritrain, and many others.
  • Government and health-related training agencies including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Georgia Quick Start.
  • Higher education settings including the University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University, Emory University, Georgia Perimeter College, and the Technical College System of Georgia.
  • Not-for-profit organizations such as the American Cancer Society.
  • K-12 education settings. (Note: Completing an M.Ed. Degree in the IDD emphasis area does not lead to initial teacher certification.)