Instructional designers (IDers) come from all disciplines and domains. There are no undergraduate degrees in ID so you can enter the field without having a pre-required undergraduate major.
If you have a background in education, psychology, communications or technology, you will recognize much of what you already have learned since the work you will do as an IDer is rooted in these areas.
More importantly, you should consider the skills and dispositions required of instructional designers. If you are interested in ID, you should:
Enjoy the process of writing, as a large portion of what you will do in ID is the creation of design documents and instructional materials.
Be interested in many subject areas, as you will be regularly called upon to develop instruction in a wide variety of areas by working with subject-matter experts in different domains.
Possess creativity, as the development of effective training and instruction requires as much creativity as science.
Like working with people to solve problems and improve human performance and experience.
A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a field of study in the area or discipline appropriate to the field in which you intend to work.
If pursing the Master of Education degree, you must have a minimum of 18 undergraduate credits in education-related courses.
A cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or above, or an undergraduate junior/senior year GPA of 3.00 or better, or a graduate GPA of at least 3.50.
A basic knowledge of the microcomputer and substantial skill in using standard applications to produce work projects (word processing, database, spreadsheet, drawing/painting, graphing and other common applications).
Submission of a statement outlining your goals and objectives for seeking the graduate degree in IDT, including what is it that attracts you to this field and what do you hope to do with the degree professionally.
Submission of 3 letters of recommendation from those who can comment on your academic abilities.
If you do not meet the admission standards, you may be admitted on a provisional basis with continued enrollment contingent on successful performance in the program.
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