School of Education - George Mason University

Curriculum and Instruction, MEd - Concentration in Learning Technologies: Instructional Design and Technology Program (INDT)

New and emerging technologies are changing the way audiences learn and process information. In this degree program you will discover new ways to utilize media and technology to reach digitally savvy learners.

A total of 30 credits are required for the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) MEd Program. Twenty three (23) credits are core requirements and seven (7) credits are electives. Electives can be one (1), two (2), or three (3) credits. One (1) or two (2) credit elective courses are shorter in duration than three credit courses. The IDT MEd is a blended delivery program. About 12 credits (four courses) are offered either totally face to face (f2f) or a blend of f2f and online meetings; the remaining credit hours are offered totally online. F2F classes are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate working professionals. A student can typically complete the IDT MEd in approximately 1.5 to 2 years depending on the starting semester. Additionally, twelve credits of the IDT MEd can be applied towards the E-Learning graduate certificate.

Click here to download a one page overview of the IDT Masters and E-Learning Certificate Requirements.

Keep in mind that courses are not offered every semester and some courses require prerequisites. For a current list of courses offered and to register, go to

Before planning your course of study, please contact your academic advisor to ensure that your course plan reflects the appropriate prerequisites and sequence to maximize your learning experience.

Sequence and Structure of Courses

Note: Course sequences are based on 6 credits per semester and typical semester offerings; consult with your academic advisor for more options.

Click on the semester for which you plan on starting the program.

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First Year Fall (6 credits) First Year Spring (6 credits) First Year Summer (3-4 credits) Second Year Fall (7 credits) Second Year Spring (7 credits) Second Year Summer (1-2 credits electives if needed)
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First Year Spring (6 credits) First Year Summer (3-6 credits) First Year Fall (7 credits) Second Year Spring (7 credits) Second Year Summer (3-4 credits)
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First Year Summer (6 credits) First Year Fall (6 credits) First Year Spring (6-7 credits) Second Year Summer
  • Electives (2-3 credits)
Second Year Fall (4 credits) Second Year Spring (7 credits)
Full Time Study Spring Start OnlyMore Less
Spring Semester (9 credits) Summer Semester (6 credits) Fall Semester (9 credits) Spring Semester (9 credits)

Steps to Successfully Complete the IDT MEd Program.

  • Apply to the Program. For admission requirements click here.
  • Contact your advisor to discuss your course plan.
  • Register and complete courses.
  • Applying to Graduate. If you have taken required courses through the Non-degree Program and plan to use them to graduate, you must complete the Graduate Transfer of Credit Request prior to applying to graduate.
  • Individuals who have missed the deadline for submitting a complete graduate application and wish to begin taking courses may do so through the Non-degree Program. Up to 12 credits can be transferred from the Non-degree Program to the IDT MEd Program. The application and deadline information for the Non-degree Program can be found at

Add the e-Learning Graduate Certificate as a Secondary Program

Twelve of the 30 credit hours required for the IDT MEd Program can be applied towards the e-Learning Graduate Certificate if it is added one semester prior to graduating by filling out the Application for Secondary Graduate Certificate Program.

Carl Tucker, a student in EDIT 732 - Analysis and Design of Technology-Based Learning Environments, discusses his project in the innovative Active Learning with Technology (ALT) Classroom.