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Online M.Ed. in Instructional Design and eLearning


Online Master of Education
Instructional Design and eLearning



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Learn to leverage technology and design with an online M.Ed. in Instructional Design and eLearning. 

The world of online education is always changing. Stay on top with a Master's of Education in Instructional Design and eLearning. Learn how to deliver unforgettable, effective online classes and gain a working knowledge of digital devices, media design, and online technology.

These skills aren’t just for teachers: you’ll learn how to craft educational experiences in almost any industry. Think: employee training, simulation design, human resource development programs, and so much more. 

So, if you’re not a certified teacher, that’s not a problem. This degree doesn’t require an education certification to enroll.

The M.Ed in Instructional Design and eLearning includes four courses within the program that qualify certified teachers for the South Carolina endorsement in online teaching. This is an optional add-on certification endorsement offered by the South Carolina Department of Education.

Benefits of a 100% Online M.Ed. in Instructional Design and eLearning

Our faculty gets it: going for your Master’s while holding a full-time job isn’t easy. That’s why you’ll have a dedicated personal advisor to support you every step of the way.

Even better, you’ll enjoy a program that’s focused on a Christian ethic of care. You’ll learn principles like:

  • Digital Citizenship
  • Accessibility
  • Safe use of Technology
  • Cultural Responsiveness

And it’s 100% online and built to fit in to your life.

SWU’s Masters of Education in Instructional Design and eLearning now offers zero cost textbooks for all of its 10 courses. The textbooks are made up of OER digital texts and content, made available from faculty advocates around the world or resources accessible from the Rickman Library.



Your Future

This program opens the door to so many careers in education technology, like:

  • Online Course Developer
  • eLearning Course Designer
  • eLearning Course Facilitator
  • Instructional Design Specialist
  • Instructional Trainer and Developer
  • Senior Instructional Graphic Designer
  • Curriculum Developer or Manager
  • Training Director
  • Training Specialist

Ready to work toward the career paths? We’ll be here to help you along the way—you just have to take the first step. Apply here.



Admission Requirements for Master of Education in Instructional Design and eLearning

  • Submission of a completed application
  • Two recommendations from persons qualified to judge the applicant's moral character, professional expertise, and capacity for graduate-level work.
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate course work or on the final 60 hours of undergraduate course work. (If less than 3.0, student must have satisfactory scores on the GRE and/or approval of the Graduate Admissions Committee.)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language, applicant must submit an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test) or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English.

Have questions? We can help. Connect with an admissions representative at 864-644-5550 or  .

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In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Southern Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The university reserves its right to operate as a church-related institution and to develop policies consistent with the religious tenets of its sponsoring denomination, The Wesleyan Church.

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State Requirement Disclaimer

Southern Wesleyan does not advise students on what will or will not be accepted by their state departments of education. Students are encouraged to contact their state department of education to ensure the degree offered by Southern Wesleyan University meets state requirements. Additionally, Southern Wesleyan cannot determine credentials for individuals desiring to teach at the collegiate level as this varies by accreditor and is based on each individual's collegiate credit history.

Online Student Graduation

Commencement ceremonies are held on SWU’s campus twice a year in May and December. Online graduates who complete their degree program of study at the conclusion of the summer semester will have their degrees conferred at the December graduation. Letters of completion are available to graduates who wish to confirm to their employers that they have completed their degree program upon request through the Office of Academic Records ( ). We look forward to celebrating with you soon!