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Online M.Ed. in Instructional Design and E-Learning

About the M.Ed. in Instructional Design and E-Learning

Become an e-learning expert through SWU’s online M.Ed. in Instructional Design and E-Learning. This program will prepare you to connect instructional design theories to real-world applications for effective online design and delivery. Students in this program will exhibit the skills required for leveraging online technologies and instructional design principles as well as demonstrate a working knowledge of digital devices and media design.

Christian Ethic of Care

Our program also focuses on integrating a Christian ethic of care in all instructional design leadership and development capacities by promoting digital citizenship, designing accessible content, modeling the safe and effective use of technologies, and promoting design for a culturally-responsive society.

This is a non-certification degree and does not require a student to be a certified teacher to enroll.

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.

Palmetto State Teachers Association Members Scholarship

Southern Wesleyan University will award a 10% scholarship to members of the Palmetto State Teachers Association who enroll in our M.Ed. programs. The 10% scholarship will be applied proportionately to each course of the entire program. The scholarship will be applied only toward tuition.

Students receiving tuition benefits from outside sources, including VA benefits, Military benefits, State and Federal scholarships & grants, and Tuition Assistance programs, may still qualify for scholarship assistance up to, but not to exceed, 100% of tuition expenses.

The student must complete the scholarship application form and provide proof of Palmetto State Teachers Association membership.

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Online Program Start Dates

Monday, September 2, 2019

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At a Glance

Your Future

This program opens the door to a growing field in educational technology including positions such as:

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

This program is also useful for instructors and curriculum designers within corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors as it relates to employee training, simulation design, and other human resources development.


Admission Requirements for Master of Education in E-Learning and Instructional Design

  • Submission of a completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • 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.

If you have any questions regarding admission requirements for your degree program, please contact an admissions representative at 877-644-5557 or .

Notice of Nondiscrimination

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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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Gender Non-Discrimination Policy (Title IX)