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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 online 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 teaching and e-teaching. Students in this program will exhibit the skills required for online e-technologies and instructional design 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, modeling the safe and effective use of e-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.

The M.Ed. in E-Learning and Instructional Design is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. If approval is granted, the first cohort is planned to start in August 2019.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

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At a Glance

Your Future

Career Preparation

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.



EDUC 6003 - Ethics and History of Instructional Design

Instruction Designers will explore, critically appraise, and apply the historical and philosophical foundations of e-learning and design to their professional practice. Attention will be given to such topics as the purposes of instructional design, professional ethics, technology and education, and a morally responsive society.

EDUC 6013 - Instructional Design and Leadership in 21st Century

This course will empower students with the theoretical and practical foundations to create and support innovative, transformational leadership for online learning environments that are infused with technology.

EDUC 6023 - Project Management Thesis for Instructional Design I

A study of research methodology and literature related to solving e-learning and design problems and improving the learning process. The student will define the problem, research the literature and formulate possible basics to design a project unique to his/her individual setting.

EDUC 6033 - Online Design and Curriculum Development

The examination of the Instructional Designer’s tasks and skills needed to assist professionals to attain and maintain a desirable learning and teaching situation for all e-learners. Best practices for e-learning will be explored.

EDUC 6043 - Learning Management Systems/Interface Technologies

Students will learn about instructional technologies including learning management systems using Canvas. Canvas will be compared and contrasted with industry leading learning management systems. Students will learn how to create an online classroom for both synchronous (“real time”) and asynchronous instruction. Learners will also explore systems administration in order to participate effectively as a member of an instructional support team. This course will give you an excellent preparation to master any modern LMS including Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas and many others.

EDUC 6053 - Design for Multimedia Instruction/Digital Media

As a component of the e-Learning and Instructional Design Program, the student will explore the design, development, and integration of digital media to enhance the learning experience and investigate how media, emerging and mobile tools, and online applications impact technology-enriched learning environments.

EDUC 6063 - Instructional Design in a Cultural Responsive Society

Theoretical and practical foundations are explored to empower visionary leaders with the required innovative culturally-responsive knowledge/skills required to thrive in a variety of socio-economically and/or geographically diverse organizations, such as K-12 schools, non-profit organizations, universities, libraries, manufacturing, health industries, and museums.

EDUC 6073 - Developing Web Applications and Social Media

Developments in information technology and online social networking have posed opportunities and challenges for those who practice and research strategic communication. What are the implications of new digital communication technologies, in particular web and social media, for organizations' building and managing relationships with their target audiences? How can organizations – corporate, governmental, and nonprofit – use social media to improve their image and brand?

EDUC 6083 - E-Learning Evaluation and Assessment

Explores the use of a range of formal and informal assessment methods to plan for e-instruction, to monitor and evaluate student progress, to involve students in the assessment process, and to report student achievement to various audiences. Emphasis will be placed on Quality Matters concepts.

EDUC 6123 - Project Management Thesis for Instructional Design II

A study of research methodology and literature related to solving e-learning and design problems and improving the learning process. The student will use the problem definition and research of the literature created in EDUC 602 to formulate a design a project unique to his/her individual setting.

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 .

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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. Read more about the Gender Nondiscrimination Policy.

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