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School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver

School of Education and Human Development

MA, Information and Learning Technologies with emphasis in Instructional Design and Adult Learning

The world of learning in adult settings is changing fast. It's not just about training and formal education anymore. It's about helping people pursue their learning goals individually and in teams. With skills you learn in the Instructional Design program option, you will create Web resources, multimedia demos, job aids, online modules - anything that helps adults learn and perform better on the job. These instructional-design skills are in high demand in corporate, healthcare, government, and higher-education settings.

And we practice what we preach - applying adult-learning principles throughout the program. You'll experience interactive learning, hands-on projects, and collaborative teamwork as you learn to manage successful projects, encourage innovations, and lead your organization toward productive change and growth. These are all highly marketable skills. And you'll create an online portfolio that showcases your accomplishments to employers and other professionals. The entire program takes about 2 years to complete.

Most courses are online; but, some required courses are offered on evenings and weekends. You can take classes at your own pace as they fit your scheduling needs.  

Outstanding faculty will be dedicated to your academic and professional growth.

For additional information, contact Academic Services at or 303-315-6300.


You need a bachelor’s degree or equivalent to enroll in the ILT master’s program. A Colorado teaching license is not required, but access to a school (where you teach or do volunteer work) is important for completion of projects.


The program requires completion of a plan of study consisting of 30 credits of required courses, including an internship. The internship may be done at your place of work with faculty approval. Most courses are online, but some required courses are offered on evenings and weekends. You can take classes at your own pace as they fit your scheduling needs. 


As you complete courses you will add products to a professional portfolio. This portfolio is submitted to faculty your final semester and serves as the comprehensive exam for the master’s degree. Links to recent portfolios can be found on the ILT resources page​; reviewing this work can give you an idea of the kind of courses, projects, and careers our students engage in.


We use the Canvas course management system for all courses. Canvas is like Blackboard or Moodle, a place where you can submit assignments, download documents, and participate in discussions. You will have access to Canvas once you are registered and courses begin. We also use Adobe Connect, a webinar and synchronous communication tool, in some of our courses. Use of this tool is provided to students in this program. Faculty and students use email as a major form of communication both within and external to Canvas. Other software tools include MSWord, MSPowerPoint, and various Web 2.0, open source and freeware tools. You would typically select specific authoring tools for various projects and assignments based on the needs of the project.


You need home access to a computer (Windows or Mac) with a high-speed Internet connection.

Successful completion of the MA degree requires a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours. Visit our course plans​ for more information.

Our program partners with the Front Range Chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), offering a number of services and benefits to Denver area professionals. See We encourage participation for professional networking, job finding, and continuing development.

Our students go on to work in a broad spectrum of settings including:

  • Corporations and businesses
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Government and non-profit agencies
  • Higher education and career training institutions

Graduates take on roles with a number of job titles, including:

  • Instructional designer
  • Training manager
  • Learning specialist/consultant
  • Instructional technologist
  • Learning architect
  • Learning designer
  • Learning development manager

Our work may be for classrooms, direct job access, or online learning. Instructional designers manage development and evaluation projects, working with other professionals - subject experts, graphics and computing specialists, etc. Your contribution is to pull things together, coordinate the expertise, and oversee successful delivery of products and services.

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