Designed for working professionals, courses are scheduled during afternoons or evenings. Students enroll in 2-3 courses per term and attend synchronous online classes for approximately 5-7 hours, 2-3 days per week. The program follows USC’s semester calendar and is designed for completion by working professionals in 21 months.
The course sequence below is intended as an example and is subject to change.
Sample Full-time Schedule
Fall Semester 2017
Learning and Motivation
Understand design and advancement of learning and motivation outcomes in various environments through a systematic examination and application of current research.
Creating Communities of Interest
Establish your professional foundation and philosophy as an educator.
Spring Semester 2018
Research Methods and Data Analysis
Examine various research designs and their appropriateness for addressing different research questions, threats to validity and other challenges in research, and basic statistical methods and their use.
Human Lifespan Development
Discuss fundamentals of human physical, motor, mental, social, and emotional development, spanning the prenatal period through late adulthood.
Diversity: Power, Equity and Inclusion
Appraise practices that maintain power; create strategies to empower individuals and marginalized groups by intervening to achieve equitable outcomes in education, professions and communities.
Summer Semester 2018
Media Selection and Evaluation
Understand selection and evaluation of media and technologies in support of instructional design based on a survey of current research and recommendations.
Assessment and Evaluation
Learn about concepts and procedures for assessment and evaluation of individual and overall performance in various learning environments.
Discuss formulation and design of effective instruction; with an emphasis on analysis of media characteristics and instrumentation requirements.
Fall Semester 2018
Design of Learning Environments
Address design of learning environments through application of design principles; gain project-based practice in aligning instructional design, media selection, and the features of learning spaces.
Master’s Studio A
Create a proposal and design a capstone project that applies knowledge and skills learned throughout the program and prepare your coursework portfolio.
Master’s Studio B
Implement the capstone project and submit your portfolio which will integrate program coursework.