The Master of Arts in Applied Learning and Instruction degree program is designed for students from diverse academic majors who have an interest in the application of psychological theories and research to improving learning, instruction, and training, in a variety of instructional contexts. Graduates of the program will be prepared for a wide range of occupations, including positions in education, government, and industry, conducting activities such as instruction, training, evaluation, and consulting. Students are able to tailor the program to meet their particular needs and interests by choosing among a large variety of courses for their concentration, including courses in teaching, instructional design and technology, program evaluation, and psychological foundations. Specialization and core courses are offered in the areas of the psychology of teaching and learning, motivation, human development, measurement, and research methodology.
The MA in Applied Learning and Instruction is a 33 credit-hour program. The program has a required core of five three-credit classes focusing on educational psychology and graduate research methods. Students will select one 12 credit-hour specialization from among Teaching, Business/Training, Psychological Foundations, Instructional Design & Technology, or Program Evaluation. The program concludes with a six credit-hour research component. All students will be required to complete a comprehensive examination before exiting the program.
This program can be completed fully online, face-to-face, or in mixed modalities.