Students who graduate from FSU’s Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies (ISLT) program gain the skills needed for in-demand instructional design careers. Instructional designers work in both public and private sectors and create training, instruction and organizational systems. Our students discover how to use learning technology and best practices to help improve learning and assist instructors and trainers.
Graduates from the FSU Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies program go on to work in businesses, government agencies, universities, schools and military organizations. As the #1-ranked program in the country, our instructional design program produces highly sought-after professionals. Some of the biggest names in instructional design taught at Florida State, and our program continues the legacy of luminaries such as Robert Gagné, Leslie Briggs, Marcy Driscoll and Robert Reiser.
All of our programs have a strong focus on:
The program offers three graduate degrees as well as two graduate certificates. You can gain an understanding of instructional design practices with the Master of Science, which is offered both online and in person. For additional training and expertise, you can enroll in our online Ed.D. in Learning Design & Performance Technology. Finally, students interested in conducting research and teaching instructional design can earn a Ph.D. through our on-campus program. Click below to learn about each degree offered by our ISLT program.
This program will prepare you to become a practitioner in the Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies field. It requires a minimum of 36 credit hours and can be completed in two years. The ISLT master’s degree is offered both on campus and online. Non-Florida residents (including international students) accepted to the online MS program may be eligible for reduced tuition.
This degree will prepare you to conduct and interpret research in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies. Students who have earned a master’s degree in ISLT or a related field are required to take a minimum of 48 credit hours and complete a dissertation. The ISLT doctoral degree is a residential program.
Our online doctoral program in Learning Design and Performance Technology offers advanced preparation with both theoretical and practical experience for individuals who want to become leaders in providing data-based solutions to learning and performance problems. Our students come from a number of industries and professions, united by the desire to become better scholar-practitioners in the areas of learning design and performance technology. Upon completion of this three-year program, you will develop the knowledge and skills to reach new levels in your career.
The online Learning Design and Performance Technology Ed.D. program allows you to continue your career while earning your doctoral degree in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies. During coursework, you will learn how to use a variety of inquiry methods to examine and evaluate learning and performance problems, as well as design theories and tools that will help you develop and implement appropriate solutions. The Learning Design and Performance Technology Ed.D. program culminates in an applied dissertation project that allows you to demonstrate your ability to use inquiry skills to address an authentic problem in a real-life setting.
You will progress through the program within a cohort to encourage support, professional network building, and a sense of community. Additionally, cohorts will have an annual on-campus meeting to enable face-to-face interactions among the cohort and our award-winning faculty. These meetings will coincide with our annual ISLT conference and will include opportunities for networking with our campus students and our highly accomplished alumni.
The demand for highly skilled Learning Design and Performance Technology leaders continues to grow across a wide variety of settings, including business, higher education, healthcare, government, military, and K-12 education. Graduates from our online Ed.D. program will lead these fields with learning design, training, and performance systems.
The Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies online master’s program offers Market Rate Tuition. This allows non-Florida residents (including international students) who do not qualify for the Academic Common Market the opportunity to complete the online master’s degree at a reduced tuition rate of $544/per credit hour.
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The GRE requirement will be waived for outstanding master’s applicants who meet ONE of the following criteria (master’s applicants only):
Master’s applicants must submit the GRE Waiver Request Form and provide evidence to satisfy the criteria being applied.
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Meeting the above requirements does not ensure admission into the program. Faculty members also consider the likelihood of your success in graduate school and for employment upon graduation when making a decision about each applicant.
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Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies (ISLT) is a relatively new area of specialization that draws upon the fields of psychology, communications, and management in order to improve human performance. The field of instructional systems is concerned with the improvement of educational and training programs through the application of research and technology.
ISLT graduates can expect an above average increase in employment opportunities over the next decade. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10.5% increase in job outlook by 2026; this growth is the result of many educational institutions increasing their focus on improving teacher effectiveness. The national median annual wage for instructional coordinators totaled $64,450.
The principles and techniques taught in the program at Florida State cut across all organization and industry sectors — profits and nonprofits, public and private, products, and services. Some specific occupations suited to this program include: