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Instructional Design, B.A.

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Become a learning architect and discover the connections between thinking, learning, technology, and practical applications in the workplace. With your Instructional Design degree from Ashford University, you will synthesize learning theory with models for instructional design. 
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The Instructional Design degree from Ashford University prepares you to design training and instruction for online, place-based, and blended learning environments. Based on the Instructional Designer Competencies of the International Board of Standards for Training and Performance Improvement (IBSTPI), the Instructional Design Bachelor’s degree program ensures you are prepared to serve in the global education economy where instructional designers are in demand. Upon completion of the instructional design bachelor program, you will be able to:

  • Design instructional and training interventions and assessments for online, place-based, and blended delivery.
  • Apply the results of learning, task, performance, and other analyses to the design of training and instruction.
  • Apply evaluations of technologies for developing, delivering, and assessing instructional design and training interventions.
  • Distinguish how different principles and theories of learning, design, and assessment influence design processes and outcomes.
  • Develop plans to manage collaborative processes and participants typically involved in an instructional design project.
  • Respond appropriately to ethical, legal, and political factors influencing instructional design projects for diverse learners and contexts.
  • Justify design decisions through effective communication in visual, oral, and written form.

Careers in Instructional Design

E-learning is becoming more popular. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth (5-8% growth) in this decade. Schools and corporations recognize the need to provide learners with more choices in their learning environments. Professionals in all industries are concerned with teaching and training employees and customers. An instructional designer could work in higher education, corporate, government, military, and non-profit sectors. A degree in Instructional Design could be your key to any of these career fields or positions:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Technology Resources
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Corporate Education Training
  • Human Resources
  • Textbook Development
  • Training and Development
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Career Education
  • Course Design Manager
  • Human Performance Specialist
  • Instructional Design Coordinator

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details:
    • The academic calendar is continuous, rather than defined by semesters. Opportunities to enroll in an undergraduate program are available most every week. 
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Duration description
      • 5 Week Courses
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Attendance
      No Attendance

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Issues in Education
  • Principles of Instructional Design
  • Instructional Design for E-Learning
  • Design Concepts & Application for Online Learning
  • Evaluation of E-Learning
  • Collaboration in the Virtual Classroom

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Earned an equivalent to a US high school diploma at an international high school according to approved Foreign Evaluation services.

  • Qualified applicants will self-certify as to their high school education on the application for admission. Ashford University will also require that an applicant or student provide a high school transcript, high school diploma, and/or evidence of passing the GED or state certificate awarded.
  • Failure to provide documentation by Day 7 of Week 3 will result in the student being denied admission.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    510 USD/credit
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  • National

    510 USD/credit
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