Campus: CSU Fullerton -- July 29, 2002
Cal State Fullerton Debuts Its First Online Master's
Based on a growing demand by military personnel, industry professionals
and teachers who are seeking advanced education in instructional design,
Cal State Fullerton is introducing an online master of science degree
in instructional design and technology.
Aug. 2 is the registration deadline for the program’s September
It will be the university’s first online master’s degree
program, bringing the overall number of degree programs offered by CSUF
“The program’s online nature helps the university to meet
the goal of delivering innovative education and respond to national
trends in alternative delivery of instruction,” said JoAnn Carter-Wells,
professor of reading, program coordinator and faculty technology coordinator
for the College of Human Development and Community Service.
The 20-month program is designed for professionals who wish to further
their skills and knowledge in instructional design, and using technology
for teaching, learning and curriculum development. It also is targeted
to preparing individuals for careers as software consultants; instructional
technology trainers in industry, business and the military; and as instructional
designers. Faculty members in the School of Education who developed
the program are gearing it for anyone working with curriculum development
or professional training in educational settings.
“The course work emphasizes instructional design and technology
knowledge and skills, and is
fundamentally grounded in educational research, theory, principles and
practice,” noted Carter-Wells.
Prior to beginning instruction, students attend a two-day on-campus
orientation. They return midway through the program for a 1 1/2-day
campus symposium to review their progress toward completing the final
project. “Both of these campus meetings are ways for students
to get connected with fellow students, faculty members and campus support
services,” said Carter-Wells.
Students will be spending six to 10 hours a week to complete each course.
Completion of 10 courses is required for the degree.
Courses in the program include “Survey of Educational Research,”
“Instructional Design Issues for Technology-Based Instruction,”
“Instructional Approaches in Learning and Cognition,” “Web
Development for Teaching and Learning” and “Planning, Designing,
Developing and Evaluating Technology-Based Instruction.”
“Having these skills helps improve teaching and learning at all
levels, and it makes training, teaching and learning a more effective
and more positive experience,” noted Timothy D. Green, assistant
professor of elementary and bilingual education and acting director
of distance education.
Courses will be taught by faculty members from the departments of Educational
Leadership, Reading, Secondary Education, Special Education, and Elementary
and Bilingual Education.
Additional information can be found on the website at http://msidt.fullerton.edu.
Media Contacts: JoAnn Carter-Wells at (714) 278-3357
Tim Green at (714) 278-4651 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Katsaros, Public Affairs, at (714) 278-4854 or email@example.com