Mary Kate McKee
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Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies web site.
Students can now earn a Master's degree in Instructional Systems online from FSU. The field of Instructional Systems is concerned with the improvement of educational and training programs through the application of research and technology. Instructional Systems is a relatively new area of specialization which draws upon the fields of psychology, communications and management in order to improve human performance.
While materials development and the utilization of technology are core skills in the curriculum, students in the Instructional Systems program also study the theoretical basis for, and receive applied training in, the total design, development, implementation, and management of education and training programs. Skill areas range from needs assessment and job analysis through system design and evaluation. The use of computers in performance improvement receives significant emphasis in the program.
Students who enter the master's program usually have little or no previous training in Instructional Systems. They represent a wide range of undergraduate majors including such areas as psychology, sociology, and English, as well as art, music, and teacher education. In the master's program, students learn the skills that will prepare them to take positions in many types of organizations including business, industry, government, and education.
Regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
The Instructional Systems Online courses are asynchronous.
Online students generally take 1-2 courses per semester and complete the program in 2-4 years
The principles and techniques taught in this program cut across all organization and industry sectors - profits and nonprofits, public and private, products and services. Some specific occupations suited to this program include: Trainers, Consultants, K-12 Teachers, Instructors (especially in the military or at community colleges), Educational Technology Coordinators, Faculty, Instructional Designers, Human Resource Specialists, Higher Education Administrators, and anyone contemplating a career in training and development, curriculum planning and Internet applications.
These courses may not be offered every semester.
Prospective students should have a 3.0 GPA in last 2 years of undergraduate study, a minimum GRE score of 1000, and a minimum score of 80 on theTOEFL (for non-native English speakers).
Prospective students should have a 3.0 GPA in last 2 years of undergraduate study, a minimum GRE score of 152 or above on verbal reasoning, a score of 4.0 or above on the analytical writing GRE, and a minimum score of 85 on theTOEFL (for non-native English speakers).
The program requires an internship and the completion of a comprehensive examination. All M.S. degree students are required to complete an internship designed to provide on-the-job experience in developing instructional systems design competencies. It is the student's responsibility to locate an appropriate setting; therefore, planning for the internship should begin during the first semester of study. The purpose of the Masters Comprehensive examination is to assess the student's ability to synthesize the information and skills that have been acquired through courses and the internship experience and to prepare a professional-looking portfolio for use in future job search. It is not a course-type final examination, but rather an opportunity to demonstrate the integration of the knowledge and skills of the student by means of a portfolio.
The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2016-17 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Special market rates may be available. Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.