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Program Description

Today’s constantly changing technology makes people adapt the way they think and learn. Instructors, whether in a school or business setting, need to understand technology-based instructional design to best instruct a tech-minded audience. The fully online Master of Education in Online Innovation and Design (ONID) equips graduates to create and facilitate meaningful learning experiences for the online environment.

These skills are increasingly important as schools implement smart classrooms and one-to-one programs that put computers and handheld devices into the hands of students at all grade levels, and as more businesses adopt online learning for employees. This online master’s of education degree trains teachers to use these tools in productive ways in the classroom or online learning environment.

The ONID program is intended to be a two-year program and is perfectly suited for those who cannot attend traditional campus-based classes, including busy professionals.

Courses (30 Credits)

Major Requirements

  • Web 2.0 Fundamentals
  • Multimedia Tools for Educators
  • Introduction to Applied Social Science Research
  • Current Topics in Educational Technology: Innovative Instruction and Leadership
  • Digital Citizenship: Internet Legal Issues, Copyright and Fair Use
  • One cross-cultural foundations course

To graduate with the project or thesis option:

  • One ONID Elective
  • Field Study Research Methods
  • Non-Thesis Research OR Thesis (six credits)

To graduate with the comprehensive exam option:

  • Instructional Design
  • Online Pedagogy
  • Digital Storytelling
  • One Education Elective
  • plus the Comprehensive Exam
Cost Breakdown
Tuition Fees Other Expenses
$466/credit $5/credit Technology Fee $75 Application Fee
$6/credit UA Facilities Fee $50 Graduation Fee
$19/credit Network Charge
$25/credit eCampus Fee


Estimated Cost of Program Based on Current Rates: $15,755

For more about UAF costs, visit our Registration Guide.

Careers in Which Our Graduates Excel

  • Teachers
  • IT specialists in school districts
  • Instructional designers in education
  • Instructional designers in business settings
  • Librarians

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the online application, candidates must submit:

  • 4- to 5-page written essay describing career goals and educational philosophy
  • Three letters of reference
  • Résumé
  • Transcripts
  • GRE scores if undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0

Guidelines for essay and letters of recommendation.

General UAF requirements for a master’s degree.

Connect With an Advisor

The ONID program helped me become a better teacher and that translates into the quality of my relationships with my students. I learned to think critically and thoughtfully about what I’m teaching, why I’m teaching it and what I want my students to get out of a lesson.

Liz Humrickhouse-Lee

Librarian in La Crosse, Wisconsin