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Program Description

The fully online Master of Education in Online Innovation and Design (ONID) equips graduates to navigate the rapidly shifting intersections of education and technology. Students develop a robust digital portfolio of work that reflects practical application of theory.

This program is perfectly suited for distance students, busy professionals and students with family commitments who cannot attend traditional campus-based classes. The program culminates with a comprehensive exam or by completing a research project or thesis. Students may choose the path that best fits their learning style and educational goals.

The ONID program was developed as a cooperative endeavor between the UAF School of Education and UAF eCampus. Classes are taught by education professors and eCampus professionals who work in the field of online course design on a daily basis.

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
$513/credit $5/credit Technology Fee $75 Application Fee
$5/credit Libraries Fee $50 Graduation Fee
$6/credit Facilities Fee
$21/credit Network Fee
$25/credit eCampus Fee


Estimated Cost of Program Based on Current Rates: $17,375

For more about UAF costs, visit our Financial Aid website.

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.

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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