Northern’s online Instructional Design in E-Learning master's program prepares you to become a stronger virtual and face-to-face classroom teacher. Already working toward your undergraduate degree? An accelerated option is also available!

    About The Program

    Format: Online or On Campus


    Northern’s online Master of Science in Education in Instructional Design in E-Learning offers you flexibility and affordability along with experience creating diverse, technology-infused learning environments based on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)’s standards for educators. The ISTE standards empower teachers to become learners, leaders, citizens, collaborators, designers, facilitators and analysts.


    The program’s curriculum focuses on increasing your learning engagement through technology-enhanced and research-based methodology. Each course will provide you with opportunities to create content for classroom use while gaining feedback from program faculty and your peers.


    Specialized courses focus on digital learning and communication, teaching with digital technology, applying learning theory into instruction, and creating engaged classroom experiences.


    MSED in Instructional Design in E-Learning Handbook


    Accelerated Option

    Start your master’s while finishing your undergraduate degree. If you're an undergraduate education major at Northern (elementary education, secondary education and special education), you can start the master’s during your senior or final year through an accelerated program, taking up to 12 credits at the master’s 500 level instead of the 400 level.




    Students must complete an internship during their course of study. Internships can be conducted through the South Dakota Center for Statewide E-Learning or their home district.

    Contact Information

    To learn more about this program, offered online and on campus, contact NSU Graduate Studies via email or request more information!

    Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of South Dakota, 2021

    M.A. History, University of South Dakota, 2013

    B.S.Ed. History, Northern State University, 2007


    Dr. Christian D. Pirlet specializes in technology integration in PK-12 settings. His primary focus has included the use of game-based learning to study student motivation in the social sciences. Before entering higher education, Dr. Pirlet spent 14 years in secondary classrooms teaching social studies including current events, AP US history, honors economics, psychology, and American Indian studies.

    He is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education and the National Council for the Social Studies, as well as affiliated groups the College and University Faculty Assembly and the International Assembly (IA). Dr. Pirlet also is a member of the house of Delegates for IA.

    Dr. Pirlet has served in standards-unpacking sessions (2020, 2018), assisted with the 2016 revision…