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!

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.