Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is there a specific area of focus in this program?
How many credits is the IDET degree?
How long will it take to complete the program?
How many credits would I take per semester?
When and where are classes offered?
Can I work and go to school?
Are classes available online?
What are the class sizes?
Can I do a research thesis?
How much will it cost?
Is funding available for graduate students to offset tuition costs?
What do I need to know about applying to the program?
What kind of jobs do graduates of this program find?
How much time will I spend studying or completing assignments?
How do I find more information?

Is there a Specific Area of Focus in This Program?

The IDET program takes a cognitive perspective to instructional design and educational technology. That is, the program focuses on building a deep understanding of how individuals learn with technology. IDET students learn about cognitive processes involved in learning, the instructional design practices that will support these learning processes, and gain experience in developing meaningful technology experiences that promote deep learning and understanding.

How Many Credits is the IDET Degree?

The IDET master's program is a 30-credit M.Ed. degree program that is structured to be completed in two years (see “How long will it take to complete the program” below). If you decide to complete the M.S. degree (see “Can I do a Research Thesis” below), you will need to complete 36 credits.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The IDET master's program is structured to be completed in two years. Students complete a total of five (5) consecutive semesters, which includes four regular semesters (over two academic years) plus one (intervening) summer semester.

How Many Credits Would I Take Per Semester?

You would take two courses per semester (3 credits each), for a total of six credits per semester.

When and where are classes Offered?

Classes are typically held from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. You will meet two nights per week for class, with one class per night. The days of the week on which your classes will be held vary by semester – class dates are affected by room availability, instructor availability, course conflicts, etc. The University catalog is online and you can check course schedules as soon as they are available, about 3 months before the semester begins. (Click the correct semester under “Class Schedules” on this website: http://www.utah.edu/students/catalog.php).

Can I Work and Go To School?

Yes. Many of our students work full-time in addition to earning their IDET master's degree. To accommodate work schedules, classes typically are held from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. two nights per week. (Please see “When and Where are Classes Offered?”)

Are Classes available Online?

Some of the IDET courses are hybrid courses, meaning that they meet partially online and partially in-person. However, because the IDET program emphasizes personalized, hands-on instruction, most degree courses meet in-person.

What Are the Class Sizes?

The IDET program enrolls a small cohort of 15-20 students every year. Typically, you will complete your five semesters of coursework with the same cohort. The IDET program limits cohort size so that instructors can provide personalized, hands-on experiences to IDET students.

Can I Do a Research Thesis (Master of Science Degree)?

Yes. However, if you decide to pursue the M.S. degree, you will need to complete 6 additional credits (for a total of 36 credits) and develop a research thesis with the help of a faculty mentor. Please consult the IDET program manual to learn more about the M.Ed. and M.S. degrees and requirements.

How much will it cost?

Exact, up-to-date tuition rates can be found by consulting the appropriate link below:

Education Master's Tuition Rate Schedule (Resident)

Education Master's Tuition Rate Schedule (Non-Resident)

Book fees vary, but generally range from $150 - $250 per semester.

Is Funding Available for Graduate Students to Offset Tuition Costs?

There are no scholarships specifically geared to IDET students. There are, however, occasional opportunities to work on campus or assistantships that come available that can be filled by IDET students. There are some general scholarships provided through the College of Education for which students may apply. Other financial aid information can be found here.

What Do I Need to Know About Applying to the Program?

Most of what you need to know about the process of applying to the IDET Program is contained within the standard application process for the Department of Educational Psychology. When completing your application be sure to check the box to indicate your interest in being considered for the Master's Program in Instructional Design & Educational Technology.

What kind of jobs do graduates of this program find?

Many of our graduates are employed in educational or training settings. In school and educational settings, our graduates are working as technology specialists, teachers and administrators, and advisors. In industry, our graduates are working as instructional designers, media designers, training directors, and technology leads.

How much time will I spend studying or completing assignments?

Students have generally found that they study about 12 hours per week.

How do I find more information?

Please consult the IDET program manual and the IDET “Quick Start” Guide for new students for additional information and detailed program information. If you have additional questions after reviewing these materials, please contact Educational Psychology’s Academic Coordinator (JoLynn Yates: jo.yates@utah.edu or 801-581-7148) or the IDET program director (Dr. Kirsten Butcher: kirsten.butcher@utah.edu).