This online program is designed for working educators and professionals.
- Courses are scheduled so that you can take one course at a time, but still complete two courses per term.
- Fall and Spring term courses are eight weeks each, and Summer term courses are six weeks each.
Course of Study (30-34 Credit Hours)
For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.
For an example of upcoming courses, visit the Current Program Students page.
Content coursework is completed in five terms (approximately 20 months).
- Comprehensive Exam Option (30 credit hours): if you choose this option you can take the exam at the end of the fifth term, or take the exam the following term.
- Thesis Option (34 credit hours): you will finish the program in two years (six terms).
Required Core (12 Credit Hours)
TIP 523 Innovative Pedagogy and Assessment (3)
TIP 525 Learners and Curriculum in the Digital Age (3)
TIP 527 Social Justice in the Digital Age (3)
TIP 529 Instructional Design (3)
Research Core (6 Hours)
SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3)
TIP 675 Innovating Education Culture: Research and Practice (3)
Electives (12 Credit Hours)
Tailor your remaining content coursework to your interests. You can choose to complete all courses from either focus area, or mix coursework from both to fit your career goals.
Innovation & Integration Focus
TIP 640 Applications of Multiliteracies (3)
TIP 641 Designing, Playing, & Learning (3)
TIP 643 Alternative Instructional Formats (3)
TIP 645 Children’s Engineering and STEM (3)
Instructional Design Focus
TIP 630 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (3)
TIP 631 Distance Education (3)
TIP 633 Instructional Design Applications (3)
TIP 635 Instructional Materials Development for Online Learning (3)
Comprehensive Exam Option
In lieu of a master's thesis, students can take a comprehensive written exam either in their final semester of coursework or the following semester.
Students can complete the program through development of a thesis via enrollment in TIP 699 Master's Thesis (4)