Today’s organizations are investing in learning, instructional design, and talent development projects to enhance their effectiveness and fulfill compliance requirements. Especially, during this unprecedented time, instructional designers could be the key to institutions and organizations quickly transitioning to online learning platforms. American University’s MS in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics, offered fully online, equips students with the skills to manage these programs by applying and adapting proven analytic methodologies to improve learning.

Thrive in a Growing Field

According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. This amounts to 180,400 additional new jobs that will be created by 2024. This amounts to 450,400 total job openings through 2026.1

Job Title Median Salary2
Chief Compliance Officer $112,136
Organizational Development Manager $84,953
Training Director $84,539
Learning Management Systems Analyst $63,646
Instructional Designer $61,184

Certificate Available

American University also offers a 12-credit online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Learning AnalyticsGraduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics. The program consists of four of the core and field/professional courses from the MS in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics degree and you can later apply the credits from your certificate toward completion of the master’s.

To learn more about American University’s online MS in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics program, complete the form to the right to request more information.

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Stephanie Schott, Assistant Dean for Online Learning

"One thing that we pride ourselves on as the School of Professional and Extended Studies is that all of the courses, from the introductory course all the way through the capstone, are applicable. All of these courses are very hands on. They require students to not only learn new concepts and skills, but apply them."