Credentialed Teachers

We are pleased to welcome experienced and credential teachers to the MSIDT program. We value your professional experience and the teaching credential that you have earned. This list of frequently asked questions will guide you through some of the commonly asked questions by teachers who are exploring a degree in instructional design and technology.

Frequently Asked Questions for Teachers

I am a credentialed teacher. Do any of my teaching credential courses count towards my master's degree?

YES! We are able to substitute up to 6 units of your 400-level credential courses towards your MSIDT degree. This will save you one semester of coursework. There are specific criteria that must be met to transfer courses from a teaching credential to the MSIDT program. Please, send in your credential courses with your transcripts. The courses must be within the past 5 years. Please contact Dr. Gautreau   to find out more information about this option. 

When you complete your MSIDT degree, you will also earn a certificate in Instructional Design and Technology.

What is the difference between the MSIDT program and the M.A. in Educational Technology?

The MSIDT program does not require teaching experience or a teaching credential. 

The MA in Education Technology requires both teaching experience and a teaching credential for admission.

Why is this an ideal program for teachers? 

This program empowers teachers to integrate new and emerging technologies into their curriculum, gives teachers a competitive advantage in educational and corporate settings, and potential salary increases. The instructional design field mirrors many of the skills that teachers already use in instruction. There are many employment opportunities available that are part-time, contract work, full-time positions that teachers may be interested in that extend beyond teaching in a classroom. 

What are the teaching skills that extend to Instructional Design? 

As a teacher you possess a set of skills that are readily transferrable to a career in instructional design. This list demonstrates the essential teaching skills that are applied in the design and development of digital instructional products.

  • Focus on target audiences (students)
  • Student-centered approach to design
  • Identify learning objectives and goals
  • Incorporate multiple ways of knowing and demonstrating knowledge
  • Modify complex ideas to creat micro-learning concepts
  • Seamless universal design for learning

Program structure

Master's Degree Course Schedule for Teachers 

Transfer up to 6 units of 400 - level credential courses, subject to approval from the University and Office of Graduate Study requirements. Courses must be completed within the past 5 years. Substitution of courses is done on a case by case basis. Please contact Dr. Gautreau to set up a meeting to discuss your study plan.

Semester 1

IDT 505 (3 units) - Foundations of Instructional Design and Digital Authoring Tools
IDT 510 (3 units) - Research Practices in Instructional Design and Technology

Semester 2

IDT 520 (3 units)  - Instructional Design 1: Issues in ELearning and the Design Process

IDT 525 (3 units) - Learning Theories

Semester 3

IDT 530 (3 units) - Learning Theories for Postsecondary and Adult Instructional Settings

IDT 535 (3 units) - Instructional Strategies and Universal Design for Learning

Semester 4

IDT 540 (3 units) - Systematic Approaches to Digital Design and Development
IDT 545 (3 units) - Trends, Emerging Technologies and Issues in Instructional Design

Semester 5 - Graduation! 

IDT 550 (3 units) - Practicum in Instructional Design and Technology
IDT 597 (3 units)  - Project



The tuition and fees are updated each semester and posted on the campus website. To view the current tuition and fees visit the  Student Business Services tuition and campus fees  website. Select “Graduate and Other Post-Baccalaureate Programs.” Students enrolled in the MSIDT program are considered part-time graduate students. The program is 6 units each semester (two courses, which are three units each) and 5 semesters total. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Tuition and Fees

MSIDT program include the following:

  • Tuition Fees (graduate level, part-time enrollment, 6 units or less)
  • Non-resident tuition fee per unit (only applicable if a student is not a California resident)
  • Mandatory Campus-Based Fees
  • SIRF (Student Involvement and Representation Fee)

In addition, the following fees are charged to MSIDT students. View these fees on the   Student Financial Services’ list of all student fees  webpage (see Category III Fees):

  • Online Distance Fee - $33 per unit ($99 per three-unit course) subject to change without notice
  • Seminar fees are one-time fees charged when students are first admitted/registered. These fees are non-refundable. These fees have remained the same since 2002.
    • Orientation Fee - $345
    • Symposium Fee - $228

The CSUF Tuition and Fees are subject to change without notice. The table below shows a sample tuition and fees as of Fall 2023-Spring 2024. All fees are subject to change without notice.