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Master’s Concentration

Adult Learning and Inclusive Design

Forge innovative paths to best engage adult learners through inclusive design in the digital age with this master’s degree concentration offered entirely online. As you develop critical competencies within instructional design, you’ll also cultivate an inclusive mindset and best practices related to instructional strategies, assessment, and interventions. Whether leading instructional design within higher education, government, or corporations, you’ll gain hands-on practice in andragogy, learner-centered design, and research to ensure the diverse needs of adult learners of all types are met.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
June 17

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree



As few as 18 months

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University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

Skills You’ll Learn

Leverage adult learning theories on instructional strategies

Develop strategies for examining assessment data to refine design practices

Design inclusive learning materials, activities, and assessments


Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology with a concentration in Adult Learning and Inclusive Design requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses).



Core Courses




Elective Courses

Core Courses

Learn the scope of activity, historical development, and future direction of the industry. These courses provide a foundation that you’ll draw on throughout your concentration and elective courses. The capstone serves as the culminating academic experience in which you’ll explore a problem of practice in your field of study.

IDT 4001 Portfolio Foundations
IDT 4000 Strategic Planning for Accessible Learning Design
IDT 4010 Curricular Development and Program Assessment for Adult Learning
IDT 4203 Adult Learning Strategies and Theories
IDT 4910 Research Practices and Applications
IDT 4920 Portfolio Capstone
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

IDT 4100 E-Learning: Course Design, Models, and Practice
IDT 4120 E-Learning: Multimedia Application
IDT 4130 Equity, Justice, and Inclusivity with Learning Design
IDT 4140 Universal Design for Learning
IDT 4150 Project Management and Stakeholder Communication
Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the InstructionalDesign and Technology program include:

COMM 4002 Dynamic Presentation and Training Methods
COMM 4206 Evaluating Learning and Development Effectiveness
COMM 4306 UX Strategies and Methods
COMM 4307 Developing Content for UX

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the
Instructional Design and Technology program. You
may also select courses from other University College
graduate programs with approval from the academic

Your academic advisor will help you select electives
that align with your career and personal goals, and
your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from
the academic director.

Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master’s degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

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Interested in a graduate certificate?

Explore our four and six course graduate certificates in Adult Learning and Inclusive Design.

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We know how important it is to get started when you’re ready and that’s why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Adult Learning and Inclusive Design

The employment outlook for instructional designers appears to be strong with a 10% increase in available roles expected through 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Instructional design is in demand! With the recent shift to online education and virtual learning for higher education, non-profits, and corporations, there is a significant increase in demand for skilled instructional designers, according to Inside Higher Ed.

In this fast-growing industry, employers are seeking qualified candidates throughout the country! Some of the top states for instructional designers are California, Massachusetts, Washington, and Oregon.





Job Titles


Instructional Designer/Coordinator
Chief Learning Officer
Instructional Design Specialist/Consultant
Director of Instructional Technology
Employee Trainer

Curriculum Developer
Learning Experience Designer
Learning Development Manager
Instructional Technology Specialist
Training Manager

Instructional Designer Salary: National Average






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Flexible Online Classes


We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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