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Already have a bachelor's degree in a creative-driven field? Well here's something different. Nossi introduced a Master's Degree you can earn in just 16 months.

It's a program called Instructional Design and Technologies. It's new, it's different, and that's why it's Nossi.


Companies of all sizes and industries are investing in their employees through professional development and training. It’s a hot topic, and you can be leading the way in Nashville. Instructional Design and Technologies students learn how to build teaching and training programs, engaging learners using multi-media instruction for a variety of different environments including corporate, private business, government and higher education.

Using animation, online technology, podcasting and other modern media platforms, you can build on your creative skills to earn your Master’s Degree in this growing, cutting edge field.

Why Nossi and Why Now?

– As a creative professional, you already work in a technology-driven environment. This program builds on your expertise.
– Creative professionals are natural problem solvers. Coupling those skills with this new, innovative curriculum will make our graduates well-armed for the workforce.
– When you enroll in Nossi’s Master’s program, you can enroll in any creative course that we teach, absolutely free.**
– To learn more about this program, visit our blog here.
– View Frequently Asked Questions for this degree program here.

After graduation, be part of an industry expected to grow by 11% over the next 8 years.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics for Job Outlook for Training and Development Specialists, Managers and Coordinators
**Any class is available as long as you do not impede the path of another student’s graduation needs.

Master's Courses


  • MGA Instructional Design and Technologies
  • 30 Curriculum Hours
  • IDT 515
    Learning Processes

    This course will examine several hypotheses of educational psychology as they relate to learning. A thorough examination of the creative process will be made. Attention will be made to connect learning as it applies to formal educational instruction as well as to corporate learning techniques.

  • IDT 510
    Teaching Techniques

    This course will explore a variety of proven teaching techniques (including but not limited to Behaviorism, Constructivism, Experiential Learning, Social Learning and Family Teaching). While the “nuts and bolts” of each technique will be full examined, in addition, there will be an emphasis on how to decide which technique is most effective for each teaching opportunity.

  • IDT 520
    Instructional Design

    This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to design and develop effective instructional programs. Students will explore and learn the instructional design and development process from analysis through evaluation.

  • IDT 530
    Instructional Technologies

    Instructional Technologies is a course designed to prepare educators for developing and facilitating instructional content in technology-rich environments. After leveraging educational strategies learned in Teaching Techniques, Learning Processes, and Instructional Design, students will venture further to integrate pedagogy with technology.

    Regardless of their chosen educational arena or topic of instruction, students will learn, develop and apply a variety of trending technological skills congruent to their academic field of interest. Students will additionally learn to research, rationalize and gauge the effectiveness of chosen multimedia tools and better understand the contemporary trends related to them.

  • IDT 540
    Digital Learning Environments

    In this class, students will examine various prevailing learning management systems (LMS) and e-learning platforms within the proper context of their specific instructional subject or field of education. After a thorough analysis, students will adopt and cultivate proficiency with their chosen learning environment. As a collaboration of teaching techniques, learning processes, instructional design and instructional multimedia and technology assets, IDT-540 will organize and assimilate all of these concepts into one cohesive platform for administering and facilitating their instructional needs.

    Following completion of the course, students will have successfully constructed a holistic unit in their LMS, complete with well-documented course objectives, organized content and instructional aids such as multimedia and interactive assets.

  • IDT 550
    Assessment and Data Analysis

    This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate the efficacy of the instructional materials as they are being developed as well as following the program’s implementation. This course will cover the following topics:
    – Diagnostic assessments to help determine students’ entry-level behaviors and the needs that the instructional materials will be designed to address;
    – Formative evaluations as the course is being developed and implemented
    – Summative evaluation conducted upon completion and diffusion of the instructional program

  • EDU 560
    Educational Research

    This course will present an introduction to methods and procedures of quantitative and qualitative research. Techniques to determine which research procedures are most effective for specific research topics will be explored. There will be an emphasis on acquiring skills to analyze and critique scholarly literature.

    This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate research. This course will also teach graduate students how to develop fundamental research plans. Students are encouraged to use this course to begin thinking about their thesis research.

  • EDU 570
    Educational Psychology

    Educational Psychology is the study of how humans learn and retain knowledge, primarily in educational settings such as classrooms or other academic environments. Educational Psychology includes studying the emotional, social and cognitive learning processes making each student unique. This course covers the basic theories of learning and teaching and the application of theory to educational environments.

    Course content includes the adaptation of the concepts of behavior, cognitive and constructivist learning theories to teaching and managing an effective learning environment. Units of the study also include the principles of motivation, classroom management and assessment of student performance.

  • EDU 580
    Practicum in Instructional Design

    This course will be a supervised real application of the previously studied material from all the courses. This application can take the form of the student actually teaching a college-level class for several weeks; or, it could take the form of a corporate internship in which the student conducts training sessions; or, it could take another form that is agreed upon by both the Instructor and the student. In all applications, the student is to demonstrate an understanding of previously taught principles. Students will also, for the first half of the semester, observe college Instructors and/or corporate trainers.

  • IDT 590
    Thesis Research and Defense

    This course will provide students with the opportunity to complete their research on their thesis. During this course, the student will complete his/her thesis and defend it to his/her Thesis Committee. Printed and bound copies will be presented to the College to be added to the library’s research collection.

Who you'll be learning from

Jillian Wolf, Ph.D.

Dr. Amy Scatliff

"There is a strong demand for Instructional Designers. As an instructional designer and as a professional in the field, my phone rings often and there is a high demand for qualified talent."

Dr. Regina Henry - Academic Director, Lipscomb University

Career Opportunities for Master's Graduates

  • Technical Trainer/Supervisor
  • Corporate Trainer
  • E-Learning Developer
  • College Instructor
  • Curriculum and Assessment Director
  • Curriculum and Instruction Director
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Curriculum Development
  • Job Training Specialist
  • Education Specialist
  • Instructional Designer
  • Instructional Systems Specialist
  • Software Consultant/Designer
  • Web Developer/Designer
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Training Specialist

Fall Semester begins Sept 9

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