Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences

Prepare for a career at the cutting edge of learning design

Technology is changing the way people learn. In both the private and public sectors, the world needs learning designers more than ever. We've developed a unique curriculum that combines research and practice.


97% of our students work in a related field within three months of graduation.

Our online graduate program was ranked sixth in the nation by the 2021 U.S. News and World Report. Our students become leaders, known for their ability to adapt, grow and guide others.


Careers in Learning Design

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Corporate, Tech Sector, and Government

Whitney: Instructional/Learning Designer at Intuit

Despite her writing degree, Whitney feared she wouldn’t easily find a job outside of marketing. She wanted further training where she could also create a top-notch portfolio. Her interest in teaching, design, and creative problem solving made ITLS a logical choice.

Whitney Lewis Career Path

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Corporate, Tech Sector, and Government

Aprel: Director of Instructional Design at American Heritage Worldwide

During her graduate program, Aprel had won the Best Presentation award at the 2019 Association for Educational Communications and TechnologyDesign and Development Competition with her microlearning app Knowing NATO. Now she is working to constantly improve the homeschool and online programs at American Heritage Worldwide.

Aprel Mendenhall's Career Path

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Brooke: Assessment Librarian at Oregon State University; PhD in ITLS

As a peace activist, Brooke knew she needed to find a stable yet meaningful job. She wanted to use Instructional Technology tools to make the world a better place. At USU, she developed a deep love of statistics and data, which she now uses to further her own academic interests, as well as those of graduate students and other members of the Oregon State community.


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Schools and Universities

Matt: Instructor at Bridgerland Technical College & AM STEM Coordinator

Matt was in charge of developing a hands-on STEM curriculum delivered daily to high school students across northern Utah. He wanted a deeper understanding of the learning process, so that he could feel confident he was making research-backed decisions. But as a father of four with a full-time job, commuting to campus was out of the question. Matt completed our online ITLS program, while applying his course projects to his curriculum development work.

Matt Fuller's Career Path


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Museums, Libraries, and Community Sites

Stephanie: STEAM educator at Hands-On Museum (The Leonardo Museum, Salt Lake City)

Stephanie always wanted to be a teacher—just not in a traditional classroom. She didn’t know how else she could teach. She studied Instructional Design within the ITLS program, while enjoying the freedom to tailor her electives. Through her role as a research assistant at the nature center, she discovered she loved Informal Education.