Instructional Technology

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Technology prepares students with regards to developing the knowledge and skills to be able to improve the learning and performance of individuals by using technology across a broad spectrum of employment settings.

This program is also consistent with the mission of the newly formed College of Education, Health and Human Services (CEHHS) with its commitment to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and engaged learning.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in real-world learning experiences through internships in professional settings.  The curriculum outlined for the undergraduate degree in instructional technology provides students with a choice of a focus in either health informatics or education.

Digital technology is a key factor in almost every industry, business, educational setting and health care environments.  Instructional technologists are needed in work places to train employees to use technology efficiently, to learn to use and apply new technologies as they emerge and to create training materials. Therefore, a wide variety of jobs are available for a student with a major in instructional technology including:

  • Instructional Designer
  • Training Developer
  • Computer User Support
  • Web-based Training

Instructional Technology is a field concerned with improving the efficiency and effectiveness of learning, performance improvement, and instructional delivery by using appropriate technology. The programs goals include:

  •  Design instruction using needs assessment
  •  Apply learning theory to instructional design
  •  Select a delivery system for the specific learning environment
  •  Integrate instruction with other factors that influence human performance
  •  Use technology in support of the development and delivery of instruction

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits


Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

Prerequisites (6 Cr. Hrs.) 

EDT 211Design Tech-Based Learn Solutn3
SPEE 101Principles of Speech Comm3
Total Credit Hours6

Core Requirements (10 Cr. Hrs) 

COMP 105Writing & Rhetoric I3
COMP 280Business Writing & Rhetoric3
MATH 104College Algebra4
or MATH 105 Pre-Calculus
Additional hours are required to meet all of the Dearborn Discovery Core Requirements
Total Credit Hours10

Instructional Technology Courses for Major (27 Cr. Hrs.) 

EDT 401Res, Trends,&Issues in Ed Tech3
EDT 402Survey of Educ Tech Tools3
EDT 410Teaching with Technology3
EDT 414Application of Instrl Design3
EDT 420Intro Teaching Learning Online3
EDT 422Educating the Digital Learner3
EDT 430Assistive Technology3
EDC 400Adult Learning:Theory/Practice3
GEOG 302Mapping Our World3
Total Credit Hours27

Choose One Upper-level Course from Communications or Composition (3 Cr. Hrs.)

COMM 317Case Studies in Tech Writing3
COMP 331Online Reprtng,Resrch,Writing3

Choose One Area of Focus for the Major: Health Informatics or Education (6 Cr. Hrs.)

Health Informatics (Choose two courses)
CHE 4013
HPS 403Medical Information Systems3
HHS 406Program Evaluation3
Education (Choose two courses):
EDC 300Educational Psychology3
EDC 456Learning & Classrm Assessment3
EXPS 410Multicult in School and Soc3

Total Credit Hours for the Major: 36

Electives (32 Cr. Hours)

Additional Electives will be required to meet minimum credit hours for graduation. Please refer to Dearborn Discovery Core requirements to ensure these are met.

Total Hrs. for Degree: 120 total credit hours required for graduation. 

Program Notes:

  1. All College of Education, Health, and Human Services undergraduate students are required to take the Composition Placement Test by the end of the first semester they are enrolled in classes.
  2. The minimum grade point average requirement for program completion is 2.5 cumulative and 2.5 in major (including the focus area).
  3. Advising Policy: The student is responsible for complying with requirements described in the Undergraduate Catalog and is expected to meet with their College of Education, Health, and Human Services advisor at least once a year and in the term prior to graduation.
  4. Courses taken on a PASS/FAIL basis will NOT be accepted toward program completion.
  5. Must meet Dearborn Discovery Core Requirements see for details.