Instructional Design, Evaluation, and Assessment

The Instructional Design, Evaluation, & Assessment track is designed to teach students to build quality educational experiences at varying levels for diverse learner populations for any discipline of study or subject matter.

This certificate is directed at K through 16 teachers and administrators faced with instructional design and educational measurement demands in a culture of accountability. But education now exists outside the formal classroom. Digital educators need to learn and stay abreast with the tools used in this area. 

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Who would be suited for this program? 

Administrators, online learning specialists, educational technologists, technical trainers, corporate trainers, and government officials, may benefit from the program. 

Anyone advancing their career working in education, corporate training, program assessment, or any areas that require instruction and/or evaluation of content tied to target learning and mastery of that content. 

What are the Required Courses?

Core Courses  
Select four (4) of the following: 12
Advanced Information Design  
Research Methods for Information Design  
Technology in Classrooms and Learning Environments  
Instructional Design and Assessment (Special Topics)  

What will I learn?

Students will learn to critically analyze learning situations in order to develop integrated plans for curriculum and assessment systems to attain learning goals and demonstrate desired outcomes for learners. Seamless integration of technology awareness and application will augment the study of theory and research to foster creativity and problem-solving skills to plan, assess, and improve learning

The mission of the IDEA track is to prepare the students to know and effectively work with the essentials of assessment, program evaluation, and measurement in order to more effectively design, develop, implement, update, and assess curriculum to promote learner mastery. The combination of the core courses and electives will provide students the opportunity to gain a strong basis in the theory and practice of evaluation, assessments and instructional design so that these areas can work together and complement one another.

Designing Integrated Curriculum, Learning, & Assessment Systems (CLAS)

This course will introduce students to the concept of curriculum, how it has been developed throughout the 20th classroom practice. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which the larger social and political developments have influenced the curriculum of specific disciplines since World War II in America to understand the explicit, implicit, and null curricula and to explain the delivered and 21st centuries in the United States and how it will influence their curriculum. Several topics will be explored including: Guidance documents from a variety of sources, use of resources to enact and augment the curriculum, the need for interdisciplinary and differentiated instruction, and the integration of assessment systems into curriculum planning and implementation especially in light of the current accountability movement.

Designing Instruction and Assessment Methods

This course examines planning and implementation of instruction to facilitate learning and analysis of methods of data gathering on learner progress and mastery, lessons and learning objects so appropriate instructional strategies with associated methods of formative and summative assessments that can yield data for learner assessment and course evaluation can be selected or develop to suit the instructional style, learner needs, and instructional situations. Prerequisite: Students must have a graduate standing and should be enrolled in MSPTC program or the Instructional Design and Educational Assessment certificate. Student must meet these requirements, approval of instructor is required.

Technology in the Classrooms & Learning Environments

This course examines the various types of technology necessary to develop, use, and process the results of assessments as well as facilitate and augment instructional designs. This course examines the integration of present and likely future technology into instruction to foster community, collaboration, conceptual development, and exceptional academic performance as well as a more effective and well-understood assessment system. The overarching goal of the course is for students to gain an appreciation for the importance of program evaluation and the crucial role that evaluators, clients and stakeholders play in that complex enterprise. Topics addressed in the course will include key evaluation concepts and terms, purposes and goals of evaluation, history of evaluation, alternative approaches to evaluation, quantitative and qualitative measures, process and outcome evaluation, contracting and planning evaluations, designing evaluation instruments, reporting evaluation results, and political and ethical issues in evaluation.

Designing and Developing Web-based Instruction

For years web-based learning has become an accepted and important delivery method for corporations as well as colleges/universities. More recently, it has become increasingly prevalent in K-12 curriculum. This course will examine the steps involved with designing and developing effective online and hybrid instruction. This involves making certain that the outcomes, content and assessment components are appropriate for the online environment. In addition to exploring design strategies, students will be exposed to the tools that are used to develop online and hybrid instruction. The goal of the course is for students to be able to take a traditional face-to-face lesson and/or training module and successfully convert it to the online environment or plan, develop, and implement a new online course.

Evaluation of Programs and Practice

This is a topical survey of evaluation methods and practice for professionals whose responsibilities include the evaluation of programs. The course will examine program evaluation methods and practice. Activities include hands-on evaluation projects using industry standards and the use of evaluation services. It will also include research in evaluation theory and strategies used to develop online, face-to-face and hybrid assessments.

Why study IDEA at NJIT?

Offered online, with hybrid meeting times for those with geographic proximity to Newark and synchronous communication opportunities for those in remote locations, the core courses will allow busy working professionals the opportunity to earn a graduate degree in an area relevant to their professional development. Elective specializations in NJIT curricular areas such as professional and technical communication, computer information science, and statistics will allow further development. Upon approval, electives may be taken at relevant graduate programs across the nation.


Completion of a Bachelor’s degree with a overall cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Related Degree Programs

This credential relates in its entirety to NJIT MS in Professional and Technical Communication

Take Note

Check the course descriptions for more information. Some course has perquisites and must be taken in order.

Faculty Advisor: Andrew Klobucar