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UCF - Graduate Program Handbooks 2016-2017

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Last Updated 2016-03-02

Instructional Systems

Together, the Graduate Student Handbook and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.

The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.

Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:


The Instructional Systems Track of the Instructional Design and Technology MA Degree Program is designed for prospective and practicing instructional designers, training specialists, multimedia developers and training directors/managers in business, industry, government, or other settings where training, professional development and lifelong learning takes place. Candidates develop expertise in how and why people learn, how to stimulate and facilitate learning, and in the use of alternative instructional delivery systems. Candidates analyze training requirements and design, develop, evaluate, and manage training and educational programs using current and emerging technologies, instructional strategies and theories of human learning.


The Instructional Systems track in the Instructional Design and Technology MA program requires a minimum of 39 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The curriculum includes 15 credit hours of instructional technology core courses, 12 credit hours of professional specialization, 9 credit hours of electives, three credit hours of practicum, and a comprehensive exam taken during the last semester of course work.

Required  Courses—27 Credit Hours

Core—15 Credit Hours

  • EME 6055 Current Trends in Instructional Technology (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6062 Research in IT (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6432 Measurement and Evaluation in Education (3 credit hours) or EDF 6401 Statistics for Educational Data (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6613 Instructional System Design (3 credit hours)

Professional Specialization Courses—12 Credit Hours

  • EME 6226 Instructional Development and Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6507 Multimedia for Education and Training (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6607 Planned Change in IT (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6705 Administration of IS (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

Courses not listed below require adviser approval. All ENC courses require approval from the English department.

  • EME 6209 Multimedia IS II (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6457 Distance Education: Technology Process Product (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6601 Instructional Simulation Design for Training and Education (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6614 Instructional Game Design in Training and Education (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6646 Learning, Instructional Design, and Cognitive Neuroscience (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 5875C Introduction to Modeling and Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6503 International Trends in Instructional Systems (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6504 Adult Learning (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 5251 Usability Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 5255C Interactive Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 5317 Training System Design (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 6258 Human Computer Interactions (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6216 Editing Professional Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5225 Theory and Practice of Document Usability (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6261 Technical Writing, Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6296 Computer Documentation (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6432 Transmedia Story Creation (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6136 Design for Media (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6551 Applied Interactive Story (3 credit hours)

Practicum—3 Credit Hours

Practica are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program.

  • EME 6946 Practicum/Internship (3 credit hours)

Examination Requirements

Comprehensive Exams

All master's and doctoral degree candidates are required to take a comprehensive exam. If you are Masters degree candidate, you must pass the exam during the final semester of coursework and/or internship. If you are a Doctoral degree candidate, you must pass the exam to qualify for dissertation hours.

Comprehensive exams consist of summative open book essay questions that are customized for your individual plan of study. You should interact with your program advisor to prepare a study guide before the exam. You may use any resource to study for exam using your guide.The exam will be sent to you via email on a designated date (typically on a Friday before 5pm) for you to work on over a weekend. You are to then submit your written answers to the faculty member who sent you the exam via email by midnight on a designated date.

At least one faculty member (for master's degree seeking students) or two faculty members (for doctoral degree seeking students) will review your answers to determine if you (a) pass as is with no condition, (b) pass with conditions, or (c) not pass.
If you pass with no conditions, no further action is required. If you pass with conditions, you will have to address the conditions specified in feedback given to you by program faculty (e.g., address comments and follow-up questions about your answers in either written or oral format). If you do not pass, you must register for and retake the exam the following term.

To take the comprehensive exam, you must:

Successfully complete all required core and required specialization courses.

Register to take comprehensive exam immediately before or at the beginning of the semester you plan to take the exam (the form is available from the College of Education Academic Advising Office or from program assistant, Lillian Ramos.

For Master's degree students pursuing the e-Learning or the Educational Technology track, please contact Dr. Glenda Gunter to discuss your comprehensive exam.

For all doctoral candidates and master's degree students pursuing the Instructional Systems track, please schedule a meeting with Dr. Atsusi Hirumi to generate a exam study guide (typically, 9-10 questions) at the beginning of the term in which you are to take exam.

Study for exam using guide to focus your efforts.

Take exam on specified date and follow directions to submit as discussed with your program advisor.

UCF Instructional Technology Online Portfolio Assessment System

A portfolio is a purposeful collection of an individual's work that exhibits the individual's efforts, progress, capabilities, and achievements in one or more areas. The primary purposes of the Instructional Technology portfolio assessment system are to:

  • ensure that you (Instructional Technology graduate student) have the skills and knowledge necessary to be competitive in today's workforce;
  • provide you and faculty with a profile of your emerging skills and knowledge to better guide you in your learning and plan of study;
  • provide a public record of your abilities so that you can better market your skills and knowledge and so that others outside of the program have a better idea of what are students know and can do.
  • assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of the Instructional Technology program; and
  • guide program revisions for continuous improvement.

The information and materials presented here (and on linked pages) represent an initial draft of Instructional Technology Online Portfolio Assessment System.

In Fall 2005 and Spring 2006, student volunteers (primarily from EME6207) will be testing and refining our portfolio assessment system. Instructional Technology Advisory Council members, as well as other invited experts in the field and in portfolio assessments are also being asked to review and provide input on the initial system during this time.

Beginning Fall 2006, new candidates pursuing the Instructional Systems and e-Learning tracks within the Instructional Technology Master's Degree program will be required to create, maintain and continuously update an online portfolio to demonstrate porgress toward, and achievement of program standards.

The portfolio assessment system will then be adapted for Instructional Technology candidates pursuing graduate certificates, the Educational Technology track within the Instructional Technology Master's Degree program, and doctoral candidates over-time.

The following information have been prepared to guide candidates through the portfolio assessment system.  For details please visit the UCF Instructional Technology Online Portfolio Assessment System webpage:

  • Why should you develop a portfolio?
  • What are the Program Standards and related Portfolio Assessment Rubrics?
  • What are the Program Standards based on?
  • What should you include in your portfolio?
  • How should you organize your portfolio?
  • What steps should you take to develop your portfolio?
  • How and when will your portfolio be reviewed?
  • How do you select an external reviewer and what are the external reviewer's roles and responsibilities?
  • What policies govern the development, submission and review of your portfolio?
  • What are some frequently asked questions (FAQ's) about candidate portfolios?

Anyone interested in our portfolio assessment system is free to review listed documents. If you have any questions or comments, please contact an Instructional Technology faculty member.

Financial Support

College, department and program assistantships depend on grant/project funding. Some assistantships come with tuition waivers, others do not. The best way to earn such a graduate assistant position is to meet with faculty across the college in person. Typically, faculty like to get to know students (e.g., in class) before hiring them for such positions. However, you may complete the Graduate Assistantship Application Form and submit it to Erica Mendoza ( who will keep you application and resume on file for consideration as Assistantships become available.

Graduate Student Associations

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is UCF's graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students' personal, educational and professional experience. To learn more or get involved, please visit For individual department or graduate program organizations, please see program advisor.

Professional Development

Pathways to Success Workshops

Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success program offers free development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to register, please visit

Job Search

Career Services

UCF’s Career Services department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website at


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