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Instructional Systems Development


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The demand for qualified employees in the field of Instructional Systems Development and Training is growing as technical and distance learning education techniques expand in the global marketplace. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of training and development specialists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. They found the median salaries for training and development professionals were $56,000 in 2013, with salaries for training and development managers averaging $95,000.

The ISD-Training Systems Program is dedicated to helping students advance their career and achieve their professional goals in this rapidly expanding field. Currently, ISD-TS graduates are enjoying training positions in a wide variety of high-profile organizations, including IBM, the National Security Agency, T. Rowe Price, Booz Allen and Hamilton, and many more. For a full listing of where our graduates work, click here.

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ISD Professionals: Building a Portfolio

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Portfolio Requirement
Beginning with the Fall 2012 semester, students admitted to the Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Development – Training Systems, will be required to complete a professional portfolio. This requirement replaces the comprehensive exam requirement.

The purpose of this requirement is to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned in their coursework and the program. It also provides students, employers, clients, colleagues, etc. with tangible evidence of our graduates’ knowledge, skill, abilities and competencies. Portfolios can be a wonderful career tool that may assist graduates in getting jobs, promotions, new clients, and other professional opportunities.

Students have the opportunity in nearly every class to create basic artifacts. With some polishing and improvements, these artifacts may be used to satisfy the portfolio requirement.

UMBC ISD Portfolio Requirements