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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 American Society for Training & Development, within the first four days of August 2006, employers posted 50 new ISD related jobs.

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.

In order to give our students the best access to current openings in the training field, we’ve provided listings of national job openings and internship opportunities, as well as a comprehensive list of training and development professional associations. You can also refer to our list of ISD Career Search Websites for current openings around the nation.

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ISD Professionals: Building a Portfolio

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New 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 will replace the current comprehensive exam requirement.

The purpose of this new 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.