The argument on whether, ‘Instructional Designers need a degree or not’, has been around for a very long time.
As a Graduate student of Instructional Design and Technology, my vote certainly goes for – Yes, Instructional Designers require a degree.
- A certification will set apart instructional technology from other technology areas of proficiency.
- Certification would authorize the competency of skilled instructional designer and gives an identity to our profession.
- Certification provides a right to new professionals who are committed towards their occupation.
- Certification will mark towards liability and integrity within any industry.
However, only a few hold a degree. No offense to anybody, It seems that instructional designers are made from all walks of life; a teacher, a technical writer, a flash designer and so on. I may be biased, but I think, my degree would be a waste of money and time if someone could learn what I can do on their own and compete for the same jobs.
The majority of the instructional designers outside USA, do not have the background of Instructional Design; they are either technical writer or faculties who were teaching computer courses in a private institute or just a fresher after their Bachelor degree (from any background). They gain training from the company in which they are appointed as a jr.instructional. After a few years of experience, they would become sr. instructional designer.
Is there any value for education or not?
With technology rapidly changing and improving every day it gets difficult to stick upon a competency. However, a basic instructional design degree should be a requirement to enter this field.
Read more on this issue by Dr. Karl Kapp in his blog –
You might also be interested in this ongoing debate in LinkedIn on this issue – http://linkd.in/cuVU8D
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