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Online Teaching and Instructional Design

We are no longer accepting students into this program. 

LR’s ground-breaking Master of Science in Online Teaching and Instructional Design (OTID) prepares K-12 educators, college or university faculty, and business leaders for quality instruction in online environments, including the theory and application of distance education and its best practices, as well as proficiency with tools and techniques for effective instruction in online environments. Students learn and apply effective methods for designing and individualizing online content as well as develop interactive online learning experiences for diverse populations of learners in authentic online environments.

The MS in Online Teaching and Instructional Design program aims to develop educators and leaders who:

  • Understand how people learn
  • Understand theory and best practices in distance education
  • Recognize, evaluate, and utilize emerging web and mobile technologies in online environments
  • Apply effective methods for online design, delivery, and assessment
  • Effectively lead technology change in their schools and organizations


Program options include the Master of Science degree (33 credit hours) or a graduate certificate (18 credit hours). OTID is a fully online, non-cohort based program. Students may begin their studies in any semester (summer, fall or spring term) and may complete the program at their own pace. As it is fully online, students may enroll from anywhere in the world (as long as they possess the appropriate language abilities and meet admissions requirements).

The online experience does not mean students sacrifice engagement with their faculty and fellow students, however; LR’s OTID program is designed to provide students with opportunities to interact with their cohorts from around the country or the world, and our faculty make it a priority to be available to students.

Students receive hands-on experience developing and administering online curriculum for schools, universities, and corporations. To support this program, LR sustains a collaborative partnership with the North Carolina Virtual Public School for professional learning and potential career opportunities, as well as partnerships with local school districts’ blended learning initiatives to provide authentic practicum sites.

Program Requirements

Program Contact

Jan Wolff

Assistant Director, Graduate Enrollment
Asheville Campus