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Contemporary Instructional Design (MCID)


Ramapo College Office of Admissions

McBride House 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ 07430

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About M.S. in Contemporary Instructional Design (MCID)

Passionate about working with students? Want to implement more technology in the classroom? Ramapo College’s Master of Science in Contemporary Instructional Design (MCID) can dramatically transform the roles of the teacher and student by bringing the world into the classroom.

Advances in technology can liberate teachers and students from the “one size fits all” model of education, enable students from dissimilar backgrounds to experience a common sense of accomplishment, provide bridges from school to career, and foster lifelong learning. A universal priority is the need to upgrade the teacher workforce to enable all students to succeed in science, mathematics, and technology.

Classes you can take:

Linking the Brain, Mind, Teaching, and Learning; Tools and Concepts for Data Analysis; Tools for Visualizing Information; Tools for the Development of Instruction; Practicum in Learning Theory

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Career Opportunities

Graduates can become district technology coordinators or serve as the technology leader of grade-level teams, move into the private sector developing educational technology applications and curricula, and of course, stay on the crest of 21st century cyberspace, with a rich understanding of digital, multi-media, and e-learning modalities.

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Education and Childcare Administrators, Preschool and Daycare$36,930 - $159,240
Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary$92,780 - $168,650
Education Administrators, Postsecondary$86,230 - Varies
Education Administrators, All Other$60,120 - $150,130
Instructional Coordinators$36,070 - $116,330
Self-Enrichment Teachers$22,350 - $100,810
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School$55,320 - $99,770

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Hands-On Learning

MSET students complete the 34-credit degree program with either a hybrid of online and on campus classes or all online classes, where professors customize all assignments and projects based on each individual’s curricular and classroom interests. Courses introduce new applications to stretch students’ exposure to emerging technologies while professors challenge and guide students through this rigorous and highly applicable program. Students complete an applied capstone research project, combining theory and practice, in which they create web-based portfolios and project websites that are integrated into their individual curriculum throughout their course of study. Students can also gain hands-on learning through a field internship available at their current school.

All of the program’s websites are open and available to all MSET participants for their personal and professional use, which enhances classroom management strategies. To better suit our students’ needs, all core courses and most electives will be available 100% online as of September 2015. Students will always have the option to take courses (that have the minimum students to run), either online or face-to-face, whichever is more convenient.