2021-22 Academic Catalog

Instructional Systems and Workforce Development

Department Head: Dr. Marty Bray
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Chien Yu

100 Industrial Education Building
Box 9730
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Telephone: 662-325-2281
Fax: 662-325-7599
E-mail: cyu@colled.msstate.edu

Master of Science in Instructional Technology (MSIT) Program Coordinator: Dr. Sang Joon Lee
Starkville and Online Campuses
259 IED Building
Telephone: 662-325-2281
E-mail: slee@colled.msstate.edu

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Program Coordinator: Dr. Mabel Okojie
214A IED Building
Telephone: 662-325-2281
E-mail: MOkojie@colled.msstate.edu

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development Program Coordinator: Dr. James Adams
Starkville and Online Campuses
214B IED Building
Telephone: 662-325-2281
E-mail: JAdams@colled.msstate.edu

Veterans' Certificate Program Coordinator: Dr. James Adams
Distance Campus
256 IED Building
Telephone: 662-325-2281
E-mail: jadams@colled.msstate.edu

The Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development (ISWD) offers graduate coursework leading to master’s degrees in Technology (MST) and Instructional Technology (MSIT). The master’s programs are offered with a thesis option, requiring a minimum of 30 semester credit hours for the MST program and 33 semester credit hours for the MSIT program; the non-thesis option is also offered. The educational specialist degree may be earned with a major in Education and a concentration in Technology. A doctor of philosophy degree program in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development is also available. In addition, the department offers a Veterans' Certificate Program. For more information, contact the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development.

Admission Criteria

Prerequisites for admission into the graduate program include all the general requirements of the Graduate School. International students must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 550 PBT (79 iBT) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.

A student applying for admission into the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development must submit the complete application packet to the Graduate School no later than:

Applying For Domestic Deadline International Deadline
Summer first 5-week April 1 March 1
Summer second 5-week April 1 March 1
Summer 10-week April 1 March 1
Fall July 1 May 1
Spring November 1 September 1

No applications are accepted after these deadlines for the respective admission semester.

A complete admission packet consists of the following items:

Ph.D. Program

 1. Application to the graduate degree program

2. Three letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty and administrators who can comment about your scholarly ability)

3. Statement of purpose (a minimum of one page single-spaced). In the statement, please make sure to address the following.

  • Describe the purpose of applying for the Ph.D. degree in this program area
  • Identify your research interest
  • Discuss your career goals

4. Official scores from all sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Applicants with a graduate GPA of 3.50 or higher on previous graduate work from an accredited institution may qualify for a waiver of the GRE/GMAT requirement.

5. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

6. A copy of professional résumé

Ph.D. applicants who pass the initial screening will be contacted for an online interview.

Master's and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Programs

1. Application to the graduate degree program

2. Three letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty and administrators who can comment about your scholarly ability)

3. Statement of purpose (a minimum of one page, single-spaced). In the statement, please make sure to address the following.

  • Describe the purpose of applying for the degree in this program area
  • Discuss your career goals

4. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Full admission to any departmental graduate program requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from a four-year accredited institution or a minimum graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher on previous graduate work from an accredited institution.

Provisional Admission

If an applicant does not fully meet the requirements of the program, it may be possible for that student to be admitted provisionally. If admitted provisionally, the student must attain a 3.00 GPA on the first 9 hours of graduate courses at Mississippi State University after admission to the program. Courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. If a 3.00 GPA is not attained, the student shall be dismissed from the graduate program. 

Contingent Admission

A student may be admitted to departmental graduate programs with conditional requirements identified by the department (e.g., writing requirement). If a prospective student has met all admission requirements and is in the final semester of previous degree work, the student may be eligible for contingent admission. If the student is admitted contingently, s/he has to fully complete the conditional requirements no later than the third semester after admission to the program.

Readmission Criteria

The Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development requires that a student who has not been enrolled for three consecutive semesters must submit a readmission application that includes:

  • Three letters of recommendation (if they are older than three years since the last application), and
  • A revised statement of purpose that:
  1. describes the purpose of reapplying
  2. discusses the applicant's career goals
  3. explains how circumstances have changed making academic improvement a realistic goal
  4. identifies the applicant's research interest (Ph.D. students only).

Academic Performance

Unsatisfactory performance is defined as any of the following:

  • Failure to maintain a B average in graduate courses attempted after admission to the program (i.e., program and non-program courses)
  • A grade of U, D, or F in any one course
  • More than 6 credit hours of C grades
  • Failure of the preliminary/comprehensive examination
  • Unsatisfactory evaluation of a thesis or dissertation
  • Failure of the research defense
  • Any other failure of a required component of one’s program of study

Any one of these or a combination will constitute the basis for review for possible dismissal. If unsatisfactory performance is determined, the graduate coordinator, the major professor, and the dean will review the student's record and determine a course of action: immediate dismissal or the establishment of a probationary period in which corrective action must take place. It is the major professor's responsibility to ensure that any student who has performed unsatisfactorily be recommended for termination from the degree program before the beginning of the subsequent semester.

Appeal of dismissal can be made by submitting a written appeal statement to the graduate coordinator and/or department head. If the dismissal, upon the student's appeal, is upheld by the graduate coordinator and/or department head, the student can then submit a written appeal to the Dean of the College of Education. If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Dean, he/she may choose to submit a final appeal of the dismissal to the Provost.

Accelerated Program

Highly qualified undergraduates at Mississippi State University are encouraged to apply to the Accelerated Program in ISWD. This program permits students to earn up to 9 hours of graduate-level coursework during the final year of undergraduate studies. Students take graduate-level courses and earn both undergraduate credit and graduate credit simultaneously. Upon completion of the graduate course(s), undergraduate credit is also awarded. 

Students need to consult with a potential graduate advisor or the graduate coordinator in ISWD to ensure graduate credit could be applied to a program of study for the M.S. degree. Interested students should contact the graduate coordinator, Dr. Chien Yu, and consult Accelerated Programs for complete information.

In addition to the University requirements, the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development also requires the following information from applicants:

  1. A minimum of 90 hours toward the bachelor's degree
  2. A statement of purpose (500-750 words, e.g., why applying for the program)

Master of Science in Instructional Technology (M.S.I.T.) - Thesis

Required Courses15
Multiple Perspectives on Instructional Systems and Technology
Trends and Issues in Instructional Systems
Research in Instructional Systems & Workforce Development
Directed Project and Portfolio Development
Foundations of Instructional Systems and Technology
Concentration (choose one concentration)12
Instructional Design Concentration:
Project Management in Instructional Design
Evaluation and Assessment in Instructional Systems & Technology
Instructional Design I
Instructional Design II
Distance Education Concentration:
Foundations of Distance Education
Learning Technologies in Distance Education
Design, Delivery, & Management of Distance Education
Grant Writing Essentials
Multimedia Concentration:
Theory of Multimedia Learning
Multimedia Design I
Interactive Media
Multimedia Design II
Thesis Option
TKT 8000Thesis Research/ Thesis in Technology Teacher Education6
Total Hours33

At least 12 hours must be from 8000-level courses.  A written comprehensive examination and an oral comprehensive examination in defense of the thesis are required. 

Master of Science in Instructional Technology (M.S.I.T.) - Non-Thesis

Required Courses15
Multiple Perspectives on Instructional Systems and Technology
Trends and Issues in Instructional Systems
Research in Instructional Systems & Workforce Development
Directed Project and Portfolio Development
Foundations of Instructional Systems and Technology
Concentration (choose one concentration)12
Instructional Design Concentration:
Project Management in Instructional Design
Evaluation and Assessment in Instructional Systems & Technology
Instructional Design I
Instructional Design II
Distance Education Concentration:
Foundations of Distance Education
Design, Delivery, & Management of Distance Education
Learning Technologies in Distance Education
Multimedia Concentration:
Theory of Multimedia Learning
Multimedia Design I
Multimedia Design II
Interactive Media
Non-Thesis Option Electives6
Total Hours33

At least 15 hours must be from 8000-level courses.  A written comprehensive examination is required. 

Educational Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) with Concentration in Technology - Thesis

EPY 6214Educational and Psychological Statistics4
TKT 8000Thesis Research/ Thesis in Technology Teacher Education6
Additional courses selected with approval of the student’s graduate committee and the graduate coordinator21
Total Hours31

One-half or more of the hours must be from 8000-level courses. A final written comprehensive examination and thesis defense are required.

Educational Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) with Concentration in Technology - Non-Thesis

EPY 6214Educational and Psychological Statistics4
TKT 70003
Additional courses selected with approval of the student’s graduate committee and the graduate coordinator24
Total Hours31

At least 15 hours must be from 8000-level course. A final written comprehensive examination is required.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development

Research and Statistics Requirement
Intermediate Educational and Psychological Statistics
Educational and Psychological Statistics
Select three of the following:9
Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research
Educational Research Design
Applied Research Seminar
Single-Subject Research Designs for Education
Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education
Qualitative Data Collection in Education
Qualitative Data Analysis and Presentation in Education
Foundations Courses
Select two of the following:6
Foundations, Trends and Issues in Workforce Development, Technology and Leadership Education
Contemporary Issues in Curriculum Planning in ISWD
Diversity in Work and Educational Environments
Postsecondary Courses
Select one of the following:3
Philosophy and Administration of Career and Technology Education
Content and Methods of Teaching in Career and Technology Education
Analysis of Workforce Education Programs and Survey Research in Workforce Development
Approved technology electives (see advisor) 124-30
Approved general electives (see advisor for list of approved general electives)12-18
TKT 9000Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Technology Teacher Education (hours and credits to be arranged)20
Total Hours80

The Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development (TSWD) is located within the College of Education and is designed to provide students with knowledge of instructional technology, research design methodologies to conduct research, foundations of education, and postsecondary education. Each student is assigned a major professor and a committee. A formal program of study is developed by the student with the advice and concurrence of the student's major professor and other committee members no later than the student's second semester of enrollment.

A minimum of 90 semester hours of post-baccalaureate credit is necessary to meet the ISWD doctoral degree. In order for the program to reflect students' content areas in research and foundation levels, students are required to take two required research and statistics courses and two required foundations courses from the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development (ISWD). The hours taken in these required classes will serve to meet the requirements for Research, Foundations, and Postsecondary and will not be reflective of the 24-30 hours needed to complete the Technology requirements. Two-thirds or more of the hours on the doctoral program of study, exclusive of dissertation credits, must be in 8000-9000 level courses or their equivalent. Approved 7000 Directed Individual Study courses count toward this requirement. Ordinarily no more than 6 semester hours of graduate credit earned in DIS courses or 6 semester hours of special problem courses may be included on the student's approved program of study. No more than 9 semester hours of a combination of DIS and special problem courses may be included on the student's approved program of study. Twenty hours of dissertation research, written and oral preliminary examinations, a dissertation, and an oral examination in defense of the dissertation are required.

Completion Requirements

All graduate students submitting a thesis or dissertation must attend the thesis/dissertation workshops conducted by the Library for the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development prior to the application for the written comprehensive examination. All students seeking the doctor of philosophy degree must satisfy research skills requirements before taking the written preliminary examination. 

Veterans' Certificate Program

The Veterans’ Certificate Program is offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The certificate is designed for anyone at any level who would like to serve veterans. Employees of colleges and universities, corporations, government at all levels, and other professionals who are interested in serving veterans should obtain this certificate. As part of the University’s ongoing commitment to veterans, the certificate provides the knowledge, skills, and competencies that individuals will need to support veterans as they transition to civilian life.

The curriculum is designed to increase the capabilities of individuals within the federal and state governments, educational institutions, and private corporations who work with veterans’ issues. Individuals working in the educational benefits area will find this program of particular value. The attainment of the Veterans’ Certificate could be used as a precursor to position advancement within any governmental agency, federal or state, that deals with matters relevant to veterans.

For more information, contact the Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development, Box 9730, Mississippi State, MS 39762 or by email at iswd@colled.msstate.edu. Information is also available at iswd.msstate.edu.

Prerequisite
TKB 3133
Required Courses
TKT 4403/6403
TKT 4413/6413
TKT 4423/6423
TKT 4433/6433
Total Hours0

Technology Teacher Education

TKT 6073 Instructional Materials Development and Use in Vocational Education: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Development and use of lesson plans and supporting written and audio-visual materials

TKT 6103 Deliver of the Vocational-Technical Instructional Program: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Methods and techniques of instructing vocational-technical students in the classroom and laboratory setting

TKT 6223 Management of the Vocational-Technical Leaning Environment: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Techniques for organizing and managing vocational-technical education facilities, equipment, supplies, and instructional programs. Methods of managing and controlling student laboratory activities

TKT 6233 Design of the Vocational-Technical Instructional Program: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Identifying and sequencing teaching content. Planning and designing vocational-technical programs and courses

TKT 6253 Evaluation and Measurement of Students in Vocational Education and Technology: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Construction, selection, interpretation, and uses of cognitive and psychomotor evaluation instruments used in vocational-technical programs

TKT 6813 Introduction to Instructional Systems: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. An introduction to the field of Instructional Systems and the practice of scholarly writing in the field

TKT 6990 Special Topics in Technology Teacher Education: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

TKT 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Technology Teacher Education: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

TKT 8193 Improvement of Instruction in Office Procedures and Communications: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. A study of secretarial skills in the office, office systems technology and techniques, and the communicative process

TKT 8200 Internship in Career and Technology Education: 1-6 hours.

1-6 Hours Internship. Opportunity under supervision of regular university staff for directed experience and reporting in the major area of interest

TKT 8733 Telecommunications: Applications in Scholarships: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. The study and application of the telecommunications to professional scholarship and research endeavors; includes data search mechanisms applicable to and in support of graduate program demands

TKT 8763 Strategic Technology Planning for Teachers and Administrators: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. This course will provide teachers and administrators with the theoretical and practical considerations for strategic planning and implementing technology in schools and school districts

TKT 8803 Design and Evaluation of Instructional Software: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. (Prerequisite: TKT 1273 and hypermedia authoring experience). Analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of instructional software designed for and applied to varied learning situations

TKT 8833 Design and Implementation of Data Networks: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Designed to provide students with applicable knowledge and skills to identify major tasks in building and maintaining networking hardware and system software components, and troubleshooting common system problems

TKT 8873 Communication Tools in Technology for Teachers & Administrators: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. This course provides a comprehensive view of communication, its scope and importance for educators, with regard to written and oral communication in the digital-age workplace

TKT 8990 Special Topics in Technology Teacher Education: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

TKT 9000 Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Technology Teacher Education: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

Industrial Technology

TKI 6213 Survey of Energy Sources and Power Technology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: PH 1023 or higher and Junior Standing). Three hours lecture. Scientific and applied approaches to energy conversion, transmission, utilization, and conservation. Internal-external combustion, nuclear, fluid, hydroelectric, solar, etc. Current energy problems; lab demonstrations; activities

TKI 6990 Special Topics in Industrial Technology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

TKI 8990 Special Topics in Industrial Technology: 1-9 hours.

Business Technology

TKB 6990 Special Topics in Business Technology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

TKB 8990 Special Topics in Business Technology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer deveoping subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years.)

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