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2021 Best Value Instructional Media Design Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

233 Colleges
$19,733 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$52,602 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Instructional Media Design School for You

Instructional Media Design is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 8th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 7,063 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

With all the teaching programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Teaching Degree Search has developed this Best Value Instructional Media Design Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 233 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for instructional media students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Instructional Media Design Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for instructional media majors pursuing a .

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Instructional Media

#1

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
$5,564 Average Tuition & Fees

Our 2021 rankings named Lone Star College System the best value school in the United States for instructional media design students. North Harris Montgomery is a very large public school located in the small city of The Woodlands.

North Harris Montgomery undergraduate students pay an average of $5,564 in tuition and fees each year.

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$36,740 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Concordia University, Irvine helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best instructional media design schools in the United States. Concordia University, Irvine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Irvine.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Concordia University, Irvine are $36,740 a year. After completing their degree, instructional media graduates from Concordia University, Irvine carry an average student debtload of $20,598. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $240, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

The excellent programs at McDaniel College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best instructional media design schools in the United States. Located in the small suburb of Westminster, McDaniel is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at McDaniel are $44,540 per year.

In addition to its great value ranking, McDaniel is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Instructional Media Design Schools list.

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$8,940 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Bemidji State University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Instructional Media Design Schools list. Bemidji State University is a small public school located in the remote town of Bemidji.

Bemidji State University undergraduate students pay an average of $8,940 in tuition and fees each year.

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$5,790 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Brigham Young University - Provo is a great value for instructional media design students. BYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at BYU are $5,790 per year.

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#6

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD
$18,910 Average Tuition & Fees

University of Sioux Falls ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Instructional Media Design Schools list. Located in the medium-sized city of Sioux Falls, University of Sioux Falls is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at University of Sioux Falls are $18,910 a year.

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With a ranking of #7, Minnesota State University - Mankato did quite well on this year’s best value schools for instructional media design students. Minnesota State Mankato is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Mankato.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Minnesota State Mankato are $16,730 a year.

Minnesota State Mankato also claimed a spot on our Best Instructional Media Design Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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$19,560 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #8, Arizona State University - Skysong did quite well on this year’s best value schools for instructional media design students. ASU - Skysong is a very large public school located in the city of Scottsdale.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at ASU - Skysong are $19,560 a year.

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#9

Brandman University

Irvine, CA

Brandman University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for instructional media design students. It came in at #9 on the list. Brandman is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Irvine.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Brandman are $12,440 per year.

Brandman also made our Best Instructional Media Design Schools list, coming in at #4.

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#10

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
$6,670 Average Tuition & Fees

Western Governors University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Instructional Media Design Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WGU are $6,670 a year.

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$36,670 Average Tuition & Fees

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for instructional media design students. It came in at #11 on the list. SMU MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Winona.

SMU MN undergraduate students pay an average of $36,670 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their degree, instructional media majors at SMU MN accumulate an average of around $16,040 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $187.

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#12

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, IL
$32,880 Average Tuition & Fees

Concordia University, Chicago did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for instructional media design students. It came in at #12 on the list. Located in the suburb of River Forest, Concordia University, Chicago is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

Concordia University, Chicago undergraduate students pay an average of $32,880 in tuition and fees each year. On average, instructional media graduates from Concordia University, Chicago take out $18,000 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $210.

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$22,800 Average Tuition & Fees

Concordia University, Saint Paul did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for instructional media design students. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Concordia University, Saint Paul is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Concordia University, Saint Paul undergraduate students pay an average of $22,800 in tuition and fees each year.

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#14

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, MN

Martin Luther College ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Instructional Media Design Schools list. Located in the distant town of New Ulm, MLC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MLC are $15,870 per year.

MLC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Instructional Media Design Schools list.

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$29,992 Average Tuition & Fees

The University of Tampa came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Instructional Media Design Schools ranking. UT is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Tampa.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at UT are $29,992 a year.

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#16

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
$11,480 Average Tuition & Fees

Wilmington University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Instructional Media Design Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of New Castle, Wilmington University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Wilmington University are $11,480 per year. On average, instructional media graduates from Wilmington University take out $16,950 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $198, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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$14,020 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #17, Northwest Missouri State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for instructional media design students. Northwest is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Maryville.

Northwest undergraduate students pay an average of $14,020 in tuition and fees each year.

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$7,324 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #18, American Public University System did quite well on this year’s best value schools for instructional media design students. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at American Military University are $7,324 a year.

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The College of Saint Scholastica did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for instructional media design students. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the small city of Duluth, St. Scholastica is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at St. Scholastica are $38,282 per year.

St. Scholastica excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Instructional Media Design Schools list.

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#20

MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, TX
$11,329 Average Tuition & Fees

MSU Texas came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Instructional Media Design Schools ranking. MSU Texas is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Wichita Falls.

MSU Texas undergraduate students pay an average of $11,329 in tuition and fees each year.

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#21

Dakota State University

Madison, SD
$12,606 Average Tuition & Fees

Dakota State University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Instructional Media Design Schools ranking. Located in the town of Madison, Dakota State is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Dakota State are $12,606 per year.

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$18,065 Average Tuition & Fees

Salem State University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value instructional media design programs. Located in the large suburb of Salem, Salem State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Salem State are $18,065 a year.

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$14,610 Average Tuition & Fees

Northern Illinois University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Instructional Media Design Schools ranking. Located in the small suburb of Dekalb, NIU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at NIU are $14,610 a year. On average, instructional media graduates from NIU take out $26,434 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $308, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

Piedmont College

Demorest, GA
$26,692 Average Tuition & Fees

Piedmont College ranked #24 on this year’s Best Value Instructional Media Design Schools list. Piedmont College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Demorest.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Piedmont College are $26,692 a year.

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$24,830 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #25, William Woods University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for instructional media design students. Located in the town of Fulton, William Woods is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

William Woods undergraduate students pay an average of $24,830 in tuition and fees each year. While working on their degree, instructional media majors at William Woods accumulate an average of around $18,566 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $216.

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Rest of the Top Best Value Instructional Media Design Schools

#28

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL
#29

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
#31

Freed-Hardeman University

Henderson, TN
#33

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great value schools for Instructional Media Design students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Instructional Media Design Schools award.

Rank College Location
36 Gardner - Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
37 Touro College New York, NY
38 Delaware Technical Community College - Terry Dover, DE
39 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
39 University of Saint Joseph West Hartford, CT
41 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
42 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
43 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
44 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, AR
45 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
46 Aurora University Aurora, IL
46 St. Thomas University Miami Gardens, FL

Instructional Media Design by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 14 majors within the teaching area of study, instructional media design has other similar majors worth exploring.

Instructional Media Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Educational/Instructional Technology 7,063

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Antanana.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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