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2021 Most Popular Instructional Media Design Schools

322 Colleges
$52,602 Avg Salary
$31,700 Avg Student Debt

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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Teaching Degree Search has created the Most Popular Instructional Media Design Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 322 schools in the United States to see which programs were the most popular for teaching students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Instructional Media Design program at each school on the list.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for instructional media majors pursuing a .

#1

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

Our analysis found Western Governors University to be the most popular school for instructional media design students who want to pursue a degree in the United States. Located in the suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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#2

American College of Education

Indianapolis, IN

The excellent programs at American College of Education helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best instructional media design schools in the United States. American College of Education is a medium-sized private for-profit school located in the large city of Indianapolis.

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#3

University of West Georgia

Carrollton, GA

The excellent programs at University of West Georgia 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 town of Carrollton, University of West Georgia is a public college with a large student population.

While working on their degree, instructional media majors at University of West Georgia accumulate an average of around $30,750 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $358, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Boise State University is a great place for instructional media design students. Boise State is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Boise.

The average amount in student loans that instructional media majors at Boise State take out is $20,750. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $242.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Kennesaw State University is a great place for instructional media design students. KSU Georgia is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Kennesaw.

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Concordia University, Irvine did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for instructional media design students. It came in at #6 on the list. Concordia University, Irvine is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Irvine.

After completing their degree, instructional media graduates from Concordia University, Irvine carry an average student debt load of $20,598. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $240, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California State University - Fullerton came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Instructional Media Design Schools ranking. Cal State Fullerton is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Fullerton.

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#8

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Instructional Media Design Schools ranking. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, instructional media graduates from Michigan State carry an average student debt load of $25,876. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $302.

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#9

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Grand Canyon University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for instructional media design students. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit college with a very large student population.

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#10

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

Lamar University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for instructional media design students. It came in at #10 on the list. Lamar University is a fairly large public school located in the city of Beaumont.

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#11

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Lone Star College System came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Instructional Media Design Schools ranking. North Harris Montgomery is a very large public school located in the small city of The Woodlands.

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Fort Hays State University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Instructional Media Design Schools ranking. FHSU is a large public school located in the remote town of Hays.

Instructional Media majors at FHSU take out an average of $19,769 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $230, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

University at Albany

Albany, NY

University at Albany landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular instructional media design programs. UAlbany is a large public school located in the city of Albany.

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#14

Wilkes University

Wilkes-Barre, PA

With a ranking of #14, Wilkes University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for instructional media design students. Wilkes is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Wilkes-Barre.

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Teachers College at Columbia University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for instructional media design students. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the large city of New York, Teachers College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#16

Towson University

Towson, MD

Towson University landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular instructional media design programs. Located in the city of Towson, Towson is a public school with a very large student population.

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With a ranking of #17, University of North Texas did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for instructional media design students. Located in the midsize city of Denton, UNT is a public school with a very large student population.

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#18

University of West Alabama

Livingston, AL

University of West Alabama landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular instructional media design programs. University of West Alabama is a medium-sized public school located in the rural area of Livingston.

While working on their degree, instructional media majors at University of West Alabama accumulate an average of around $27,333 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $318, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #19, Arizona State University - Skysong did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for instructional media design students. ASU - Skysong is a fairly large public school located in the city of Scottsdale.

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Coastal Carolina University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular instructional media design programs. Coastal Carolina University is a large public school located in the city of Conway.

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#21

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular instructional media design programs. Harvard is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

While working on their degree, instructional media majors at Harvard accumulate an average of around $20,500 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $239.

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#22

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University ranked #22 on this year’s Most Popular Instructional Media Design Schools list. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Capella University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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American InterContinental University - Online came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Instructional Media Design Schools ranking. AIU Online is a moderately-sized private for-profit school located in the rural area of Schaumburg.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Instructional Media Design Schools list. SMU MN is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Winona.

On average, instructional media graduates from SMU MN take out $16,040 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $187.

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#25

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE

Wilmington University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular schools for instructional media design students. It came in at #25 on the list. Located in the suburb of New Castle, Wilmington University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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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#26

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, IL
#27

Emporia State University

Emporia, KS
#29

Valdosta State University

Valdosta, GA
#31

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
#32

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
#33

Utah State University

Logan, UT
#35

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA
#35

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, MO
#40

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC
#40

National University

La Jolla, CA
#45

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#46

New Jersey City University

Jersey City, NJ
#47

New York University

New York, NY
#47

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#47

Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional popular schools for Instructional Media Design students that almost earned our Most Popular Instructional Media Design Schools award.

Rank College Location
51 Webster University Saint Louis, MO
52 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, AR
52 Touro University California Vallejo, CA
54 LIU Post Brookville, NY
54 Wayne State University Detroit, MI
56 Aurora University Aurora, IL
57 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
57 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
57 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
60 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus Magnolia, AR
61 Wilson College Chambersburg, PA
61 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
61 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
64 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH

Instructional Media Design by Region

View the Most Popular Instructional Media Design Schools for a specific region near you.

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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