Just a quick follow-up post to the previous discussion on instructional design degrees. Cammy Bean has posted the results from her survey of instructional design degrees, which I mentioned in a previous post. Very few people who responded actually have advanced degrees in instructional design. Several people had Masters of Education, and a number had degrees in educational or instructional technology. Overall, Cammy found a lot of liberal arts degrees; English was certainly a popular major in the survey.
A big part of what this tells me is that people can find their way into instructional design careers through a number of ways. That’s been my personal experience and what I’ve seen in teams I’ve worked with, but this reinforces that.
Cammy did have a few people (3 of 18) respond that they had been denied work because of the lack of an instructional design degree, so it obviously has affected some people.
Check out Cammy’s results if you want to see more.
Update: Read all my posts about Instructional Design Careers here.