The Associate of Science in Instructional Design and Technology (ASIDT)  is a pre-baccalaureate program, which aims to equip students with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills necessary for further study and/or immediate employment. The program is intended to enable the students to enter the world of education work in Instructional Design without compromising their opportunity for further higher studies at the baccalaureate level. The program emphasizes instructional design of learning experiences within organizational contexts. This allows the ASIDT graduate to join the workforce as entry-level instructional design assistants, training associates, members of a performance management team, and other similar occupations. The ASIDT Program can be “ladderized” towards baccalaureate programs such as the two existing programs in the UPOU – Bachelor of Education Studies (BES) and Bachelor of Multimedia Studies (BAMS).


The program aims to:

  • Exhibit knowledge and skills that are mainly theoretical and/or abstract with significant depth in some areas together with wide-ranging, specialized technical, creative, and conceptual skills
  • Perform work activities demonstrating breadth, depth, and complexity in the planning and initiation of alternative approaches to skills and knowledge applications across a broad range of technical and/or management requirements, evaluation, and coordination
  • Demonstrate personal and professional ethical responsibility and inclusive citizenship
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Integrate different knowledge domains to form multifaceted interpretations of social and living systems.
  • Evaluate information in the context of digital or networked problem domains
  • Generate creative and appropriate solutions through effective and respectful collaboration with diverse groups

In addition, graduates of the ASIDT  program should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of instructional theories and concepts when providing solutions to authentic and non-authentic instructional design problems
  • Analyze the characteristics and appropriateness of use of the existing and emerging technologies in designing instructional environments and materials
  • Integrate the contexts for learning and users’ needs in designing learning spaces and instructional materials
  • Collaborate with team members and stakeholders
  • Create text and multimedia instructional materials based on learning experience design

Mode of Instruction

All courses are taught online following the principles of guided independent study and collaborative inquiry.

Admission Requirements

The following applicants can apply to the program:

1. High School or Sr. High School graduates who have never enrolled in college
2. Passers of the DepEd’s Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A&E) Test for secondary level;
3. Passers of UPCAT with a minimum score of 2.800;
4. Transferees (with college units); and
5. Graduates of other undergraduate degrees.

Admission is through UgAT but passers of UPCAT, applicants who meet the transfer requirements, and degree holders may no longer be required to take the UgAT. To be admitted to the program, the applicant must:

1. have submitted the complete documentary requirements for admission before the application deadline;
2. have taken and passed the UgAT, if needed. Details about the exam will be emailed by the Admission section of the Office of the University  Registrar;
3. have completed the UPOU Distance Education (DE) Readiness Module. Link to the DERM will be emailed by the Admission; and have submitted an admission essay


The curriculum of ASIDT program consists of 72 units of academic courses, (8) units of PE and (6) units of NSTP:

  • Required GE courses – 21 units
  • Elective GE courses- 9 units
  • Common courses – 12 units
  • Mandated course – 3 units
  • Concentration courses – 27 units
  • PE courses – (8) units
  • NSTP courses – (6) units
Required GE Courses (21 units)
KAS 1 Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas

Ang pampulitika, pang-ekonomya, panlipunan, at pangkalinangang pagsulong ng Pilipinas.

3 units (prescribed)
WIKA 1 Wika, Kultura at Lipunan

Pagsusuri sa ugnayan ng wika, kultura, at lipunan.

3 units
ETHICS 1 Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Everyday Life

The nature and development, sources and frameworks of ethics and moral reasoning and their application to various issues and contexts.

3 units
ARTS 1 Critical Perspectives in the Arts

A critical study of the experience, language, and context of art.

3 units
SCIENCE 11 Living Systems: Concepts and Dynamics

Principles, interactions, and contemporary issues concerning living systems.

3 units
STS 1 Science, Technology and Society

Analyses of the past, present and future of science and technology in society (including their nature, scope, role and function) and the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental factors affecting the development of science and technology, with emphasis on the Philippine setting.

3 units
MATH 10 Mathematics, Culture and Society

Appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics through the examination of its nature, development, utility, and relationship with culture and society.

3 units
Elective GE courses (choose 3 courses only)
SAS 1 Self and Society

Understanding the self by examining the interaction of biological, psychological, and socio-cultural dimensions and appreciating human agency and the emergence of the self in different social contexts.

3 units
COMM 10 Critical Perspectives in Communication

Theories and frameworks of communication in various contexts.

3 units
PHILARTS 1 Philippine Arts and Culture

Approaches to Philippine Arts and Culture

3 units
SOC SCI 2 Social, Political, and Economic Thought

A survey of social, economic, and political thought from classical to contemporary times.

3 units
ENG 11 Literature and Society

The study of various literary genres as a dynamic interaction between the individual and social and cultural forces.

3 units
Common Courses (12 units)
COMM 2 Communication Skills 2

The development of more advanced language skills in critical thinking and effective reading and writing.

3 units
ENG 157 English for the Professions

Theory and practice of writing in the professions.

3 units
COMP ED 10 Critical Digital Literacies

Understanding, using, and producing digital content, products, and services.

3 units
COMP ED 20 Introduction to Analytics

Fundamental concepts and principles in analytics and its techniques and applications.

3 units
Mandated course (3 units)
PI 100 Philippine Institutions 100

The Life and Works of Jose Rizal and other Philippine Institutions

3 units
Concentration Courses (27 units)
IDT 101 Foundations of Instructional Design and Technology

Introduction to Instructional Design concepts, strategies and methodologies, learning space and environment, technologies used for teaching, and effective use and application of technology to support learning.

3 units
IDT 102 Psychology of Instructional Design & Technology

The course delves into the human perspective and the human factors that go with it as applied to the practice of instructional design and technology. It focuses on performance, technology, learning, and change as the psychological foundations of instructional design and technology. It advances the practice of design psychology.

IDT 101

3 units
IDT 111 Instructional Design Models

The course provides a brief overview of the standard instructional design models and learning theories to aid instructional designers in creating a design, project management, and objective determination.

IDT 101 or Consent of Instructor (COI)

3 units
IDT 121 Context Analysis for Instructional Design

The course explores the significance of context in determining how instructional design projects are conceptualized, designed, implemented, and managed. It advances the notion of starting each instructional design project with context analysis of where it is to be applied.

IDT 101

3 units
IDT 122 User Needs Analysis for Instructional Design

User needs analysis theory, tools, and methods for user-centered instructional design

IDT 102
IDT 121

3 units
IDT 131 Introduction to Learning Experience Design

The course is an introduction to the practice of designing learning experiences, solutions, and interventions based on organizational and individual performance, technology, learning, and change needs.

IDT 111
IDT 122

3 units
IDT 141 Digital Learning Space & Online Technologies

Introduction to Digital Learning and Technologies, its history, etymology, significance, and different forms.

IDT 111; COMP ED 10 (preferred but not required)

3 units
IDT 151 Storyboarding & Scripting in Instructional Design

This course aims to introduce the fundamentals of scripting and storyboarding in Instructional Design. The course focuses on using technical writing and basic design principles in creating a storyboard for video and e-learning development and creating learning materials used in the classroom, virtual, and blended learning setup.

IDT 131; COMM 2, COMM 10, and ENG 157 (preferred but not required)

3 units
IDT 152 E-learning and Multimedia Tools

This course aims to produce designers who can use different e-learning and multimedia tools in designing for different learning environments.

IDT 131
IDT 141
IDT 151

3 units
Non-Academic Courses
Physical Education courses (8 units)
PE1 Foundation of Physical Fitness

Components, principles, and methods of physical fitness.

2 units
PE 2 Walking for Fitness

Physiological concepts, proper practice, and techniques of walking for fitness.

2 units
PE 2 Hatha Yoga

The principles and practice of hatha yoga.

2 units
PE 2 Fundamentals of Chess

Basic chess concepts, strategy and tactics.

2 units
National Service Training Program (6 units)
CWTS 1 Civic Welfare Training Service 1

Citizenship and community service course 1

3 units
CWTS 2 Civic Welfare Training Service 2

Citizenship and community service course 2

3 units