Learn at your own pace with online lessons, video instruction, written instruction, guest speakers, and more!
Personal Packet Workbook
This is where you will take notes and identify the specific type of Instructional Design work you want to do.
Personal Portfolio Package
I'll provide you with a portfolio template to compile what you create in the course and show companies the skills and qualifications you have!
"From Teacher to Instructional Designer" is an online course that opens a world of work opportunities for teachers. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge, skills, resources, and connections to become an instructional designer with the educator skills you already have!
- Wanting to work beyond the walls of your classroom?
- Feeling like your opportunities are limited to teaching?
- Vaguely familiar with instructional design but not sure what the job would actually be like?
- Wanting to become an instructional designer but knowing a good program + life expenses = over $100,000?
- Not wanting to take years to apply, complete course work, and then look for a job?
As a teacher, I had ALL of these thoughts and feelings. Now that I have been an instructional designer for years and now that I hire instructional designers, I know the truth.
As a teacher, you're a pro at creating amazing learning experiences and resources! You can do even more of that as an instructional designer and say goodbye to behavior management issues, grading and score entry, recess duty in the snow (I hated being cold out there!), and so much more.
The problem? It seems like the only way to become an instructional designer is to go to grad school and take years to get another degree (and a LOT of debt.)
The reality is that companies who hire instructional designers care more about your skills, ability, and experience than they do about whether you have a piece of paper (degree) that says you sat through classes (or clicked through them) to learn about instructional design "theory".
They want to *see* what you can do.
The other problem? You've heard of instructional design but you're not even really sure what that actually means.
Well, the truth is grad school doesn't teach you that; exposure and experience do.
My final 2 years of teaching, I was so ready for something more. I CRAVED growth! I then prepared myself in a way that led me to land my first job as an instructional designer, without needing to go back to grad school. Now, a handful of years later, I hire instructional designers!
After so many teachers asked me how they could become an instructional designer, I decided to create this course to guide you step-by-step to become one too!
"From Teacher to Instructional Designer" is for teachers who want exciting new work opportunities using their incredible educator skills and years of work experience beyond the walls of their classroom. It is perfect for current teachers, former teachers, instructional coaches, people who want to work on-site, remote from home, for a company, for themselves, and anyone who loves creating meaningful and enjoyable learning experiences and resources!
Know and EXPERIENCE what instructional designers do - so you don't have to "wonder" any longer what the job is like.
See how to GET HIRED as in Instructional Designer without needing to go back to grad school
GAIN SKILLS you need to land an instructional design job
Find your "favorite fit" among the many types of instructional design jobs out there - so you will LOVE your next job!
Create your personal PORTFOLIO - so you can land the job you want!
Find JOB OPENINGS with the best tools and resources out there - so you can apply to those you want!
Customize your RESUME and COVER LETTER with provided templates - so you'll be ready to apply!
ID's Template Toolkit
The Template Toolkit has multiple templates to help you learn and do instructional design work. You will use these to develop your portfolio and while working in the field after completing the course!
Find Your Fit within the Field
With SO many different work opportunities in this field, you'll get a feel for which one is your best fit by hearing from instructional designs who work in a variety of settings and roles.
Potential Hands-on Internships
The best way to learn how to do instructional design work is to do it. When opportunities become available to participate on current ID projects, those in the course can opt-in as desired.
Ready with a Resume Template
I've created your resume for you! It translates your teacher experience into instructional design lingo and can be downloaded and customized!
Convert Your Cover Letter Template
I've created your cover letter for you too! It catches the hiring manager's attention and sets you up for success! Simply download and customize!
Community and Connection
One of the hardest parts of transitioning is feeling like you're doing it alone. Get more than a course with access to our private course-member-only community. There you'll get support, connections, feedback and more!
"Inspired. By far, one of the best courses I have taken."
"I am SO enjoying it!"
Feeding my soul & passion!
Can I be an instructional designer and project manager? YES!
"Transitioning out of teaching is so attainable."
CONNECTION with others teachers who have gone/are going from the classroom into instructional design
EXPERIENCE actually going through the Instructional Design process and CREATING learning resources
RESOURCES like customizable templates and tutorials to help you become a great instructional designer
EXPOSURE to the different types of job opportunities available to you in Instructional Design
CONNECTION AND COMMUNITY with our private course-member-only group! Ask your questions, share your work, give and receive feedback, hear about job openings where they want former teachers, and so much more!
Guest Speaker Gallery
Hear from former teachers who are now instructional designers working in very different settings and roles. Find out which job type you like the most and learn from them the tips, tricks, and skills they'll share to land and excel in your next ID job!
Don't I need a degree in Instructional Design to get a job in it?
Nope. I didn't have a degree in instructional design and you don't need one either. BUT there are things you DO need to land a job as an ID and we'll go over those things in this course and provide you with the tools and resources for those things.
Do I need to complete the course by a certain time and how long do I have access to it?
Complete the course as fast or slow as you'd like. Go at the pace that works best for you.
How can I know you're qualified to teach this course?
I'm glad you'd ask!! I learned instructional design in one of the best settings out there that you can learn it in: an instructional design agency! My teacher skills mixed with the real-world experience was a dynamite combo! I guest lecture at the university level teaching their Instructional Design students and help them create course content for their program. :) I also direct a learning production agency where I work with and lead incredible instructional designers and, yes, where I hire instructional designers as well. :)
What specific tools and resources will I learn to use?
This course is about more than learning an ID tool or specific software. You will go through the process of ID that is used at companies. You will learn about the most relevant and in-demand skills and tools that companies look for when hiring. The course is not as focused on a specific software as much as it is focused on exposing you to the most important software to know, having you experience/go through the ID process that is used at companies to actually create learning resources with the software you select, and getting you prepared to confidently apply and land a job in the type of ID role you'd like at the type of company you'd like.
What if I'm not ready to get a different job?
No problem at all! This course will let you know what the field is like and everything you need to get an ID job. You can apply whenever you'd like! It will simply help you be confident and fully prepared to take that next step whenever you would like to! And PS what you will learn will help you be a better teacher in the classroom as well.
What if I lack confidence in my ability to do this?
This is one of the best reasons to sign up! We'll be connected personally, you won't have to "wonder" about what instructional design really is anymore, and you'll see which job opportunities and work settings are opportunities where your personal strengths and skills can shine! There is such a variety of opportunities in the field and you'll see the right match for your personal gifts and strengths! And I'll be here to coach, encourage, and advise you all along the way! You're not doing this alone!
How much would a master's degree in Instructional Design actually cost?
If you want to do an online program, one of the least expensive and popular options is WGU's program. Most students graduate within 4 semesters for $13,000. (Note: Some of the people in our course have graduated from WGU with that degree and then signed up for this course because even after graduating with a master's in ID they had no idea what IDs actually do for work. But hey, they learned a lot about theory and assessment.) ;) If you want to go to an on-site program, one that is well respected is Indiana's. If you were to get accepted to theirs or another a really good program and attend on-site, your tuition plus life expenses would likely come to over $100,000. Yep, really. Want to see it for yourself? Here are the details from Indiana's website: https://studentcentral.indiana.edu/pay-for-college/cost-of-iu/estimated-cost.html
Should I "shop around" before joining this course?
I've already done that for you. Here are the details. There are a small handful of courses out there related to this one and here is how they compare. MADE FOR TEACHERS: This is the only one made specifically for teachers with instruction that builds on your teaching experience, and which shares job opportunities where companies specifically WANT former teachers. CERTIFICATION: Only this course and one other offer multiple certification options. COST: The other options range from $1,497 to $4,995. GUEST SPEAKERS: This is the only course that has a variety of former teachers who now work in this field in a variety of roles who will teach you from their personal experience of going beyond the classroom, and yes, you can connect with them personally and network with them as well! They are so helpful!
If I’m not a teacher will I still benefit from this course?
Absolutely! We have course members who have never been teachers and they benefit from the course every bit as much as others. The fields they work in range from Human Resources to Training for large companies. Course enrollees also land jobs with a variety of companies, not solely education companies. The companies course enrollees now work for range from non-profits, to large corporate mechanical companies, to universities, and more. You will learn the spectrum of work opportunities that are out there in the field of Instructional Design so you can identify and hone in on the type of ID job you want. You’ll learn about and *experience* the process that is used in instructional design, along with the most important ID tools and resources you need to know. You’ll also receive the customizable templates for a resume, cover letter, and portfolio to effectively take your next steps into the actual ID workforce. The aspects of the course that relate to the education field and an education background simply give context to examples in the course and are not a limitation of the course to solely educators but rather more of an additional element. We love having course enrollees from different fields as they bring a variety of strengths with them from their different backgrounds and experiences! Trust me, you are welcomed and appreciated for the background and experiences you bring with you to the course!
What is the refund policy?
I am so certain that you will progress through completing this course and the activities in it that it has a 30-day Progress Guarantee. If you learn nothing through the course and gain no new skills or confidence through completing the activities, simply upload your work, let us know where/how you already learned all of this and we’ll process a full refund. I take your investment in this course seriously and am confident it will help you progress so your progress is absolutely guaranteed or your money back. Need more details? See the full refund policy here: https://teachertransition.com/refund-policies/
Where have course members landed jobs?
Better question- Where haven’t they landed jobs? Course members have landed jobs at corporate companies like Spotify, universities like Texas A&M, education companies, ed-tech companies, contacting jobs from home, opportunities with companies in the US and outside of the US as well, and more.
How long does it take to land a job?
This varies depending on many things. Some course members have landed jobs in a month and a half after signing up. Others haven’t started applying until many months later. If you need a job sooner rather than later, I recommend a dual approach of taking the course while applying to jobs and adding the skills you gain through the course to your resume and portfolio as you learn them.
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I have so many good things to say about this course! The best thing about this course is the instructor. Ali is so genuine in her mission to help teachers transition to a new field. As a teacher who has been considering careers outside the classroom for years, I can attest that Ali has been where you are and knows exactly how you feel. She has successfully transitioned beyond the classroom and she knows how to help you do the same. Ali is able to show you how what you're already doing in the classroom will easily translate to becoming an instructional designer. I highly recommend this course for anyone considering this career beyond the classroom. You will learn about the ID process, software they use, and get resume and portfolio templates and tips. All of this is well worth the investment. Even if you decide ID is not for you, the information in this course will help you be a better teacher. It will also open your eyes to other opportunities outside the classroom besides ID and help you start to recognize ways to find them! You'll also have access to questions and answer sessions with Ali and a private FB group to share resources and connect with others in the course. So, what I'm saying is, sign up now. You won't regret it.Read Less
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As a veteran teacher looking to make a transition into a new field, I was extremely lost. I've been searching for advice for a couple of years, but never found any clear cut answers. I really had no idea what I would do once I left education. I wasn't even sure that my experience would translate into the business world. I stumbled across Ali's courses and was very intrigued by what I saw. I took some of her online quizzes and started FINALLY develop some sense of a plan. I listened to her podcast, and decided she was talking directly to me! I signed up for one of her courses, Find Your Next Dream Job, and my excitement started to really build. I knew there was a role for me out there. I was especially intrigued by what Ali had shared about instructional design, and knew it was an avenue I had to explore. A few weeks later, I signed up for the course "From Teacher to Instructional Design." I've begun to build a portfolio and get some real world experience. I'm taking my two real loves, education and technology, and using them to create elearning, blended learning, and training assets. I can see my skills growing and I know that with each part of the course I complete, I am redesigning my future. The courses I've taken through Teacher Transition is a real investment into my future, and I know it is well worth it!Read Less
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- Online course: Value = $1,500
- Template Toolkit for IDs: Value = $300
- Personal Packet Workbook: Value = $100
- Personal Portfolio Package: Value = $100
- Ready to Roll Resume Templates: Value = $200
- Created for you Cover Letter Template: Value = $100
- Professional Development Hours Certificate: Value = $247+
- Private Community Value = $300+
- BONUS: Guest Speaker Gallery - Former Teachers now IDs: Value = $300+
- BONUS: Ability to connect an network with the Guest Speakers: Invaluable!
PROGRESS GUARANTEE: We want you to progress and your progress is guaranteed through this course! If you complete the course and coursework within 30 days and have not learned or gained any new skills, simply submit your completed coursework for a full refund.
TOTAL VALUE = OVER $3,147