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Instructional Technology

Master of Science in Education

The Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Instructional Technology program prepares you to be competent practitioners and creative leaders in all major areas of the field. It provides specialized training if you wish to be employed as school library information specialists, technology specialists, instructional developers in business and industrial training departments or as producers of software in a variety of locations.

Get on the Fast Track

We offer an online accelerated M.S.Ed. in Instructional Technology degree with a K-12 Technology Specialist Entitlement. New cohorts begin each year, and the program can be completed in just four semesters. You'll meet online for coursework grouped to integrate complementary topics and attend occasional pre-scheduled, face-to-face meetings each term at NIU campuses. You'll enjoy professional collaboration and continuity of a cohort through shared experiences and networking.

Certificates of Graduate Study

We also offer certificates of graduate study related to instructional technology. Certificates can be earned on their own, or in combination with another graduate degree.

Doctoral Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Instructional Technology prepares administrators, designers, and instructors in the field of Instructional Technology. The program emphasizes research in and theoretical applications of technology in society and the workplace. You'll explore issues and advances in performance, instruction, and computer-based and distance-learning environments.


We're the state's largest public university producer of Educational Technology graduates. Our online M.S.Ed. in Instructional Technology program ranks No. 5 in the country for 2018, according to U.S. News & World Report. This marks our sixth consecutive spot among the nation's top five. Our faculty-designed online graduate courses received the Blackboard Best Online Course Design Award for the last three years.

Careers in Instructional Technology

  • Course developer or designer
  • Technology coordinator
  • Online learning specialist
  • Web-based learning manager
  • Multimedia designer
  • Technology integration specialist
  • Computer learning lab coordinator
  • Instructional designer
  • Learning applications (apps) designer
  • Virtual reality specialist
  • Flipped classroom developer
  • Web instructor
  • Online teacher, mentor or trainer
  • Computer mediated learning metrics manager
  • Distance learning director
  • Educational software consultant