Instructional Technology, M.S.Ed.


Ready to become a trailblazer among school library information specialists and technology specialists? Our 33-hour master’s degree (M.S.Ed.) in Instructional Technology will equip you to fling open those doors. Our competent and creative graduates are also leaders in instructional development in business and industrial training settings, and producers of software in a variety of locations. Classes are delivered in a variety of formats; online, face-to-face and blended. Programs are planned as accelerated (see Fast Track details) and go-at-your-own-pace. You also can complete requirements for State of Illinois K-12 Entitlement as either Library Information Specialists or Technology Specialists. Our program meets Illinois State Board of Education standards.

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.

If you hold a baccalaureate degree (or higher), submit your application and application fee, letters of recommendation, official test scores (GRE or MAT), statement of purpose and official transcripts from all institutions attended. International students must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

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You will harness technology that enriches learning by gaining knowledge and expertise through the ability to:

  • Analyze performance and instructional problems and design solutions.
  • Understand and apply sound design principles.
  • Integrate instructional media and strategies into the development of instructional materials.
  • Develop instructional and performance strategies for school or non-school settings.
  • Manage instructional technology projects and programs.
  • Apply evaluation techniques to measure student learning and the effectiveness of instructional technology-based products and programs.
  • ETT 510 Instructional Media and Technology
  • ETT 511 Advanced Media Design (Message Design) or
    • ETT 531: Visual Literacy)
  • ETT 530 Instructional Technology Tools
    • ETT 555: Multi-Media Design)
  • ETR 520 Introduction to Educational Research or
    • ETR 519: Applied Educational Research or
    • ETR 531: Program Evaluation
  • ETT 535 Distance Education Design and Delivery or
    • ETT 536: Web Based Learning
  • ETT 553 Professional Standards in Instructional Technology
  • ETT 570 Instructional Technology Administration
  • ETT 573 Instructional Technology Facilities or
    • ETT 592 Networking
  • ETT 586 Internship and/or
    • ETT 569 Practicum

Approved Electives (2)
Comprehensive exam in the form of a portfolio.

We're the state's largest public university producer of Educational Technology graduates. Our online M.S.Ed. in Instructional Technology program is among our online graduate programs ranked No. 21 in the country for 2021, according to U.S. News & World Report. This marks our ninth consecutive spot among the nation's top ten percent. Our faculty-designed online graduate courses received the Blackboard Best Online Course Design Award for the last six 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