Online Accelerated M.S.Ed. in Instructional Technology


K-12 Technology Specialist

Think you're too busy to become a trailblazer in instructional technology? Think again. Four semesters is all you'll need to complete our online accelerated M.S.Ed. in Instructional Technology degree with a K-12 Technology Specialist Entitlement*. And we're ready when you are: New cohorts begin each year! 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 also enjoy the professional collaboration and continuity of a cohort through shared experiences and networking. Our program meets Illinois State Board of Education standards.

Admission Requirements 

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

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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 5. Our faculty-designed online graduate courses received the Blackboard Exemplary Course Award for the last three years.

Course Sequence

Term 1

  • ETT 510: Instructional Media and Technology
  • ETT 570: IT Administration
  • ETT 592: Learn-IT Orientation to Online Learning

Term 2

  • ETT 535: Distance Ed. Design and Delivery
  • ETT 536: Web Based Learning
  • ETT 553: Professional Standards in IT

Term 3

  • ETT 573: Instructional Technology Facilities
  • ETR531/ETR537 Program Evaluation/Learning Analytics
  • ETT511/ETT556 Visual literacy/User Experience Design

Term 4

  • ETT 560: Instructional Design
  • ETT 569: Practicum
  • ETT 587: Comprehensive Exam, ePortfolio
  • ETT 592: Learn-IT
*Candidates must already hold an Illinois Professional Educator License to earn the entitlement.