Instructional Technology Degree and Certificate Programs

Earning a degree in instructional technology allows you to keep up with the latest technology while teaching it to others. For information on degree and certificate programs, as well as job outlook and salary info, read on. Schools offering Instructional Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Types of Degree and Certificate Programs Are Offered in Instructional Technology?

Several schools offer master's degree and doctoral programs in instructional technology. Master's degree programs may offer different tracks or concentrations, such as organizational learning, distance education, multimedia technologies or school computing. Doctoral programs can prepare you for teaching and leadership positions in the education system. Several schools also offer graduate certificate programs in instructional technology. You must have at least a bachelor's degree in order to participate in these programs.

ProgramsGraduate certificate, master's and doctorate programs
Common CourseworkComputerized multimedia applications, instructional design models, online applications, digital video techniques
Typical PrerequisitesBachelor's degree, teaching license, resume, statement of intent
Program FormatBoth online and on-campus programs exist
CareersInstructional coordinator, managerial/executive positions in business or education settings

What Will My Courses Be Like?

Instructional technology degree programs are both practice and theory-based, combining courses with research projects. In some master's degree programs, you may have to write a thesis, participate in an internship or complete a portfolio.

As a doctoral student, you will complete a dissertation, based on your own independent research, which demonstrates your ability and understanding of a topic of your choosing. Topics you may study include the following:

  • Computers as productivity tools
  • Using technology to enhance teaching
  • Computerized multimedia applications
  • Online and e-learning applications
  • Instructional design models
  • Digital video techniques

In an instructional technology graduate certificate program, you may be required to participate in an internship or complete a capstone project. Sometimes student teaching is also a requirement in graduate certificate programs.

What Are the Requirements?

In order to participate in an instructional technology master's degree program, you need a bachelor's degree. Some programs may require you to submit a copy of your teaching license or proof that you are pursuing one. Other requirements may include a resume, letters of recommendation, a copy of college transcripts, a portfolio or a statement of intent.

Can I Earn My Degree Online?

Some schools offer instructional technology graduate degree programs through distance learning. While campus visits may not be required, some schools allow face-to-face meetings throughout the program. You'll have the same requirements and courses in an online program as you would have on campus.

What Are My Career Options?

With your degree, you can work as an instructional coordinator. You may also be able to advance to managerial or executive positions in schools, colleges and businesses. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) stated that instructional coordinators would see an employment growth of 7% from 2014-2024 (www.bls.gov). In 2014, the annual median wage for instructional coordinators was $61,550.

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