Master of Science in Instructional Technology

Effectively integrate technology into your classroom instruction.

This fully online, one-year master’s degree program provides teachers with the skills needed to successfully and seamlessly integrate technology into virtually any classroom setting and features a multimedia design course with a practicum in instructional technology.

Our 30-credit Instructional Technology M.S. curriculum is designed for educational professionals who are interested in enhancing their teaching through the use of technology. Examine the rapid and evolving developments in learning technologies and their impact on education.

This program is ideal for those candidates who teach both in the classroom and online, educational technology specialists, and others interested in effectively using information and communications technologies to improve instruction. Program graduates will have the skills, knowledge, and experience to design online courses, apply emerging technologies to existing curriculum, or work as specialists integrating technology into academic and corporate learning environments.

Outcomes

Upon completing the online M.S. in Instructional Technology, teachers will understand how to incorporate technology into the classroom and curriculum, including the skills that teachers need to design interactive online courses using communicative skills such as class forums, e-presentations, email, and Web technologies to enhance a curriculum. This degree also provides technological and educational primers to bridge the knowledge gap between technology professionals and educators to more successfully leverage technology in organizations where effective instruction is crucial.

These program learning outcomes incorporate all competencies articulated by the Technology Coach standards for teacher education programs developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Upon completion of the M.S. in Instructional Technology, you will be able to:

  • Design, implement, and manage the latest technology programs for K-12 learners that utilize students’ creativity, competencies, and curiosity
  • Create multimedia and Web-based products that support innovative learning environments and instruction
  • Provide professional development for teachers and other educators, including
  • Develop technology-supported courses that align with the ISTE and NCATE global standards

Courses

St. Thomas University’s M.S. in Instructional Technology is a 30 credit-hour online degree program. Courses are five weeks in length, and the time to degree completion is approximately 12 months.

Instructional Technology (30 Credits)

Psychological Foundations of Education (3)
An intermediate course designed to apply psychological theories and principles of learning and development to teaching and student learning in career areas related to education. Challenges of diversity and teacher effectiveness are emphasized.

Effective Teaching and Classroom Management (3)
Practical teaching methods, activities, and strategies will be emphasized to introduce the research on effective teaching. Psychological factors affecting the behavior of students in regular, special, and inclusive classrooms will be studied along with local codes of conduct. Participants must apply knowledge of classroom management practices, school safety, professional ethics, and educational law to meet the instructional needs of all students.

Curriculum and Instruction for Diverse Student Populations (3)
A study of curriculum development and planning with an emphasis on meeting the needs of special need and limited English students. Educational program at all levels are reviewed in light of new federal and state accountability standards. The development of assessment skills related to curriculum evaluation is emphasized. Strategies for curriculum improvement are explored.

Applied Research Methods (3)
This is an introductory course that surveys the variety of research designs used in educational settings with an application of evaluation research. This course is intended to make the student an informed consumer of research.

Educational Measurement (3)
This course introduces teachers and educational leaders to elements of assessment that are essential to good teaching. It provides students with an understanding of the role of assessment in the instructional process. Students will learn how to construct effective test questions that are aligned with learning objectives and how to evaluate published tests and properly interpret scores of standardized tests as well as how to make appropriate modifications for ESOL students.

Introduction to Instructional Technology (3)
This course focuses on pedagogical theories as they relate to instructional design and on existing and emerging models of instructional design. Topics include major schools of thoughts on how people learn, instructional and learning theories, and instructional design models and principles.

Instructional Design: Theories & Models (3)
This course focuses on pedagogical theories as they relate to instructional design and on existing and emerging models of instructional design. Topics include major schools of thoughts on how people learn, instructional and learning theories, and instructional design models and principles.

Technology Integration (3)
This course focuses on how to integrate technology into the curriculum to effectively support and enhance learning. It provides students with opportunities to apply the principles and methods of technology integration by designing and developing real life technology-based projects. Topics include technology integration frameworks and strategies, and technology integration across the curriculum (language arts, math and science, foreign languages, social studies, music and art, physical and health education, and special education).

Multimedia Design and Development (3)
This course is designed to develop students’ technical skills in multimedia design and development for instructional purposes. Topics include visual design principles, desktop publishing, digital graphics, and digital audio and digital video.

Practicum in Instructional Technology (3)
This course provides supervised practice in applying students’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes of instructional technology through the analysis and evaluation of real world instructional technology issues and practices. It is intended to be a self-initiated and self-directed project which culminates students’ interest and learning in the area of instructional technology and may take the shape of field experience or clinical research.

Careers

The online M.S. in Instructional Technology from St. Thomas University provides teachers with the skills needed to successfully and seamlessly integrate technology into virtually any classroom setting. The following are just a few of the many education career paths available to graduates:

  • Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Director of Training / Director of Professional Development
  • Director of Learning & Development
  • Director of Online Learning
  • Manager Organizational Development
  • Vice President for Professional Development
  • Worldwide Training Director
  • Design & Development Specialist
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Technology Integration Specialist
  • Computer Instructor
  • Media Specialist
  • Course Designer
  • Faculty Support and Development
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Online Instructor
  • Instructional Designer
  • Training & Development Coordinator
  • K-12 Technology Coordinator

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