50 Best Online Master’s in Educational Technology Degrees for 2017

Education has undergone an impressive transformation in the last two decades. Where once a chalkboard reigned, now the personal digital device, mobile application, and social media are king.

This presents a crucial question for educators: will you embrace the influx of technology, inviting it into your classroom, or will you stick with tradition and risk a lost generation of students?

We've also ranked the Best Master's in Educational Technology Degrees here.

By integrating the digital experiences students already engage in on a daily (if not constant) basis with thoughtful, critical curriculum, teachers have the opportunity to provide an effective, long-lasting, and impressionable educational experience for their students.

Even though technology is constantly evolving, which can be intimidating (if not frustrating) from the educator’s perspective, the payoffs are huge, for students and teachers alike.

Currently the need for educators with specialization in technology integration is on the rise. And it is projected to follow a 7 percent annual growth rate for the foreseeable future. Not only is the market stable for this position—in fact, it’s blowing up—but educators in technology fields earn upwards of $62k annually.

The financial and stability incentives are obvious. So, why else should you consider a degree in Education Technology? It can take you pretty much anywhere you want to go.

These programs not only ready you for a commanding leadership role in the classroom, but many will fully prepare you for work in the business sector, government office, nonprofit organizations, the military, and more.

Perhaps you’re not even interested in direct work with students? Perhaps you’re more fascinated by software development and digital curriculum construction? These degrees will teach you how to create, develop, and implement effective educational software.

Whatever your long-term goals, a Masters in Educational Technology, such as those programs below, will serve you now and throughout your career. And all of those we’ve described here are some of the best in the country as well as those that allow you to study online and at your own convenience.

Despite preformed attitudes that people once had toward distance education, earning your education online is not only an affordable option, but it provides a flexible, convenient opportunity to enhance your career.

Distance education offers all the rigor and prestige of a “traditional” degree, but generally at half the cost: Most online programs don’t charge out-of-state rates. With online education, you can study when and wherever is most convenient, and earn the degree at your pace.

Distance learning also means you can keep your job while simultaneously advancing your career options! So despite those early stigmas against online degrees, forget it! They are now considered an equal to “traditional” education.

Our list takes into consideration the academic prestige and reputation of each program, the cost of attendance, student satisfaction, and return on investment. After thorough research into education technology graduate programs across the country, we’ve solidified the list below to reflect the very best.

 

1. Teachers College at Columbia University

Overview

Part of elite Columbia University, the Teachers College offers a huge spread of graduate education degrees. It is the oldest as well as the largest education school in the nation, and prepares students who are interested in the intersections of education and psychology, health, technology, or social science.

Program Features

Columbia’s MA in Instructional Technology and Media teaches students to develop pedagogical strategies that inspire success. This 32 credit hour degree covers an array of issues related to education, from social and cultural contexts to cognitive theory and online instruction. This is one of the most renowned programs in the nation. Among the many classes you’ll take include:

  • Cognitive Issues and Technology
  • Social Issues and Technology
  • Equity, Ethics, and Social Issues
  • Culture, Media, and Education

Notables

Columbia’s Teachers College is among the top 10 in the nation. Ranked 7th by U.S. News & World Report this past year, it has been often named first in the nation. Specifically, it is known for its strengths in curriculum instruction, elementary education, and policy.  

 

2. Ohio State University

Overview

First founded as an agricultural school, the Ohio State University (OSU) is now one of the biggest schools in the country with hundreds of academic programs, student organizations, and its renowned athletic program. OSU is a Public Ivy, meaning it’s similar in rigor to a private Ivy, and a member of the Big Ten Conference.

Program Features

Whether you envision yourself in the traditional K-12 setting, higher education, non-profit work, the military, or in a government office, this online Master of Learning Technologies degree will help you get there. This 30 credit hour program provides both theoretical and practical training in the areas of instructional design and technology skill building. Graduates have found work in:

  • Technology Integration
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Media and Online Education
  • Instructional Design

Notables

Ohio State is a flagship university well-ranked by Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly alike. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recognized OSU has an elite site of education-related research. OSU is also one of the best campuses in the country for LGBTQ students.

 

3. Florida State University

Overview

Florida State University (FSU) is part of the State University System of Florida and is based in Tallahassee. It is organized into dozens of colleges and schools and even more research centers, labs, and professional programs. It is a leading STEM university in the state of Florida and is home to over 40k students.

Program Features

This program is perfect for those who want to concentrate in emerging technologies, performance improvement, and instructional design. Students take classes in everything from psychology to communications and management, as FSU emphasizes the importance of leadership formation. This MS degree is comprised of 36 credit hours and includes classes such as:

  • Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
  • Theories of Learning and Cognition
  • Inquiry and Measurement
  • Plus a Field Lab internship

Notables

FSU is ranked well by Forbes and U.S. News & World Report for its academic achievements and by The Princeton Review and USA Today for its affordable price tag. Additionally, dozens of its departments are among the country’s top 100 in their respective fields, from the Education Department (ranked 37th) to the Library and Information Science Department (ranked 17th).

 

4. Michigan State University

Overview

Located in the state’s capital, Lansing, Michigan State University (MSU) was founded as an agricultural school and now offers dozens of academic degree programs. MSU is known for its research efforts, specifically in the areas of energy, astrophysics, and education. MSU is part of the Big Ten Alliance and enrolls approximately 40k students.

Program Features

Michigan State offers a Master’s in Educational Technology degree that can be completed fully online. This is a practitioner-based program, meaning you’ll gain a bunch of hands-on experience. You’ll also become proficient in a range of technologies, as well as how to integrate those technologies to foster successful student experiences. Graduates have gone on to become:

  • Instruction Designers
  • Technology Consultants
  • Technology Integration Specialists
  • And Technology Directors

Notables

MSU is home to a sprawling botanical garden, the Abrams planetarium, countless museums and performing arts centers, and dozens of research centers and facilities. It is ranked among the top 100 best universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly. The graduate Education Department is ranked among the top 20.

 

5. George Washington University

Overview

Located in the nation’s capital, George Washington University (GWU) is a private, research institution organized into over a dozen colleges and schools. It is a mid-sized school with around 27k students. Of the many research centers on GWU’s campus is the Center for Equity and Excellence in Education. GWU is one of the most active research schools in the country.

Program Features

For those who want a leadership-based education, this online Master’s in Educational Technology Leadership degree from GWU emphasizes professional formation. You’ll learn how to advance human performance while also gaining management skills. You have the option of just completing the graduate certificate (which requires 18 credits) or the whole degree (36 credits). Classes include:

  • Leadership and Education
  • Education Policy
  • Managing Computer Applications
  • Developing Multimedia Materials
  • And more

Notables

In addition to its academic rankings from Forbes and U.S. News & World Report, GWU is recognized in an array of areas by The Princeton Review: for its political activity, for having the best college newspaper, for offering one of the most popular study abroad programs, and more.

 

6. Auburn University

Overview

Auburn University, based in the Alabama city of the same name, is one of the state’s flagship schools. It was founded as a liberal arts school and maintains that foundation today. Nearly 30k combined undergraduate and grad students attend Auburn. It is a renowned member of the Southeastern Conference.

Program Features

Auburn’s online technology education program is perfect for those who want to work in library systems. This Master’s in Library Media and Technology degree prepares students to navigate the many technologies libraries rely on. You’ll study information science, learning theory, instructional design, and educational leadership. And you’ll graduate with a degree and certification in library media. Auburn online classes include:

  • Selection and Use of Media for Youth
  • Integration of Media and Technology Services
  • Instructional Design and Development
  • Social and Cultural Diversity in American Education
  • Among others  

Notables

U.S. News & World Report heaps a ton of praise on Auburn, for its education program (ranked 71st in the nation) and for being among the top public universities (ranked 43rd in the nation), among other accolades. Known for its breadth of research activities, Auburn is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution.

 

7. Arizona State University

Overview

Easily one of the largest schools on our list with nearly 75k enrolled students, Arizona State University (ASU) is a massive institution with multiple campuses, including its Global Campus. ASU is an active research university and is comprised of many schools and colleges. Its Teachers College is nearly 100 years old.

Program Features

You can earn a MEd in Educational Technology from prestigious Arizona State University without ever stepping foot on campus. This online program will introduce you to a variety of learning technology environments, systems, and applications. You will graduate ready for a career in the traditional K-12 setting. But you will also have the opportunity to work in non-profit, museums, government, and more. Classes include:

  • Modalities of Learning
  • Issues in Online and Distance Education
  • Learning Design and Technologies
  • Design of Effective Communications
  • Learning Theories and Instructional Strategies

Notables

U.S. News & World Report ranks ASU as first among the “Most Innovative Schools in America.” Similar, The Princeton Review praises its sustainability efforts and programs and Forbes includes it among the most affordable universities in the U.S.

 

8. Ball State University

Overview

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana with additional campuses around the state. Over 20k students attend Ball State and are enrolled in one of the 200 academic programs offered. Though it was founded as a private university, Ball State is now a public research facility with students coming from all around Indiana and even the country.

Program Features

Ball State’s online program is an ideal fit for those who hope to specialize in curriculum design. This online MA in Curriculum and Educational Technology degree offers students the opportunity to concentrate in either educational technology or curriculum. However you specialize, you will learn how to integrate technologies to promote student performance and experience. Online Ball State classes in curriculum include:

  • Elementary School Curriculum
  • Secondary School Curriculum
  • Evaluating Educational Materials
  • Staff Development Curriculum
  • And more

Notables

Considered an up-and-coming university, Ball State is well-ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly. The Teachers College is also a site of notable distinction, ranked 81st in the nation (also by U.S. News).

 

9. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Overview

Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) is known primarily for providing technological leadership and education opportunities for its students. However, it offers nearly 200 areas of study to its 30k undergraduate and graduate students. Virginia Tech is comprised of ten colleges and schools, in business, education, engineering, and much more.

Program Features

Through the School of Education Virginia Tech offers a graduate degree in Instructional Design and Technology. Through this program you’ll learn how to leverage technology (both in the classroom and online) to create healthy curriculums. Unique to Virginia Tech is the emphasis on technology as both product and process. Classes include:

  • Principles of Learning Message Design
  • Program and Product Evaluation
  • Distance Education
  • Trends and Theories in Professional Development
  • Plus an Internship in Education

Notables

Washington Monthly ranks Virginia Tech 30th among all national universities. Likewise, U.S. News & World Report places it at 70th. Many of its individual colleges, schools, and departments are also well ranked. For example, the Technical Vocational Education program is 5th nationally.

 

10. Iowa State University

Overview

Located in Ames, Iowa State University is a flagship university. It is the largest school in the state and serves around 35k undergraduate and grad students. Because it was founded on the belief that education should be accessible to all and because it provides a liberal arts foundation, Iowa State is also known for its innovative approach to higher education.

Program Features

Iowa State offers a MEd in Instructional Technology degree that can be completed online. This 32 credit hour degree brings together research methodologies, foundations in instructional technology, and leadership formation. You’ll gain a hands-on experience at Iowa State, because even though online, this program emphasizes cohort collaboration. Some of the classes you’ll take include:

  • Foundations of Digital Learning
  • Designing Effective Learning Environments
  • Multicultural Foundations of School and Society
  • Principles of Flexible and Distance Learning
  • Plus much more

Notables

The National Science Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation alike each recognize Iowa State as a prolific research institute. As such, because of these numerous research initiatives, Iowa State is ranked well by ARWU, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly.

 

11. Minnesota State University–Mankato

Overview

The Mankato branch of the Minnesota State University (MSU) system provides nearly 100 areas of graduate study, plus even more undergraduate degrees. Around 15k students attend MSU, but class sizes remain small with a student-to-faculty ratio of 21:1. This is a unique feature to a sizeable state school. MSU was originally founded as a Teachers College.

Program Features

This fully online MS in Educational Technology program from MSU Mankato is both comprehensive and flexible. In addition to classes on design, integration, and teaching, you can become licensed in computer, keyboarding, and related technology. Furthermore, you’ll have the opportunity to specialize by supplementing your degree with certification in:

  • Educational Technology in the Classroom
  • Instructional Design and Technology
  • Digital Education
  • Technologist Specialization

Notables

The online and distance education program at MSU is unparalleled and consistently well ranked. Likewise, the university as a whole is ranked by Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly. And MSU is a top producer for Fulbright Scholars.

 

12. Drexel University

Overview

Drexel University is based in Philadelphia and was originally founded as an art, industry, and technology school. Now it offers nearly 200 undergraduate and graduate degrees to its 25k students. Drexel is known for its co-op program. Students vacillate between classes and paid, full-time work, and then graduate with real-world experience.

Program Features

Through Drexel’s School of Education you can learn, online, a MS in Learning Technologies. This is a 45 credit hour program organized into 15 ten-week courses. You’ll take classes on new media literacies, instructional design, and technologies. And you’ll participate in a capstone research project that will give you hands-on experience. Concentrations include:

  • E-Learning Leadership
  • Instructional Design
  • Instructional Tech Specialist
  • Learning in Game-Based Environments

Notables

The research activity at Drexel is pronounced and sprawling. Campus is home to dozens of research facilities and labs, such as the well-known Sovereign Institute for Strategic Leadership, the Center for Prevention of School-Aged Violence, and more. Drexel is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report (96th).

 

13. North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Overview

Known for its membership in the elite Research Triangle (composed of Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), North Carolina State University (NC State) in Raleigh is a renowned public research university. Over 34k students attend, enrolled in one of the 160 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. NC State is most known for its education, engineering, agriculture, and statistics programs.

Program Features

This online MEd in Technology Education from NC State is for those who want to develop instructional proficiencies while gaining competence and confidence in technology integration. This is a 30 credit hour program in which you’ll develop your own instructional programs and research methods. You can even pair your degree with a minor for further specialization. Graduates have gone on to become:

  • Master Teachers
  • Local Vocational Education Administrators
  • State Consultants
  • Business and Industry Trainers

Notables

NC State is a nationally ranked university, including on the reports put forth by ARWU (72nd), U.S. News & World Report (92nd), and Washington Monthly (89). It is also known for its commitment to sustainability and its green campus initiatives.

 

14. Purdue University

Overview

Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana and is a member of the Big Ten Conference. It has one of the largest international student populations in the country, and it offers nearly 300 academic programs. Purdue is known for its research achievements in the areas of education, energy, agriculture, and defense.

Program Features

Through Purdue’s online MSEd in Learning Design and Technology degree you will learn how to effectively blend pedagogy and technology. This program is offered through the renowned College of Education, but you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with other departments. You will even be able to connect with local and international business, non-profits, and schools. Classes include:

  • Learning Design and Technology
  • Strategic Assessment and Evaluation
  • Foundations of Educational Technology
  • Introduction to E-Learning
  • And more

Notables

Purdue is ranked 60th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Washington Monthly and ARWU also consistently recognized Purdue for its academic standings. Likewise, it is globally ranked by an array of sources.

 

15. Concordia University–St. Paul

Overview

A small, liberal arts school with under 5k students, Concordia University is a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Concordia offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs and is one of ten members of the Concordia University System.

Program Features

You can earn a MA in Educational Technology degree from Concordia University that is fully online and was specifically designed for working teachers. Ideal for those seeking to bring innovative technology successfully into the classroom, the Concordia curriculum emphasizes practical application of technology theory. Meaning, you’ll take a range of classes while earning your degree, including those on:

  • Technology Trends and Social Media
  • The Virtual Classroom
  • Diversity in Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction Design
  • And more

Notables

Concordia University, in addition to its traditional degrees, offers a huge variety of professional programs, continuing education and online education classes, certificates, and colloquy programs. The university is also known for its affordable tuition and commitment to accessible education.

 

16. Robert Morris University

Overview

Robert Morris University (RMU) has several campuses located throughout Illinois, primarily in Chicago. It is a private school with a small student enrollment of approximately 4k combined undergraduate and graduate students. RMU offers a variety of graduate degrees through its education, business, and technology schools.

Program Features

Unique among the programs on our list, Robert Morris’ Master of Management degree emphasizes leadership formation while providing the option to specialize in education, specifically higher education. Though this seems niche, Robert Morris’ program is actually pretty broad and introduces you to current theory and strategies in integrating management, education, and technology. Graduates have found work in:

  • Higher Education Administration
  • Accrediting Agencies
  • Classroom Technology Consulting
  • And more

Notables

Robert Morris University takes it name from the famous funder of the American Revolution and the signer of the Declaration of Independence.

 

17. Emporia State University

Overview

Located in the Kansas town of the same name, Emporia State University (ESU) is a small, public school. Around 6k students attend and are enrolled in one of the 80 areas of study. Emporia State was originally founded as Kansas State Normal School, a teachers college.

Program Features

Housed in the renowned Teachers College, Emporia’s MS in Instructional Design and Technology is fully online. It offers students an opportunity to gain leadership skills and experience while learning the ins and outs of technology integration. This program prepares students for work in the classroom as well as in business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Classes include:

  • Web Design
  • Multimedia Design
  • Contemporary Issues in Distance Education
  • Theories of Learning
  • And much more

Notables

Because of its roots as a teachers school, Emporia State’s current Teachers College has been recognized as an “Exemplary Model Teacher Education” program. It’s also been lauded by the U.S. Department of Education for its professional development initiatives.

 

18. Kansas State University

Overview

Located in Manhattan, Kansas, Kansas State University (KSU) is a public research university. It enrolls nearly 25k students and offers dozens of graduate degrees. KSU is organized into nine discrete colleges across academic disciplines, from technology and aviation to education and business.

Program Features

Through the College of Education, KSU offers a MS in Curriculum and Instruction degree that is fully online. This is a 31 credit hour program organized into five required areas of study: curriculum, teaching and learning, diversity, educational technology, and research and scholarship. On top of this you’ll have the opportunity to take another 15 credits in an area of specialization. The options here are manifold:

  • Reading/Language Arts
  • Civic Education
  • Reading Specialist Endorsement
  • English as a Second Language
  • Mathematics Education
  • And much more

Notables

Kansas State is first in the nation among public universities when it comes to the amount of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall Scholars it has produced. Thus, it is well ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and Washington Monthly.

 

19. Central Michigan University

Overview

Central Michigan University (CMU) is located in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. It is a large, public university with more than 20k students and 200 academic programs. CMU, well ranked by many sources, is comprised of eight schools and colleges, including its well-regarded College of Education and Human Services.

Program Features

Central Michigan University offers a handful of technology and education degrees that can be completed online. Among them is the MA in Educational Technology program. Here you will learn the theoretical foundations of technology learning while developing your skills in multimedia education, telecommunications, and research and evaluation. Some of the unique electives at CMU include:

  • Grants and Fund Procurement
  • Managing Classrooms and Learning Environments
  • Principles and Techniques for Individualizing Instruction
  • Independent Study in Elementary Education
  • And more

Notables

Distinctive to Central Michigan are the Endowed Lecture series. These lecture series explore everything from democracy to mathematics, politics, and war. They are a high-regarded series that bring together experts in the respective fields.

 

20. Indiana University–Bloomington

Overview

Indiana University in Bloomington is a Public Ivy with nearly 50k combined undergraduate and graduate students. IU Bloomington is a member of the Big Ten Conference and the Association of American Universities. Students come from all around the country and globe (over 160 countries represented) to attend IU.

Program Features

Core courses include:

  • Instructional and Performance Technology
  • Analysis for Instructional and Performance Improvement
  • Evaluation and Change in the ID Process
  • Design and Development
  • And more

Notables

U.S. News & World Report ranks IU Bloomington 75th in the nation. Washington Monthly, Forbes, and ARWU put it in similar positions with their respective rankings. The School of Education is one of the largest and best in the nation, ranked 25th.

 

21. East Carolina University

Overview

A public research university based in Greenville, North Carolina, East Carolina University (ECU) was founded as a teacher training school. The university is now comprised of a main campus, a medical college, a field research institute, and a research campus. Approximately 30k students attend ECU.

Program Features

The options at East Carolina are many when it comes to graduate study in education and technology. They offer a MA in Education in Instructional Technology (with recommendation for licensure), a MS in Instructional Technology, and certifications in computer-based instruction or in distance learning and administration. All can be completed online and all require a similar core, with classes on:

  • Principles of Instructional Design
  • Authoring Systems for Instructional Product Development
  • Multimedia Instructional Product Development
  • Instructional Graphics for Educational Media
  • And more

Notables

Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and Washington Monthly alike rank East Carolina University among the top universities nationwide. ECU also known for having an active and engaged student body, with hundreds of organizations, clubs, and programs in place.

 

22. Boise State University

Overview

Boise State University (BSU) offers nearly 200 areas of academic study to its 23k students. Located in the hub of downtown Boise, BSU is organized into eight colleges that proffer degrees in everything from business and education to engineering, public service, and innovation and design.

Program Features

The Master of Educational Technology degree at Boise State emphasizes improved student performance at all levels of education. Boise State offers four areas of specialization too, in: online teaching, school technology coordination, technology integration, or in games and simulations. However you choose to specialize, this program will provide the theoretical foundations as well as hands-on experience to make you an expert in technology integration. Coursework includes:

  • The Internet for Educators
  • Theoretical Foundations of Educational Technology
  • Introduction to Educational Technology
  • Evaluation for Educational Technologists

Notables

Boise State University has earned a reputation for its College of Graduate Studies, which offers over 100 graduate degrees (more than most other colleges and universities in Idaho). It is also well ranked by Washington Monthly.

 

23. University of Georgia

Overview

The University of Georgia (UGA) is a large, public research university located in Athens. It is the flagship university in the state and is deemed a top-tier research institution. Nearly 40k students attend UGA, enjoying this historic district of North Campus and the larger Athens community, which is considered one of America’s best college towns.

Program Features

The University of Georgia program is ideal for those who want a research-based approach to technology and pedagogy. There are also two emphasis areas to choose from: Instructional Design and Development or Learning, Design, and Technology. UGA graduates are trained for a variety of settings, from K-12 education to business and industry, as coursework covers:

  • History, trends, and issues in the field
  • Learning theories and instructional models
  • Classroom technology integration
  • eLearning Development
  • and much more

Notables

Regarded as the birthplace of the American system of public higher education, UGA is a Public Ivy. It is ranked among the top 100 best universities in the country by Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, ARWU, and Washington Monthly. UGA is also considered among the most affordable universities in the country too, by Kiplinger, The Wall Street Journal, and SmartMoney.

 

24. SUNY at Albany

 

Overview

Part of the renowned State University of New York system, SUNY at Albany is home to around 20k students. The university offers 125 graduate degree programs, on top of the 50 undergraduate degrees, in an array of subjects, from public policy to biotechnology. SUNY Albany’s School of Education is over 150 years old and is distinctively multi-disciplinary.

Program Features

SUNY Albany offers a fully online MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Design degree. Through this program you will explore the many intersections of technology and instruction. You will also be introduced to the most cutting edge technology and newest trends in the areas of pedagogy and digital learning environments. Courses include:

  • Social Concerns in School
  • Child Abuse ID and Reporting
  • Issues in Urban Education
  • Communication, Technology, and the Knowledge-Building Enterprise
  • Media in Teaching and Learning
  • And more

Notables

U.S. News & World Report has praised SUNY Albany for the rigor and standard of many of its programs. The School of Education has received many of these accolades. As a whole, the university is well ranked by Forbes, ARWU, and Washington Monthly.

 

25. Northern Illinois University

Overview

Located in the Illinois town of DeKalb, Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a public, research university. It is known for its many research endeavors, facilities, and affiliations. In fact, it is a member of the highly regarded Universities Research Association. Over 20k students attend Northern Illinois.

Program Features

Northern Illinois’ MSEd in Instructional Technology degree is comprised of 33 credit hours and is a balanced blend of creative and practical approaches to technology in the classrooms. This is an ideal program for those who want to become technology specialists, library information specialists, instructional developers in business, or education software producers. Classes include:

  • Instructional Media and Technology
  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Distance Education Design and Delivery
  • Instructional Technology Administration
  • And more

Notables

Designated as a “National University,” NIU is consistently well ranked by Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly. Campus is the site of prominent research activity, especially in the areas of chemistry, engineering, geology, and education.

 

26. San Diego State University

Overview

San Diego State University (SDSU) is a public research university and part of the enormous California State University system. It was founded as a teacher training school in the late nineteenth century and continues its tradition of providing a strong education in pedagogy, curriculum, and youth development. Around 35k students attend SDSU.

Program Features

With core courses covering educational technology, instructional design, and methods of inquiry, through SDSU’s graduate program in Learning Design and Technology you will build a strong foundation in educational technology. On top of the core, you will also have the opportunity to take a range of electives covering everything from consciousness hacking to mobile application development. Through this program you’ll learn how to:

  • Design training and performance support programs, courses, and resources
  • Build complex websites
  • Advance human-computer interaction design
  • Build coaching and mentoring systems
  • And much more

Notables

SDSU receives consistent praise for its service in a range of areas, from its academic standing to its affordability. U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Washington Monthly, Money Magazine, and The Daily Beast, among others, consider SDSU a great school as well as a flexible, accessible choice for higher education.

 

27. Concordia University–Chicago

Overview

This Chicago-based member of the Concordia University System is a private, Lutheran liberal arts school. Technically not in Chicago, it is located in River Forest, about 10 miles outside the city. Around 6k students, most of whom are in the graduate school, attend Concordia. They are enrolled in one of the dozens of academic departments, the most popular being the School of Education.

Program Features

This two-year, online MA in Education Technology from Concordia University was specifically designed to train students for leadership roles after graduation. You’ll equally take classes on theory and the foundations of educational technology as you will on ethics, management, and community-based outreach. Some of these classes are:

  • Integrating Technology Across the Curriculum
  • Using Technology to Build Learning Communities
  • Visual Literacy in the Classroom
  • Research in Education
  • Emerging Technology Trends, Professional Learning, and Evaluation

Notables

Concordia University, like the other members in the CU System, is affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. It was thus founded, in 1855, as a teachers’ seminary. Originally, Concordia sought to train teachers for Lutheran schools, though today they train all kinds of educators.

 

28. University of Virginia

Overview

The University of Virginia, or UVA, is a public research university located in Charlottesville. With only around 20k students, UVA isn’t a huge school relatively speaking, but it offers 200 academic degrees at all levels. The University of Virginia is also widely known for its many research initiatives, discoveries, and facilities.

Program Features

UVA’s online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree can be completed in as few as 12 months. In this program you will learn how to assess learning needs and articulate desired performance. You will be able to apply a variety of theoretically informed curriculum models. And you will understand the many intersections of diversity in the classroom. UVA’s areas of focus include:

  • Reading Education
  • Gifted Education
  • English Language Learners
  • Instructional Technology

Notables

UVA is the flagship school for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the university is renowned because of its historic significance and its secret societies. UVA is also, of course, a well-ranked school, consistently making the National University rankings of Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and more.

 

29. Saint Cloud State University

Overview

Situated above the bucolic Beaver Islands on the Mississippi River, St. Cloud State University (SCSU) offers over 260 areas of study to its 15k students. It is also one of the largest in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. SCSU is organized into eight colleges and schools, among them the NCATE accredited College of Education.

Program Features

At St. Cloud State University you will have the opportunity to win graduate scholarships and/or assistantships to help fund your education and research while earning a MS in Information Media. Whether part or full-time, as a SCSU student you will learn how to apply technology with efficiency and efficacy in your classroom. Supplementary certificate programs include those in:

  • Instructional Technology
  • Technology Integration
  • Design for E-Learning
  • And Library Media Specialist

Notables

St. Cloud State University is regionally ranked by U.S. News & World Report, nationally ranked by Forbes, and well ranked for its graduate school by Washington Monthly. On top of these academic accolades, SCSU is also known for its wide-reaching study abroad program with affiliates in nearly 30 different sites.

 

30. New York Institute of Technology

Overview

A private, independent research university, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) has three campuses in and around New York City. Comprised of seven schools and colleges, NYIT’s program all emphasize or specialize in technology and applied scientific research. Almost 10k students attend NYIT, making it relatively small, but it is consistently well ranked and highly regarded.

Program Features

NYIT’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education provides degrees in a range of technology and education fields, including an Advanced Diploma in School Leadership that can be earned fully online. These programs help you integrate new technologies and media into traditional K-12 classrooms (and other learning environments). Unique to NYIT is the curriculum’s emphasis on enhanced learning in STEM education. Graduates have become:

  • Master Teachers
  • School and District Instructional Technologists
  • Coaches
  • Professional Developers
  • Instructional Designers

Notables

From being regarded as one of the country’s safest schools (by Campus Safety) to its regional ranking from U.S. News & World Report, NYIT is constantly praised in a breadth of areas. It is often recognized for its affordability just as often as it is for its research contributions and academic standing.

 

31. University of Florida

Overview

A leading member in the State University System of Florida, the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville is a sprawling research institution. It has over 55k combined undergraduate and graduate students, more than 150 affiliated research centers, and over 300 degree options. UF is known for its research efforts in the area of health, biotechnology, and aerospace.

Program Features

With an international faculty and an emphasis on blending virtual and physical learning environments, the graduate program in educational technology at UF is hard to beat. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn about the traditional K-12 setting, but you’ll gain knowledge of post-secondary and corporate environments as well. Online certification in educational technologies include:

  • K-12 Teaching with Technology
  • Instructional Design
  • Managing Distance Education Environments
  • Online Teaching and Learning

Notables

Its membership with the Association of American Universities and the SEC Academic Consortium point to the university’s high status. As do the raw numbers: UF is ranked 50th among all universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Forbes places it at 78th and Washington Monthly at 18th.

 

32. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Overview

The Urbana-Champaign member of the University of Illinois (UIUC) system is a public, research university. It is the flagship institution, a member of the Big Ten Conference, and a member of the Association of American Universities. UIUC has a strong foundation in research and offers more than 150 academic programs.

Program Features

The UIUC Technology Specialist degree helps students understand instructional design, information access, performance technology, and instructional development. This is a notably practical degree, so you will work on communication skills in addition to better integrating computer and digital-based technology in the classroom or workplace. A sampling of courses includes:

  • Technology and Educational Reform
  • Learning and Human Development
  • Learning with Mobile Technologies
  • Foundations of Bilingual Education
  • And more

Notables

UIUC is ranked nationally as 44th among all U.S. universities. Forbes, Washington Monthly, and ARWU also include it among the top 100 best universities in the country. In addition to its stellar rankings, UIUC is also known for having one of the largest university libraries in the country (second only to Harvard).

 

33. University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

Overview

A public research institution, the University of Minnesota (UMN) in Minneapolis and St. Paul is a flagship university. It is organized into approximately 20 colleges and schools plus an array of research centers and labs. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UMN is the site of major research work and home to over 50k undergraduate and graduate students.

Program Features

The University of Minnesota’s MA in Learning Technologies degree readies students for careers in K-12, higher education, and the business sector. The curriculum is a balanced blend of learning analytics, technology integration, online distance learning, and multimedia design and development. Meaning, you’ll graduate ready to apply your academic experience to a diverse range of opportunities. Graduates have gone on to become:

  • Academic Developers in teaching and learning research labs
  • Academic Technologists at universities
  • Professors of Digital Marketing
  • Creative Directors of media agencies
  • Distance education and technology teachers
  • And more

Notables

UMN is a Public Ivy that has graduated dozens of Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners. It is included among the top 100 best national universities by Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, ARWU, and Washington Monthly.

 

34. University of South Carolina–Columbia

Overview

This Columbia branch of the well-regarded University of South Carolina System (USC) is an active research university. It is also a flagship university that offers nearly 400 programs of study to its 50k undergraduate and graduate students. USC is known for its research contributions in the areas of biomedicine, nanotechnology, alternative energy, and environmental science.

Program Features

The USC program is offered through the partnership between the College of Education and USC Aiken. As a student you will develop a better understanding of effective design. You’ll also learn how to evaluate and deliver technology-based instruction and training. Because this degree is a combination of theory and practical application, graduates have established careers in diverse ways, as:

  • Software Trainers
  • Software Designers
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Tech Experts
  • And more

Notables

USC is well ranked in many areas, from its graduate library science program (17th in the nation) to its business degrees (1st in the nation). And as a whole, USC is ranked 52nd among all top public universities, by U.S. News & World Report.

 

35. University of Massachusetts–Amherst

Overview

Located in Amherst, which is considered one of the best college towns in the nation, this branch in the renowned University of Massachusetts System (UMass Amherst) is the largest public university in all of New England. It offers degrees at all levels and in over 200 areas of study. More than 30k students attend UMass Amherst.

Program Features

Through UMass Amherst’s College of Education you can earn a Master’s in Learning, Media, and Technology. This degree prepares you to fully understand, nimbly critique, smartly design, and efficiently improve technology-based learning. This is a distinctively interdisciplinary degree that brings in the fundamentals of business, robotics, social media, and more. Coursework includes:

  • Educational Video Production
  • Computer Mediated Communication
  • Educational Web Design
  • Computational Literacies
  • Among others

Notables

UMass Amherst is a member of many notable organizations, such as the Five College Consortium. The Five College Consortium is comprised of liberal arts schools all within geographic proximity to one another. The schools share resources and collaborate in research together.

 

36. University of Dayton

Overview

A private, Roman Catholic school, the University of Dayton (UD) is located in Dayton, Ohio and is one of only three Marianist universities in the country. With around 10k undergraduate and grad students, UD is a mid-size school that offers approximately 80 degree options. It was originally founded by the Society of Mary in the mid nineteenth century.

Program Features

The Masters of Education degree at the University of Dayton can be paired with a concentration in Technology Enhanced Learning. This specialization provides in-depth analysis of technological learning contexts while providing hands-on, professional experience. At the University of Dayton you will learn how to utilize technology in a way that makes students excited about learning. Courses include:

  • Philosophical Studies in Education
  • Distance Education in a Digital Age
  • Web Design and Development
  • Multimedia Production

Notables

Despite its modest size, the University of Dayton is active in its research and is ranked among the top ten most comprehensive research universities without a med school. UD’s research is primarily in the areas of engineering; however, they’ve done enormous work in the areas of biology, education, and more.

 

37. University of Houston

Overview

The University of Houston is one of the largest schools in the state of Texas with its 43k students. It is also the flagship institution in the larger University of Houston System. Nearly 300 academic degree programs are offered through the 14 colleges and schools on campus. And UH is home to a plethora of research activities and more than 40 research centers.

Program Features

The University of Houston offers a degree in Curriculum and Instruction that can be supplemented with specialization in Learning, Design, and Technology. This is a perfect program for those who want to focus mostly on curriculum development. It is also ideal for those who want to better understand educational, health-related, and cultural components of teaching. Graduates have found work in the following settings:

  • Public and private schools
  • Community colleges and universities
  • The business sector
  • Hospitals and health care facilities
  • Media agencies
  • And more

Notables

Well ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, Forbes, ARWU, and more, the University of Houston as earned a wide-reaching reputation for its academic qualities and standards. Recently The Princeton Review recognized it as one of America’s best colleges.

 

38. University of Tennessee–Knoxville

Overview

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville is the flagship school in the greater UT System. It is organized into twenty colleges in which nearly 30k students are enrolled. Campus is pocked with several notable research laboratories, arboretums, medical centers, and more. It is a public sun and land-grant university.

Program Features

The Instructional Technology concentration at UT Knoxville is part of the 33 credit hour MS in Education degree. At UT Knoxville you will learn how to first design and develop then implement and evaluate online learning environments. So whether you want to work in education, business, government, or nonprofits, this degree will help you get where you want to go. Core classes include:

  • Instructional Technology as Profession
  • Online Learning Environments
  • Understanding Online Interaction
  • Multimedia in Instruction
  • Instructional Systems Design

Notables

UT Knoxville is nationally and globally ranked by a variety of publications, Times Higher Education, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report among them. Likewise, many of its individual departments and schools are nationally ranked, including the UT College of Education, Health, and Human Services (35th in the country).

 

39. University of Northern Iowa

Overview

Located in Cedar Falls, the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is a relatively small school with its 10k combined undergraduates and graduate students. However, this translates to remarkably low student-to-faculty ratio and small classes sizes. UNI offers approximately 100 academic programs through its colleges of humanities, education, business administration, and more.

Program Features

University of Northern Iowa’s MA in Instructional Technology prepares educators for work in an assortment of learning environments, from the classroom to administration. This is a two-year, 33 credit hour program that specializes in providing individual attention to its students. Upon graduation you will have created your own electronic professional portfolio, making you ready to advance your career. Classes include:

  • Exploring Issues and Trends in Instructional Tech
  • Using Digital and Social Media in Education
  • Planning and Producing Instructional Media
  • Developing and Directing Online Learning

Notables

UNI is consistently named one of the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and among the best universities for its region by U.S. News & World Report.

 

40. Webster University

Overview

Webster University is located in Webster Groves, Missouri and is a private university. Founded as a liberal arts school, Webster maintains that emphasis throughout its curriculums and across departments. The university is organized into five main colleges that house the arts and sciences, fine arts, business and technology, communication, and education.

Program Features

Webster University offers a Master of Educational Technology degree that teaches students how to develop learner-centric curriculum. You will learn how to apply, assess, and evaluate technology to better serve your future students. Some of the classes you can expect to take while at Webster include:

  • Graphic Design for Adults
  • Desktop Publishing for Educators
  • Webpage Authoring and Design I and II
  • Curriculum Design Technology
  • Plus electives and a capstone project

Notables

Around 23k students attend Webster University, coming from across the nation and even the globe with 140 countries represented in the student body.

 

41. University of North Carolina Wilmington

Overview

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) is a mid-sized school with around 15k undergraduate and graduate students. It is part of the 17-member University of North Carolina System and is comprised of seven colleges, including the Watson College of Education. UNC Wilmington is also home to the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Program Features

Housed in the Watson College of Education, this MS in Instructional Technology degree from UNCW gives students a broad education. You’ll take classes on educational and applied psychology as well as instructional systems designs. You’ll learn the ins and outs of computer science as well as communication and pedagogy theory. With a 99 percent job placement rate, UNC Wilmington is hard to beat. Graduates have found work in:

  • Business and industry sectors
  • Human services
  • Health institutions
  • Higher education
  • Government and military
  • And, of course, public and private K-12 education

Notables

Within half a year of graduation, 73 percent of UNC Wilmington students found work while another 27 percent went on to get an advanced degree of some kind. Even more pointed, 90 percent of students and alumni report being extremely satisfied with their UNC Wilmington experience.

 

42. Pennsylvania State University–World Campus

Overview

The largest school on our list by far, with over 100k students, Pennsylvania State University is an elite research university. It is also a Public Ivy, a member of the Big Ten Conference, and is consistently recognized for its notable and exhaustive research activities. It launched its World Campus nearly 20 years ago, a distance learning program that is known for being one of the best in the nation.

Program Features

Part of Penn State’s elite World Campus, the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree is comprised of 30 credit hours. Through this program you’ll gain insight into the social, cultural, economic, and physical environments of teaching while also honing your skills in curriculum design and teaching leadership. Unique to Penn’s program is the option of adding a specialization, in:

  • Children’s Literature
  • STEM Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Curriculum and Supervision
  • Theory and Practice in English, Social Studies, and World Languages

Notables

Penn State is ranked 50th among all National Universities by U.S. News & World Report and globally ranked by ARWU, QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education, and more. Penn State is a founding member of the Worldwide Universities Network too, an elite group of universities around the world that share resources and funding.

 

43. University of Arkansas

Overview

The University of Arkansas (UA) is located in Fayetteville and is a public, flagship university. UA offers nearly 200 programs of study to its 26k students. And it is a member of the SEC Academic Consortium, which has served UA in the areas of research, scholarship, and achievement.

Program Features

The Educational Technology graduate degree at UA is top-ranked. This program is a blend of coursework on instructional design, distance education, training and development, teacher education, and technology integration. At UA you’ll encounter cutting-edge technology and evolving theories of pedagogy. And you’ll graduate ready for a career directly in education or in the business, government, or health fields. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Education Media
  • Grant Writing
  • Visual Literacy
  • Web Design
  • ePortfolio
  • and more

Notables

The University of Arkansas is known for many things—its research achievements, academic rigors, and its strong rankings—but it has recently earned a reputation for its commitment to sustainability. UA has adopted a climate action plan with a goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2040. It plans to reduce its greenhouse emissions by 50 percent by 2020.

 

44. Northern Arizona University

Overview

Situated scenically on the foothills of Flagstaff’s San Francisco Peaks, Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public research university. Over 30k undergraduate and graduate students attend NAU. The university is organized into eight schools and colleges, including College of Education, which trains educators, counselors, administrators, and more.

Program Features

Northern Arizona’s educational technology graduate degree can be experienced in two ways, with an emphasis on K-12 education or with specialization in adult learning and training. Both tracks, however, teach you how to manage and integrate technology in instructional settings. And both introduce you to computer-aided learning, telecommunications, and multimedia strategies. Coursework covers:

  • Instructional Theory and Strategies in Technology Integration
  • Distributed Learning Delivery Systems
  • Creating Technology Learning Environments
  • Research in Career and Technical Education
  • And more

Notables

The Times Higher Education publication considers Northern Arizona University to be among the top 500 universities worldwide. Likewise, Washington Monthly includes it among the top 100 best universities in the U.S.

 

45. Lamar University

Overview

Lamar University is located in Beaumont, Texas and is a member of the Texas State University System. Around 15k students attend Lamar and are enrolled in one of the six colleges. Lamar’s College of Education and Human Development is organized into another five departments, covering educational leadership, family science, health and kinesiology, counseling, and professional pedagogy.

Program Features

This 36 credit hour MEd in Educational Technology Leadership degree from Lamar can be earned in as few as 18 months. It is a top-ranked program, one that trains teachers to design impactful, intuitive instructional systems. Unique to the Lamar experience is the emphasis on community building. You will learn how to cultivate communities that support all kinds of learners while also influencing local communities too. Coursework includes:

  • Fundamentals of Leadership and Technology
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Instructional Design in Online Learning
  • School Community Relations
  • Plus an internship

Notables

U.S. News & World Report ranks Lamar’s online education programs as 35th in the nation. The university as a whole is also included among Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” report, and it is considered an up-and-coming university.

 

46. East Tennessee State University

Overview

Located in Johnson City, East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is a public university. It was originally founded as a teachers’ school, training K-12 educators, and it still maintains its academic roots in pedagogy and education. Though today ETSU offers dozens of degree options, including some that can be found only at ETSU (see notables).

Program Features

Offered through ETSU’s Department of Curriculum and Design, this degree in Educational Communications and Technology is broad-based and prepares students to work in a range of settings and roles. In fact, graduates from ETSU’s program have found rewarding careers in a variety of sectors, among them:

  • K-12 public and private school systems
  • Business and industry sector
  • Human services and public health
  • Higher education and community colleges
  • And in government and military offices

Notables

Due to its geographic location and history, East Tennessee State University has nationally acclaimed academic programs in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music as well as a handful of Appalachian Studies programs. It is the only university in the U.S. to offer a master’s in Storytelling.

 

47. University of Cincinnati

Overview

The University of Cincinnati (UC) is part of the University System of Ohio. It is the oldest college in the city as well as one of the largest in the state. Approximately 45k students are enrolled in one of the astounding 600 degree programs at UC.

Program Features

At UC, through the Instructional Design and Technology program, you will learn how to create authentic, integrated learning experiences. Not only will you be able to evaluate current technologies, you will also learn how to develop multimedia products and blended learning environments. UC’s program is a balance between theory and application, with courses such as:

  • Mobile Learning
  • Educational Game Design
  • Applications and Issues of Teaching with Technology
  • Universal Design for Learning in Blended and Online Contexts
  • Tools for Online Learning Creation and Assessment

Notables

The University of Cincinnati is known for its huge research expenditures and initiatives, especially in the areas of engineering, cooperative education, design, pediatrics, and pharmacy (among many others). Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly all rank UC well.

 

48. University of Central Missouri

Overview

Based in Warrensburg, the University of Central Missouri (UCM) is a public state school. It offers around 150 areas of study, including its pre-professional programs, plus another 40 graduate degrees. The College of Education is organized into departments covering career and technology education, leadership and human development, literacy, and early childhood education.

Program Features

UCM’s online MS in Educational Technology degree will not only teach you how to use technology effectively in the classroom, but you will learn how to develop an integrated curriculum that will inspire success in your students. This degree teaches you everything from pedagogical fundamentals to digital citizenship. For example, some of the classes you’ll take while a UCM student include:

  • Foundations of Educational Technology
  • Communication in Online Learning
  • Assess and Evaluation of Online Education
  • Education and Technology Leadership
  • Research Methods

Notables

Students from nearly all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide come to UCM to study and earn their degrees. Perhaps that’s because 92 percent of graduates are employed within six months of earning their degree.

 

49. Western Kentucky University

Overview

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a public university of approximately 21k students. It is organized into a half dozen undergraduate colleges and a well-regarded graduate school. Combined, these colleges and schools offer over 100 degree programs. WKU is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Program Features

Western Kentucky University’s graduate degree in education and technology is ideal for those who hope to work in the library system. This MS in Library Media Education program still provides a foundation in educational technology while also providing specialization in the areas of information dissemination, public and private library contexts, and integrating technology in library systems. Coursework covers:

  • Issues in Library Media Education
  • Survey of Educational Technology Practices
  • Principles of Educational Technology Applications
  • Program Organization and Administration
  • Plus a practicum

Notables

Recognized by Forbes as among one of the country’s top colleges, WKU is also well ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly.

 

50. Georgia Southern University

Overview

A research-centric school based in Statesboro, Georgia Southern University (GSU) is part of the larger University System of Georgia. Nearly 150 academic programs are offered in a range of disciplines and subjects. GSU is recognized for its research contributions by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Program Features

GSU offers a MEd in Instructional Technology degree that can be completed fully online. At GSU you will have the opportunity to study the theories and applications of technology integration while seeking additional certification. GSU offers the option of earning a dual certification in Library Media and Instructional Technology. This requires more classes and an extended practicum. But it will make you competitive in the job market. GSU graduates have found work as:

  • Course developers and designers
  • Technology coordinators
  • Online learning specialists
  • Multimedia designers
  • And more

Notables

Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Princeton Review, Forbes, and The Daily Beast are just some of the publications that heap praise on GSU. It is lauded for its affordability, safety, and academic standards.