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25 Best Bachelor’s in Elementary Education Degrees for 2017

The first and biggest influence on a young child’s life is their parents. Not far behind is their elementary school teachers.

If you want to be one of the individuals addressing the challenges of 21st century education, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education is the perfect place to start.

What are the options for a bachelor’s degree in elementary education?

Teachers who work in elementary schools need to have a strong grasp on a range of content areas,  an excellent understanding of pedagogy and instructional strategies, and a knowledge of child development.

Both online and on-campus degree tracks can help you develop these skills. Choose the one that best fits your learning style, financial situation, and schedule.

How much can you earn with a degree in elementary education?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2016 median pay for a kindergarten or elementary school teacher is $55,490 per year.

In general, pay increases with experience. PayScale data reveals a median salary for entry level teachers of $39,440. Late-career elementary teachers earn a median salary of  $56,405.

What can I do with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education?

Most undergraduate programs in elementary education lead to teacher licensure. The details of teacher licensure are different in each state. In most states, certified elementary educators can teach kindergarten or first grade up through fifth or sixth grade.

Some degree programs will focus on urban public school settings. Others might also prepare teachers for a job in a rural, private, independent, parochial, or international school setting.

What are the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in elementary education?

In almost all cases, a teacher licensure program will require candidates to complete a student teaching placement. This placement might be one or two semesters, depending on the state and the school. Other professional credentials (such as CPR certification) might be required by certain states.

What are the best residential bachelor’s degrees in elementary education?

We’ve examined data from individual college websites, U.S. News & World Report, PayScale, and the IPEDS database to create this ranking. Each school has been assessed for institutional reputation, incoming student test scores, tuition rates, financial aid, and other important factors that affect the value of a college degree.

Using a weighted average of all these factors, we assigned each school a composite score. This methodology allows us to bring you an accurate and comprehensive ranking of the best residential bachelor’s degrees in elementary education.

1. Brigham Young University

Overview

Rooted in a philosophy of faith, intellect, and character, Brigham Young University offers students the chance to grow both academically and personally. The university was established in 1875 through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Today, BYU enrolls nearly 30,000 undergraduate students. Ranked highly for affordability and academic quality, BYU earned the number five slot on Money Magazine’s list of Best Colleges. BYU provides an exemplary Elementary Education program for undergraduate students.

Program Features

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education leads to initial teacher licensure in kindergarten through grade 6. The program is designed to prepare educators to teach in public school settings. Candidates for the B.S. in Elementary Education will complete the following courses:

  • Exceptional Students: Principles of Collaboration
  • Teaching Literacy in the Primary Grades (K-2)
  • Foundations of Classroom Management
  • Instructional Design and Assessment for all Learners

Notables

Several courses are strongly recommended (although not required) for Elementary Education majors, including Art for Elementary Teachers, Principles of Biology, and Expository Writing for Elementary Education Majors. Students will also take two out of three courses among Music, Drama, or Dance for the Elementary Classroom. Applicants to the teacher preparation program must have a GPA of at least 3.0.

 

2. Louisiana Tech University

Overview

Founded in 1894, Louisiana Tech University is located in Ruston, roughly an hour west of Shreveport. The university serves over 12,000 students, hailing from 47 states and 64 countries. The exceptional faculty members of Louisiana Tech have built a technology-rich environment that emphasizes research and interdisciplinary collaboration. This innovative community of faculty and students makes Louisiana Tech an excellent choice for aspiring elementary school teachers.

Program Features

Louisiana Tech offers a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. This is a 126 credit hour program, including 54 credit hours of general education requirements. Other coursework is in teaching areas such as math, language arts, science, and social studies; in psychology and child development; and in teaching methodology. Required coursework includes:

  • Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties
  • Literacy Development through Word Study for All Learners
  • Human Exceptionalities
  • Classroom Management

Notables

The Elementary Education degree leads to licensure in kindergarten through grade 5. Other degree programs are available for Early Childhood Education (PK through grade 3), for Special Education (grades 1 through 5), and for various areas of Secondary Education (grades 6 through 12). The College of Education at Louisiana Tech is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and has held this credential since 1954. Roughly 73 percent of Louisiana Tech students receive some form of financial assistance.


3. Arizona State University

Overview

Arizona State University is ranked in the top 10 nationwide by Times Higher Education for the employability of its graduates. The university has also been recognized as a “Best Buy” school by the Fiske Guide to Colleges, one of just 20 public universities nationwide to earn the top honor. As of fall 2016, ASU has a total enrollment of over 98,000 students across its six campuses. ASU’s nationally recognized Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College offers an outstanding B.A.E. in Elementary Education.

Program Features

The Bachelor of Arts in Education is available through the Tempe, Polytechnic, and West campuses. The program includes a clinical experience known as iTeachAZ, which provides students with the opportunity to work directly with children while receiving coaching from university faculty and highly qualified teacher mentors in partner schools. Candidates for the B.A.E. degree will complete courses such as:

  • Instructional Design for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
  • Language Method Management and Assessment
  • Behavioral Strategies for All Students
  • Quality Practices in the Collaborative Classroom

Notables

Graduates of the B.A.E. program will be eligible for certification in grades 1 through 8. Clinical experiences will begin in students’ junior year, when they will spend one day per week in a 1-8 classroom. During their senior year, students will complete a yearlong, full-time residency in a local school.


4. Purdue University

Overview

The main campus of Purdue University is in West Lafayette, Indiana. Regional campuses are located in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Hammond, and Westville. Through a series of interdisciplinary collaborations, the College of Education at Purdue offers an extensive array of programs for all aspects and levels of teacher preparation. The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education allows students to go above and beyond the typical undergraduate experience.

Program Features

The curriculum of the B.A. in Elementary Education focuses on two key aspects: K-12 STEM education, and social justice and diversity. Innovation, collaboration, advancement, and leadership are the guiding principles for the program. The B.A. is a 128 credit hour track. Required coursework for the Elementary Education degree includes:

  • Learning and Motivation
  • Introduction to Educational Technology and Computing
  • Multiculturalism and Education
  • Educational Policies and Laws

Notables

Successful candidates will graduate with an Indiana license to teach all subjects for grades K through 6 in public, private, or independent schools. Graduates will be able to take advantage of 43 interstate licensing agreements that will allow them to teach nearly anywhere in the country. Education students can pursue additional opportunities through the Undergraduate Research Training Program, the Honors College, and the Certificate in Collaborative Leadership program.


5. CUNY Hunter College

Overview

Established in 1870, CUNY Hunter College is now the largest college in the City University of New York. Hunter College, located in the heart of Manhattan, enrolls over 23,000 students through more than 170 areas of study. More than half of these students are the first in their family to receive a college education. The diversity of its student body and the exceptional commitment of its faculty are some of the distinguishing features of Hunter’s elementary education program.

Program Features

The elementary education major at CUNY Hunter is known as the Quality Urban Elementary School Teacher program, or QUEST. The program leads to New York teacher certification in grades 1 through 6. QUEST is intended as a secondary major. Students in this track will be expected to also declare a major in one of the liberal arts or sciences. Required QUEST coursework includes:

  • Art of Effective Teaching
  • Health Education for the Classroom Teacher
  • Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Classrooms
  • Social Foundations in Urban Education

Notables

The QUEST program is a 36 credit hour track, taking place over either four or six semesters. The four-semester track is suited for transfer students or others who have already completed 40 or more credit hours of undergraduate coursework. The six-semester track is designed for students who enroll at Hunter College as freshmen.


6. Bucknell University

Overview

Serving a student body of roughly 3,600 undergraduates, Bucknell University is located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania along the West Branch Susquehanna River. The university is well known for offering a holistic education that doesn’t just provide students with knowledge but also prepares them for a career. Bucknell offers both a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Bachelor of Science in Education.

Program Features

The B.S. program with a major in Early Childhood Education leads to a teaching certification for PreK through grade 4. The B.A. in Education program is designed for students who are interested in one or more facets of education but are not pursuing licensure. This program offers a number of concentrations, including Educational Research, Contemporary Landscapes of Education, Learning and Development across the Lifespan, and more. Coursework available within the B.A. program includes:

  • Immigrant Youth in U.S. Society
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Advanced Educational Foundations: Democracy and Education
  • Psychology of the Exceptional Child

Notables

A minor in education is also available, with numerous options for specialization. Every class at Bucknell is taught by a faculty member rather than a graduate teaching assistant. Bucknell boasts a student-faculty ratio of 9 to 1. In 2016, PayScale ranked Bucknell third among all liberal arts colleges for alumni median lifetime earnings.


7. Texas A&M University

Overview

Texas A&M University was the first public institution of higher learning in the state. (The “A&M” in its name once stood for “Agricultural and Mechanical,” but now the letters are simply a reminder of the university’s heritage.) Established in 1876, Texas A&M now enrolls over 62,500 students at its main campus in College Station. The undergraduate programs at Texas A&M provide opportunities leading to licensure for elementary education and for other levels.

Program Features

The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture offers a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in early childhood through grade 6. The degree track requires between 122 and 124 credit hours. Students of this program may complete courses such as:

  • School, Family, and Community Dynamics in Early Childhood Education
  • Strategies for Teaching Young Children
  • Early Childhood and Adolescent Curriculum and Lesson Design
  • Foundations of Education in a Multicultural Society

Notables

Juniors and seniors in the teacher certification program will spend a significant amount of time participating in elementary classrooms. As a junior, teaching candidates may tutor individual students, assist students in the library, prepare instructional materials, and provide other types of assistance to their mentor teacher. As a senior, students will take on more responsibility. They may co-teach with the mentor teacher, teach full school days, and attend parent conferences and faculty meetings.


8. Dallas Baptist University

Overview

Over 5,100 students attend Dallas Baptist University, representing 56 countries and 73 undergraduate programs. The 292-acre campus is located in the hills of Southwest Dallas, where it overlooks Mountain Creek Lake. With an average class size of just 11, DBU allows students to enjoy the benefits of a truly personalized educational experience. DBU’s elementary education programs are strongly committed to developing students into effective teachers and thoughtful Christian leaders.

Program Features

Students who are planning to become classroom teachers will not declare an education major. Instead, they will enroll as an interdisciplinary major and complete the Educator Preparation Program. Graduates will be eligible for Texas certification for early childhood through grade 6. The coursework for the Educator Preparation Program includes:

  • Development of Infants, Children, and Adolescents
  • Discipline and Classroom Management
  • Pedagogy of Fine Arts and Movement in the Elementary Classroom
  • Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties

Notables

For qualifying students, DBU offers a series of dual bachelor’s degree/master’s degree tracks. The B.A. with Core Subjects Early Childhood through Grade 6 Certification can be combined with an M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language, with an M.Ed. in Special Education, or with an M.A. in Teaching.


9. Boston College

Overview

Boston College is a leading liberal arts institution with a strong heritage in Jesuit educational philosophy. The College of Education at BC has been ranked the number one Catholic school of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. More than 600 undergraduate students are enrolled in the BC College of Education, representing a diverse and highly motivated community of soon-to-be teachers.

Program Features

The Elementary Education program incorporates field experiences in public, private, parochial, and independent schools. Students will have the opportunity to apply their skills in traditional, bilingual, alternative, and special needs classrooms. The Elementary Education major requires students to complete 54 credits in education core coursework and 33 credits in major-specific coursework, including:

  • Child Growth and Development
  • Learning and Curriculum in Elementary Schools
  • Teaching about the Natural World
  • Working with Special Needs

Notables

Students who successfully complete the degree track will be certified to teach grades 1 through 6 for children with and without mild disabilities. All candidates for the Elementary Education certification will complete six credits in a pre-practicum field experience, followed by 15 credit hours of full practicum. Boston College offers more than 150 placement sites for undergraduate practicum experiences. The Elementary Education program at Boston College has a 98 percent placement rate for its graduates.


10. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

Overview

Students of Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College can choose from 194 undergraduate programs of study. Initially founded in 1853, the university has changed names and locations before settling on its current main campus in Baton Rouge on the banks of the Mississippi River. The B.S. in Elementary Grades Education allows students to engage deeply with the practice of teaching during their undergraduate experience.

Program Features

The student teaching requirements at LSU are far more rigorous than the state-mandated minimum requirements. These field experiences ensure that students are fully prepared to begin their own careers as classroom teachers. Graduates of the program will be eligible for elementary education licensure for grades 1 through 5. Course titles for the B.S. in Elementary Grades Education include:

  • Teaching, Schooling, and Society
  • Education and Diverse Populations
  • Characteristics of Learners with Exceptionalities
  • Children's Literature

Notables

The B.S. track for Elementary Grades Education requires between 120 and 128 credit hours. Applicants to the program must have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 or minimum SAT composite score of 1030. LSU ranks extremely well for affordability and return on investment. Ninety-two percent of LSU students receive some form of financial aid, and two out of three graduate with no debt.


11. Marshall University

Overview

With a main campus in Huntington and a second location South Charleston, Marshall University is one of the leading research institutions of West Virginia. The university was established in 1837 and today it offers 59 degree programs for its 9,500 undergraduate students. A little over 800 of these undergraduates are enrolled in the College of Education, the oldest academic college at Marshall University.

Program Features

Students typically enroll in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundations (CIF) program at the end of their sophomore year. The program requires a total of 49 credit hours in teaching specialization courses, and 45 credit hours in professional education courses. Coursework within the professional education core includes:

  • Educational Psychology and the Developing Learner
  • Children with Exceptionalities
  • Instructional and Classroom Management: Elementary Education
  • Schools in a Diverse Society

Notables

Candidates will complete over 100 clinical hours in addition to the full-semester student teaching experience. Successful graduates of the CIF program for Elementary Education will earn teaching certification for kindergarten through grade 6. The bachelor's degree program offers optional add-on endorsements for Special Education and for Early Childhood (Pre-K). Over 30 different educational certifications are available in total. The MU College of Education has been NCATE-accredited since 1954.


12. Bethel University

Overview

Since 1871, Bethel University has been a leading example of Christian higher education. The university’s student body of roughly 6,000 represents 65 Christian denominations. Bethel’s scenic lakeside campus is located roughly 20 minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis in the suburb of Arden Hills, Minnesota. The Bethel University Department of Education houses a range of rigorous undergraduate programs, including Bachelor of Arts degrees in Elementary Education, Mathematics Education, Social Studies Education, Music Education, and more.

Program Features

The B.A. in Elementary Education leads to licensure for kindergarten through grade 6. Graduates will be prepared to teach in public, private, and international schools. Students will have opportunities to combine the core curriculum in teaching strategies and practices with minors or concentrations in specific content areas. Coursework for the Elementary Education major includes:

  • Art Education in the Elementary School
  • School Age Growth and Development
  • Diversity in the Classroom
  • Teaching in the Primary Grades

Notables

The B.A. program incorporates a built-in minor to allow students to specialize in an area of professional interest. Choices include Early Childhood, Spanish, Special Education in Mild Disabilities, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Alternatively, students may choose to pursue a license addition for Middle Grades in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies.


13. University of Maryland—College Park

Overview

Boasting a number of exceptional rankings for value and academic quality, the University of Maryland enrolls a student body of approximately 38,000. Kiplinger’s ranked UMD number eight among Best Value Colleges, and U.S. News & World Report ranked it number 22 among all public research institutions. The research- and practice-oriented teacher education programs at UMD provide an excellent training ground for the next generation of educators.

Program Features

UMD offers a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree. This undergraduate track features a yearlong internship for all candidates. The program will lead to elementary licensure in the state of Maryland. Coursework for the B.S. in Elementary Education includes:

  • Foundations of Education
  • Looking Inside Schools and Classrooms
  • Literature for Children and Youth
  • Digital Learning Tools and Communities

Notables

Students applying into the UMD Elementary Education program must have already completed at least 45 credits of undergraduate coursework. A minimum GPA of 2.75 for all UMD courses is required, although a 3.0 is strongly recommended. The College of Education at UMD also offers a B.S. in Elementary/Middle Special Education, a B.A. in Art Education, a B.S. in Early Childhood Special Education, and numerous other degrees and minors for undergraduates.


14. University of Florida

Overview

With a 2,000-acre main campus in Gainesville, the University of Florida is public land-grant university and a leading research institution of the Southeast. The school was ranked second in the nation on Forbes’ list of Best Value Public Colleges, and also earned recognition from Kiplinger’s, U.S. News & World Report, and many other publications for its affordability and academic quality. The university's unique programs provide an intensive teacher preparation experience that will set UF alumni apart from graduates of other schools.

Program Features

The Unified Elementary Proteach (UEP) is a five-year program that culminates in a master’s degree and teaching licensure. Students may choose to pursue the single certification track for licensure in K-6 elementary education, or they may choose the dual certification track, with licensure in K-12 special education and K-6 elementary education. Both programs include a yearlong internship following the completion of the bachelor’s degree. The undergraduate portion of UEP leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Undergraduate coursework for UEP includes:

  • Introduction to Diversity for Educators
  • Integrating Technology in the Elementary Curriculum
  • Core Classroom Management Strategies
  • Child Development for Inclusive Education

Notables

U.S. News & World Report named the teacher education program at UF 14th nationwide in its Best Graduate Education Schools ranking. The UF College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


15. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor

Overview

Based in Ann Arbor, with additional campuses in Flint and Dearborn, the University of Michigan is consistently recognized as one of the top public universities nationwide. Times Higher Education named the University of Michigan number 14 on its World Reputation Rankings. Over 63,000 students attended the university as of the Fall 2015 term. The Elementary Education program at Michigan creates a balance of foundational content knowledge, best teaching practices, and the ethical obligations of teaching.

Program Features

The Elementary Education teacher preparation track at the University of Michigan is an upper division program that students will begin in their junior year. Freshmen can apply to the Teacher Education Preferred Admit (TEPA) program for guaranteed admission in their junior year. The course sequence for the elementary education program includes:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Digital Technologies K-8
  • Children as Sensemakers
  • Teaching Students with Exceptionalities

Notables

Starting in the first semester of the program (junior year), students will spend six to nine hours per week in elementary classrooms. During the fourth term (the last semester of senior year), students will complete a 14-15 week student teaching placement. By roughly the 10th week of the placement, students will take on lead teaching responsibilities. Placement sites range from urban to rural and kindergarten through sixth grade.


16. University of Richmond

Overview

Located on a 350-acre campus 90 miles outside of Washington, D.C., the University of Richmond is within two hours of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Blue Ridge Mountains. U.S. News & World Report ranks the university at number 23 among the nation’s best liberal arts colleges. With a total enrollment over 4,000, Richmond offers more than 60 undergraduate majors. These majors can be paired with the innovative Teacher Education minor, which prepares students for certification at either the elementary level or secondary level.

Program Features

State law in Virginia prevents students from majoring in education. Instead, students pursuing certification can enroll in a Teacher Education minor. By completing the coursework for the minor and a student teaching placement, candidates will be eligible for licensure for Pre-K through grade 6. The Teacher Education: Elementary minor includes the following courses:

  • Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Science and Social Studies
  • Assessment, Intervention, and Literacy Strategies for Elementary Readers
  • Instructional Technology Applications for the Classroom
  • Elementary Classroom and Behavior Management

Notables

All of the classes at the University of Richmond are taught by faculty members rather than graduate teaching assistants. The university proudly claims an 8-to-1 student-faculty ratio for undergraduates. Richmond offers need-blind admission and meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need.


17. High Point University

Overview

Founded in affiliation with the United Methodist Church, High Point University is a private liberal arts university located in High Point, North Carolina. The teacher preparation program at High Point is a recognized leader throughout the eastern United States. The program emphasizes academic rigor, personalized learning opportunities, and extensive field experiences. The Elementary Education program culminates in a Bachelor of Arts degree and licensure for kindergarten through grade 6.

Program Features

The B.A. track requires a total of 128 credits. Fifty of these credits come from the university core. Another 64 credits are major-specific courses, and the remaining 14 credits come from elective courses. Required coursework within the Elementary Education major includes:

  • Students with Disabilities: Characteristics and Service Delivery Models
  • Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing in the Primary Grades
  • Technology Integration for Elementary K-6 Classrooms
  • Using Data to Assess Student Impact in K-12 Classrooms

Notables

To receive a North Carolina teaching license, educators will need to pass the Pearson’s Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum tests. For the past three years, High Point students have had a pass rate above the statewide average for the reading, math, and multi-subject tests. Within six months of graduation, 95 percent of High Point alumni are employed or pursuing graduate education.


18. University of Iowa

Overview

As the oldest university in the state, the University of Iowa has roots going back to 1847. The school, with its main campus in Iowa City, enrolls over 24,000 undergraduate students. The University of Iowa is one of just 62 schools in the nation admitted to the prestigious Association of American Universities. The College of Education offers over 80 undergraduate and graduate programs of study, including an outstanding Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.

Program Features

The elementary education program offers a path to certification for both undergraduate students and post-baccalaureate candidates. For undergraduates, the program typically begins during the student’s junior year. Candidates for the B.A. in Elementary Education will complete courses such as:

  • Reading and Responding to Children’s Literature
  • Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Assessment Instructional Planning and Practice

Notables

Students in an elementary education program may pursue numerous endorsements in addition to their main area of licensure. Programs are available for the Iowa Athletic Coach Endorsement (K-12), Deaf or Hard of Hearing Endorsement, Talented and Gifted Endorsement, and Teacher Librarian (K-12) Endorsement. The University of Iowa has a student-faculty ratio of 16 to 1, and 78 percent of its classes have fewer than 30 students.


19. University of Houston

Overview

The University of Houston is designated as a Tier One university by the Carnegie Foundation. It’s one of just 115 universities—among  4,700 institutions of higher learning in America—to earn this top distinction. Founded in 1927, the university now enrolls more than 36,000 undergraduates in 110 majors and minors. The world-class faculty, emphasis on research-based teaching strategies, and extensive field experience opportunities have earned national recognition for the UH College of Education.

Program Features

The Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston offers a number of certification pathways. Students may pursue licensure as an Early Childhood (EC) through grade 6 generalist, EC through grade 6 bilingual generalist, or EC-6 generalist with ESL and Special Education Supplemental. The EC-6 Generalist track includes the following courses:

  • Health of the Elementary Child
  • Fostering Social Education
  • Elementary Reading and Phonics Instruction
  • Kindergarten and Elementary School Curriculum

Notables

Coursework for the early childhood through sixth grade generalist certification is also available through the UH Sugar Land campus. Among graduates of the UH teacher preparation program, 95 percent pass the TExES state certification exams. The four-semester clinical experience sequence in the elementary education program incorporates nearly 900 hours in the field and a full year of student teaching.


20. Taylor University

Overview

Taylor University was founded in 1846, making it one of the oldest evangelical Christian colleges in America. In the most recent rankings, Taylor was named second among the Midwest’s best regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report. This marks the 21st consecutive year that Taylor has appeared in the top three in the regional ranking. The Elementary Education major at Taylor features the strong academics and student-centered environment that have earned recognition for the university.

Program Features

The Elementary Education major is available as either a B.S. or B.A. Students will have multiple options for minors and concentrations to customize their degree path. The program leads to licensure for kindergarten through grade 6. Core curriculum for the Elementary Education major includes:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Discipline and Classroom Management for Elementary Teachers
  • Literature for Children and Adolescents
  • Diversity in the Classroom

Notables

All students in the elementary education program will spend a full semester student teaching. The semester will be split between two different placement sites, with interns assigned to a different grade level at each site. This student teaching requirement may be completed in the United States or abroad. Eighty percent of Taylor students have an overseas experience during their time at the university. Among recent Taylor University graduates, 97 percent are employed or enrolled in a graduate program within six months of graduation.


21. University of Nebraska—Lincoln

Overview

A land-grant institution in the Big Ten Conference, the University of Nebraska—Lincoln was chartered in 1869. Today, UNL holds an R1: Doctoral Universities–Highest Research Activity designation from the Carnegie Foundation. The university has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education Scorecard for low costs and high graduation rate. The exceptional academic opportunities, accessible student support services, and affordable tuition all make UNL an outstanding choice for education students.

Program Features

The Elementary Education program at UNL is nationally recognized for exemplifying the link between theory and practice. The program culminates in a Bachelor of Science in Education and a teaching license for kindergarten through grade 6. The course sequence incorporates three distinct field experiences, in addition to a semester of student teaching. Academic coursework for the program includes:

  • Instructional Technology in Elementary Schools
  • Working with Families in Communities and Schools
  • The Arts in the Elementary School Curriculum
  • Teaching English Learners in Elementary School

Notables

The UNL program can prepare students for a career as a community-based youth educator, business or corporate youth educator, or youth coach as well as an elementary teacher. The Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education has well-established partnerships with elementary schools all over Nebraska. Additional field experiences are available in other educational settings, such as science museums and study-abroad programs.


22. University of Southern Mississippi

Overview

Located 105 miles northeast of New Orleans, the University of Southern Mississippi has a 300-acre main campus in Hattiesburg. Southern Miss has received widespread recognition for its undergraduate programs, particularly in business and accounting, medicine and nursing, and education. Housed within the acclaimed Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, the Elementary Education program at Southern Miss leads to licensure in kindergarten through grade 6.

Program Features

The B.S. in Elementary Education is based on an introductory, intermediate, and senior cohort. Each of these cohorts features gradually increasing field experiences in K-6 classrooms. The culminating experience is a semester-long student teaching placement, with two six-week internships in diverse K-6 classrooms. Candidates for the B.S. will complete courses such as:

  • Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children
  • Introduction to Literacy: An Integrated Language Arts Approach
  • Computer Applications in Education
  • Curriculum: Primary and Middle Grades

Notables

The B.S. in Elementary Education is available at the Gulf Park campus, the Hattiesburg campus, and fully online. The University of Southern Mississippi holds full accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The elementary education program in particular has won national recognition from the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).


23. University of Arkansas

Overview

A doctoral research university in Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System and the largest university in the state. The university ranked fifth nationwide in Kiplinger’s “25 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year” list. With a dual focus on affordability and outstanding academic quality, education students can find a number of strong programs at the University of Arkansas’s renowned College of Education and Health Professions.

Program Features

Students will complete 63 credit hours of general education requirements before formally applying to the Elementary Education program. The track leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education, as well as initial teaching licensure for kindergarten through grade 6. Coursework available within the Elementary Education major includes:

  • Development and Learning Theories in the K-6 Classroom
  • Classroom Learning Theory
  • Arts Integration in the Classroom
  • Emergent and Developmental Literacy

Notables

To apply to the Elementary Education track, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA on all UA coursework, and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the program. The application process includes a writing sample and an interview with Elementary Education faculty. The B.S.E. degree track incorporates a total of roughly nine months of student teaching experience in public elementary schools.

 

24. University of Mississippi

Overview

With a student body of over 24,000, the University of Mississippi—known affectionately as Ole Miss—is the largest university in the state. It was the first university in the South to hire a female faculty member in 1885. Today, the university is among the fastest growing institutions of higher learning in the country. The Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Ole Miss is a flexible, rigorous program that incorporates a Special Education endorsement.

Program Features

The B.A.Ed. in Elementary Education is available at the main campus in Oxford, as well as the Tupelo, DeSoto, and Grenada campuses. Students will choose two concentration areas from the following: English, math, science, social studies, fine arts, foreign language, and computers. The degree requires a minimum of 122 credit hours. Required coursework includes:

  • Education, Society, and the K-12 Learner
  • Classroom Management and Behavioral Interventions
  • Survey of Special Education Practices
  • Reading Instruction in the Elementary School

Notables

The teacher preparation programs at Ole Miss have held continuous accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954. The School of Education has strong partnerships with the North Mississippi Education Consortium (NMEC) and the World Class Teacher Program (WCTP), which together provide professional development and mentoring for teachers, counselors, and administrators.


25. SUNY Oneonta

Overview

Winner of the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT into Diversity, SUNY Oneonta is celebrated for its atmosphere of inclusivity. The four-year college is located in the scenic Catskill Mountains of central New York, midway between Albany and Binghamton. Teacher.org and the National Council on Teacher Quality have both praised SUNY Oneonta for the strength of its undergraduate programs for teacher preparation.

Program Features

SUNY Oneonta offers two nationally accredited tracks. One of these, the Childhood Education track, leads to licensure in grades 1 through 6. The other, the Early Childhood/Childhood Education track, is a dual certification option leading to licensure for birth through grade 6. Required coursework for the Childhood Education (grades 1-6) track includes:

  • Child Growth and Development
  • Issues, Philosophy, and Foundations in Education
  • Integrating Technology into the Curriculum: Elementary School
  • Differentiated Instruction and Assessment

Notables

The recently launched Teacher Residency Program allows teaching candidates to spend four days a week in elementary classrooms and one day a week on campus taking classes. About 12 students are selected for this two-semester program each year. All candidates will complete a student teaching experience in their final semester. The average class size at SUNY Oneonta is 24, and the student-faculty ratio is 18 to 1. The college boasts an 83 percent freshmen retention rate.

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What Is Required for an Educational Technology Career? https://www.besteducationdegrees.com/what-is-required-for-an-educational-technology-career/ Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:25:00 +0000 https://www.besteducationdegrees.com/?p=3255 What Is Required for an Educational Technology Career?Read More »

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What Is Required for an Educational Technology Career?

A career in educational technology can be incredibly rewarding in a number of ways. Most ed tech occupations will require a master's degree. If you haven't already, head over to our rankings for the Best Online Master's in Educational Technology Degrees or Best Master's in Educational Technology Degrees to help you decide what school would be a good fit for you.

If you plan to teach in a classroom, you’ll need a valid teaching license in your state. Many schools include preparation for a teaching license as part of a bachelor’s degree program. At other schools, teaching certification isn’t granted until the master’s degree level.

The specific requirements for teacher licensure vary by state. Most states have distinct certification requirements for elementary school, middle school, and high school teachers. If you’ll be teaching above the elementary school level, you’ll typically need to show competency in a specific subject area (English, math, history, etc.) in addition to proving your mastery of instructional theory.

In some states, an initial teaching certification can be renewed indefinitely. In other states, the initial teaching certification is only valid for one to three years. After that time, you’ll need to meet a higher set of requirements to obtain permanent licensure.

Some states may require a separate license for educational technology specialists. Be sure to check with your state’s Department of Education to find out details. Teach.org provides more information about enrolling in a teacher preparation program and securing initial licensure.

You can also consider additional credentials and certifications. For example, many universities offer add-on certificates for Special Education, Reading Specialist, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Another option for K-12 teachers is a National Board Certification. This certification isn’t mandatory to teach, but it can be a very valuable addition to a teaching resume. This nationally recognized distinction is available for educators who have been practicing for at least three years. The National Board Certification website provides more information about the requirements and benefits of this credential.

Outside of these professional credentials, many universities also offer standalone graduate level certificates that can help you get your first ed tech job. Northern Arizona University, for example, offers a 15-credit graduate certificate in Educational Technology. A 15-credit post-baccalaureate certificate is available from Penn State’s World Campus (online) for Educational Technology Integration.

Many of these programs will be oriented toward K-12 educators. But others are designed especially for trainers and professionals working with adult learners. At the New York Institute of Technology, graduate students can earn an Advanced Certificate in Instructional Design for Global e-Learning. Another option at NYIT is the Advanced Certificate in Emerging Technologies for Trainers.

These are just a few examples. The majority of schools that offer a master’s degree in ed tech also have a shorter, more condensed program that leads to a graduate certificate.

Udemy, an online learning website, provides a large collection of technology-related coursework and certifications under the category Teacher Training. These credentials aren’t required to work in educational technology by any means, but they can provide a leg up in a competitive job market.

Besides these formal requirements for an ed tech career, there are some other aspects that are equally important to take into account. Training and teaching can be a frustrating profession. You’ll be held accountable for learner outcomes and (far too often) you may find yourself short on support and resources.

Because of all these hindrances and obstacles, being a teacher requires patience and perseverance. You’ll need creativity and a true passion for education to be successful in this field.

With the right combination of characteristics and credentials, you’re well on your way to a highly fulfilling career in educational technology.

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What Are My Options for Specialization in Educational Technology? https://www.besteducationdegrees.com/what-are-my-options-for-specializations-in-educational-technology/ Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:20:54 +0000 https://www.besteducationdegrees.com/?p=3251 What Are My Options for Specialization in Educational Technology?Read More »

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As you start to determine your academic path, it’s important to first decide on your career goals. Do you want to work in a K-12 school, at the postsecondary level, or in a corporate setting? Would you prefer a career devoted to practice or focused on research? These questions will help guide you as you plan for your academic and professional future.

The field of educational technology spans a whole range of specializations and concentrations. You’ll want to give this some careful thought before you enroll in a degree program. Doing so ensures that you can tailor your curriculum to your professional interests and gain the skills you’ll need for your ideal career.

Take a look at our rankings for the Best Master's in Educational Technology Degrees and Best Online Master's in Educational Technology Degrees. These rankings can you help determine which of the top schools offer specializations you might be interested in.

Note that for many master’s programs, educational technology itself is a specialization. However, most schools will include numerous instructional technology electives that you can take as part of your program. The topics covered in these electives can provide you with a good idea of the options that are available in the job market.

For example, at Champlain University, master’s degree candidates can choose from one of four niches within ed tech. The available concentrations at Champlain University include:

  • Web Development
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Audio Production and Visual Storytelling
  • Computer Systems

Other schools might define their specialization tracks in other ways. At George Fox University, there are three distinct tracks depending on the career that students plan to pursue:

  • Classroom Teacher/Leader: In this concentration, students take classes such as Teaching Using Technology in the P-12 Environment, Foundations of Digital Curriculum Design, and Effective Strategies for Implementing Technology in the Classroom.
  • District Technology Leader: This concentration features courses including Implementing Technological Change in Organizations, Evaluation of Educational Technology, and Ethical Considerations for the Technology Educator.
  • Online Teacher Leader: Students in this concentration take courses like Tools for Success in Online Teaching, Foundations of Digital Curriculum Design, and Technology Teaching Practicum.

The University of Houston Clear Lake provides another set of specializations. Within their Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology program, students can pick from the following concentrations:

  • Game Theory and Design: Courses include Graphic Design, Digital Storytelling, and User-Centered Design.
  • Human Resource Management: Courses include Human Behavior in Organizations, Training and Development, and Teamwork and Leadership Skills.
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Courses include Organizational Psychology, Leadership in Organizations, and Change and Organizational Development.
  • Information Science: Courses include Librarians Empowering Learners Through Advocacy Leadership, Administration of School Library Services, and Media and Technology Selection and Application.

Each university will have its own slightly different program structure and requirements. If one school doesn’t have the specialization you’re looking for, don’t be afraid to keeping searching. With so many different options available, there’s a good chance you can find the ed tech program that’s perfectly suited to your future career.

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If you’re hoping to get started in educational technology with just a bachelor’s degree, unfortunately, options are limited. Very few colleges or universities offer degrees in educational or instructional technology at the undergraduate level. If this is the direction you’d like to go, you’ll likely need to start with a bachelor’s degree in an education- or training-related field.

Once you're ready to think about your master's degree, check out our rankings for the Best Master's in Educational Technology Degrees and Best Online Master's in Educational Technology Degrees

So what degrees can you earn in ed tech? To put it simply, there are two distinct types of programs at the master’s level, and two distinct types of programs at the doctoral level.

The first type of master’s degree is a Master of Education in a field such as Instructional Technology or Educational Technology. In one of these programs, you’ll find coursework that focuses on K-12 education. Most of these programs require three or six credit hours towards a culminating project. This might be a written thesis or a more tangible capstone experience.

The curriculum for a Master of Education in Instructional Technology typically includes courses such as:

  • Theories of Learning and Motivation
  • Media Selection and Evaluation
  • Assessment and Evaluation Strategies
  • Developmental Psychology

The second type of master’s degree is a Master of Science or a Master of Arts in Learning Design and Technology or a similar field. While M.Ed. programs are designed for K-12 educators, M.S. or M.A. degrees are applicable to a broader range of training and development contexts. Like M.Ed. degrees, these programs typically have a three- or six-hour requirement for a capstone or thesis.

Essential coursework for an M.A. or M.S. in Learning Design and Technology might include classes like:

  • Managing Instructional Development
  • Development of Instructional Technology
  • Multimedia Design
  • Change in Instructional Development Processes

At the doctoral level, there are two more diverging choices. You may choose to pursue a Ph.D. in Educational Technology. Degrees of this type are also commonly listed as a Ph.D. in Learning and Communication. Most often, these programs have a heavy focus on the dissertation requirement, often expecting 30 or 36 credit hours dedicated to original research. A Ph.D. program is ideal for researchers who plan to embark on a career in academia.

Core curriculum for a Ph.D. in an ed tech field might include:

  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Learning Sciences
  • Research and Practice in Instructional Technology

The other option for an educational technology degree at the doctorate level is a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Instructional Technology. Ed.D. degree programs are more common and sometimes less selective than Ph.D. degree programs. While Ph.D. programs tend to focus on research, an Ed.D. is typically a better choice for practicing ed tech professionals. Nonetheless, these degrees still generally require a research-intensive dissertation.

A Doctor of Education degree in Instructional Technology will often require courses such as:

  • Emerging Trends in Educational Technology
  • Global and Cultural Perspectives in Educational Technology
  • Leadership in Educational Technology
  • Project Management in Educational Settings
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What Are My Job Prospects with a Degree in Educational Technology?

Still deciding where to earn your degree? Our rankings for the Best Master's in Educational Technology Degrees and Best Online Master's in Educational Technology Degrees can help.

A degree in educational technology can take you many places. Most commonly, graduates with an ed tech degree work in a K-12 setting. Many technology integration specialist jobs and instructional technologist jobs are at the building or district level.

However, there are plenty of other possibilities. An ed tech degree could also translate into providing training for a nonprofit or a corporation. It could also mean working with a college, university, or town library.

Considering the wide variety of positions available in instructional technology, there’s no single average salary that’s representative of all these occupations. Job titles commonly held by ed tech graduates include:

  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Chief Learning Officer
  • eLearning Developer
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Interface and Multimedia Designer
  • Performance Support Specialist
  • Curriculum Development Specialist
  • Training Director
  • Technology Integration Specialist
  • Teacher (K-12 classroom)

And the list goes on. While all of these are viable options with an ed tech degree, many people in one of these degree tracks begin their academic program as a practicing classroom teacher. A large number of these teachers will continue in the same role after graduation. In the Michigan State University Master of Arts in Educational Technology program, for example, fully 75 percent of the students start and end their degree program as classroom teachers.

But the other occupations in ed tech also have great potential. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings for instructional coordinators are expected to increase by 10 percent between 2016 and 2026. For training and development specialists, that figure is 11 percent. Both of these are faster than the projection for all occupations, which is roughly 7 percent.

Some educational technologists will focus their skills on the design and development of learning software or applications. This is an area of particularly high growth. The number of job opportunities for software developers is expected to increase 24 percent by 2026.

The average salaries for these occupations vary widely. As any teacher can tell you, K-12 teaching is not a get-rich-quick profession. The median salary for elementary, middle school, and high school teachers is $55,800, $56,720, and $58,030 respectively.

For positions outside of K-12 classrooms, the pay is generally higher. Training and development specialists have a typical yearly salary of $59,020. For instructional coordinators, the median salary is $62,460 per year.

Software development and training management are the most lucrative areas of ed tech to pursue. As a software developer, you can expect to earn, on average, $102,280 per year. As a training and development manager, you can earn an average of $105,830 per year.

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What Is Educational Technology?

Technology has changed every industry and aspect of our lives—education most definitely included. New technological devices and software have impacted the educational experience at every level. It's changed the way teachers organize material and the way students access it. It's transformed the way students connect with their peers and the way they’re evaluated by instructors.

The vast amount and variety in technology available in the modern world can be overwhelming. It’s no easy task for teachers to navigate how to effectively incorporate tech in the classroom. That’s where educational technologists come in. 

If you're looking for a way to break into this field, take a look at our rankings for the Best Online Master's in Educational Technology and Best Master's in Educational Technology.

Broadly speaking, educational technology is the practice of designing, creating, and implementing technology-driven solutions to to address learning challenges. To do this, educational technology specialists utilize a wide array of tools, including:

  • Learning management systems
  • Mobile apps for phones and tablets
  • Software for desktop computers
  • Activities that encourage content creation, either through writing or other media
  • Videos and animations
  • Customized website development
  • Simulations and digital modeling

These tools must be developed and put into practice by professionals who have both a strong expertise in instructional theory and in new and emerging technologies. This is the role of educational technology specialists. Whether in K-12 settings, at the collegiate level, or in a corporation or other organization, these specialists ensure that technology is used as effectively as possible.

As you can likely tell, ed tech is a diverse field. Professionals in ed tech fill many roles. Some of the most common ed tech occupations include Chief Technology Officers, Managers of Training and Development, Distance Learning Coordinators, and Instructional Coordinators.

The path to one of these roles most often includes a master’s degree. We’ve provided more information about master’s degrees, and other types of degrees, in another FAQ post: “What kinds of degrees can I earn in educational technology?” But here are the highlights:

A Master of Education in Educational Technology or Instructional Technology is usually designed for individuals who plan to work in a K-12 school. These programs tend to strike a balance between technology-focused classes and classes in educational policy, pedagogy, and cognition and memory.

Many schools also offer a Master of Arts or Master of Science degree program that emphasizes technology rather than K-12 instruction. These degrees are often much more widely applicable. An M.A. or an M.S. can be ideal for trainers and instructors working in a corporate or nonprofit context.

Educational technology is perfect for people who have a passion for teaching others as well as a strong interest in working with and even creating new technology. If you think an ed tech career is in your future, take a look at our next FAQ: “What are my job prospects with a degree in educational technology?”

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The 21st century offers limitless possibilities for students to take on new challenges.

Innovations in communication and computing are revolutionizing the way we interact with the world around us. How will advancements in technology affect the role of education for years to come?

This is the primary question for students entering Educational Technology. The facilitation of effective educational options for others is the main goal of adapting to this groundbreaking field.

A Master’s in Educational is the next step in the study and practice of learning techniques. Mobile devices, online platforms, and social media are only a few examples of tools used by professionals transforming the traditional classroom.

Now is the time to get into an exciting realm providing new chances for people from all walks of life. Access to technology evolves student experiences far beyond the standard chalkboard.

From availability to performance, a broad range of educational factors benefits vastly from novel resources. Using the most advanced tools on the market, specialists in educational technology strive to change the way we learn.

Graduates with a degree find themselves becoming developers, coordinators, and designers. A new generation of young learners is yearning for the opportunity; it is your job to put them on a path towards true greatness! Laying a foundation for the future is, of course, no easy task. Environmental, economic, and social issues loom on a planet that seems smaller than ever before.

Putting in place the best possible techniques will lay the groundwork for a brighter tomorrow. The advantages of streamlining opportunities are innumerable. As we adapt to the Information Age, enhancements in education offer infinite possibilities to achieve big goals. Analysis, development, and implementation of learning processes will open doors to a growing population.

Fresh leaders in all possible endeavors are waiting to step up and make their mark. Essentially every sector requires a well-educated and experienced body to thrive. Investment in our children, healthcare providers, and organizers will provide great returns to all. This is a relevant fact for those who have an eye on the future.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates jobs for K to 12 curriculum coordinators will grow by 7 percent until 2024. The healthcare industry has an ever-growing demand for these skills as communities strive to maintain healthier lives. Businesses increasingly recognize training and development as key components to any team.

The average person in these positions makes $57,760 and $184,990, according to the Bureau of Labor. A slew of institutions throughout the nation offers students the ability to evolve skills in educational technology.

Value is always a strong variable to consider when exploring higher education. This ranking is an easy to digest guide to the most affordable programs available.

Masters’ degrees in this exciting field are available online or on campus and can be a great investment. View 50 Best Online Master’s in Educational Technology Degrees for 2017 for more virtual options. This list considers reputation, prestige, cost, student response, and return. Take this opportunity to change your life and the lives of others as you dive into the challenges at hand.

1. Western Governors University

Overview

Western Governors University’s Master of Education Learning and Technology lends professionals of all natures advanced tools to succeed. Coordinators, teachers, and corporate members have all the tools they need to integrate innovation into day-to-day operations. Flexibility in scheduling and coursework makes this online program a perfect fit for those busy with a career or family.

Program Features

A suggested 20 hours or more per week enables students to complete this Master’s Degree in two-years. Students who wish to complete the program in less time can adapt their schedule for more rigorous studies. A competency-based format allows learners to apply previous knowledge and skills to complete an objective. Key subjects include:

  • Instructional Design
  • Research Fundamentals
  • Technology Integration

Notables

A flat-rate ensures tuition stays constant no matter how many credits you choose to complete. More and more students have access to this accredited program as 76 percent benefit from some type of aid.

2. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Overview

State of the art technology gives graduates from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro the edge in many settings. Learning how innovation is shaping the future is the primary goal of this dynamic field of study. A supportive community of students, teachers, and alumni allow new concepts to take root in the classroom or office.

Program Features

An online Masters of Library and Information Studies puts learners on the frontlines of a changing educational landscape. Competitive tuition costs spread services of this top-tier institution to learners throughout the country. Program requirements include:

  • 100 percent online synchronous and asynchronous coursework
  • 36 credit hours
  • Final capstone project

Notables

The oldest accredited Library and Information Studies program in North Carolina is adapting to meet new needs. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro graduates go on to fill a range of academic, corporate, and non-profit roles.

3. University of North Texas

Overview

“Expanding Worlds” is the mantra for a school committed to the advancement of their graduates. The Department of Learning Technologies offers a comprehensive virtual campus on-par with many top-tier institutions. A Master’s of Science in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement or Computer Education and Cognitive Systems is available.

Program Features

Students analyze and integrate technology into learning experiences set in a range of environments. Courses are available in a standard or accelerated timeframe and completed only online. The Learning Technologies Master’s degree offers tracks such as:

  • Career and Technical Education
  • Evaluation and Research
  • Instructional Systems
  • Project Management
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology

Notables

An affordable 14-month degree is a perfect way for working professionals looking to gain an edge. Broken up into 8-week segments, courses provide flexible coursework fit for any schedule.

4. Western Kentucky University

Overview

An Educational Technology Concentration of the Master of Science in Library Media Education opens new doors for learners. Incorporating technology into instructional or training sessions is the goal of dedicated graduates of this program. The degree is a solid choice for certified K to 12 teachers aiming to increase performance using innovative tools.

Program Features

Students must complete program specialization courses alongside a minimum of 30 semester hours. Hands-on experiences and strong faculty relationship forge bright futures for graduates. As a final project, students must create a research tool that will further expand the horizons of education. Courses include:

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

Notables

The degree teaches participants how to create multimedia and interactive instruction sessions through leadership roles. Further affordability can is found by transferring up to 12-hours of equivalent graduate coursework.

5. Purdue University

Overview

Purdue’s online Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology aims to maximize the learning experience. Covering the classroom to the corporate office, coursework prepares learners to effectively lead the way to success. Current strategies and formulas for advancing educational goals into the 21st-century.

Program Features

An online option of the Master of Science in Education degree is available from on-campus faculty. The introduction of new techniques in the classroom gives educators a teaching edge. Graduates learn to master over 30 tools unique to the Learning Design and Technology program. The degree includes:

  • Innovative Approaches to Learning
  • Instructional Design Principles
  • Instructional Materials and Technology

Notables

Availability and affordability are key features behind the program’s successful model. Dedicated students go on to head programs within a range of businesses, non-profits, and the government.

6. Boise State University

Overview

Boise State’s ever-expanding Edtech department began in the 1980’s with the goal of integrating innovations in education. Corporate trainers to K through 12 teachers learn to analyze, design, and implement curriculums of all shapes. The school understands the importance of keeping up with technological trends and their role in the 21st-century.

Program Features

Boise State’s Master of Educational Technology is online, allowing working professional adults to work at their own pace. Project-based learning assignments provide a hands-on experience packed-full of program development opportunities. Coursework required by the online Master’s include:

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

Notables

Students find themselves gaining skills from a range of projects and real-life experiences in the classroom. Presentations, platforms, games, and simulations are only a few of the tools used by Boise State graduates.

7. Lamar University

Overview

Lamar’s Master of Education in Educational Technology Leadership is a cutting-edge online program. For almost a century, the school has committed itself to making learning opportunities accessible to all. U.S. News and World Report continually rank it as one of the best and most affordable graduate level education programs in the nation.

Program Features

Completing coursework in as little as 18-months at $275 per credit makes this a spectacular option. Theory in leadership programs helps guide learners towards changing the communities around them. October, November, and January start dates allow students to continue educations on their own terms. Courses include:

  • Concepts of Educational Technology
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Resources for Digital Environments
  • Instructional Design in Online Learning

Notables

Technology-based projects teach students the skills necessary to improve education models of all shapes and sizes. Internships allow hands-on experiences that serve as a foundation for growing careers.

8. Indiana University—Bloomington

Overview

The Master’s in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington is available online or in the traditional classroom. A dedicated faculty introduces materials and tools necessary to inspire the next generation of educators. Graduates advance exciting careers to become instructional designers, corporate trainers, administrators, and more.

Program Features

A minimum 36-credit program teaches students how to effectively apply techniques and products to lessons. Students may opt to create a portfolio that will help them meet career goals after graduation. Major requirements for the M.S.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology include:

  • Instructional and Performance Technologies Foundations
  • Design and Development of Instructional and Performance Interventions
  • Instructional Development and Production: Design Thinking
  • Evaluation of Instructional and Performance Improvement Systems

Notables

Indiana University-Bloomington educational technology graduates go on to fulfill top roles in business, government, and education. Successful students have the opportunity to apply to for online or resident Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology programs.

9. Texas State University

Overview

Texas State University’s graduate school offers a degree based on International Society for Technology in Education’s standards. Most learners are already certified teachers looking to improve classroom performance using technological advancements. Fabrication, 3D printing, and digital media are only a few examples of the skills taken on by students.

Program Features

Fall, spring, and two summer terms enable students to start learning when it is most convenient. A combination of theory-based and hands-on coursework prepares learners for new challenges upon the horizon. Texas State University’s Master's in Educational Technology courses include:

  • Models of Integration of Educational Technology
  • Managing Educational Technology
  • Implementing Technology in Education
  • Instructional Design for Educational Technology

Notables

Established in 1899 as a teacher’s college, the Texas State University is continuing to create bright futures. Their virtual and on-campus programs are dynamic enough to suit the needs of remote learners.

10. East Carolina University

Overview

A Master of Arts in Education in Instructional Technology or Master of Science in Instructional Technology aim to inspire generations to come. The two completely online degrees allow students to develop new concepts and tools in the ever-expanding realm of educational technology. The faculty is consistently contributing to the field and pass knowledge onto students.

Program Features

A 36-credit hour program requirement is available completely online. Flexible scheduling provides an ideal platform for working adults to expand skills. Innovative conferencing software and telecommunication systems make stepping into the virtual classroom easier than ever. Courses include:

  • Principles of Instructional Design
  • Selection and Integration of Multimedia
  • Multimedia Instructional Product Development
  • Instructional Graphics for Educational Media

Notables

Graduates from East Carolina University go on to fill roles in higher education, healthcare, business, and the government. A culmination of knowledge and skills come to light in an electronic portfolio created by students.

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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.

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Educational Technology

“Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational.”
— George Couros

Educational Technology is the driving force of the future of education. You can jump right into exploring the most outstanding programs in this field in our Best Online Master’s in Educational Technology Degrees ranking.

What is Educational Technology?

Educational Technology (Ed Tech) includes pictures, graphics, animation, projectors, computers, cameras, simulations, phone apps, and videos. Ed Tech professionals develop and deploy modern technologies to engage students and streamline daily tasks.

As the world becomes more reliant on technology, a good education requires increased technological mastery. Schools are no exception. Teachers and educators at all levels must be comfortable utilizing technology in meaningful and impactful ways.

What are my job prospects with a degree in Educational Technology?

O*NET OnLine provides median salaries and future job growth for Ed Tech careers from 2014 to 2024. At the Bachelor’s degree level, Training and Development Specialists report a median income of $59,020. Jobs will continue to grow 5 to 8 percent.

Managers of Training and Development earn $105,830 with Bachelor’s degrees. Forecasts for job growth are 7 percent.

Most Educational Technology pros earn Master’s degrees. At this level, future Instructional Coordinators should anticipate 7 percent more positions and a median of $62,460. Distance Learning Coordinators who hold Master’s degrees report median incomes of $78,210. Expect 2 to 4 percent growth.

Chief Technology Officers earn a median of $181,210. Corporations, school districts, and government officers plan to create 58,400 new CTO positions by the conclusion of 2024. An Institutional Research Director with a Ph.D. or similar degree earns between $88,000 and $98,000.

What kinds of degrees can I earn in Educational Technology?

An Associate’s degree in eLearning Design teaches the creation of customized courses, multimedia lectures, and simulations. Students learn Adobe Photoshop, computer game development, and intercultural communication. To graduate with a 2-year degree, expect to complete 64 credit hours. An Associate degree leads to work as an eLearning Design Specialist but also helps teachers to become proficient at using technology in classrooms.

Bachelor’s programs cover simulations, presentation techniques, and project management. Bachelor’s degrees open the door to jobs as Career Training Developers, Health Personnel Educators, and Digital Experience Designers.

Most students complete a Master’s degree. The M.Ed. curriculum emphasizes theory and design for K-12. An M.A. or M.S. degree works well for a broad range of careers outside of teaching.   

Doctoral programs include an Ed.D., Ed.S., or Ph.D. in Educational Technology. They shape future curricula, explore new uses for technology, and test theories on the educational value of technology. Doctoral graduates take on leadership roles in elementary schools through universities, businesses, healthcare, and the government.

What are my options for specializations in Educational Technology?

If you do not want a degree, undergraduate and graduate certificates average 15 to 18 credit hours. Look for certificates in eLearning Design, Training and Educational Technology, Instructional Technology Management, or Workplace eLearning and Performance Support.

Corporate Trainers work with employees to refresh skills or familiarize them with new technology. Hospitals and medical clinics hire Health Personnel Educators to teach medical professionals to use the latest in hardware, software, and medical equipment.

Government agencies involved in education want experts in developing curricula, tracking 21st century technology, and researching the impact of state or federal technology initiatives. Finally, Project Managers and Graphic Designers increasingly pursue Master’s degrees in Educational Technology to apply these specialized skills in their own careers.

 

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50 Best Master’s in Educational Technology Degrees for 2017

The world of education is a far cry from what it was only a few decades ago. Classrooms once relied on rote memorization, fill-in-the-blank workbooks, and lessons on the chalkboard to teach new material. But—thankfully—this is no longer the case.

Today, teachers have access to a myriad of technological tools in their classrooms. Videos, apps, instructional software, and interactive games have all changed the way students learn. And soon, classrooms could change even further: 3D printing, massive open online courses, student-centered content creation software, and Internet-enabled “smart” devices could all have a huge impact on modern classrooms.

Technology can be used to close longstanding achievement gaps, provide personalized learning paths for exceptional students, and address academic weaknesses before they become a problem. In fact, technology could radically transform almost everything we know about education.

Here’s the catch: Technology is only useful when educators know how to use it.

Schools, districts, companies, government agencies, and other organizations all need workers who specialize in applying technology to instructional contexts. Professionals with a degree in educational technology are in high demand as K-12 teachers, training managers, corporate educators, instructional coordinators, curriculum developers, and educational media designers.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average instructional coordinator in an elementary or secondary school earns $70,010 per year. Instructional coordinators at software publishing companies regularly earn $80,300 or more.

Training and development managers earn even more. On average, training managers have an annual salary of $115,180. That’s more than three times the average salary of all occupations.

There’s no doubt that a master’s degree in educational technology can open up a whole range of career options that aren’t available to those with just a bachelor’s degree. But where you get that master’s degree can make a big difference. Varying academic standards, internship opportunities, faculty expertise, and tuition costs can all impact how valuable your degree in educational technology really is.

Once you decide you want to pursue a master’s degree in educational technology, it’s important to find an academic program that’s right for you and your professional goals. We’ve provided this list of the 50 best educational technology master’s degrees in the nation to get you started.

What are the best master's degree programs in educational technology?

Choosing a program for a master’s degree can be a pivotal decision for your career. That’s why we carefully assess each school on our list for two key factors: institutional excellence and student success.

To calculate institutional excellence, we examine factors like endowment size, overall institutional reputation, four-year graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, and test scores among incoming students.

We also investigate average financial aid packages, tuition costs, expected starting salary for graduates, and student indebtedness at graduation. These factors all become part of our student success ranking.

All of these data points are collected from reputable sources including the national IPEDS database, PayScale, U.S. News & World Report, and individual college websites. This allows us to present an accurate, thorough ranking of the nation’s best master’s degree programs in educational technology.

1. Florida State University

Overview

Florida State University first established its College of Education in 1905, making it the oldest College of Education in the state. Ever since then, Florida State’s teachers college has been an integral part of the Tallahassee community and surrounding region. Today, the College of Education continues to offer innovative and challenging programs, including a highly recognized Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies Master of Science degree.

Program Features

In 2017, the Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies program was named one of the Best Online Programs for Graduate Education by U.S. News & World Report. The degree track, which is available both online and on campus, prepares students for careers in K-12 schools and universities, as well as government agencies, businesses, and other organizations. Required coursework includes:

  • Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
  • Technology Design Skills
  • Theories of Learning and Cognition in Instruction
  • Inquiry and Measurement

Notables

To earn the M.S. degree, students will be required to complete 36 credit hours, an internship, and a portfolio. The program can be completed in two years. The College of Education is especially renowned for its state-of-the-art Stone Building, a “tech sandbox” that offers the very latest in educational technology. Students at the College will have access to SmartBoards, a Smart 3D doc cam, Google Glass, a 3D area, a gaming area, and LiveScribe pens. Updated and new technology is added on a regular basis.

2. Ohio State University

Overview

Located in Columbus, the main campus of Ohio State University is home to 11 graduate programs that are rated in the top 10 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report. The school was ranked 16th overall among public universities. The Master of Learning Technologies offers all the best parts of an Ohio State education: a remarkable faculty, a flexible but impactful curriculum, and endless opportunities for hands-on learning and real-world application.

Program Features

The Master of Learning Technologies, housed in the acclaimed Department of Educational Studies, is a 30-hour program. The degree track is the ideal launchpad for a career as a curriculum developer, online teacher, or another position in the education or training field. Students in the program will be required to take the following courses:

  • Issues and Practices in Educational Technology
  • Theories of Learning with Technology
  • Designing Multimedia for Instruction
  • Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning

Notables

The Learning Technologies program is a primarily online, non-thesis degree. However, it does require a practicum. As part of the practicum, each student will be paired with a mentor to guide and evaluate their work. The OSU Department of Educational Studies is home to a number of nationally recognized graduate programs, including Technical and Vocational Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration and Supervision, and Educational Psychology.

3. Arizona State University

Overview

As a top ranked research institution, Arizona State University has an ever-expanding academic catalog of graduate degrees and professional certificates. Currently, 56 programs are available in education and teaching alone. The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College was recently ranked number four in the nation among the best graduate colleges of education in public universities (and number 11 among both public and private institutions). The M.Ed. in Educational Technology is a perfect example of why the Fulton Teachers College has risen rapidly in the national rankings for six consecutive years.

Program Features

The M.Ed. in Educational Technology is offered fully online and requires 30 total credit hours. The program emphasizes the use of current and emerging technologies, as well as modern learning theories, in the practice of instructional design. Required coursework for this degree program includes:

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

Notables

ASU’s M.Ed. in Educational Technology provides excellent preparation for a range of careers, whether in K-12 settings, colleges and universities, corporations, museums, nonprofits, or other organizations. For a narrower focus in a specific area, ASU also offers graduate certificates in Gifted Education, Institutional Research and Policy Analysis, Technology for Teaching and Learning, Instructional Design and Performance Improvement, and numerous other related areas.

4. Auburn University

 

Overview

Established as the very first land-grant college in the South, Auburn University has gone through a number of name changes and reinventions since its founding. This rich history has led to Auburn’s current status as a nationally recognized public research university. Today, the 5,000-plus graduate students at Auburn study and conduct research in all major academic disciplines. Like all of Auburn’s graduate degrees, the Library Media and Technology program reflects an emphasis on free inquiry and high standards of scholarly excellence.

Program Features

The Library Media M.Ed. degree track requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. This includes 300 clock hours in a variety of educational settings as part of the clinical residency requirement. The M.Ed. in Library Media is available both on campus and online. Required courses for this degree include:

  • Instructional and Informational Technologies
  • Information Sources, Services, and Instruction
  • Administration of Media and Technology Services
  • Integration of Technology into the Curriculum

Notables

Applicants to the M.Ed. in Library Media program must have two years of full-time teaching experience. The Auburn Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology also offers an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Library Media (which is designed for certified school librarians). Graduate certificates are available in Instructional Technology for Distance Education and Technology Educator.

5. Indiana University-Bloomington

 

Overview

Indiana University has eight total campuses across the state, with a flagship campus in Bloomington (a city that was ranked by Forbes as the number one best city in the country for work-life balance). The IU-Bloomington M.S.Ed. degree in Instructional Systems Technology provides both the theoretical and practical skills needed for a career in instructional technology.

Program Features

The Instructional Systems Technology program requires 36 total credit hours. This Master of Science in Education degree requires both an internship and a year-long studio project. Students will design and test processes, services, and products for training or educational settings. Core courses in this degree track include:

  • Instructional and Performance Technology Foundations
  • Instructional Design and Development
  • Analysis for Instructional and Performance Improvement
  • Evaluation and Change in the Instructional Design Process

Notables

The M.S.Ed. program is offered both on the Bloomington campus and fully online. In addition to this M.S.Ed., a 15-credit program is available leading to a graduate certificate in Instructional Systems Technology. Indiana University is home to a number of graduate programs that are ranked among the top 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, including Library and Information Studies, Elementary Teacher Education, and Higher Education Administration.

6. University of Georgia

Overview

Named among the top 10 Best Values in public universities by Kiplinger’s, the University of Georgia is considered one of the “public Ivies”—schools that offer the same caliber of challenging, innovative education as the traditional Ivy League universities. Incorporated in 1785, the University of Georgia was the very first state-chartered university in the nation. The flourishing graduate school of UGA is home to an acclaimed Master of Education degree in Learning, Design, and Technology.

Program Features

The Learning, Design, and Technology M.Ed. has three distinct tracks. The program offered on the Athens campus is a research-focused track that is ideal for students who plan to pursue doctoral study. Two additional tracks are available online through the Gwinnett campus: one with an emphasis in Instructional Technology, and another with an emphasis in Instructional Design and Development. Coursework for this major includes the following topics:

  • eLearning development
  • Learning theory and instructional models
  • History, trends, and issues in the field
  • Classroom technology integration

Notables

The Instructional Technology emphasis is primarily designed for K-12 teachers. The Instructional Design and Development emphasis has a broader focus, and can prepare students for a career in instructional design in education, military, healthcare, business, and other settings. UGA’s online graduate education programs have been ranked number six nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.

7. Teachers College at Columbia University

Overview

The Teachers College at Columbia University was the first graduate college of education in the United States, and today it remains one of the nation’s best. The Teachers College, despite its name, encompasses health, leadership, and psychology as well as education. Over 5,000 students are enrolled in the acclaimed academic programs at TCCU. The College offers a wide spectrum of graduate level teachers education programs, including a highly recognized Master of Arts in Instructional Technology and Media.

Program Features

The Instructional Technology and Media program is available as a Master of Arts, Master of Education, and Doctor of Education degree track. Thirty-two credit hours are required for the M.A. degree, while 60 credit hours are required for the M.Ed. degree. Both degree tracks share a number of required courses, including the following:

  • Instructional Design of Educational Technology
  • Cognition and Computers
  • Technology and School Change
  • Online Schools and Online Schooling K-12

Notables

All Instructional Technology and Media M.A. candidates will be required to complete an Integrative Project, either individually or as part of a group. TC Columbia University also offers a Master of Education and Master of Arts in Communication and Education. A Master of Arts for Technology Specialist K-12 is available both for those who already hold a teaching certification and those seeking initial licensure.

8. Minnesota State University-Mankato

Overview

Founded in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato has its roots as a teachers education college. The university’s first master’s degrees were conferred in 1954, and the first doctorate was granted in 2009. Today, the world-class MSU Mankato College of Education is a leading institution in the Network for Excellence in Teaching program, a $40 million partnership that aims to transform teacher education in Minnesota.

Program Features

The fully online Master of Science in Educational Technology is a 34-credit degree track. The program is designed to be highly flexible, with asynchronous classes that allow students to sign on and work through content whenever their schedule allows. Available coursework in the Educational Technology program includes the following:

  • Developing the Online Learning Environment
  • Instructional Games and Simulations
  • Educational Technology Leadership
  • Technology Funding

Notables

A capstone thesis, project, paper, or manuscript is required for Educational Technology M.S. candidates. Full-time students can complete the degree in as little as two years. Part-time students must complete the degree within six years. In addition to the Master of Science degree, the MSU Mankato Educational Technology division also offers four graduate certificates, each requiring three courses. Certificates are available in Educational Technology in the Classroom, Digital Educator, Instructional Design and Technology, and Technologist. An add-on license in Computer, Keyboarding, and Related Technology is also offered.

9. University of Florida

Overview

Students at the University of Florida have innumerable ways to explore new ideas and pursue professional experiences. The university is home to over 200 research, service, and education bureaus, institutes, and centers. Moreover, these outstanding academic opportunities are highly affordable: UF has been ranked among the best value public colleges by both Forbes and Kiplinger’s. The celebrated Educational Technology program at UF was recently named one of the best online programs in graduate education by U.S. News & World Report.

Program Features

The University of Florida offers a campus-based Master of Arts in Education as well as a PhD track. Online programs are also available leading to Master of Education, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Education degrees. All of these degrees are in the field of Curriculum and Instruction with a specialty in Educational Technology. The on-campus M.A.E. degree requires the following courses:

  • Issues and Trends in Educational Technology Research
  • Designing Integrated Media Environments
  • Human-Computer Interaction and the Learner
  • Advanced Instructional Design

Notables

The online M.Ed. degree requires a three credit hour Practicum in Educational Media and Instructional Design, while the on-campus M.A.E. requires a six credit Educational Technology Project or Thesis. Twelve-credit online certificates are available in K-12 Teaching with Technology, Instructional Design, Managing Distance Education Environments, and Online Teaching and Learning.

10. Boise State University

Overview

With over 3,600 graduate students, Boise State University is home to a thriving community of high-caliber scholars and researchers. The campus is located just across the river from the downtown sector of Idaho’s capital city, a hub of cultural, technological, and corporate opportunities. The Master of Educational Technology program is the largest graduate program at BSU, enrolling 320 students as of the 2016-2017 school year.

Program Features

While working through the degree, students in the M.E.T. program will create a portfolio that represents the culmination of their coursework. This electronic portfolio may be presented through a blogging site such as WordPress, or through a website building platform like Google Sites. The portfolio will typically include artifacts such as writing samples, professional projects, annotated bibliographies, classroom examinations, journals, publishable scholarship, and artistic endeavors. Required courses leading up to the portfolio include:

  • The Internet for Educators
  • Instructional Design for Educators
  • Theoretical Foundations of Educational Technology
  • Evaluation for Educational Technologists

Notables

To customize the course of study for their M.E.T. degree, students have the option to add a certificate in Online Teaching, School Technology Coordination, Technology Integration, or Games and Simulations. The M.E.T. program does not require the GREs for acceptance. BSU’s College of Education was ranked third in the Northwest and 43rd among all public universities nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.

11. Drexel University

Overview

Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Drexel University is a nationally recognized research institution that offers a range of excellent distance learning programs for working adults. As a pioneer in technology-enhanced education, Drexel has been offering online courses for over two decades. Drexel students can now pursue over 140 degrees and certificates fully online. Among these top-ranked degree programs is the Master of Science in Learning Technologies.

Program Features

The M.S. in Learning Technologies allows students to earn a broadly applicable master’s degree while specializing in a specific subject area. Four concentrations are available: eLearning Leadership, Instructional Design, Learning in Game-Based Environments, and a track leading to a Pennsylvania Certification for Instructional Technology Specialist. Core courses for the M.S. degree include the following:

  • Learning Sciences and Instructional Design
  • Technologies for Performance Support
  • New Media Literacies
  • Research Methodology for Action Research

Notables

Students can enroll in the M.S. in Learning Technologies program on a part-time or full-time basis. The calendar for the M.S. program is based on a 10-week, four-quarter system (instead of a two-semester system), allowing students to take more courses in a shorter period of time. The curriculum is designed for traditional K-12 classroom teachers as well as trainers and other educational leaders. All students will complete an action research project as their capstone experience.

12. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Overview

In 1896, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University adopted “Ut Prosim” (“that I may serve”) as its motto. More than 120 years later, the spirit of that motto lives on loud and clear in the university’s community. The curriculum of each of its academic programs is designed to create compassionate leaders in service of others. The commitment to Ut Prosim is especially evident in Virginia Tech’s Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology degree track.

Program Features

Virginia Tech students can pursue an M.A. in Instructional Design and Technology either on campus, online, or through a hybrid (blended) model. Graduates of the program are exceptionally well prepared for teaching careers in preK-12 and higher education settings, or for a career as an instructional designer, trainer, or performance consultant for businesses, organizations, or government agencies. Available electives for the degree include:

  • Applied Theories of Instructional Design
  • Digitally Mediated Learning
  • Interactive Learning Media, Arts, and Design
  • Problems in Education

Notables

The School of Education at Virginia Tech has been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1971. It has been ranked among the top 100 graduate schools of education nationwide by U.S. News & World Report. The Instructional Design and Technology department within the School of Education also offers Education Specialist and Doctor of Education degrees.

13. Iowa State University

Overview

Located in scenic Ames (just 30 minutes north of Des Moines), Iowa State University serves over 36,000 students across 10 different schools and colleges. ISU has been regionally and nationally recognized for outstanding contributions in science and technology. The university’s progressive philosophy is front and center in the Instructional Technology, Mathematics Education, and Science Education division.

Program Features

Graduate students have the option of pursuing either an M.S. in Education or an M.Ed. on the Ames campus. Three concentrations are available for each of these degrees: Instructional Technology, Mathematics Education, and Science Education. A fully online Master of Education in Instructional Technology is also offered. Within the online M.Ed. program, the following courses are available:

  • Principles and Practices of Flexible and Distance Learning
  • Technology Diffusion, Leadership, and Change
  • Multicultural Foundations of School and Society
  • Educational Psychology of Learning, Cognition, and Memory

Notables

The capstone experience of the online M.Ed. in Instructional Technology is an academic portfolio. The on-campus M.Ed. requires a creative component as the capstone project, while the on-campus M.S. requires a thesis. In addition to these degree tracks, the ISU School of Education is home to a number of robust research and outreach initiatives. One such initiative is Learning Design Solutions, an entrepreneurial venture that offers educational technology consulting both within Iowa State and throughout the surrounding region.

14. Kansas State University

Overview

Kansas State University has won national acclaim for both the breadth and strength of its graduate programs, with over 159 academic tracks available at the post-baccalaureate level. Over 4,300 students make up the vibrant, dynamic graduate community of KSU. The university’s College of Education is home to 1,000 of these graduate students. The nationally recognized College of Education produces more teachers than any of the 24 other teacher training programs in the state of Kansas.

Program Features

KSU’s Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction requires a minimum of 31 credit hours and is available fully online. The program offers a large number of available concentrations. Students may choose to specialize in Learning Skills/School Improvement, a Reading Specialist Endorsement, Civic Education, Educational Technology, or another concentration. Required courses for the Educational Technology track include:

  • Instructional Systems Design
  • Social/Cultural Issues in Educational Technology
  • Online Teaching and Learning
  • Educational Technology Change Management

Notables

Graduates who earn a master’s degree from KSU have a 97 percent placement rate, either in a job or in a higher course of study, within six months of graduation. KSU’s Professional Development Schools (PDS) partnership program, which provides clinical experiences to education students, was recently ranked among the best such programs in the nation.

15. SUNY at Albany

Overview

SUNY at Albany proudly claims a number of graduate programs that are ranked among the top 10 in the nation, including criminal justice, information technology, and public administration. U.S. News & World Report also awarded SUNY’s School of Education the number 14 slot among online graduate education programs nationwide. The School of Education’s outstanding reputation has been propelled by its excellent M.S. in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology program.

Program Features

SUNY’s Master of Science degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology is available both on campus and fully online. The 30-credit curriculum is ideal for K-12 teachers as well as corporate trainers, curriculum developers, and instructional designers. Available course options for this degree track include:

  • Media in Teaching and Learning
  • Integrating Technology Across the Curriculum
  • Communication, Technology and the Knowledge-Building Enterprise
  • Cooperative Learning and Instructional Technology

Notables

The Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology program was recently ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The M.S. degree track is exceptionally flexible: Not only are students able to take classes online, in person, or both, they also have a wider array of choices in their required coursework than students of most other programs. This allows students to tailor their degree track to their individual career goals.

16. Ball State University

Overview

The students and faculty of Ball State University are well-known for the boundless creativity and energy that they contribute to their community. Graduate students at Ball State can pursue over 140 programs, including tracks leading to certificates, master’s degree, specialist degrees, and doctoral degrees. A number of innovative and prestigious online programs are available, including an online graduate program in education that’s been ranked in the top 20 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.

Program Features

The Master of Arts offered by the Ball State Teachers College has two degree paths. Students will take 21 credit hours in core courses, followed by nine credit hours in either Curriculum or Instructional Technology. The program is ideal for teachers and educators in K-12 classrooms or other educational contexts. Foundational coursework for all Curriculum and Instructional Technology M.A. candidates includes:

  • Principles and Procedures of Curriculum Development
  • Curriculum Integration of Learning Technology
  • Technology Policy and Pedagogy
  • Research in Secondary Education

Notables

Many courses within the education M.A. degree are available both online and in-person. The Teachers College at Ball State publishes The Teacher Educator, a journal that serves as an international forum for leaders in the teaching profession. The journal, now in its 51st year, is co-edited by Teachers College faculty.

17. St. Cloud State University

Overview

St. Cloud University is located between the Beaver Islands, a chain of 30 islands on the Mississippi River, and the flourishing community of downtown St. Cloud, Minnesota. Forbes ranked the St. Cloud metropolitan area 24th in the nation among “Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers." The university earned the number 10 slot in PayScale’s “Best Schools for Education Majors By Salary Potential” ranking. One of the acclaimed educational degrees that contributed to this PayScale ranking is the M.S. in Information Media.

Program Features

The Information Media: Technology Integration degree is a 30-hour program, requiring 15 hours in core coursework, 12 hours in the Technology Integration concentration, and three hours in research topics. The program is open to part-time and full-time students, and all courses are offered both in-person and online. The on-campus courses are held during the evenings to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Coursework for this degree includes:

  • Instructional Design and Training
  • Facilitating and Administering E-learning
  • Technologies in the Workplace
  • Information Media: Theory, Research, and Practice

Notables

In addition to the M.S. degree track, graduate certificates are offered in Instructional Technology, Technology Integration, Design for E-Learning, and Library Media Specialist. An Information Media M.S. is also available in Library Media and Instructional Design and Training. Assistantship positions are available for full-time students of the Information Media program.

18. Emporia State University

Overview

Emporia State University is rightly proud of its roots as a teachers college. Established in 1863 as Kansas Normal School, the university was the very first public institute of higher learning in the state. Over the last 40 years, Emporia State has added renowned academic programs in business, library and information management, and liberal arts and sciences. But the Teachers College remains just as strong as ever, with an innovative and highly celebrated Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology program.

Program Features

Offered through the Department of Instructional Design and Technology, the Master of Science program is available in online, on-campus, and blended formats. The degree track has been recognized among the best online education graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report. The M.S. program requires the following core courses:

  • Designing and Developing Web-Based Instruction
  • Contemporary Issues in Distance Education
  • Multimedia Design
  • Web Design

Notables

The Master of Science degree is available in both a thesis track (which is designed for students interested in research) and a non-thesis track (which is designed for education practitioners). Both tracks require 36 credit hours. All students of the Instructional Design and Technology program will be required to complete some type of culminating project. Arthur Levine, past president of Columbia University’s Teachers College, described Emporia State’s Teachers College as “a Camelot for teacher education.”

19. Appalachian State University

Overview

Situated amid the stunning natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian State University is one of the 16 member institutions of the University of North Carolina System. App State serves a total of 1,700 graduate students, both on campus and through distance learning programs. The university recently expanded its distance learning opportunities to include the renowned Master of Arts in Educational Media: Instructional Technology degree track.

Program Features

Three concentrations are available within the M.A. in Educational Media degree: K-12 Instructional Technology Facilitation, New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives, and Online Learning and Professional Development. A general degree track is also available for students with a broad interest in information systems and computer science in educational environments. Required coursework for all concentrations in this major includes:

  • New Media and Emerging Literacies
  • Utilizing Networking and Communications Technologies for Learning
  • Digital Learning Environments in a Changing Society
  • Applications of Digital Technologies

Notables

The K-12 Instructional Technology Facilitation concentration is designed to prepare students for educational leadership roles in public schools, libraries, and related settings. It leads to licensure for Instructional Technology Specialists. The New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives track does not lead to licensure, but emphasizes the creation and evaluation of traditional and evolving media. The Online Learning and Professional Development track empowers students to develop and analyze online pedagogies and environments for traditional education and professional development.

20. Robert Morris University Illinois

Overview

Robert Morris University Illinois offers highly acclaimed programs leading to associate’s, bachelor’s, and graduate degrees. For the sixth year in a row, RMU Illinois was named the most diverse university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. This multi-location institution has campuses in Chicago, Arlington Heights, DuPage, Elgin, Lake County, Orland Park, Peoria, Springfield, and Schaumburg. RMU’s Master of Management: Educational Technology Specialization provides an excellent foundation for a career in traditional or corporate educational settings.

Program Features

The M.M. in Educational Technology typically takes one and a half to three years to complete. Students in the Full-Time Day program may complete the degree in as little as 10 months. Most RMU campuses will allow education students to take classes in the evenings, and some also offer weekend and online classes. Required coursework for the Educational Technology track includes:

  • E-Learning Strategies Utilization
  • Blended and Online Learning: Technologies and Assessment
  • Facilitation and Communication Utilizing E-Technology
  • Mobile Learning Environments

Notables

The Educational Technology program is designed around a core of 28 to 32 quarter credit hours. These Master of Management core courses include Ethics and Communication, Leadership Practice and Theory, and Organizational Design and Change Management. Once these fundamental courses are completed, students will be able to choose from a number of electives, such as 21st Century College Students, Program and Curriculum Administration and Assessment, and Managing Diverse Organizations.

21. Concordia University-Chicago

Overview

A Lutheran liberal arts institution, Concordia University-Chicago highlights its commitment to affordability, top-tier academics, and fostering a vibrant student community. Its efforts have been rewarded with widespread recognition: CUC has been designated a national College With Distinction, and it was recently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth time. The Master of Arts in Education Technology: Leadership program reflects the high standards and immersive learning experiences that have become CUC hallmarks.

Program Features

The M.A. in Education Technology: Leadership is a 30-credit program that typically takes 24 months to complete. Students who successfully finish the program will qualify for an Illinois Technology Specialist Endorsement. Coursework for the degree is available on campus, online, and in hybrid formats. Required courses include:

  • Theoretical, Ethical, and Practical Foundations of Educational Technology
  • Educational Technology Hardware and Software
  • Using Technology to Build Learning Communities
  • Technology for Effective Decision-Making in Teaching and Learning

Notables

All Master of Arts candidates will complete a capstone project, which is designed to promote reflective practice and demonstrate academic growth. For the Education Technology program, the capstone is typically a summary of work that showcases the student’s understanding of professional standards. A number of other graduate level programs in education are available, including Master of Arts degrees in Blended and Online Teaching for PK-12 Educators, Educational Administration, and Differentiated Instruction.

22. Concordia University-Saint Paul

Overview

Founded in 1893, Concordia University-Saint Paul now serves over 1,600 graduate students across its 23 highly regarded master’s degree programs. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development recognized Concordia University graduates for having some of the highest salaries in the state compared to graduates of other universities. The Teachers College offers a number of remarkably valuable and relevant degrees, including a prestigious Master of Arts in Educational Technology.

Program Features

Designed for experienced educators, the M.A. in Educational Technology empowers teachers to successfully leverage technology in support of student achievement. The coursework for this degree emphasizes practical application and encourages students to address the positive and negative effects of technology in the teaching and learning process. This degree track requires the following courses:

  • Foundations and Trends in Education Technology
  • Virtual Classrooms and Social Media within the Classroom
  • Professional Development and Leadership in Educational Technology
  • Educational Research and Applications

Notables

The Master of Arts in Education program at Concordia University-Saint Paul also offers specialization tracks in Educational Leadership, Early Childhood Education, and Differentiated Instruction. The university ranks highly for return on student investment, with excellent graduate outcomes and low tuition costs. Among all Minnesota Private College Council schools, Concordia University-Saint Paul is the most affordable institution.

23. SUNY Buffalo State College

Overview

As the largest comprehensive four-year college in the SUNY system, SUNY Buffalo State College serves over 9,000 undergraduate and nearly 1,000 graduate students. The 125-acre campus in the city of Buffalo offers strong community connections and ample opportunities for professional experience. Buffalo State’s celebrated Master of Science in Education program provides students with cutting-edge expertise in the use of educational technology.

Program Features

The Learning Design and Educational Technology M.S.Ed. program requires a total of 33 credit hours. Eighteen of these credit hours must be earned through required courses, and 15 may be earned from education-related elective courses. The program emphasizes the design, development, and use of technology in both PK-12 settings and professional training contexts. Candidates of this M.S.Ed. program may complete the following core coursework:

  • Integrating Digital Video Technology into Classrooms
  • Authoring for Educators
  • Creating and Integrating Technology in the Classroom
  • Instructional Design and Problem Solving with Technology

Notables

Candidates are recommended, but not required, to hold a teaching certification for elementary or secondary education before applying to the M.S.Ed. program. A number of elective courses within the Learning Design and Educational Technology major emphasize instructional content creation. Students interested in this aspect may take classes in Educational Graphics and Animation, Educational Hardware Methods and Tools, and Television for Education and Training.

24. University of Houston

Overview

The University of Houston is home to endless academic, professional, and co-curricular opportunities. The university offers 120 master’s degree programs, and students have access to 25 innovative research centers that push the boundaries of multiple academic disciplines. The University of Houston’s online graduate education program is ranked number two in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Program Features

The Learning, Design, and Technology track of the Master of Education program requires ten total courses. Students may take these classes at the main UH campus in Houston, at the new Sugar Land campus, or online. The program is designed for traditional educators as well as healthcare and business professionals who work in training and performance improvement. Available coursework includes:

  • Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling
  • Current Issues in Learning and Technology
  • New Tools for Creating Online Educational Materials
  • Design, Development, and Evaluation of Presentations

Notables

The University of Houston offers both a 30-hour M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and a 36-hour Dual Credit M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, which prepares students to teach dual credit courses in high schools or community colleges. The 36-hour program offers specializations in Mathematics and Social Studies. In addition to the educational technology track, the 30-hour M.Ed. program offers specializations in Reading, Language Arts, and Literature Education; Science Education; Teaching; and several other areas.

25. University of Dayton

Overview

A private research university with deep Marianist Catholic roots, the University of Dayton has been nationally recognized for its outstanding sustainability practices, human rights initiatives, and prolific research programs. Kiplinger’s, Money magazine, and the Princeton Review have all ranked the University of Dayton as a school that provides excellent value. Graduate students can take advantage of Dayton’s exceptional affordability through the university’s M.S.Ed. in Technology Enhanced Learning.

Program Features

Dayton’s Department of Teacher Education has been recognized by the Ohio Board of Regents for producing graduates that are better prepared and more successful in student outcomes than graduates of other Ohio teachers colleges. The Technology Enhanced Learning M.S.Ed. program focuses on technology integration for P-12 learners. This degree track offers the following courses:

  • Application of Computers and Technology in Special Education
  • Cognition, Learning, and Technology
  • Distance Education in a Digital Age
  • Becoming an Effective Building Technology Leader

Notables

Besides Technology Enhanced Learning, the Master of Science in Education degree offers a wide range of available concentrations. Other M.S.Ed. options include Multi-Age Education, Teacher as Leader, Transdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, and Leadership for Educational Systems, among numerous others. Within six months of graduation, 96 percent of Dayton alumni report being employed, pursuing further education, or participating in a service program.

26. University of South Carolina-Columbia

Overview

Both the Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s have tapped the University of South Carolina-Columbia as a Best Value school. The university boasts a total of nine graduate programs that are ranked among the top 25 of their kind in the nation. The 1,600 graduate students of U of SC-Columbia have no shortage of excellent master’s degree programs to choose from, including the M.Ed. in Educational Technology. This track offers a hands-on curriculum taught by faculty members who are leading experts in their fields.

Program Features

The Master of Education degree requires 36 credit hours. For the Educational Technology track, students will take six foundational credit hours in learning and research principles, 15 credit hours in design courses, 12 credit hours in technology courses, and three hours in an elective course. Required coursework for the degree includes:

  • Advanced Instructional Design and Development
  • Design and Evaluation of Information Access and Delivery
  • Technological Applications for Diverse Populations
  • Management of Technology Resources

Notables

There is no thesis requirement for the M.Ed. in Educational Technology, but candidates will compile a Program Portfolio. This portfolio encourages students to demonstrate the breadth and depth of their intellectual growth throughout the program in a unified and purposeful way. Graduates of this program have gone on to careers as district technology specialists, instructional designers, trainers, and a variety of other leadership positions in educational settings.

27. University of Oklahoma

 

Overview

Twenty minutes south of Oklahoma City is the town of Norman, home to the University of Oklahoma’s main campus. The OU Graduate School has been widely recognized for the creativity and research efforts of its students. More than 100 OU graduate students receive funding for their degree through the university’s numerous fellowship awards. The university hosts a variety of seminars, workshops, and student events to enrich graduate student life. The strong academic programs and plentiful resources make OU a top choice among educators seeking a master’s degree.

Program Features

OU’s Instructional Psychology and Technology M.Ed. combines research, theory, and practice. Four unique concentrations are available for this degree track: Educational Psychology, Integrating Technology in Teaching, Instructional Design and Technology, and 21st Century Teaching and Learning (which is an online program). For the Integrating Technology in Teaching specialization, required courses include:

  • Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education
  • Teaching with Technology
  • Technology in Educational Administration
  • Motivation and Learning in the Classroom

Notables

Other degree offerings from the Department of Educational Psychology include a master's in Professional Counseling and a master’s in Special Education. A doctorate is also available in Instructional Psychology and Technology. Current research projects by OU professors feature topics such as measurement of motivation, instructional design, visual literacy, development of politico-moral attitudes and behaviors, and teacher professional development.

28. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Overview

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution. Since 1794, the university has served the state and surrounding economic region as a hub of scholarship and research. Particularly in the last several years, UT-Knoxville has invested significantly in improving its facilities and cultivating a world-class academic catalog. The outstanding M.S. in Education with a concentration in Instructional Technology is one of the most impressive results of the university’s revitalization efforts.

Program Features

The M.S. in Education with Instructional Technology concentration is a flexible, innovative program that empowers graduates for careers in technology coordination, distance education, curricular design, and training. All courses for the degree are offered fully online. The degree track requires a total of 33 credit hours. Candidates will complete 24 credit hours in the concentration core, including the following classes:

  • Online Learning Environments
  • Understanding Online Interaction
  • Instructional Systems Design
  • Instructional Media Development

Notables

The program is designed to be completed in two years, assuming that students take two courses in each of the three terms (fall, spring, and summer). Although coursework is fully online, students will be required to attend one face-to-face meeting on campus every summer. The coursework incorporates both asynchronous (anytime access) and synchronous (assigned sign-on times) formats. All candidates will prepare a professional portfolio as their culminating experience.

29. Concordia University-Wisconsin

Overview

One of the nation’s leading Lutheran universities, Concordia University-Wisconsin offers a suite of academic programs that emphasize faith, service, and excellence in all endeavors. CUW occupies a beautiful campus on the shores of Lake Michigan, 15 miles north of Milwaukee. Founded in 1881, CUW has grown into a top-tier institution serving over 3,500 graduate students. The university’s M.S. in Educational Design and Technology is a popular choice, drawing in passionate students who explore how emerging technologies can affect teaching and learning in the modern world.

Program Features

The Educational Design and Technology program combines a focus on data-driven decisions for learning environments with the concept of Christian discipleship in the digital age. Candidates will complete 33 credit hours before earning the degree. A teaching certification is not required for the program. Core curriculum for the M.S. in Educational Design and Technology includes:

  • Integrating Technology in the Learning Experience
  • Applying Technology in Content Areas
  • Critical Issues in Educational Technology
  • Theories of Learning and Design

Notables

In addition to Educational Design and Technology, the CUW School of Education also offers Master of Science degrees in Educational Administration, Environmental Education, Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education, Teaching and Learning, and many other areas. Grants and scholarships are available for practicing teachers in Christian schools (Lutheran, Catholic, or other).

30. Kent State University

Overview

In U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges ranking, Kent State University was the only public university in northeast Ohio to earn a coveted top-tier distinction. The acclaimed College of Education, Health, and Human Services offers extensive academic support services and exciting research opportunities. This is especially true for students of the M.Ed. in Instructional Technology program.

Program Features

The Instructional Technology master’s degree is available in two concentrations: Instructional Technology/General and Computer/Technology. The Instructional Technology/General track is designed to prepare graduates to integrate technology in schools, classrooms, training facilities, or other instructional settings. The Computer/Technology track is ideal for students seeking a career as a technology coordinator at the district level or a related technological position. Required coursework for both concentrations includes:

  • Designing Visuals for Instruction
  • Computer Applications in Education
  • Researching Current Issues in Instructional Technology
  • Instructional Applications of the Internet

Notables

Both of the Instructional Technology options are available on campus or fully online. The Computer/Technology track requires 36 credit hours, while the Instructional Technology/General track requires 34 credit hours. Two required courses (six credit hours) can be replaced with a thesis project. For this option, students will select two faculty members to serve as their thesis committee. These faculty members will guide and oversee the student’s work.

31. Waynesburg University

Overview

Established in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is comprised of a main campus in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and suburban Pittsburgh locations in Monroeville, Cranberry, and Southpointe. Waynesburg is well-known for being among the most affordable private universities in the state of Pennsylvania. The university has received extensive recognition for its business, communication, criminal justice, forensic science, nursing, and education graduate programs. These programs emphasize practical application, small class sizes, and personalized instruction from outstanding faculty.

Program Features

Coursework for the Master of Education in Instructional Technology is available at all three Waynesburg satellite campuses. Classes typically meet once a week (6:00 PM to 10:00 PM) for eight weeks. Several courses are available fully online. Requirements for the M.Ed. in Instructional Technology include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Technology
  • Integrating Technology with Teaching and Learning
  • Online Course Design and Instructional Strategies
  • Introduction to Multimedia

Notables

The Master of Education in Instructional Technology is available with or without an Online Teaching Concentration certificate. Candidates seeking this certification must already hold a Pennsylvania teaching license. Other graduate level certificates and endorsements are available in Special Education, Autism, Athletic Administration and Coaching, and Principal certification. Waynesburg University has an overall student-faculty ratio of just 12:1 and an average class size of 18.

32. Texas State University

Overview

Texas State University is an Emerging Research University, providing exciting research and professional opportunities to its vibrant and highly diverse student community. The university has two campuses: a Round Rock campus north of Austin, and a San Marcos campus in the Austin metropolitan area. Texas State offers 13 doctoral degrees and 91 master’s degrees, including a truly exceptional M.Ed. in Educational Technology program.

Program Features

The 39-credit-hour program at Texas State is based on the current standards of the International Society for Technology in Education. Upon completion, students will be eligible for both a Master of Education degree and a Texas master technology teacher certificate. Depending on the individual’s degree track, the program may be available partially online. Required coursework includes:

  • Advanced Educational Technology
  • Models of Integration of Educational Technology
  • Instructional Design for Educational Technology
  • Issues in Educational Technology

Notables

While the program timeline is flexible, most Texas State students take two to three years to earn their M.Ed. degree. The program’s culminating experience is an e-portfolio. This e-portfolio will be presented to faculty members in the final semester of the program. Students must complete a cognate, or minor, in addition to the Educational Technology core. Common choices for a cognate include General Education, Adult Education, Educational Administration, and Teacher Certification: Secondary (which leads to initial licensure).

33. University of Northern Iowa

Overview

Ranked among the best regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Northern Iowa is a strong choice for graduate students. The university has earned accolades from the Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s, and Washington Monthly for affordability and academic excellence. UNI has also been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for outstanding civic engagement among students. All of these aspects—service, affordability, and academic rigor—come together in UNI’s Master of Arts in Instructional Technology.

Program Features

The M.A. in Instructional Technology is offered both on the main Cedar Falls campus and through the Distance Education program. Students may pursue this degree through either a thesis or non-thesis track. Both tracks require a minimum of 33 credit hours. All candidates for the M.A. program will complete foundational courses such as:

  • Exploring Issues and Trends in Instructional Technology
  • Using Digital and Social Media in Education
  • Planning and Producing Instructional Media
  • Leading Change Through Instructional Technology

Notables

Candidates do not need to hold a teaching license in order to apply to the program. M.A. students who choose the thesis track will be required to pass an oral examination, administered by the thesis committee, that accompanies the thesis defense. Non-thesis students will be required to prepare an electronic portfolio, along with a paper, as their capstone experience.

34. University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Overview

The scenic Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts is located on 1,450 acres in the picturesque Pioneer Valley. The university’s setting is rural, but students are only 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. As the flagship institution of the state of Massachusetts, UMass-Amherst offers extraordinary academic opportunities and cutting-edge technological resources to its students. Nowhere is this more true than in the master’s degree program for Learning, Media, and Technology.

Program Features

Students in the Learning, Media, and Technology Concentration will study theories of learning as well as practical applications of technology, including 3D printers, social media, open online courses, robotics systems, and more. Graduates from this program will be well-prepared to work in K-12, university, organizational, or corporate settings. The program has very few required courses. Instead, students can choose among numerous course offerings, such as:

  • Online Tools for Learning and Instruction
  • Educational Video Production
  • Educational Web Design
  • Computer Mediated Communication

Notables

Only two specific courses are required for Learning, Media, and Technology students: Theories of Learning, and Designing Digital Media for Teaching and Learning. This level of flexibility allows students to customize their educational path to best meet their career goals. Candidates in this program will complete a total of 33 credit hours, which includes a culminating project.

35. New York Institute of Technology

Overview

The students of the New York Institute of Technology represent nearly all 50 states and almost 100 countries. The school has campuses in New York, Arkansas, Canada, United Arab Emirates, and China. The institution hosts a number of international conferences that attract global experts in sustainability, energy, cybersecurity, and learning technology. The university-wide emphasis on emerging technologies and social responsibility make NYIT a hub for students of education technology.

Program Features

NYIT offers a number of education tracks geared specifically towards either K-12 educators or corporate trainers. Within the Trainer track, students can pursue an M.S. degree, an Advanced Certificate in Instructional Design for Global e-Learning, or an Advanced Certificate in Emerging Technologies. Within the Educator track, candidates have the option of an M.S., an Advanced Diploma in School Leadership (offered fully online), or an Advanced Certificate in STEM Education. For K-12 educators, the Instructional Technology M.S. requires the following courses:

  • Curriculum Design and Development
  • Philosophy of Instructional Technology
  • Instructional Applications of the Internet
  • Multimedia/Authoring

Notables

Many courses are offered both remotely and onsite. Both Master of Science degree tracks require a total of 33 credit hours. Among NYIT graduates, over 93 percent are employed or seeking further education within six months of graduation. NYIT is ranked among the top 100 private universities nationwide for highest-paid graduates.

36. Webster University

Overview

Located in Webster Groves, Missouri, Webster University is a top-tier private research institution. Webster consistently ranks among the best Midwestern regional universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. The school has also earned a variety of accolades from Money magazine and Forbes. The university’s teacher training programs are especially distinguished: Seven education graduate programs have earned national recognition from their respective Specialized Professional Associations within the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Program Features

Students of Webster’s Master of Educational Technology program go on to become military trainers, corporate talent developers, and educators in a variety of other settings. Graduates will be prepared to leverage technology for learning, communication, and collaboration in formal and informal learning contexts. The program requires a minimum of 33 credit hours. Core coursework for the Educational Technology major includes:

  • Graphic Design for Educators
  • Desktop Publishing for Educators
  • Digital Video for Educators
  • Web Page Authoring and Design

Notables

Master’s degree candidates at Webster will typically complete a Content Performance Portfolio, which will be formally reviewed for the candidate’s demonstrated competencies. This requirement may be replaced by another faculty-approved method of documenting the student’s abilities. In addition to the flagship campus in Missouri, a campus in Kansas City and the military base in Ft. Bliss, Texas also offer the Master of Educational Technology.

37. East Tennessee State University

Overview

Established in 1911 as a teachers college, East Tennessee State University now serves over 14,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus is located in Johnson City, just across the border from Virginia and North Carolina. The renowned Clemmer College of Education is home to six academic departments, a K-12 laboratory school, and three Centers of Excellence. The outstanding faculty and one-of-a-kind academic resources make ETSU a worthy choice for graduate students of education.

Program Features

The M.Ed. in Educational Media and Educational Technology requires 36 credit hours. Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in K-12 classrooms, as well as business and industry, human services, higher education, government, and military settings. Students in this track will complete the following courses:

  • History and Philosophy of Educational Media and Educational Technology
  • Technology in Teaching and Learning
  • Instructional Role of Educational Media and Educational Technology
  • Research in Educational Media and Educational Technology

Notables

The Educational Media and Educational Technology program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Successful completion of a professional portfolio and a comprehensive oral exam are required of all master’s degree candidates. The Clemmer College of Education also offers master’s degrees in Teaching and Learning Advanced Studies, Educational Leadership, and School Library Media, among other areas.

38. SUNY College at Potsdam

Overview

With a graduate community of roughly 300 students, SUNY College at Potsdam represents an exciting and vibrant community of scholars. This community extends beyond SUNY College at Potsdam to the surrounding region and nearby colleges (there are four of them in a 10-mile radius). The diverse local group of researchers and practitioners provides extensive networking opportunities and resources for education graduate students.

Program Features

The Educational Technology Specialist program at Potsdam is a 36-hour degree track. The program follows a cohort model, allowing students to move through the coursework and graduate with a small group of peers. This M.S.Ed. track typically takes 24 months to complete. Course requirements include:

  • Technology in Education
  • History and Philosophy of Technology Utilization
  • Systematic Design for Performance Improvement
  • Research and Theory on Communication and Performance Technology

Notables

A teaching certificate is not required for the M.S.Ed. Educational Technology Specialist program. However, candidates who do already hold a teaching license will be eligible for an Educational Technology Specialist certification. A non-certification track is also available for educators who work outside of a K-12 setting (such as individuals who work in the military, corporate training, social service agencies, and other instructional contexts). Graduates of SUNY Potsdam have an excellent placement rate, with 95 percent of Potsdam alumni employed or pursuing further education within six months of graduation.

39. University of Cincinnati

Overview

Ranked among the top tier of Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Cincinnati offers a strong combination of rigorous academics, practical application, and groundbreaking research. As a comprehensive public institution of higher learning, University of Cincinnati is a leader in the University System of Ohio and throughout the nation. Educators will find all the best aspects of UC in the dynamic M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology program.

Program Features

The UC Instructional Design and Technology program offers two distinct M.Ed. tracks. One track offers a specialization in Design and Development for educational media, while the Teaching specialization is geared toward practicing educators. Many courses are offered onsite, online, and in blended formats. The Instructional Design and Technology program offers the following courses:

  • Ethical Use of Digital Information and Technology in Education
  • Applications and Issues of Teaching with Technology
  • Educational Game Design
  • Collaboration and Support in Online Education

Notables

Both tracks of the Instructional Design and Technology program require a minimum of 30 credit hours. These credits may be completed in a single year for full-time students, or over a longer period of time for part-time students. Graduate Incentive Scholarship Awards are available to help cover the costs of a graduate degree, and are offered to incoming and returning UC students based on merit.

40. Valdosta State University

Overview

Valdosta State University represents a crossroads of academic, cultural, and professional opportunity. Small classes, highly accessible faculty members, and abundant research and practicum experiences have made VSU a top choice for undergraduates and graduate students alike. Located 15 minutes north of the Florida state line, VSU offers in-state tuition to residents of Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama. VSU’s Instructional Technology graduate track offers an array of specializations, allowing students to forge their own academic path toward their ideal career.

Program Features

Valdosta State offers an M.Ed. degree in Instructional Technology with concentrations in Corporate Training, Non-P-12 Technology Applications, P-12 Technology Applications, and School Library Media. All of these concentrations are offered fully online. Core curriculum within the Instructional Technology track includes the following courses:

  • Information Sources and Uses
  • Instructional Technology for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
  • Digital Learning Environments
  • Vision and Planning for Instructional Technology

Notables

The Corporate Training concentration prepares students to sit for the Adobe Certified Associated exams in Photoshop, Premiere, and Dreamweaver. This track requires 30 total credit hours. The other M.Ed. tracks require 36 credit hours. In addition to M.Ed. degree tracks, Valdosta also offers Education Specialist degrees in Instructional Technology (with available concentrations for P-12 educators and Non-P-12 school personnel).

41. Virginia Commonwealth University

Overview

Virginia Commonwealth University is home to a diverse array of facilities, resources, and programs, all of which represent the university’s commitment to excellence. The VCU Medical Center was named the number one hospital in the metropolitan Richmond area. The graduate arts program has consistently ranked among the best in the nation. The School of Education’s graduate programs were named among the top 50 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report. All of these aspects come together to form the energetic, creative atmosphere of VCU.

Program Features

The VCU School of Education offers a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Concentrations are available in Teaching and Learning, Online Teaching, and Instructional Technology. The Instructional Technology concentration requires candidates to complete a total of 33 credit hours. Core courses within this concentration include:

  • Instructional Strategies Using the Internet
  • Developing and Critiquing Visual Literacy
  • Video Applications in Instruction
  • Technology Leadership and Staff Development

Notables

The average VCU graduate student takes two and a half years to complete a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Graduate level students may also pursue a Master of Education in Adult Learning, with concentrations in Adult Literacy, Human Resource Development, and Teaching and Learning with Technology. Numerous graduate certificates and Master of Teaching degree tracks are also available.

42. University of North Carolina Wilmington

 

 

Overview

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is a public university that’s been nationally ranked for affordability, academic quality, and study abroad opportunities. The Watson College of Education in particular has garnered extensive recognition, including a top five “Best Values” distinction in a statewide ranking from the National Council on Teacher Quality. UNC Wilmington—affectionately known as The Dub— serves a graduate student body of over 1,800.

Program Features

The Watson College of Education offers an innovative Master of Science in Instructional Technology (MIT) degree program. This track requires students who are seeking advanced licensure to hold a teaching certification before applying. Separate degree tracks are available for educators in K-12 settings, business and industry settings, and government and higher education settings. Required courses for the K-12 concentration include:

  • Instructional Design: Theory and Research
  • Multimedia Design and Development
  • Managing Instructional Development
  • Evaluation and Change in Instructional Development Process

Notables

The Master of Science in Instructional Technology program boasts a 99 percent job placement rate for recent graduates. In addition to the Master of Science degree, the Instructional Technology program also offers 18-hour certifications in Instructional Technology Specialist and Online Teaching and Learning. All coursework for both the degree and the certificates are offered in technology-enhanced (on-campus) and distance learning formats.

43. University of Central Missouri

Overview

The mission of the University of Central Missouri is to prepare students to both serve the needs of the surrounding region and to become engaged citizens of the global community. The university offers programs across the full breadth of academic disciplines, including 37 graduate programs and 27 areas of teacher certification. With a per-credit-hour cost of just $292 for Missouri graduate students, UCM is one of the most affordable options for state residents.

Program Features

The Master of Science in Educational Technology degree from UCM is offered fully online. The 30-hour program is designed for classroom teachers (both K-12 and higher education), military instructors, technology coordinators, corporate trainers, instructional designers, and other professionals who work in a learning environment. Requirements for the M.S. in Educational Technology include the following courses:

  • Communication in Online Learning
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Online Instruction
  • Educational Technology Leadership
  • Online Course Development

Notables

All students in the M.S. Educational Technology program will complete a summative portfolio as their culminating experience. A three-credit internship in an educational technology setting is also required. Ninety-two percent of UCM graduates report being employed within six months of graduation. Post-master’s degree students may wish to pursue the Education Specialist degree in Educational Technology (the highest degree offered by UCM). A graduate certificate in Online Teaching and Learning is also available.

44. Eastern Michigan University

Overview

Established as a teachers college in 1849, Eastern Michigan University has grown into a comprehensive research university with a number of strong community initiatives. The 800-acre campus in Ypsilanti, Michigan is home to five academic colleges, including the College of Education and College of Technology. Over 150 different graduate programs are available for post-baccalaureate students, including a celebrated Master of Arts in Learning Technology and Design.

Program Features

The College of Education’s M.A. in Learning Technology and Design requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. These credit hours will include six hours in foundational courses and 23 hours in major-specific courses. Students will be able to choose from a list of approved electives to earn the remaining credit hours. Curriculum within the Learning Technology and Design core includes the following courses:

  • Technology and Student-Centered Learning
  • Facilitating Teaching in Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments
  • Instructional Design and Development of Multimedia Instructional Materials
  • Issues and Emerging Educational Technologies

Notables

The College of Education offers a number of other innovative graduate programs, including M.A. degrees in Educational Leadership; Educational Psychology; Schools, Society, and Violence; and Social Foundations of Education, among many others. An M.S. degree is available in Technology Studies. Numerous Master of Arts in Teaching degrees leading to initial teacher certification are also offered.

45. Western Kentucky University

Overview

Located on a famously beautiful hilltop campus in Bowling Green, Western Kentucky University is a leader in a number of academic disciplines. The university boasts nationally recognized programs in Journalism and Broadcasting, Engineering, Business, and Education. The fully online Master of Science in Library Media Education is just one of the many dynamic graduate-level degree paths WKU offers for teachers and trainers.

Program Features

The M.S. in Library Media Education program is available in two distinct tracks. The first is a Library Media Education track, leading to a school librarian certification. The other is an Educational Technology track, leading to an Instructional Computer Technology (P-12) endorsement. Courses available within the Library Media Education degree track include:

  • Educational Technology Production
  • Educational Technology Leadership
  • Investigations in Educational Technology
  • Emerging Technology in Education

Notables

No prior teacher certification is required for students applying to the M.S. in Library Media Education. Candidates can complete the degree without seeking any kind of teacher certification. All students of this program will complete a professional portfolio as their culminating experience. The Western Kentucky Graduate School also offers a Master of Arts in Education in Gifted Education and Talent Development, Adult Education, and a number of other unique options for educators.

46. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Overview

A highly distinguished public university emphasizing both research and the liberal arts, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is the largest and most diverse campus in the Piedmont Triad region. UNCG is home to a total of 74 master’s programs and 32 doctoral programs. The Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree track is a highly respected program and a popular choice among educators.

Program Features

The MLIS program allows students to pursue both a master’s degree and certification in either School Library licensure or Instructional Technology licensure. (Licensure-only programs, without the master’s degree, are also available.) The MLIS degree plus Instructional Technology licensure requires 36 total credit hours. Core coursework for this program includes the following:

  • Computer-Related Technologies for Information Management
  • Emerging Technological Trends in Information Access
  • Media Production Services for Library Programs
  • Assistive Technology for Inclusive Education

Notables

Because the MLIS Instructional Technology track culminates in a North Carolina licensure, the program is best suited to students who wish to work in the North Carolina public school system. Graduates may serve as instructional technology directors, coordinators, or facilitators. Both MLIS tracks are offered in a hybrid format, combining in-person and distance learning coursework. A graduate certificate program is also available leading to a North Carolina Computer Education Endorsement.

47. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Overview

Over 16,000 graduate and professional students make up the post-baccalaureate community of the University of Minnesota. The flagship Twin Cities campus provides a newly revitalized and thoroughly modern educational experience to both undergraduates and graduate students. The university is the state’s leading institution for producing professionals in a number of industries, including education: U of M conferred 536 Master of Education degrees in 2016 alone.

Program Features

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers both an M.A. and an M.Ed. in Professional Studies for Learning Technologies. The M.Ed. in Professional Studies track is offered in a blended format or entirely online. The Master of Arts track is ideal for students with a stronger research focus, while the M.Ed. program is best suited for practicing educators. The M.Ed. Learning Technologies track offers the following courses:

  • Interactive Multimedia Instruction
  • Contemporary Software Development Issues and Tools
  • Online Learning Communities
  • Designing Online Adventure Learning

Notables

The M.Ed. in Professional Studies offers concentrations in Online Distance Learning, K-12 Technology Integration, and Multimedia Design and Development. The M.A. track provides students with the option of a thesis and non-thesis degree plan. The thesis degree plan is ideal for students who plan to pursue a PhD. The non-thesis track requires students to complete a (much shorter) final paper as their capstone experience.

48. University of North Dakota

Overview

The University of North Dakota is located at the border of North Dakota and Minnesota, in the thriving college town of Grand Forks. The connections to the surrounding community and region are one of the highlights of UND, encouraging abundant internship and career opportunities. Cutting-edge education programs draw top-tier graduate students from all over the country to UND.

Program Features

The Instructional Design and Technology program is a collaboration between UND’s education, psychology, and aerospace sciences divisions. This highly interdisciplinary program prepares students to work as curriculum designers, technology facilitators, corporate trainers, and multimedia instructional developers. Students may pursue either a Master of Science or a Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology. Available courses for both degree tracks include:

  • Instructional Systems Development, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • Theories and Models of Instructional Design
  • Instructional Systems Analysis and Design
  • Digital Media and the Internet in Schools

Notables

The M.Ed. track is primarily designed for candidates who plan to work in a K-12 or higher education setting. Within this track, students may choose a K-12 emphasis, Corporate emphasis, or Computer- and Web-Based Instruction emphasis. An independent research project is required for the M.Ed. degree. The M.S. curriculum is designed for educators who plan to work in the business, government, or industry sectors. This degree offers both a thesis track and an independent project track.

49. University of Central Arkansas

Overview

Founded in 1907, the University of Central Arkansas is a public research university and one of the oldest universities in the state. The 356-acre main campus is located in Conway, Arkansas, roughly 30 miles north of Little Rock. The university offers a full complement of academic programs, with 32 available master’s degrees, 11 postgraduate certificates, and seven doctoral degrees. UCA’s Department of Leadership Studies is home to a renowned Master of Science in Instructional Technology (ITEC) program.

Program Features

The ITEC program offers three distinct concentrations: Distance Education, Media Design and Development, and Technical Support of Instructional Technologies. Most ITEC courses (95 percent) are available online. The program is designed to be completed in two years. Candidates for the M.S. in Instructional Technology degree may choose to complete the following coursework:

  • Leadership and Decision-Making
  • Global Information Resources
  • Fundamentals of Web Design
  • Integrating Media and Technology into Teaching and Learning

Notables

The ITEC Master of Science program requires 36 credit hours. Eighteen of these will be earned in the program’s core curriculum. Twelve hours will be in the student’s chosen area of concentration, and the last six credit hours will be in education-related electives. All UCA master’s degree candidates are required to complete a culminating activity. This may be in the form of an academic paper, product or research study, or oral presentation.

50. Western Michigan University

Overview

Western Michigan University has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation as one of the nation’s top-tier research institutions. Located in Kalamazoo, WMU offers state-of-the-art facilities for its business, health and human services, science research, and education programs. WMU’s Educational and Instructional Technology degree tracks offer a strong starting point for a career as a K-12 teacher, technology coordinator, or instructional consultant.

Program Features

Housed in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology (ELRT), the Master of Arts in Educational and Instructional Technology requires 30 credit hours. The courses for this degree are all offered entirely online. Some are also offered in traditional classroom formats through the main Kalamazoo campus. Required coursework for this degree includes:

  • Foundations of Instructional Technology
  • Instructional Design
  • Principles and Practices of Adult Learning
  • Instructional Technology Tools and Development

Notables

The M.A. program is designed to be highly customizable, so that students can more closely align their degree path with their career goals. The coursework is largely project-based, so students have the freedom to personalize even required core classes to suit their professional interests. In addition to the M.A. track, an 18-hour graduate certificate is also available in Educational and Instructional Technology. The ELRT department serves over 150 international students from 28 countries.

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