10 Best Online Masters in Elementary Education Degrees for 2017

Elementary school teaching is not for the faint of heart. The demands on the human psychology and body are comprehensive and never-ending.  Incessant questions, complaints, interruptions, potty-breaks, hygiene issues, planning, grading, gathering and cleaning up crafts and materials, and on and on.

Elementary school teachers are a kind of mythical creature, part parent, janitor, cook, maid, servant, teacher, coach, nurse, doctor, and friend. For all that, though, teaching is certainly not a money maker.  Though teachers are paid a decent salary (mean salary of $52,620 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for more on job growth, salary, and outlook, see our FAQ’s), they’re not getting rich. Why do so many choose this career then?

The overwhelming response of real elementary teachers to why they decide to teach is they feel called. It is not viewed as a career to advance in, to receive accolades, glory, money, or power.  It is for the children.  Elementary teachers completely comprehend their crucial role in the formation of the child, and by extension, our society.

If you ever attend a meeting with these exceptionally selfless people you will hear them talking about their kids like they are their children. You will hear teachers recounting what little Joey accomplished, how he read out loud, or a note he wrote saying how much he loved Mrs. Allington; and tears of joy are not uncommon.  Above all, the love of children drives successful elementary teachers to keep going when (not if) the going gets tough.

What is the MAT in Elementary Education?

To fulfill your calling to teach you will need to jump through certain hoops; training is required. If the call to teach was after you already earned a non-education bachelor’s, you’ll need to acquire a teaching license. To do this, each state requires you to pass a teacher program (usually done in undergraduate studies).

Thankfully, there is the perfect program for people in your situation - the Master of Arts in Teaching.  This graduate degree is a teacher preparation program that typically includes certification or leads to it.  Universities offer it to anyone with a bachelor’s, and it takes about one to two years to complete; it’s around 30 credits.

Getting your teaching license this way can give you an advantage.  You graduate with a master’s degree in hand, having done advanced training, and will enter the job market in a higher pay bracket and have taken care of continuing education requirements to boot.  For example, in Oregon, you must earn a master’s degree in education within six years of teaching to keep your license.

All in all the MAT program is straightforward and focused on practice.  In addition to the simplicity of the degree, many schools now offer it online adding flexibility, convenience, and sometimes an affordability that beats residential degrees.

We here at Top Masters in Education have created three different rankings of the MAT in Elementary Education Degree (residential, online, and affordable).  This particular ranking is the best online schools.

What is your methodology for this ranking?

We understand the need to organize the vast amount of information made available on the internet.  Our particular niche is to help you, the degree-seeker, find the best school for you.  To do so, we search the nation's schools, narrow down the list based on selected criteria, and then rank them.

For this particular list, we utilized valid sources for statistics such as the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Council for Teacher Quality, Payscale, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and school websites.  Statistics collected were tuition, mid-career salary, and student to faculty ratio.

We add to these categories a reputation score, in this case, based on rankings produced by the National Council for Teacher Quality and U.S. News and World Report.

All in all, the quality, reputation, price and program factors into our total score.  We sincerely hope it helps you in your quest for the best school.

1. San Diego State University

Students from the 50 states and 100 countries study at San Diego State University.  SDU is the oldest and largest university in San Diego with a total of 35,000 students.  The University’s story is similar to many of our large schools; SDSU began as a normal school and is now a premier research institution pushing innovation and discovery to the limit.  SDSU is notable for producing results, in fact, the school has more Fulbright recipients than any other California State University.

Guided by social justice and educational equity, the fully online MAT program at SDU is accessible, affordable, and high quality.  The MAT in Elementary Education is 24 credits and can be completed in one year. The program is “inquiry-based education which includes hands-on instruction with problem-based learning and issues-centered curriculum, with a focus on reflection during the teaching process.” Coursework covers curriculum development, assessment, inclusion in the classroom, and research-based pedagogy.  The student teaching component is just like the face-to-face program, and the program does require a capstone research project and comprehensive exam. Admission is selective, a GRE is required, and space is limited.

The specific data-points considered illustrate why SDSU belongs at the top.  Tuition is the third lowest on our list at $396.  The NCTQ ranked SDSU #144, and U.S News and World Report ranked it #22 in “Best Online Graduate Elementary Education Schools.”

2. Western Governors University

The creation of Western Governors University came about when 19 state governors decided it was time for a university that fit the needs of the working adult.  Established in 1997 and based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the School is an entirely online university with over 80,000 students.  The Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities regionally accredits WGU.

If you hold a non-education bachelor’s degree and want to become a teacher, consider Western Governors University.  WGU is the first entirely online school to have an NCATE-accredited MAT program leading to licensure.  The program is flexible, though on average you will spend about 15 hours a week. The 48-credit program takes you, with mentors (a uniquely WGU feature) through Foundational Perspectives of Education, Mathematics for Elementary Educators, Psychology for Educators, Fundamentals of Diversity, Inclusion, and Exceptional Learners, and more.  There are robust clinical requirements, with 12 credit hours for student teaching. There is also a Research Foundations course and Professional Portfolio.  All in all, the quality and rigor of WGU is attractive.

Add to the quality recognized by the #16 ranking from NCTQ, known for rigor and thorough analysis the amazingly affordable price of $321 and it’s clear WGU deserves to be #2.

3. North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina from the famous Research Triangle.  Naturally then, research is central to NC State’s mission to “create economic, societal, and intellectual prosperity.” The University received $349 million in sponsored research awards for the fiscal year 2016.  Of the three powerhouse schools in the Triangle, NC State (in Raleigh, North Carolina) is the largest with about 35,000 students.

NC State’s accelerated MAT in Elementary Education is 75 percent online and 25 percent residential.  The Program leads to a master’s degree and initial license in the State of North Carolina and takes about one and half years to complete.  You choose synchronous or asynchronous for the online delivery which gives maximal convenience to fit your busy life.  As for the scope and sequence of the curriculum, all courses and fieldwork aim to form teachers who teach “developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, and child-centered pedagogy” to all learners.  The 33-credit MAT features classes taught by expert faculty and a semester of full-time student teaching.  Admission requires a bachelor’s, a 3.0 GPA (if lower, the GRE is required), and 24 credits of prerequisites.

U.S. News and World Report ranked NC State #29 for “Best Online Graduate Education.” Tuition is $1709, the second highest on our top 10, but the quality of the program and school’s reputation and mid-career salary at $129,000 puts the high cost into perspective.

4. Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg State University is located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, about 50 miles from Boston. What began in 1894 as normal school is now a comprehensive university that places “emphasis on career-orientated learning that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts” with an outstanding job or graduate school placement.  FSU participated in NCAA III athletics and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in many fields.

At Fitchburg State, the opportunity for you to teach elementary school children can be realized through the MEd in Elementary Education program (1-6).  Designed for those with bachelor’s but not in teaching who wish to become licensed and earn a master’s, the MEd, in this case, functions as the traditional MAT.  The 39-credit degree features online and on-campus courses that lead to habits of mind such as reflection, empirically-driven decisions, consideration of societal structures on students, and child-centered pedagogy. Classes pair with field experiences, something that maximizes connections between theory and practice.  Admission requires a personal statement, passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), bachelor’s degree, and three letters of recommendation.

Without a doubt FSU’s price is attractive; the tuition is the lowest on our list at $319 per credit.  Knowing the program is scored by the NCTQ at #285 shows there’s room for growth.

5. University of Northern Colorado

The University of Northern Colorado is located in Greeley, Colorado about an hour north of Denver.  Established in 1899 as a normal school, today it is a public research university with about 12,000 students.  Academic options abound with over 200 undergraduate and graduate programs offered on-campus, off-campus, and online.  Teaching remains a point of pride along with nursing and psychology.

Knowing that nearly one-third of the winners of the Colorado Department of Education's Teacher of the Year award are UNC graduates is reassuring.  You can transform your non-education bachelors into a career change with the MAT in Elementary Education. The 46-credit program takes about 15 months to complete at any of the UNC campuses: Denver (cohort model), Greenley, Colorado Springs, or Loveland.  The program is a two-part hybrid mode: the first year is residential, filled with courses and corresponding fieldwork.  The second and third year is completely online.  Experience in the classroom is the strength of this program.  Fieldwork begins immediately 11 hours a week for 15 weeks in an elementary classroom before your full-time, 16-weeks student teaching. Admission does not require a GRE.

A flat $495 per-credit tuition rate for all students with no student fees is refreshing to hear.  You can count on a solid short-term financial package and look forward to a long-term ROI with teaching always in demand and a mid-career salary of $74,200.

6. Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846 as a women’s college.  This rich experience informs the SXU’s experience today for nearly 4000 men and women who attend.  Saint Xavier University was ranked #8 by U.S. News and World Report's "Campus Ethnic Diversity" list, something the School prides itself on.  Education and nursing are the strongest and most popular degrees at SXU.

The School of Education offers the MAT in Elementary Education in a traditional and online delivery.  The program is open to those who have a bachelor’s and want to become a teacher; there are required prerequisites from your undergraduate coursework, so be sure to check here for eligibility. The Degree program leads to licensure in the State of Illinois and certifies you to teach grades 1-6.  Coursework includes Introduction to the Profession of Teaching, Child Growth and Development, Reading and Writing in the Content Areas with 10 Field Experience hours, and more.  Fieldwork corresponds with coursework, something worth noting because of the nature of teaching; it is an art born and honed in practice.  The program is 47 credits.

Tuition is affordable at Saint Xavier at $575 per credit.  There is also financial aid and funding available for graduate students. With a price like this and proven experience preparing teachers, SXU deserves to make the top 10.

7. Norfolk State University

Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia was founded in 1935.  The School is a historically black university and member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Virginia High-Tech Partnership.  There are currently nearly 7000 total students at NSU who choose from 36 bachelors, 15 masters, and two doctoral degrees taught through eight schools.

The Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education (PreK-6) at Norfolk is designed for those with bachelor’s (and necessary prerequisites) who wish to earn a master’s and teaching license.  The Degree at NSU prepares teachers to be leaders who make a difference. Through curriculum features classes like Human Growth and Development, Diagnostic Reading, and Instruction and Classroom Management, you will be highly-qualified.  This training means you will be able to assess diverse learners, design personalized lessons, be reflective, and deliver effective instruction.  The 39-credit program includes nine credits of student teaching; students must pass the PRAXIS II, RVE, and VCLA to be approved for student teaching. Admission requirements include a Passing Praxis I/Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators or equivalent, a minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA, and bachelors with appropriate prerequisites.

Financial considerations form the heart of NSU’s #8 ranking. Tuition is $680 per credit and the mid-career salary according to Payscale is $56,200.

8. American University

Founded in 1893, American University is now a premier private research university in Washington D.C.  AU enrolls 7,234 undergraduate, 3808 graduate, and 1465 Law students.  They enjoy over 100 excellent study abroad options, the incredible benefits of living and learning in our nation's capital, and over 150 academic programs.

“Social change starts with you.”  This catch phrase does a lot to indicate AU’s motivation for preparing excellent teachers.  Their online MAT in Elementary Education trains teachers through “cutting-edge research, engaging coursework, and crucial partnerships with academic institutions throughout Washington, DC.”  The Degree leads to licensure for grades 1-6 and can be completed in 20 months.  The curriculum includes foundational knowledge and skills such as methods for content in elementary classrooms, behavior management, assessment, foundational education theory and more.  A highlight of the program is the over 600 hours of experience in a classroom making you confident on day one of your new teaching job.  One-hundred percent of AU MAT graduates are working or continuing their education within six months.

The second highest mid-career salary of $139,000 is a draw.  It has to be taken in stride, though, with the $1,642 tuition and the high cost of living in DC.  The non-data advantage lies in the premier location.

9. University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is a large, private sea-grant space-grant research institution in Los Angeles, California.  USC is known for excellent academics, amazing extracurriculars, and a great athletic tradition.  The School makes a significant economic impact of $8 billion annually.  There are about 44,000 students at USC who enjoy everything a large university offers.

The Rossier School of Education provides a MAT in Elementary Education.  The Degree was revamped in 2017 to meet new Credential Program Standards and Teacher Performance Expectations set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC);  it does lead to initial licensure.  Should you be interested, the program has the option of adding an endorsement in Special Education, Gifted Certificate, or Bilingual Authorization for Spanish Certificate.  The 28-credit program (without endorsements) can be completed full time in 15 months. Courses include Introduction to Curriculum and Pedagogy in Urban Schools, Contexts for Educational Equity, Access, and Agency, and Literacy Development and Instruction.  Rossier is known for premier urban school teacher training, though you will be prepared for all social contexts. Admission requires an online application, official transcripts, résumé/CV, essays, two letters of recommendation, and relevant coursework is recommended.

USC’s MAT program offers the advantages of a trusted reputation, the networking and opportunities of a large school in LA, and a history of outstanding results.  Tuition is high at $1800, though the mid-career salary of $144,000 helps put it in perspective.

10. Corban University

Founded in 1935 as Phoenix Bible Institute in Arizona, the School moved to Salem, Oregon and became Western Baptist College.  Now known as Corban University, the private, Christian school takes faith and learning seriously. Enrolling 1000 total students, Corban offers more than 50 majors and programs of study, graduate teacher licensure programs and graduate degrees in education, business, ministry, and counseling, as well as a vibrant adult education program.

Corban University offers an online Graduate Teaching License (GTL) program. The program is offered in either Early Childhood/Elementary (Pre-K-8th grade) or Elementary/Middle (3rd-9th grades).  Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible for an Initial Oregon Teaching License.  By concentrating on the courses required for licensure, the GTL program cuts down the number of credits and ultimately the cost associated with becoming an Oregon teacher. The accelerated format means you take only 28 credits, 12 of which can transfer into the Master of Science Program.  Please note that although this program functions in much the same way as a MAT, it is not a MAT program.  Corban is included on our list for those who are looking for a post-baccalaureate online teaching licensure program.

The cost per credit is an affordable $520 per credit, and the student to faculty ratio is 15:1.

Technology and education are being fused in new and exciting ways. Let us help you find the best Educational Technology degree.

It’s a truism to state that technology has infiltrated every area of our lives—until recently, though, education has been relatively immune to the siren call of the digital age. But those days are no more.

Technology and education are finally coming together. And for those with a passion for education, as well as a bent for technology, a Master’s in Educational Technology could prove to be a happy marriage of the two.

There has been a recent boom in educational technology that could potentially transform the classroom. Technology is helping teachers create engaging learning opportunities—from software that facilitates the task of curriculum design to media tools that help present new information.

But there are many brilliant educators that are not able to take full advantage of these innovations—either because of the notorious time constraints of the job  (teachers are busy!) or lack of technological training.

Enter the Master’s in Educational Technology.

Educational Technology (or Ed Tech) is an umbrella term for both the technological tools and the theoretical foundations that support learning and teaching. As such, it is a huge field encompassing everything from the development of educational software to supportive roles that help teachers integrate that software into their classroom.

And by classroom, we do not mean only K-12 classrooms. There are Educational Technology programs that are equally applicable to a number of professional training situations—from government to military, business, nonprofit, or higher education settings.

This means that programs vary widely in focus. And the language can be confusing.  In this ranking, you’ll see program titles like Educational Technology, Instructional Technology, Learning Design and Educational Technology, Instructional Design and Technology. . . you get the picture.

Read program websites closely to get a sense of emphasis. Some programs offer a lot of flexibility while others will have a more narrow focus. Some focus more on the technical aspects of educational technology development. Others emphasize pedagogy—or the human side of the fusion between technology and the learning process. Most programs blend the two.

There are many different facets of Educational Technology, but some courses you’ll frequently come across include:

  • Instructional Design of Educational Technology
  • Theories of Learning with Technology
  • Curriculum Integration of Learning Technology

Are you feeling under-equipped for a technology program? It may comfort you to know that most programs do not require an academic background in technology for admission (though it may give you a leg-up in the program). Most, if not all, programs will require a Bachelor’s degree, though, and some will want you to have an academic or professional background in Education.

Of course, any endeavor in higher education involves a hefty financial investment. So it should encourage you to know that Education is one of the fields in which a master’s degree really does pay off. The Bureau of Labor statistics lists Education among the professions in which having an advanced degree delivers a “relatively high” payoff.  

What are the Best Master’s in Education?

We believe a great program should combine an excellent learning experience with a good return on investment. So our ranking takes into account a number of factors—like reputation scores, peer assessments,  tuition costs, and early career earnings of graduates. We then calculate a composite score that balances academic excellence with the all-important return on investment.

So read on, Ed Tech leader of the future! We hope our ranking helps you find a program that is the right fit for you!

1.Harvard University

Overview

You probably don’t need much of an introduction to the first school on our ranking. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University is an iconic East Coast ivy league school whose history stretches back to 1636. Ranking at #2 among national universities (US News and World Report), Harvard is home to 13 prestigious schools and institutes, including the top ranked Graduate School of Education.

Program Features

Harvard’s Graduate School of Education offers a Master of Science in Technology, Innovation, and Education (TIE) that welcomes students from a diversity of educational and professional backgrounds. Grounded in teaching and learning, Harvard’s TIE program has a foundational commitment to using technology to enhance learning experiences for all students. Courses offered include:

  • Informal Learning for Children
  • Growing Up in a Media World
  • Field Experience in 21st Century Learning

Notables

You don’t need previous computer science or technology experience to join Harvard’s TIE program, though passion and creativity are a must. The program is highly customizable as there is no required core. Instead, students choose five courses out of a list of eighteen technology-related courses as well as three electives.  Students complete the program’s 32 credits in one year.

 

2. Teachers College at Columbia University

Overview

One of the elite graduate schools at Columbia University, the Teachers College at Columbia University (colloquially referred to as TC) ranks among the best graduate education schools nationally. The first and largest graduate school in the country, TC has long been a leader in creating educational policies that aim to remove all barriers to students’ success in the classroom.

Program Features

The Teachers College at Columbia University offers a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology and Media which combines pedagogical strategies with emerging technologies. Students will be challenged to identify best practices for integrating information and communication technologies in classrooms, including principles of design. Courses include:

  • Object-Oriented Programming and Programming
  • Instructional Design of Educational Technology
  • Cognition and Computers

Notables

TC’s MA in Instructional Technology and Media is a 32-credit course comprised of 16 credits of core coursework, as well as 7-10 elective credits, and a required integrative project.  The program applies to all subject areas and serves students, staff, and faculty members who share a commitment as educators to use digital technologies to improve education at all levels.

 

3. Ohio State University

Overview

Located in the state capital of Columbus, The Ohio State University is a nationally ranked, public research university and one of the largest in the country. The school is home to the highly ranked College of Education and Human Ecology which in turn houses the Department of Educational Studies. The DES offers many nationally ranked programs, making it one of the best places to get a degree in educational specialties.

 

Program Features

The Department of Educational Studies at OSU’s College of Education and Human Ecology offers a Master of Learning Technologies degree that will provide you with the skills you need to excel in the field of learning technologies. With a broad focus on a variety of educational contexts (from K-12 education to professional and corporate environments), the program applies current research to the question of how to use technology to best support learning. Courses include:

 

  • Issues and Practices in Educational Technology
  • Theories of Learning with Technology
  • Introduction to Instructional Design

Notables

Ohio State’s Master of Learning Technologies is a minimum 30-credit program, comprised of seven core courses, and nine credits for elective, research, and capstone courses. This is an online, streamlined curriculum and you can adjust the workload for a part-time or full-time schedule.

 

4. Florida State University

Overview

Located in the college town of Auburn, Alabama, Auburn University is a public research university, and with a student population of 22,000, it is the second largest in the state. The school ranks among the top 100 national universities (US News and World Report) and among the top 50 public schools in the country. Auburn’s College of Education at Auburn also ranks in the top 100 nationally.

 

Program Features

FSU’s College of Education offers an online or in-class Master of Science in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies which will put you in demand in a variety of professional contexts. With a trifold focus on instructional design, emerging technologies and performance improvement, the program will teach you to create innovative approaches to help people improve their skills, knowledge, and job performance. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies
  • Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
  • Theories of Learning and Cognition in Instruction

Notables

FSU’s MS in Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies is comprised of 36 credit hours of coursework, an internship, and a portfolio. In all courses students will apply their knowledge to real world problems. By enrolling in a minimum of six credit hours in six consecutive semesters (fall, spring and summer), you can complete the degree in two years.

 

5. Auburn University

Overview

Located in the college town of Auburn, Alabama, Auburn University is a public research university and with a student population of 22,000 it is the second largest  in the state. The school ranks among the top 100 national universities (US News and World Report) and among the top 50 public schools in the country. Auburn’s College of Education at Auburn also ranks in the top 100 nationally.

Program Features

For those with an interest in working in libraries, Auburn University’s College of Education offers a Master of Education in Library, Media and Technology. The program covers information science, instructional design, instructional technology, educational leadership, and learning theory. Graduates will have a library media certification. Courses include:

  • Instructional Design
  • Instructional & Informational Technologies
  • Selection & Use of Media for Youth

Notables

Auburn’s M.Ed. in Library, Media and Technology prepares students for careers as teachers, information specialists, instructional partners, and school library program administrators. The program is comprised of 30 credits of core courses, an internship, and other supporting courses. If you’re interested in an online program, this one is available in both on-campus and online formats.

 

6. Arizona State University -West Campus

Overview

One of the four campuses that comprise Arizona State University, ASU’s West campus is located in Phoenix, Arizona. The school is one of the newer campuses, having been founded in 1984, and is home to the much lauded and highly ranked (#11 nationally according to US News and World Report) Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College.

Program Features

ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College offers a Master of Education in Educational Technology that will empower you to harness knowledge, mobilize people and take action to improve education. Applicable to a variety of professional and educational contexts, the program emphasizes the design of learning technology for real-world settings. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education
  • Learning Theories and Instructional Strategies
  • Foundations of Learning Design and Technologies

Notables

ASU’s M.Ed. in Educational Technology is a 30-credit program comprised of 21 credits of core coursework, as well as an elective and a culminating experience (applied project). If you’re looking for a flexible online program, this one is offered in online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year and accelerated 7.5 week classes.

 

7. Ball State University

Overview

Situated in the city of Muncie, Indiana, Ball State University is a public research university with a total enrollment of around 22,000 students. The university, which ranks among the top 100 public schools nationally, is home to several nationally ranked and award-winning programs, including the Ball State Teachers College which ranks at #101 nationally.

Program Features

Ball State Teachers College offers a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Educational Technology designed for educators seeking to integrate technology into K 12 curriculum and other instructional contexts. While critically examining technology’s ever-changing presence within schools and society, students will learn to utilize technology to meet the learning needs of students. Courses include:

  • Curriculum Integration of Learning Technology
  • Technology Policy and Pedagogy
  • Principles and Procedures of Curriculum Development

Notables

Ball State’s M.A. in Curriculum and Educational Technology is a 30-credit program with a core courseload of 21 credit hours followed by nine additional credit hours in your area of concentration (Curriculum or Educational Technology).  If you need added flexibility, many courses are offered in both online and on-campus formats.

 

8. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Overview

Generally referred to as Virginia Tech, Virginia Polytechnic and State University is a public research university located in the eclectic university town of Blacksburg, VA (named by Southern Living magazine as the “best college town in the south”). The school as a whole ranks among the top 100 national universities, with its School of Education coming in at #84 (US News and World Report).

Program Features

Virginia Tech’s Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology prepares students to practice their profession in a variety of settings including industry, preK-12 schools, higher education, and government. With a double focus on product and process, the curriculum applies current knowledge about the learning process to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning experiences and products. Courses include:

  • Instructional Technology: Audio-Visual and Computer Uses
  • Design for Learning
  • Principles of Learning Message Design

Notables

Graduates of Virginia Tech’s 30-credit M.A. in Instructional Design and Technology program find themselves applying their expertise in a variety of professions. They are instructional designers, trainers, or performance consultants in industrial settings and as teachers or technology coordinators in preK-12. This is a good choice for those who need a flexible program - many courses can be completed on campus, online, or through a hybrid format.    

 

9. Stanford University

Overview

Another school that hardly needs an introduction, it’s never surprising to see Stanford’s name on any “Best Of” list.  Located in the Bay Area of California, Stanford consistently ranks among the top 5 national universities, with its School of Education sitting at #2 nationally (US News and World Report). And graduate students are guaranteed housing on Stanford’s beautiful campus, as long as they apply on time!

Program Features

Stanford’s Graduate School of Education offers a Master’s in Learning, Design, and Technology for students from a broad range of professional backgrounds.  With a foundation of empirically grounded education design theory and principles, as a student you’ll learn to use emergent technologies to enhance learning environments and improve outcomes. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
  • Behavior Design
  • Consciousness Hacking: Designing Technology for Well-Being

Notables

Stanford’s Master’s in Learning, Design and Technology program is comprised of 45 units of coursework, which includes an internship and a Master’s project and Portfolio. Students join a select cohort of students from diverse backgrounds and, under the guidance of an Academic Advisor, align their program of study to their specific goals.

 

10. Iowa State University

Overview

Located in the small town of Ames, Iowa, Iowa State University (or if you want to get technical: “Iowa State University of Science and Technology”) is the state’s flagship public research university. The largest school in the state, Iowa State is home to several highly regarded graduate programs, including a School of Education that ranks in the top 100 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

Iowa State’s School of Education offers a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Technology which gives classroom teachers and other educators the skills to integrate technology in teaching and learning. With authentic learning experiences and a collaborative learning environment, the curriculum focuses on Learning, Pedagogy, and Leading. Courses include:

  • Foundations of Digital Learning
  • Designing Effective Learning Environments
  • Using Technology in Learning and Teaching

Notables

Iowa State’s online Curriculum and Instructional Technology program is comprised of 32 credit hours, including credits in research, foundations, applications, and leadership in educational technology. Students typically complete the degree in three years. This is a good program if you’re thinking of working in a K-12 setting—classes are small and mostly formed by K-12 teachers, technology specialists and other educational practitioners.

 

  1. Minnesota State University - Mankato

Overview

Located along the Minnesota River in the college town of Mankato, Minnesota (and not too far from the Twin Cities), Minnesota State University is the second largest public university in the state. MSU Mankato is the flagship campus of the Minnesota State Universities and Colleges system and currently ranks at #103 among regional universities in the Midwest. MSU is also home to a nationally accredited College of Education.

Program Features

MSU - Mankato’s College of Education offers an online Master of Science in Educational Technology program that is designed to meet the increasing demands for educators, integrationists, designers, and leaders in educational technology.  The curriculum is both comprehensive and flexible to meet the diverse needs of individuals and organizations. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Technology
  • Differentiation through Technology
  • Using Technology in the Classroom

Notables

Minnesota State’s MS in Educational Technology is a fully online, 34-credit program that is technology-integrated and research-based. As part of the program, students complete core coursework and develop and complete a paper, project, thesis or manuscript as a capstone. You can complete this program in two years of full-time study or take up to 6 years part-time.

 

12. Drexel University

Overview

Located in in Philadelphia, PA, Drexel University is a private university with a reputation for being a highly innovative technological university.  Drexel consistently ranks among the best-value schools in the nation, and among the top 100 national universities(US News and World Report). In 2017 Drexel’s College of Education ranked at #179.

 

Program Features

Drexel University’s School of Education offers a Master of Science in Learning Technologies that prepares students to create learning solutions for an interconnected world. Fusing national education standards, digital literacy, design thinking, learning sciences, and field experiences, the curriculum ensures that students will be prepared for a broad range of careers in education and business settings. Concentrations include:

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

Notables

Drexel’s M.S. in Learning Technologies is a 45 credit program that is available both on campus and online. The curriculum is comprised of core coursework, concentration courses, electives, and an Action Research Capstone. This flexible, accredited online program is ideal for teachers, trainers, and other educational leaders.

 

13. Concordia University—St. Paul

Overview

Located in the beautiful and pristine Minnesota state capital, Concordia University - St. Paul is a small, private, Lutheran-affiliated liberal arts university. Established in the late nineteenth century, the school is a member of the ten school Concordia University System. Their comprehensive academic offerings include high quality programs in Education with abundant internship opportunities.

Program Features

Concordia University—St. Paul offers a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in  Educational Technology to help educators utilize technology effectively in the classroom. Primarily aimed at experienced educators wishing to enhance student learning, Concordia’s EdTech curriculum familiarizes students with innovative approaches to technology. Courses include:

  • Technology Trends & Social Media
  • Exploring Classroom Tech Tools
  • Virtual Classroom

Notables

Concordia—St. Paul’s M.A. in Educational Technology program is comprised of 27 credits of coursework, including coursework, a field experience and a capstone project.  Courses in this EdTech program stress practical applications and will address the positive and negative implications and effects of technology in the teaching and learning process.

 

14. University of Pennsylvania

Overview

With the rare distinction of having been founded (in 1740) by Benjamin Franklin, the University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school is one of 14 founding members of the exclusive Association of American Universities and is home to a  School of Education that ranks third in the nation (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division of the University of Pennsylvania offers an online Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Learning Sciences and Technologies. This is a customizable program, with opportunities for students to study and create real-world learning experiences to make education more effective, efficient, and engaging. Courses include:

  • Foundations of Teaching and Learning
  • Video Games and Virtual Worlds
  • Design of Learning Environments

Notables

The University of Pennsylvania’s M.S. in Education is comprised of ten courses (core, specialization, and electives) as well as a Master’s Paper. LST students at UPenn work closely with their academic advisor to tailor their program of study to their interests. And as a student in this program you will participate in a two-semester internship program in order to experience how learning occurs in out-of-school settings.

 

15. Emporia State University

Overview

Located just East of the Flint Hills of Kansas, Emporia State University is a small public university which ranks at #108 among regional public universities in the Midwest (US News and World Report). The school has a mission to create a student-centered learning environment both on campus and through its online programs - this includes high-quality programming in Instructional Design and Technology.

Program Features

The Teachers College at Emporia State offers a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology that gives students skills in the design, development, and integration of technology and online learning in various educational environments. This program is not limited to K-12 teachers, and is applicable to anyone working as an instructional designer/trainer in business, industry, healthcare, military, and post-secondary institutions. Courses include:

  • Foundations of Instructional Technology
  • Web Design
  • Instructional Design

Notables

Emporia’s M.S. in IDT is available both online and on campus and is comprised of 36 credits of core coursework, electives, and a research component. Students can choose between a thesis option (if you want to focus on research and evaluation of instruction design topics) or a non-thesis option (intended for IDT practitioners). This is a great option if you’re looking for flexibility in your master’s program.

 

16. Kansas State University

Overview

One of America’s first land-grant colleges, Kansas State University is a large public research university, located in the city of Manhattan, Kansas. The school is home to a College of Education that prepares educators to be knowledgeable, ethical, caring decision makers. It also ranks among the top 100 in the country (US News and World Report).

Program Features

Kansas State’s College of Education offers a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Technology. The program focuses on the study and ethical practice of learning technology in educational environments—both processes and resources. K-12 educators make up the largest contingent of students, but it is equally applicable to those in higher education or corporate/industry professions. Courses include:

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

Notables

Kansas State’s M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction is comprised of between 31-36 credits (depending on whether you choose the Master’s Report or the Master’s Project). All students will cover the core areas of curriculum, teaching and learning, diversity, educational technology, and research and scholarship. The Educational Technology specialization consists of 15 credits of the total coursework.

 

17. Indiana University—Bloomington

Overview

Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington) is a large public research university located in Bloomington, Indiana. The school, which aims to provide an “ideal college experience” for students, is the flagship campus of the IU system and ranks among the top 100 public schools in the country. Notably, in 2017 US News and World Report ranked the IU’s School of Education at #32 nationally.

Program Features

IU Bloomington’s School of Education offers a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Instructional Systems Technology in which you will learn to design effective instructional materials that can be delivered through various media. This is a hands-on degree in which students test processes, products, and services that have been created for educational or training settings. Courses include:

  • Instructional Performance and Technology
  • Instructional Development & Production
  • Evaluation & Change in the ID Process

Notables

IU Bloomington’s M.S.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology is a 36-credit program consisting of 15 credits of core coursework and 21 IST and non- IST electives. Students in the program have the opportunity to participate in an internship as well as a year-long studio project (conducted under faculty supervision)—upon graduation you will be well prepared for a career as a practitioner of instructional technology.

 

18. Boise State University

Overview

Located in Idaho’s state capitol, the eponymously named Boise State University is a public university that offers nationally ranked programs to its diverse population of over 22,000 students. Boise State’s College of Education ranks among the top 60 in the country and is supported by accomplished faculty and staff, research centers, and institutes.

Program Features

Boise State offers a Master of Educational Technology program which focuses on skills for improved classroom performance at all levels of education. The curriculum fuses theoretical foundations with hands-on technology skills for a diversity of learning environments. If you’re thinking of completing doctoral work, this program will provide you with a good foundation. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Educational Technology
  • The Internet for Educators
  • Instructional Design for Educators

Notables

Boise State’s M.E.T. program is a 30-credit program which consists of 15 credits of core coursework and 15 credits of electives. All M.E.T. students complete a portfolio as their culminating activity. As a student in this program you’ll also have the option of earning a graduate certificate in one of four specializations: Online Teaching, Technology Coordination, Technology Integration, or Games and Simulations.

 

19. University of Georgia

Overview

Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is a historic public research university (the first public, state-supported college in America) that ranks among the top 100 national universities in the country. Among its high-ranking schools and institutes, UGA’s College of Education sits at #35 nationally and is home to several highly ranked programs (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The University of Georgia’s College of Education offers a Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology. This program will first teach you to identify and analyze learning problems, and then create and implement more effective designs for learning to address these needs. Students at the Athens campus students participate in the research oriented M.Ed. which will prepare you for further doctoral studies. Coursework includes:

  • History, Trends, and Issues in the Field
  • Learning Theory and Instructional Models
  • Research Methods

Notables

UGA’s research-oriented M.Ed. is a 36-credit program. This will include both coursework and a major project or research paper that you will create (with advice from a faculty advisor) and present at the end of the program. For students with an interest in a professional or practitioner-based MEd, UGA offers two professional M.Ed. emphases online through the Gwinnett campus.

 

20. SUNY at Albany

Overview

Founded in 1844,  the State University of New York’s University at Albany (UAlbany) is a public, comprehensive research university that boasts highly ranked programs and a diverse student body. US News and World Report currently ranks UAlbany’s School of Education as number one among SUNY institutions and 5th among all universities in New York State.  

Program Features

UAlbany’s School of Education offers a Master of Science in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology which explores the intersection of curriculum and instructional design in 21st-century educational environments. This program is ideal for a variety of career goals, including  K-12 education— but equally applicable to those working in higher education, business, or training settings. Courses include:

  • Systematic Design of Instruction
  • Media in Teaching and Learning
  • Educational Computing

Notables

UAlbany’s M.S. in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology is a customizable 30-credit program which includes coursework (in which students have a significant amount of choice) and a Master’s thesis. This program is available both on-campus and online —and UAlbany’s online graduate education programs recently ranked as #6 nationally by US News and World Report.

 

21. Concordia University—Chicago

Overview

Located just ten miles west of Chicago in River Forest, Illinois, Concordia University-Chicago is a private, Lutheran-affiliated liberal arts college and a member of the ten school Concordia University System. The school offers high-quality graduate education programs both on campus and online and strives to equip students to lead with integrity, competence, and compassion.

Program Features

If you’re a licensed teacher who wants to become a technology specialist, technology director, or technology coach, then you should look closely at Concordia University-Chicago’s Master of Arts in Education Technology: Leadership program. The curriculum is aligned with national educational standards and performance indicators as set forth by International Society for Technology in Education. Courses include:

  • Integrating Technology Across the Curriculum
  • Educational Technology Hardware and Software
  • Visual Literacy in the Classroom

Notables

Concordia-Chicago’s M.A. in Education Technology is a 30 credit program that students complete in 24 months. The program is available on campus and online and is comprised of nine core courses and a capstone experience. Successful graduates will qualify for the Technology Specialist Endorsement for the state of Illinois.

 

22. University of Virginia

Overview

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia is a public research university and the flagship of the Commonwealth of Virginia. With a campus that has been designated as a World Heritage Site, the school as a whole ranks among the top 30 national universities in the country and is a member of the elite Association of American Universities. The Curry School of Education ranks among the top 20 nationally.

Program Features

The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education offers a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Instructional Technology. The program is designed for people working in education settings who want to gain skills in effective instructional practices and curriculum development. Courses in the Instructional Technology focus area include:

  • Instructional Design
  • Online Instruction for K-12
  • Computer Courseware Tools

Notables

The University of Virginia’s M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction is a 30-credit online program online program, half of which (15 credits) are devoted to your chosen focus area. Students studying full-time can complete the program in a year, but there are also part-time options. You can also transfer up to 6  credits into this program if they are approved by your advisor.

23. Appalachian State University

Overview

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian State University is a comprehensive public university that ranks among the top ten Regional universities in the South. The school was originally founded as a teacher’s college in 1899, and the Reich College of Education continues that tradition of excellence, maintaining a place on national rankings to the present.

Program Features

Appalachian State’s Reich College of Education offers a Master of Arts in Educational Media: Instructional Technology program in which students work in both traditional and emerging technologies. The curriculum blends design, production, application, and evaluation of a broad range of media and technology. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to assume leadership roles in various fields of media and technology. Four concentrations are offered:

  • K-12 Concentration
  • Online Learning and Professional Development
  • New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives
  • General Concentration

Notables

Appalachian State’s M.A. in Educational Media is a 36-credit program, comprised of 18 credits of core coursework and the remainder being devoted to your chosen concentration. The K-12 concentration leads to 077 ‘M’ level licensure for Instructional Technology Specialists, while the other three concentrations do not lead to licensure in North Carolina.

 

24. University of Oklahoma

Overview

Situated just 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, the University of Oklahoma is a public research university that ranks at #111 nationally. The school was founded in 1890 and today has a student population of over 30,000 students—including those at the Rainbolt College of Education which ranks at #77 in the country.

Program Features

The Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma offers a Master of Education in Instructional Psychology and Technology (delivered by the Department of the Educational Psychology). The curriculum blends research, theory and practice to examine problems of instruction and learning in a variety of educational and business settings. Students choose from four specializations:

  • 21st Century Teaching and Learning (online program)
  • Educational Psychology
  • Integrating Technology in Teaching
  • Instructional Design and Technology

Notables

The University of Oklahoma’s M.Ed. in Instructional Psychology and Technology is a 36-credit program, with courses varying widely depending on the specialty chosen. All specialties have at least 18 credits of required courses, and all students must pass a comprehensive exam or thesis.

 

25. The University of Texas at Austin

Overview

The University of Texas at Austin is a public research university and the flagship institution of the University of Texas system - it has one of the largest campus enrollments in the country, allowing for great educational diversity. Among the renowned colleges, the College of Education is one of the best in the country, ranking at #11 (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The College of Education at UT-Austin offers a Master of Arts or Master of Education degree in Learning Technologies. This flexible program prepares students to become practitioners in various educational settings, such as K-12, higher education, and training in business and industry. Required courses include:

  • Instructional Systems Design
  • Foundations of Learning Technology
  • Interactive Multimedia Design and Production

Notables

UT-Austin’s Learning Technologies master’s programs are between 36-39 credits. M.A. students can choose between completing a thesis (3 extra credits) or a report. The M.Ed. program (which is comprised of only coursework) is open to students who have at least one year of teaching, training, instructional development or project management experience. Some courses are offered in online or blended formats.

26. University of Southern California

Overview

Founded in 1880, the University of Southern California (USC) is an urban public research university located in Los Angeles. With a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, the school ranks among the top 25 national universities. The Rossier School of Education is no exception to the school’s tradition of high-quality programs, ranking at #15 nationally.

Program Features

USC’s Rossier’s School of Education offers a Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology for those who want to pursue careers in educational program design.  The curriculum is broadly based and covers a number of topics. You will become proficient in educational program design, online learning, corporate training, and instructional design and evaluation, among other topics. Courses include:

  • Learning and Motivation
  • Human Development
  • Instructional Design
  • Media Selection and Evaluation

Notables

USC’s M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology is a 30-credit program that is designed to be manageable for working professionals to complete in 21 months.  This is a widely applicable program that was formed with advice from leaders from a variety of industries, from museums to higher education institutions and the military.

 

27. St. Cloud State University

Overview

Situated along the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, Minnesota, St. Cloud State University is a public university and one of the largest in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The school ranks at #115 among Midwestern regional colleges and is home to a School of Education with a rich history of teacher preparation.

Program Features

St. Cloud State University’s School of Education offers a Master of Science in Information Media - Technology Integration program. The curriculum will give you skills to apply technology in your classroom, training environment or other workplaces. In this hands-on program you will work directly with a wide variety of technologies, developing projects that demonstrate your ability to fully integrate technology into your chosen field. Courses include:

  • Information Theory, Media, and research
  • Instructional Design
  • Technology Integration

Notables

SCSU’s M.S. in Information Media - Technology Integration program is a 39-42 credit program that is designed for the working professional. Students can choose between part-time and full-time options, and all courses are available online or during evening hours. And for eligible students, the school also offers six scholarships for information media.

 

28. Pennsylvania State University

Overview

Located in University Park, PA, Pennsylvania State University is a public research university known colloquially as one of the “public ivies.” The school also has one of the largest campus enrollments in the country, allowing for an educational diversity not available at smaller schools. The College of Education at Penn State offers high-quality programs for educational professionals, and ranks in the top 50 nationally.

Program Features

Penn State’s College of Education has a Learning, Design, and Technology program that offers either a Master of Education or a Master of Science option. With exceptional faculty, Penn State is a leader in LDT programs globally.  The LDT program is highly flexible and applicable to a variety of research or  practitioner settings. Core courses include:

  • Systematic Instructional Development
  • Emerging Web Technologies and Learning
  • Design of Constructivist Learning Environments

Notables

Penn State’s LDT M.Ed. degree is a 30-credit practitioner’s program with nine credits of core LDT courses and 21 credits of professional application courses. The M.Ed. is also available online through Penn State’s World Campus. The LDT M.S. is a 36-credit research-oriented degree in which students complete a thesis in addition to other coursework.

 

29. New York Institute of Technology

Overview

Located in the village of Old Westbury, NY, the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) is a private research university that ranks among the top regional schools in the North. The school is home to five schools and two colleges, including the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education which offers innovative and high-quality programs to graduate students.

Program Features

NYIT’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education offers two Master of Science in Instructional Technology programs: one for educators and one for trainers. Both programs help individuals integrate and apply new technology to their teaching environments. The program for educators is primarily designed for P-12 educators. The program for trainers is directed at those in the corporate, nonprofit, government, or online arena. Courses include:

  • Educational Uses of Social Media
  • Assessment and Evaluation Methods
  • Curriculum Design and Development

Notables

NYIT’s innovative M.S. in Instructional Technology programs are both comprised of 33 credits of coursework. The program for Educators includes a Field Experience Practicum while the program for trainers includes an independent study component. Online and onsite courses are both available. This program promises the knowledge and experience to become a master teacher, instructional technology leader, coach, professional developer, or instructional designer.

 

30. University of Florida

Overview

Located in Gainesville, Florida, the University of Florida is a major public research university which ranks among the best national universities in the country. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (the only AAU member in Florida) and of the State University System of Florida. UF’s College of Education ranks in the top 30 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

UF’s College of Education offers a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis on Educational Technology for those who are interested in a career as an instructional designer or educational technologist. As a student, you will study how technologies and emerging physical, virtual and blended learning environments empower educators and learners and impact society. Courses include:

  • Foundations of Educational Technology
  • Distance Teaching and Learning
  • Instructional Design

Notables

UF’s M.A.E. in Educational Technology is a 36-credit program which is comprised of 30 credits of required coursework and 6 hours of thesis or project. Some courses are offered online as well as face-to-face, and you can complete the program in two years of full-time study.

 

31. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Overview

One of the oldest universities in the country (it was founded in 1789), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is public research university located in downtown Chapel Hill, NC. The school is home to many highly regarded colleges, three of which have collaborated on the Educational Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship program.

Program Features

UNC offers a Master of Arts in Educational Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (MEITE) that was designed in collaboration with Kenan-Flagler Business School, the School of Information and Library Science and the Department of Computer Science. Students in the program learn to develop the leading edge of educational technologies and curriculum, and explore organizational models that support entrepreneurs to take their ideas to market. Courses include:

  • Design-Based Research
  • Technological Literacy
  • Emerging Technologies

Notables

UNC’s MEITE master’s program is a professional, cohort-based degree program. Students complete the 36-credits of coursework in 12 months—taking 12 credit hours of coursework and three credit hours of internship each semester. You can tailor the program to your own professional needs through the six electives from three course categories. All students conclude the program by completing a Master’s thesis.

 

32. Virginia Commonwealth University

Overview

Located in Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is an urban public research university that ranks among the top 100 public schools nationally.  With a commitment to excellence in research and teaching, the school is home to many nationally renowned centers and institutes, including a School of Education that ranks at #41 nationally.

Program Features

The Department of Teaching and Learning at VCU’s School of Education offers a Master of Education with a concentration in Instructional Technology. Designed for experienced educators, the program provides experiences to help students use technology in support of teaching and learning. The curriculum blends the theoretical with the practical, to help you critically examine current research and make use of the best educational technology. Courses include:

  • Research Methods in Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Instructional Strategies Using the Internet

Notables

VCU’s M.Ed. in Instructional Technology is a 33-credit program comprised of nine required courses (foundational and core) and 6 credits of electives. This program is not limited to K-12 educators—the Department of Teaching and Learning is committed to the preparation of teachers for schools, government agencies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations as well.

 

33. University of Minnesota

Overview

Located on both sides of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MN the University of Minnesota is a public research university and the oldest and largest campus in the U of M system. The school has a stellar reputation, ranking among the very best public schools in the nation, and has a College of Education that ranks in the top 25 nationally.

Program Features

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the U of M’s College of Education offers a Master of Arts and a Master of Education in Learning Technologies for a variety of educational settings. Core focus areas include online distance learning and multimedia design. The program also prepares students to conduct research and engage with educational technology for higher education, K-12, and business settings. Courses include:

  • Technology tools for educators
  • Teaching and learning with the internet
  • Special topics in learning technologies

Notables

The U of M’s Learning Technologies degree can be completed as either an M.Ed. or M.A.—both of which are 30-credit programs. The Master of Education is a practitioner-based program for those who want to use educational technologies order to advance their careers and leadership capacity. The M.A. program offers a stronger research orientation in which  students complete a thesis.

 

34. University of South Carolina

Overview

Located in the state capital of Columbia, South Carolina, the University of South Carolina is a public research university and the flagship of the University of South Carolina’s eight-campus system. The nationally ranked school offers over 350 programs of study, and a College of Education that ranks in the top 100 nationally.

Program Features

USC’s College of Education offers a Master of Education in Educational Technology that will help educators integrate and understand technology into their classrooms. The program curriculum gives you the opportunity to study topics like instructional design, media management, and facilities planning, among others. Courses include:

  • Applications of Learning Principles
  • Instructional Design and Assessment
  • Management of Technology Resources

Notables

USC’s M.Ed. in Educational Technology is a 36-credit program delivered in an online format. As part of the program, students complete a web-based portfolio and an internship in Educational Technology. The program is designed to be equally applicable to people from a variety of professional backgrounds, including classroom teachers, corporate trainers, and educational software developers.

 

  1. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Overview

Located in the college town of Amherst, Massachusetts, The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass)  is a public research university and the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system. The largest public university in New England, UMass ranks among the top 100 national universities and is home to a top 50  College of Education (#41 in US News and World Report).

Program Features

The College of Education at UMass offers a Master’s in Learning, Media, and Technology in which media and technology are seen as both tools and objects of study in themselves. The program prepares students to understand, design, and improve technology and media-based learning and teaching for a variety of settings. Courses include:

  • Online Tools for Learning and Instruction
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology
  • Educational Web Design

Notables

UMass’s Master’s in Learning, Media, and Technology is a minimum 33-credit program. In addition to the required coursework, students must complete a culminating Master’s project. Recent graduates have accepted positions in a variety of settings, including K-12, community college, university, organization, and corporate settings as educational media and online learning developers.

 

36. University of Dayton

Overview

Located on the shores of the Great Miami River in Dayton, Ohio, the University of Dayton is a private, Catholic research university. The nationally ranked school ranks among the best value schools in the nation (US News and World Report) and is home to a highly regarded School of Education. UD also boasts small classes and a close relationships between students and instructors.

Program Features

The School of Education and Health Sciences at UD offers a Master of Science in Education in Technology Enhanced Learning. Aimed specifically at P-12 educators, the program will prepare you to integrate technology into your own teaching and to assist other professionals in their schools. Courses include:

  • Cognition, Learning, and Technology
  • Multimedia Production
  • Planning & Assessing Technology

Notables

The concentration courses in UD’s M.S. in Education in Technology also meet the requirements for the computer technology endorsement from the state of Ohio and the graduate certificate in technology-enhanced learning. As part of the program, you will be eligible to participate in the Lalanne Program. The Lalanne Program offers graduate students the opportunity to live in a communal setting with fellow teachers while pursuing their studies (with a living stipend and loan deferment).

 

37. SUNY Buffalo State

Overview

Located in Buffalo, New York, SUNY Buffalo State is a public research university in the State University of New York system. With its low tuition and academic excellence, the school ranks among the top 50 public schools in the Northern region. SUNY Buffalo State is home to a School of Education which has designed high-quality Educational Technology programing for educators.

Program Features

The Graduate School at Buffalo State offers a Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Educational Technology. This program is designed primarily for P–12 educators, trainers from business and industry, and other professionals, who wish to expand their skills in the educational application of technology in a variety of teaching and learning environments. Courses include:

  • Integrating Digital Video Technology into the Classroom
  • Instructional Technologies
  • Authoring for Educators

Notables

Buffalo State’s M.S.Ed. in Learning Design and Educational Technology is a 33-credit program comprised of 18 credits of core courses and 15 credits of electives and a masters project. Applicants should have previous experience with the internet and common software tools (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software). Elementary/Secondary teaching certification is recommended (but not required).

 

38. University of Houston

Overview

Located in Houston, Texas, the University of Houston is a Carnegie Tier One public research university and the flagship campus of the University of Houston system. The school has earned a place on national rankings among top public schools and has a College of Education that ranks among the top 100 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Houston’s College of Education offers a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Learning, Design, and Technology. Not limited to K-12 teachers, the program provides education, healthcare, and business professionals opportunities to learn new skills to integrate the latest technologies in teaching and learning. Courses include:

  • Instructional Design
  • Digital Imaging
  • Educational Multimedia

Notables

The University of Houston’s M.Ed. in Instructional Technology is a 30-credit program consisting of 2 core Curriculum and Instruction courses and eight Learning, Design, and Technology courses. The program offers the flexibility of full-time or part-time formats. And students can choose between on-campus or online delivery (or a hybrid format).

39. University of Tennessee

Overview

Located in the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, the University of Tennessee is a historic public research university and the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system. The school ranks at #103 among National Universities and its College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences ranks at #62 for their innovative programs (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The University of Tennessee’s College of Education offers a Master of Science with a concentration in Instructional Technology. The program prepares students to design, develop, implement, and evaluate online learning environments. The skills that students gain in the program will be widely applicable in contexts such as education, corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations. Courses include:

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

Notables

The University of Tennessee’s M.S. in Instructional Technology is an online program offered through Distance Education. Students complete a minimum of 33 credits of coursework with a professional portfolio requirement as the capstone experience for the program. It takes two years to complete the program part-time, with courses being delivered in a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous online formats

 

  1. University of Northern Iowa

Overview

Consistently sitting at the top of rankings for the Midwestern region, the University of Northern Iowa  has a reputation for blending a strong liberal arts curriculum with a culturally diverse community. The College of Education extends this commitment to preparing educational leaders and ranks at #77 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UNI’s College of Education offers a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology that has a mission to prepare knowledgeable and visionary technology leaders. The program is primarily aimed at those wanting to work in K-16 settings. Students learn about a wide variety of current and emerging technologies and how to include them in classroom instruction. Courses include:

  • Understanding Visual Literacy
  • Digital Imaging
  • Using Social Media in Education

Notables

UNI’s M.A. in Instructional Technology is a 33-credit program offered completely online in two year cohorts. A background in education is not necessary for admission—a bachelor’s degree in any field is sufficient. Graduates of the program become successful teachers, technology coordinators, instructional designers, trainers, web designers, or community college instructors.

 

41. Webster University

Overview

Situated in St. Louis, Missouri, Webster College is a private school with a global focus. The school ranks among the top universities in the region while maintaining multiple campuses around the world. The School of Education at Webster University is also a leader in developing and cultivating a world of learners—students gain knowledge, experiences and practical tools for life-long learning.

Program Features

Webster University’s School of Education offers a Master’s in Educational Technology (M.E.T.) program designed for corporate and military trainers (among other professional educators) who want to apply technology in learning environments. The program will give you the skills to develop learner and content-centered projects and assessments and foster creative thinking using technology. Courses include:

  • Curriculum Design Technology Apps
  • Instructional Design
  • Technology Ethics and Society

Notables

Webster’s M.E.T. program is a 33-credit program comprised of 19 credits of core courses, 12 credits of electives, and a capstone project.  The program is available both online and on campus in St. Louis. Courses are taught by experienced faculty who have aligned the curriculum to International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) NETS-T standards.

 

42. University of North Carolina Wilmington

Overview

Part of the 17- campus University of North Carolina system, UNC Wilmington is an urban public university located on the coast of North Carolina. The school ranks as one of the top regional public schools in the South and is also home to the highly regarded Watson College of Education that offers quality programs, extensive field experiences, and a collaborative learning environment.

Program Features

UNC Wilmington’s Watson College of Education offers a Master of Science in Instructional Technology (M.I.T.) program which blends knowledge from educational and applied psychology, instructional systems design, computer science, systems theory, and communication theory. The innovative, cross-curricular program prepares students for work in a broad range of settings, including business, human services, government, and K-12 education. Topics covered include:

  • Instructional Design
  • Instructional Development
  • Utilization
  • Management

Notables

UNC Wilmington’s M.I.T. program aims to be uniquely flexible for a broad range of students. Courses are available both online and on-campus, and students are admitted to the program each semester.The MIT Program also offers an Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) & 079 Endorsement in Educational Computing and Technology Facilitation (TF) online certificate. And if you’re keeping an eye on your return on investment, the program boasts a 99% job placement rate.

43. University of Oregon

Overview

Located in Eugene, Oregon, the University of Oregon is a public research university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. With a commitment to broad-based liberal arts and sciences education, the school is also a research powerhouse and ranks among the top public universities in the country. U of O’s College of Education ranks at  #14 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

U of O’s College of Education offers a Master of Science in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Educational Technology and Virtual Schools designed to prepare individuals for careers in educational technology. With an emphasis on technology leadership in pre-K-12 settings, the ETVS emphasis gives theoretical knowledge and applied skills for leadership of technology-based programs and virtual schools. Courses include:

  • Leading Change
  • Technology Foundations
  • Online Programming for Virtual School

Notables

The University of Oregon’s EDLD M.S. in Educational Technology and Virtual Schools is comprised of 49 credits divided between core courses and an additional focus area. Students in the program can choose between a focus on  Educational Technology Within a Classroom or Virtual School Leadership with a school site-based focus. All students take a common core in educational studies and technology.

44. Waynesburg University

Overview

Located in the borough of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Waynesburg University is a private Christian university with a liberal arts foundation. The school ranks among the best value schools in the region (US News and World Report) and its Department of Education is committed to preparing educators who will dedicate themselves to service and leadership in the profession.

Program Features

Waynesburg University’s Graduate School offers a Master of Education in Instructional Technology that can be taken with or without a K-12 specialist certificate. Aimed at dedicated K-12 teachers and administrators, the program offers practical experience, small classes, and personalized instruction from professors. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Educational Technologies
  • Contemporary Issues in Technology
  • Online Course Design and Instructional Strategies

Notables

Waynesburg University’s M.Ed. in Instructional Technology is a 39-credit program comprised of ten core courses and three additional courses which vary depending on whether a student is completing the certificate or not. Students completing the Specialist Certificate also complete a practicum (and a current PA teaching certificate is required). All courses are available as evening classes.

45. University of Delaware

Overview

Originally founded in 1743  in Newark, DE, the University of Delaware is a now a large public research university that ranks among the top 100 national universities in the country.  The school is home to many acclaimed programs, and their College of Education and Human Development ranks among the top 50 Graduate Education programs in the country.

Program Features

The University of Delaware’s School of Education offers a Master of Education in Educational Technology which will provide theoretical and a practical grounding in educational technology methods and techniques. The curriculum assumes that new media and the internet can have a positive effect on the learning process and emphasizes theories of teaching and learning that support educational technology in the classroom. Courses include:

  • Learning Technologies Across the Curriculum
  • Technology and Cognition
  • Multimedia Literacy

Notables

The University of Delaware’s M.Ed. in Educational Technology is a 33-credit program divided between core, specialization and elective courses. In addition, all students must participate in a field-based practicum. Depending on a student’s career path (K-12 or other settings), assessments are evaluated according to the standards of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) or the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).

 

46. SUNY College at Potsdam

Overview

Situated in the village of Potsdam, New York, SUNY College at Potsdam is a public university and the oldest of the State University of New York campuses. The school ranks among the top Regional universities in the North and is home to a School of Education that has been preparing teachers for over 200 years.

Program Features

The School of Education at SUNY Potsdam offers a Master of Science in Education, Educational Technology Specialist program. As the name implies, the program prepares students for technology leadership and management positions in a range of industries. Electives, applied learning opportunities, and customized projects will give you a broadly valued skill-set. On graduation, you will be qualified for positions in organizations such as military, social service agencies, K-12 schools and higher education. Courses include:

  • Simulation Games for Teaching and Learning
  • Project Management
  • Technology in Education

Notables

SUNY Potsdam’s M.S.Ed. Educational Technology Specialist program offers two distinct tracks. The first is NCATE-accredited and for K-12 instructors. This track leads to a recommendation for an additional New York certification as an Educational Technology Specialist, and satisfies the academic requirements for Professional Certification. The second track is for those interested in applying Ed Tech principles to other non-classroom contexts.

 

47. Kent State University

Overview

Located near the Cuyahoga River in the city of Kent, OH, Kent State University is a large, nationally ranked, public research university. The school has seven regional campuses across the state and is home to a College of Education that ranks among the top 100 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services at Kent State offers an NCATE-accredited Master of Education in Instructional Technology. Not limited to K-12 education, the program will prepare you to use educational technologies in school classrooms, training facilities or other instructional settings. The program offers two concentrations, one of which leads to an endorsement in Computing/Technology. The concentrations are:

  • Instructional Technology / General (non-endorsement)
  • Computer/Technology (leads to K-12 endorsement)

Notables

Kent State’s M.Ed. in Instructional Technology requires a minimum of 34 credits, though the Computer/Technology concentration will actually require 36 credits. In addition to the choice of concentration, students also have the option to take on a thesis project in lieu of taking two courses (6 credits). And if you’re looking for a flexible, online program—this one is available both on campus at Kent State and online.

 

48. East Tennessee State University

Overview

Originally founded in 1911 as a Teachers College, East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is now a public university that offers high-quality programs through nine colleges and schools. Continuing in the school’s long tradition of teacher training, the Clemmer College of Education ranks at #172 nationally (US News and World Report).

Program Features

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at ETSU’s College of Education offers a CAEP-accredited Educational Media and Educational Technology, Master of Education with a concentration in Educational Communications and Technology. The program prepares leaders in the field of Educational Technology to serve in settings that include K-12 schools, business and industry, human services, higher education, government, and the military. Courses include:

  • Essentials of Multimedia
  • Research Methods in Computer Science
  • Organizing and Managing Content on the Internet

Notables

Eastern Tennessee’s EMET M.Ed. in Educational Media and Technology is a 36-credit program divided almost evenly between Core and Concentration course requirements. The program also includes a practicum. And if you’re interested in library media, the school offers a School Library Media Concentration (SLIB) which leads to certification as school library media specialists for K-12 schools.

 

49. University of Cincinnati

Overview

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati is a large, nationally ranked public research university and a part of the University System of Ohio. The school has an international reputation for high-quality education and innovative research and its College of Education is no exception. Currently, UC sits among the top 100 Graduate Education Schools in the nation.

Program Features

UC’s School of Education offers an Instructional Design and Technology Master of Education with a specialization in Design and Development. This program will provide you with the skills to design cutting edge media and technologies (like mobile apps, gaming and simulations, and interactive video) to optimize learning in a variety of contexts. In this program you will become a content creator, designing innovative learning solutions to help solve instructional problems in a range of professional settings. Courses include:

  • Mobile Learning
  • Educational Game Design

Notables

UC’s IDT M.Ed. in Design and Development is a 30-credit program that you can complete in one year of full-time study or longer if you need to study part-time. The program is offered in flexible formats—both on campus, online, or a blend of both.  A teaching background is not necessary for admission and the program does not lead to teaching licensure—however, UC does offer an IDT M.Ed. teaching specialization in online learning as well.

 

50. University of Central Missouri

Overview

Located in the small city of Warrensburg, Missouri, the University of Central Missouri is a public state university that serves a diverse population of students. The school’s combination of hands-on learning and global focus have landed it on national rankings—currently, the school is listed among the top 25 public schools in the region.

Program Features

The Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development offers a Master of Science in Educational Technology that will help you integrate technology into your teaching. The program provides the knowledge and skills to engage and motivate students, to differentiate instruction, and reach a higher level learning. Courses include:

  • Foundations of Ed Tech
  • Communication in Online Learning
  • Ed Tech Leadership

Notables

UCM’s M.S. in Educational Technology is an online, 30 credit program, comprised of 8 required courses and two electives. The M.S. program also includes the completion of a summative portfolio which you build as you go throughout the program and then present as a part of your internship course. If you’re looking for the flexibility of a distance Ed Tech program, this one is available 100% online.