In the instructional technology program, you'll learn advanced skills in curriculum and instruction, technology integration, and leadership in pre-K through grade 12 education. This program is designed to help you develop expertise in current and emerging instructional technologies; gain a deep understanding of the role of technology in the contemporary school; and lead change efforts at the classroom, school, and district levels to improve student achievement.
These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.
Note: This program does not lead to teacher certification in Maryland.
About the Master of Education in Instructional Technology
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Advocate for the use of technology to create equitable and ongoing access to high-quality education
- Establish personal and shared learning goals and pursue those goals through participation in learning activities and professional learning networks
- Develop productive relationships with other educators to improve teaching and learning
- Design learning experiences and environments that meet the diverse needs and interests of all learners
- Develop the capabilities of educators by planning, providing, and evaluating the impact of professional learning initiatives using technology to advance teaching and learning
- Model and support the use of qualitative and quantitative data to inform instruction
- Support educators and students in recognizing the responsibilities and opportunities inherent in living in a digital world
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Develop a professional web presence with social media connections for their classroom
- Create and implement flipped classroom and other blended learning modules in their classroom
- Integrate mobile learning devices and BYOD projects into their curriculum
- Develop and implement blended professional development experiences for teachers in their schools
- Lead an action research project investigating a critical area of need in their school, and propose, implement, and evaluate a research-based solution
Master of Education in Instructional Technology Requirements
Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.
- UCSP 615
(to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
- EDTC 600
- EDTC 605
- EDTC 610
- EDTC 615
- EDTC 620
- EDTC 625
- EDTC 630
- EDTC 640
- EDTC 645
- EDTC 650
- EDTC 670
Course Rules and Program Progression
- The first nine courses in the program must be taken in the order listed; sequential courses may be taken concurrently.
- The first nine courses in the program must be completed before you take EDTC 670.
- Currently, EDTC 670 is not available during the summer term. Check the Schedule of Classes to learn more about the availability of the capstone course.
- To maintain national professional accreditation, the MEd program requires that you earn grades of 80 percent (B) or better on major assignments in certain courses that are offered before specific transition points in the program; those courses include
- EDTC 600
- EDTC 615
- EDTC 630
- EDTC 640
- EDTC 645
- You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
- All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
- Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.
- To maintain national professional accreditation, this program requires that you earn grades of 80 percent (B) or better on major assignments in certain courses—namely EDTC 600, EDTC 615, EDTC 630, EDTC 640, and EDTC 645, which are offered before specific transition points in the program—to move forward in the program.
This program is designed to help you prepare for work in curriculum development and instruction, technology integration, and leadership in pre-K–12 learning environments.
Although Maryland does not offer licenses, certifications, or endorsements for graduates of the MEd program, other states may do so.
Experience Recommended for Success in the Program
The Master of Education in instructional technology is designed for students with professional experience teaching in P–12 schools. If you lack teaching experience, you may want to choose another one of UMGC's education-related graduate programs.
We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.
Please be advised that UMGC currently does not admit students residing in Kentucky into UMGC's Master of Education in instructional technology program unless approved on a case-by-case basis. UMGC students residing in Kentucky would not be permitted to complete the program's field and clinical requirements in Kentucky public or nonpublic schools. For more information about Kentucky licensure, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board's website. Please e-mail us for further information regarding UMGC's MEd program.
Department of Defense Schools
If a student resides in a state in which UMGC is not currently accepting students and the student is eligible to complete the program's field and clinical requirements at a Department of Defense Education Activity school, the student may e-mail us to discuss options for enrollment in the MAT program.
Learn more about professional licensure and how to contact your state's licensing board.
I really felt confident in my career and financial security when I realized there was more to instructional technology than teachers doing PowerPoint. The way I taught and related to students changed for the better.
Louisa Puffett, MEd
Master of Education in Instructional Technology
Awards & Recognition
- No. 8 Top Online Master's in Education Technology in 2017 | University of Maryland Global Campus Master of Education in Instructional Technology | GetEducated.com | 2017
- Best Buy: Online Masters in Educational Technology | Master of Education in Instructional Technology | GetEducated.com | 2014
The graduate education department at University of Maryland Global Campus has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). This accreditation covers the Master of Arts in Teaching program for initial teacher preparation and Master of Education in instructional technology program at UMGC. With the NCATE accreditation, the Master of Education program has also earned national recognition by its professional association, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Faculty members in this program hold or have recently held positions including
- Chief academic officer
- Content developer
- Courseware designer
- Freelance consultant
- Instructional designer
- Instructional technologist
- Program director
- Research associate
- Strategic account manager
Our faculty work or have worked at organizations including
- Discovery Education
- Johns Hopkins University
- Stanford University
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- University of Memphis
- Virginia Tech University
- Yale University
Our faculty are also affiliated with several instructional design or training associations and editorial boards, including
- Association for Talent Development
- International Society for Technology in Education
- Quality Matters
- Society for Information Technology and Teacher
- WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
As a student in this program, you are required to purchase a one-time $139 subscription (good for seven years) to Tk20 HigherEd before your first class begins. This is a comprehensive assessment and management system, which will support all students and programs within the department. You may also need access to a webcam/microphone for certain assignments.
Students residing in Kentucky may not complete field and clinical work in public/private schools in the state but may be able to do so in U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools.
Program transition points exist to ensure candidate progress and meet candidate needs in a timely manner. Transition points enable analysis of program progression and enable graduation projection and determinations of eligibility. In order for candidates to pass through transition points, they must meet the following criteria.
- Receive 3.0 in the first course or earn a 3.0 GPA in the semester during which the first course is taken.
- Complete UCSP 615 within the first 6 credits of program.
MEd Entry to the Capstone Course
Complete the first 24 credits in the program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher or be placed on probation.
MEd Eligibility for Graduation
Complete all MEd course requirements with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Program
The MEd program does not lead to an initial teaching license in Maryland or any other state. The MEd is an advanced master's degree in instructional technology in pre-K–12 teaching and student learning.
The Master of Education focuses on integrating technology into the pre-K–12 classroom to advance K–12 student teaching, learning, and leadership. The emphasis is on instructional applications in the K–12 schools, management and leadership of pre-K–12 technology initiatives, and technical expertise in the use of instructional technology.
The Master of Distance Education focuses on managing distance education and training in a variety contexts. The program is intended to apply to education at all levels as well as business, government, and nonprofit organizations that may use distance learning for training and staff development. Students learn about distance education history, theory, technology, organizational structures, marketing, management, and business skills.
If you take two courses each semester, you can complete the program in approximately two years. Please note that the capstone course is not offered in the summer.
The main technical skills you need at the beginning of the program are basic e-mail, word processing, and Internet searching skills. MEd students vary in their technical skills. Some know little; others are computer science majors. You will learn new technologies as you complete various projects.
You do not need to have received a state teaching license to become a student in the MEd program. You can benefit from the program with or without a teaching certificate.
Graduates of the MEd program who wish to become K-12 teachers in public schools and who do not yet have state licensure to teach may need to pursue an initial teacher certification program, based on state or national requirements.
The MEd applies to all disciplines. Coursework allows you to apply concepts learned to their own disciplines, student developmental levels, and teaching contexts. Because you will be in classes with students from other disciplines, you can also benefit from the opportunity to make interdisciplinary connections.
Will I be able to use projects I complete as part of the MEd program for my graduate courses in my K–12 classroom? +
Projects in the MEd courses can be applied directly to your school, subject area, and grade level. If you are not teaching, you will be asked to select a subject and grade level.