Instructional Technology Degree Programs

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I have a question for those of you who are instructional technologists or are thinking about it. What degree programs are you aware of that can help teachers who want to work with other teachers on integrating technology in their classrooms? I’m thinking of programs in preparation for being an educational technologist, instructional technologist, or technology integration specialist (or similar).

I am not interested in going back to school right now, but I’m curious as to what is out there for anyone preparing to move into this area. I chose Virginia Tech’s online instructional technology master’s program, and I’ve had reasons to regret the choice, but I’m not sure what else is out there for others who are interested in becoming instructional technologists. Mainly I think the program is in need of some updating for new technologies and tools as well as research. I also think students need more room to pursue their interests in the field and more flexibility to do assignments in different ways. I have been asked a few times for advice, and I feel less qualified to respond without knowing more information. Please do share what you know about other programs in the comments.

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3 thoughts on “Instructional Technology Degree Programs

  1. Hi Dana,

    Great question. I am currently enrolled in a Master of Educational Technology program through Boise State University. I've been very impressed with the diversity of offerings and caliber of instruction. Earlier this month, Edudemic published a list of the 10 best schools to get an educational technology master's degree online. My program was ranked fourth. Check out the list here: http://edudemic.com/2011/10/online-masters-edtech

  2. You're welcome Dana. I'd be interested in hearing more about your thoughts on your program. While mine is certainly not without its shortcomings, overall it's been very beneficial, as it's geared toward practicing teachers. Because of this, I've been able to apply the theory and practical skills I've learned to the classroom.

    As you can see from this list, there are a number of courses we've been able to choose from based on our area of interest: http://edtech.boisestate.edu/web/courses.htm

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