The master's degree program in Instructional Technology in the College of Education is an applied professional program that helps to educate leaders in three technology fields: training and development, school library media, and educational computing and media. The Instructional Technology graduate program is intended for both current professionals in the fields of media, design, computing, education and libraries as well as those who are seeking advanced degrees and an upgrade in their skills and knowledge base related to technology. The program is hands-on and practical with a considerable focus of most courses being inventive and authentic learning projects.
Students select one of three options:
Educational Technology is designed for those who wish to integrate technology into classroom teaching or to coordinate the planning and integration of educational technologies at the school, district or state level.
Instructional Design and Development offers a flexible program of study designed to develop competencies in instructional design and media-related competencies for those who wish to work in training or instructional settings in business, industry, government, the military or medical education.
School Library Media meets the Maryland State Department of Education requirements for the Media Generalist Certification and is designed for students who wish to serve as directors of school library centers.
The program is most often completed by students on a part-time basis, although fulltime study is encouraged. A majority of the graduate students in the Instructional Technology program are full-time working professionals who take classes in the late afternoon or early evening. Professionals seeking to advance or change careers comprise a substantial portion of the student population in the Instructional Technology program. These include students who intend to become school library media specialists, industry training specialists, and leaders in educational computing and technology.