Instructional Technology, MS Ed

Master of Science in Education Degree in Instructional Technology with an Emphasis in Instructional Technology

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 36
    Credits
  • $315.00
    In-State
  • $444.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Instructional Technology, Master of Science in Education (MS Ed) with a concentration in Instructional Technology degree program focuses on the application of computer and other technologies in education and business training, including web design and development and multimedia creation. 

Graduates will be able to manage and use IT resources in the classrooms, business, district or workplace.

Instructional technologists can be building, district-wide, or company-wide technology resource personnel who provide or assist with:

  • Technology-related professional development
  • Strategic planning components
  • Trans-curricular integration of technology
  • Instructional delivery

Successful completion of a comprehensive examination/project is required of all degree-seeking students prior to graduation. There are three parts:

  • Program examination/project
  • Departmental examination
  • College of Education survey of Desired Outcomes

Note: Education students are able to earn teaching endorsements in Leadership in Instructional Technology, Information Technology and School Library. 

Career Outlook: The Instructional Technology program prepares graduates for careers in business and similar areas or education. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Instructional Coordinators is 11% which is faster than average. Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards while also developing instructional material for classrooms and evaluating their effectiveness.

More about the Instructional Technology, MS Ed program:

The Instructional Technology program offers additional concentration areas to help students customize their degree to their professional needs. 

Concentrations include: 

  • Information Technology
  • Instructional Technology
  • Leadership in Instructional Technology
  • School Librarian

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  4. A professional biography

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Instructional Technology Concentration courses: 15 credit hours electives chosen in coordination with your adviser. Electives may also be taken in ART, CDIS, CSIT, ENG, JMC and MIS with permission.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 810Design and Development of Instruction3
This course deals with the principles of instructional design and how to apply these principles in instructional development projects. The course utilizes a systems approach to the instructional design process by focusing on a series of interrelated procedures and techniques to design, develop, implement, and evaluate instruction for diverse learners.
TE 866Motivating the 21st Century Learner3
This course focuses on exploring research-based principles for motivating PK-12 students with the aim of fostering in them a disposition of lifelong learning. Topics include: strategies for fostering intrinsic motivation, using technology to stimulate learning, strategies for motivating the reluctant learner, and maintaining your own motivation as an educator. The course emphasis is on the practical application of strategies customized to the graduate student’s own field of educational interest.
CSIT 840PClient-side Web Application Development3
This course covers the wide range of state-of-the-art computer technologies that are used to present information in a multimedia context. Students will use current tools and strategies for the interfacing of text, graphics, sound, and additional multimedia objects. Students will also learn the current techniques for creating hypertext documents as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium. Finally the students will learn an appropriate state-of-the-art scripting language to allow for dynamic content in their hypertext documents. Prerequisite: CSIT 130 or CSIT 834P or instructor permission and graduate standing
TE 877Developing Web-Based Educational Environments3
This course is for teachers and instructional technologists who wish to design, implement and evaluate learner-centered instructional environments. Students will create, implement and evaluate nonlinear, student-centered interactive web-based projects, based upon their students' assessed learning needs.
TE 800Education Research3
This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.
TE 805P or TE 886PSelect one: Overview of Assistive Technology or Technology Tools for Teachers3
Overview of Assistive Technology (TE 805P): This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. Technology Tools for Teachers (TE 886P): This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.
TE 870Developing Web-Based Portfolios3
This course will focus on planning, revising, and developing web-based working and academic portfolios. Tools such as web editors and imagine editing software will be used. Student will create a working portfolio to use during their academic programs.
TE 893Field Experiences in School Library3
Prereq: TE 869, TE 871*, TE 872*, TE 873*, TE 875* This course is the capstone experience for students in the MSED-Instructional Technology (Library Media) or Library Media Endorsement programs. Students will be gain experiences in school library media center settings. Students must have completed TE 869, TE 871, TE 872, TE 873 and TE 875 as prerequisites.
TE 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers3
This course is a general introductory course for using computers and other technology to promote student learning. Students will learn how to integrate computer-based instruction programs into their curriculum and be introduced to electronic library and other on-line resources. In addition, students will investigate other current hardware and software technologies for use in teaching and learning.
TE 891Field Experiences in Instructional Technology3
This course will provide field experiences for students pursuing the instructional technology program. Basis of the experience will be decided upon between the student and the advisor.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 875Administration of School Library3
This course will focus on the administration of the school library program's mission, budgeting, supervision of personnel, planning, resource needs, communication within the school and public communities, the role of the information specialist in the instructional process, and the interrelationships of information agencies. Prerequisite: TE 869
TE 805P or TE 886POverview of Assistive Technology or Technology Tools for Teachers3
TE 805P: This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. TE 886P: This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments, and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.
TE 885Instructional Video Production3
This course will prepare the student to design, create, produce and edit instructional videos. The focus will be on using currently available classroom equipment for video production, editing and related concepts.
TE 805POverview of Assistive Technology3
This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored.
TE 887Electronic Media Production3
This course will focus on producing effective electronic presentations. Topics will include: computer graphics; the psychology of color usage; hypertext linkages; screen design and layout; and integrating video, sound, clip art and animation into presentations.
TE 810Design and Development of Instruction3
This course deals with the principles of instructional design and how to apply these principles in instructional development projects. The course utilizes a systems approach to the instructional design process by focusing on a series of interrelated procedures and techniques to design, develop, implement, and evaluate instruction for diverse learners.
TE 866Motivating the 21st Century Learner3
This course focuses on exploring research-based principles for motivating PK-12 students with the aim of fostering in them a disposition of lifelong learning. Topics include: strategies for fostering intrinsic motivation, using technology to stimulate learning, strategies for motivating the reluctant learner, and maintaining your own motivation as an educator. The course emphasis is on the practical application of strategies customized to the graduate student’s own field of educational interest.
TE 879Seminar in Instructional Technology3
This is a variable content course which focuses on advanced topics in instructional technology. Students will critically analyze issues and problems in the discipline. Empirically testable research questions related to the topics will be identified. This course may be repeated, but only six hours may count towards a degree.
CSIT 893PDirected Readings in Computer Science/Technology1 - 3
Independent readings on advanced or contemporary topics in computer science/information technology, to be selected in consultation with and directed by a computer science/information technology faculty member. A written contract specifying readings and requirements for the course is required before registering for the course. Any topic that is thoroughly covered by any regularly offered computer science or information technology course is not allowed for Directed Readings. Upon completion of the project a format presentation will be given by the student to all interested parties. Department Consent Required. Prerequisite: CSIT 150 or CSIT 834P and permission of department chair and graduate standing
CSIT 840PClient-side Web Application Development3
This course covers the wide range of state-of-the-art computer technologies that are used to present information in a multimedia context. Students will use current tools and strategies for the interfacing of text, graphics, sound, and additional multimedia objects. Students will also learn the current techniques for creating hypertext documents as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium. Finally the students will learn an appropriate state-of-the-art scripting language to allow for dynamic content in their hypertext documents. Prerequisite: CSIT 130 or CSIT 834P or instructor permission and graduate standing
CSIT 848PSystems Administration3
This course provides an overview of how to manage a server and its users. Topics include but not limited to installing server operating system, creating user and group accounts, setting up policies, adding and configuring devices and drivers, managing data storage, setting up security evaluating performance, trouble shooting and virtualization. Prerequisite: CSIT 834P or TE 870 or permission of instructor
TE 867Traditional Storytelling3
This course focuses on storytelling as an oral tradition and as a powerful tool for differentiating instruction. Students will design curriculum-based instruction using storytelling strategies for use with students in the school library or classroom setting, as well as with special needs audiences. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to learn traditional storytelling techniques in a friendly, low-key environment.
TE 868Copyright, Fair Use and Ethics3
This course focuses on the ethical use of copyrighted material and Fair Use Guidelines as they relate to education and business training.
TE 884Online Teaching Methodology3
This course will focus on online engagement, online course development, and online teaching strategies. Research-based structural, ethical, legal, and social issues of teaching online will be examined.
TE 889Creating Instructional Videos to Enhance Classroom Instruction3
Students will plan, design, develop and manage major instructional video projects for use in their classrooms or training environments.
CSIT 834PInformation Technology Teaching Methods3
Prereq: TE 810 or TE 870 or TE 886P or instructor permission This course will include information technology curriculum development and instruction, with a focus on applying programming concepts to K-12 education. Intended only for Teachers. Cannot be applied toward any other Computer Science and Information Technology Major or Minor.
TE 876Integration of Curriculum, Technology and Media Resources3
This course will focus on the practical application of theories of instruction and technology integration; models of teaching; curriculum design; research paradigms; and, studies and findings related to curriculum integration of technology in teaching effectiveness for P-16 educators.
TE 872Organization of School Library and Technology Resources3
Prereq: TE 869. Learn basic techniques of providing access to resources, including exploring the functions of circulation and automation tools and technical services within a school library media program.
CSIT 825PDatabase Systems3
Prereq: CSIT 130* or CSIT 834P* or instructor permission AND graduate standing This course is a comprehensive study of multi-user database concepts. The relational model and relational database management systems along with proper database design will be emphasized. The normalization process and the various normal forms will be covered. Internet database applications are introduced. SQL will serve as the standard language for database manipulation. Several current database management systems will be introduced and will serve as the sample DBMSs for implementation of the course material.
CSIT 858PComputer Security3
Prereq: CSIT 848P* or instructor permission This course provides an overview of security issues associated with the development and deployment of information systems. Topics include authentication, encryption, firewalls, security standards and protocols, attack prevention, detection, and recovery.
TE 882Teacher Development Training in Instructional Technology3
This course will produce leaders who are able to provide professional development training in instructional technology for P-16 educators. Students will work with contemporary instructional technology in a transcurricular setting. Students will learn how to train classroom teachers to integrate technology into the teachers' disciplines. A variety of learning and teaching strategies will be examined. The course will emphasize modeling and promotion of the effective use of technology for learning, designing appropriate integration learning opportunities for staff, adult learning styles and techniques, and formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use of resulting data to inform learning and teaching.
TE 881Online Teaching Instructional Design3
This course will focus on preparing to and delivering online instruction, online instructional design and related teaching strategies.
TE 805P or TE 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers or Overview of Assistive Technology3
TE 805P: This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. TE 886P: This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments, and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.
CSIT 892PPracticum in Computer Science/Information Technology1 - 6
This course provides the student the opportunity to gain experience in the application of computer science/computer information technology principles in a variety of settings. Arrangements must be made in writing prior to registering for the course. (A total of three credit hours of any combination of CSIT 892P-CSIT 895P may be applied toward a computer science/information technology major, minor, or endorsement.) (A total of 6 credits may be earned for a summer practicum and a total of 3 credits may be earned for a semester practicum.) Department Consent Required.
TE 805P or TE 886PSelect one: Overview of Assistive Technology or Technology Tools for Teachers3
Overview of Assistive Technology (TE 805P): This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. Technology Tools for Teachers (TE 886P): This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.
CSIT 895PIndependent Study in Computer Science/Information Technology1 - 3
Project will be in an area of interest to the student and should include programming. Upon completion of the project a format presentation will be given by the student to all interested parties. A written contract specifying topic and requirements is required before registering for the course. Department Consent Required. Prerequisite: CSIT 150 or CSIT 834P and permission of department chair and graduate standing
TE 871Collection Development and Management3
Prereq: TE 869. Collection Development and Management is designed to provide the student with the basic competencies needed for print and non-print collection selection, development and evaluation.
TE 870Developing Web-Based Portfolios3
This course will focus on planning, revising, and developing web-based working and academic portfolios. Tools such as web editors and imagine editing software will be used. Student will create a working portfolio to use during their academic programs.
TE 869 Introduction to School Library Program3
This course is an overview of selected school library topics: current trends, genres, issues, and instructional and motivational strategies in children's and adolescent literature; school library and educational professional ethics including issues concerning the individual, society and the profession; and an introduction to information literacy.
TE 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers3
This course is a general introductory course for using computers and other technology to promote student learning. Students will learn how to integrate computer-based instruction programs into their curriculum and be introduced to electronic library and other on-line resources. In addition, students will investigate other current hardware and software technologies for use in teaching and learning.
TE 880Management of Educational Technology3
This course is an in-depth study of the administration and leadership of technology in P-16 educational settings. Management of school facilities and resources, modeling and promotion of the effective use of technology for learning, and use of educational technology research and best practices will be examined.
TE 891Field Experiences in Instructional Technology3
This course will provide field experiences for students pursuing the instructional technology program. Basis of the experience will be decided upon between the student and the advisor.
TE 874Production of Instructional Resources3
This course will focus on instructional design principles and will develop competencies in applying them to specific learning objectives within the overall production process. In addition, students will develop skills in integrating the technology products into the curriculum.
CSIT 894PDirected Research in Computer Science/Information Technology1 - 6
Independent original research in computer science/ information technology under the direction of a computer science/information technology faculty member. A written contract specifying topic and requirements is required before registering for the course. Upon completion of the project a format presentation will be given by the student to all interested parties. Department Consent Required. Prerequisite: CSIT 150 or CSIT 834P and permission of department chair and graduate standing
TE 872Organization of School Library and Technology Resources 3
Students will learn a variety of techniques for providing access to resources, including exploring the types and functions of automation systems and basic methods and procedures of cataloging and classification within a school library program. Prerequisite: TE 869
TE 877Leadership in Instructional Technology3
This course is for teachers and instructional technologists who wish to design, implement and evaluate learner-centered instructional environments. Students will create, implement and evaluate nonlinear, student-centered interactive web-based projects, based upon their students' assessed learning needs.
TE 868Copyright, Fair Use and Ethics3
This course focuses on the ethical use of copyrighted material and Fair Use Guidelines as they relate to education and business training.
TE 873Reference Services and Resources3
Prereq: TE 869. This course will focus on the range of reference resources which support the school library media center, including the evaluation and use of print and electronic reference sources, reference procedures, and the instructional role of reference resources in the overall school curriculum.
TE 888Enhancing Classroom Instruction Using Imaging Tools3
Students will plan, design, develop and manage major instructional video projects for use in their classrooms or training environments.
CSIT 850PE-Commerce Information Systems3
This course will present, develop, explore, and illustrate the nature and use of E-commerce Information System development methodologies in an inter-organizational setting, and discuss responsibilities at all life cycle stages. It is a comprehensive study of electronic commerce, with in-depth coverage of e-commerce technologies and e-commerce business models including business-to-consumer models, business-to-business models, consumer-to-consumer models, peer-to-peer models, and mobile commerce. It introduces global e-commerce, security and encryption issues, and ethical, social and political issues related to e-commerce. E-commerce interface designs for electronic storefronts, malls, catalogs, shopping carts, search engines, auctions, e-payment systems, e-learning, and e-government will be covered. Consumer interactions with payment processing mechanisms and relationships to information technology development and support will be studied. Prerequisite: CSIT 834P or TE 870 or TE 877 or instructor permission

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$315.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$367.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$945.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1101.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$444.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$496.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1332.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1488.75
Scott Fredrickson, Ed.D.
Professor

Scott Fredrickson has more than 25 years of teaching experience in instructional technology, more than 20 published papers to his name and over 40 publications and presentations.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 11
  • Spring SemesterNov 11
  • Summer SessionsApr 11
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