Online Instructional Technology, MS Ed | University of Nebraska at Kearney

Instructional Technology, MS Ed (Leadership in Instructional Technology)

Master of Science in Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

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The online Instructional Technology, Master of Science in Education (MS Ed) with a concentration in Leadership in Instructional Technology degree program leads to a supplemental endorsement for the Nebraska Department of Education. 

It is designed to provide administrative and leadership skills in the use of technology in school settings. In addition to developing instructional technology skills, students develop technology administration abilities, manage professional development resources and will be able to provide instructional technology leadership for their school building or district.

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 Instructional Technology, Information Technology and School Library. For certified teachers, this track will lead to a Nebraska Department of Education supplemental endorsement in Leadership in Instructional Technology. Students outside Nebraska should check with their state's department of education for endorsement requirements. For non-teachers, this track does not lead to the initial teaching certificate but it does allow for flexibility in course selection and inclusion of additional management and administrative technology courses.

Career Outlook: The Instructional Technology program is for students interested in pursuing a management and/or training position in business 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 its 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

This program is accredited by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education
Scott Fredrickson, Ed.D.

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.

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. 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:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admission
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 10
Spring Semester
November 10
Summer Sessions
April 10

Program of Study

  • Department Core Courses - 12 credit hours
  • Instructional Technology Core Courses - 15 credit hours
  • Concentration Courses - 15 credit hours
    - 9 credit hours required courses
    - 6 credit hours electives
Information Technology concentration/endorsement students may take TE 866as an elective, but must take TE 877 or CSIT 840Ps a requirement.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CSIT 840PClient-Side Web Application Development3

Course Number: CSIT 840P

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. Prereq: CSIT 130 or CSIT 834P or instructor permission AND graduate standing

TE 800Education Research3

Course Number: TE 800

This introductory web-based course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice. The course will provide opportunities for students to (a) define and differentiate between and among basic, applied, and action research and explain how each contributes to practice; (b) conduct and interpret preliminary, primary, and secondary sources of research in both online and hard copy formats; (c) compare and contrast various research designs, and (d) analyze qualitative and quantitative research methodology. This will include the use of statistical techniques and conditions to describe educational phenomena and to determine the validity and reliability of research methods, case studies, critical-theory, historical, and ethnographical methodology.

TE 810Design & Development of Instruction3

Course Number: TE 810

TE 866Motivating the 21st Century Learner3

Course Number: TE 866

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 868Copyright, Fair Use & Ethics3

Course Number: TE 868

This course focuses on the ethical use of copyrighted material and Fair Use Guidelines as they relate to education and business training.

TE 870Developing Web-Based Portfolios3

Course Number: TE 870

This course will focus on planning, revising, and developing web-based working and academic portfolios. Tools such as web editors and image editing software will be used. Student will create a working portfolio to use during their academic programs.

TE 876Integration of Curriculum, Technology and Media Resources3

Course Number: TE 876

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 877Developing Web-Based Educational Environments3

Course Number: TE 877

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 878Leadership in Instructional Technology3

Course Number: TE 878

This course will provide students with the skills and tools necessary to be an effective, innovative instructional leader in the field of instructional technology. The constructivist perspective of building community leadership will be examined. Staff/faculty development, planning, using data-driven decision making, and funding in instructional technology will be emphasized.

TE 880Management of Educational Technology3

Course Number: TE 880

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 882Teacher Development Training in Instructional Technology3

Course Number: TE 882

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 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers3

Course Number: 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 891Field Experiences in Instructional Technology3

Course Number: TE 891

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 adviser.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $309.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $361.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $927.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1083.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $435.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $487.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1305.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1461.75

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