18 months | Credit Hours: 27
The purpose of the Ed.S. program in Instructional Technology is to provide superior student-focused education that is personally relevant and intellectually challenging. The program is committed to the following areas of excellence:
- Preparing progressive, innovative, academically grounded instructional technologists;
- Building and enhancing skills in research and program evaluation to support instructional growth and improvement;
- Developing innovative delivery options to maximize educational experiences;
- Cultivating diversity of ideas, values, and persons responsive to changing needs and technologies; and
- Promoting the advancement of learning through scholarship and service.
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Students must have a Master's degree for admittance into the program. A teaching certificate is not required for this degree program. A teaching certificate is required for students seeking a certification upgrade from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Students who already hold a Teaching or Service certificate with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission will be eligible for Certification in Instructional Technology.
In addition to completion of program requirements, students seeking Certification with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission must also pass the GACE for more information click here.
Coursework completion is possible in 18 months. Degrees are conferred in May, August and December.
The Department of Educational Technology and Foundations website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.This is a concentration under the Specialist in Education with a Major in Instructional Technology, Media & Design degree program.
Method of Delivery
Coursework is available 100% online.
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 27
A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (email@example.com). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.
This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.
All required courses for the Ed.S. in Instructional Technology, Media & Design - Instructional Technology Concentration will be offered over two years. No campus visits are required. Students may begin the program any semester. During the initial advising session, a projected sequence of courses is developed for each student. Any changes in the projected sequence need to be determined jointly between student and advisor in order for the student to be able to complete the program in a timely manner.
The Ed.S. in Instructional Technology, Media & Design – Instructional Technology Concentration requires students to complete 27 credit hours (9 courses at 3 credit hours each).
Five courses are required: MEDT 8461, MEDT 8462, MEDT 8463, MEDT 8480, and MEDT 8484. Students must also complete four elective courses.
Note: Students who are seeking Certification in Instructional Technology with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission must take MEDT 7490, MEDT 7464, and MEDT 7476 from the list of electives and then choose one more course as a fourth elective.
MEDT-7469 - Strategic Leadership Role of the SLMS
This course examines how school librarians connect beyond the walls of their schools to lead and learn with others in their district, community, state, across the nation, and around the World. Through collaborative activities, school librarians influence and inspire a school community to achieve identified goals and/or a shared vision.
MEDT-7471 - Data Networks for Instruction
Enrollment requires completion of MEDT 6401 or instructor¿s permission. The design and development of data networks for instructional settings will be covered. In addition to current trends and issues, students will also explore how to use data networks for a variety of instructional contexts and how to perform basic network trouble shooting and repair.
MEDT-7472 - Introduction to Distance Learning
This course is a general introduction to conceptual, theoretical, and practical ideas concerning distance education, including the current status of distance learning and its impact on education. Students will become conversant in the terminology of the field of distance education, review its history, conduct research on specific areas of practice, investigate instructional and learning design strategies, explore the technologies commonly used, and understand the unique roles and responsibilities of the distance learner and the distance instructor.
MEDT-7473 - Advanced Multimedia
An intermediate to advanced level course on the design, development and formative evaluation of multimedia software delivered locally and online. Strategies based on research on effective practice are emphasized. Students use software development tools to create and evaluate interactive software including strategies for instruction and assessing learning.
MEDT-7475 - The Distance Education Professional
This course focuses on current issues and challenges for the distance education professional. Students will be prepared to assume the role of an e-learning teacher and professional through the study of distance education research as well as the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of e-learning environments. Students will examine the management of e-learning initiatives including cultural impact; budget, technological and managerial requirements; quality support; policy issues; development of e-learning materials; facilitating instruction and interaction; and other areas of professional development and training.
MEDT-7476 - Assessing Learning in Technology-Enhanced Instruction
This course will focus on application of the principles of assessment of student learning as they relate in the context of technology-enhanced instruction and diverse populations. Specific concepts covered include formative and summative assessments, alternative assessment, and standardized testing, especially the use of technology-based instruments. Students will design and develop assessment tools for their content areas and contexts.
MEDT-7485 - Special Topics in Media
Individually designed studies of topics in media or instructional technology focused on the student's areas of specialty.
MEDT-7490 - Visual and Media Literacy for Teaching and Learning
This course is an introduction to visual and media literacy principles that support student learning in specific content areas. Students will explore elements of photography and videography that support learner-centered instruction. Instructional applications in the workplace and instructional settings, shooting high-quality digital photographs and video vignettes, how to produce enhance digital-based instructional materials and resources are covered.
MEDT-8461 - Diffusion of Innovations
The course focuses on the processes of innovation and change as they apply to educational systems. Students learn how to apply change models and diffusion theory in order to successfully integrate technology-driven procedures and resources into educational organizations.
MEDT-8462 - Leading and Managing Instructional Technology Programs
This course provides an overview of the procedures in planning, designing, developing, implementing and managing instructional technology programs in educational organizations. Emphasized are leadership skills, managing people and resources, effective training techniques, program development, funding, and trends and issues associated with use of instructional technology in educational contexts.
MEDT-8463 - Issues in Instructional Technology
Advanced topics in the theory, selection, production, and utilization of technology-based instructional materials will be examined, and issues, trends and problems in instructional technology will be emphasized.
MEDT-8464 - Trends and Issues in School Library Media
Current issues and trends in school library media services and programs will be examined. The basic vision of the school library media program comprised of collaboration, leadership and technology will be emphasized.
MEDT-8480 - Program Evaluation
This course is designed to prepare students to effectively and efficiently participate in program evaluation at the school sites Students are expected to evaluate efficacy of existing programs and/or the appropriateness of programs being considered for implementation.
MEDT-8484 - Research on Media and Instructional Technology
This course provides an overview of research on media and instructional technology. Because the course addresses both theoretical and practical dimensions of research on media and instructional technology, students will study exemplary research studies through printed and digital materials.
Guidelines for Admittance
- All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
- International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
- Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.
Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
- Students must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution to be admitted to the program.
- A teaching certificate is not required for this program, but teacher certification is required for students seeking a certificate upgrade from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
- GPA of 3.0 or higher on most recent degree.
Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School
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Admission Process Checklist
The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here
NOTE: Online students may qualify for a term-by-term exemption to the immunization policy. Contact the Immunization Clerk for more information.
The Department of Educational Technology and Foundations website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.
- Candidates demonstrate content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge and skills.
- Candidates develop, implement, and evaluate learning opportunities for all students.
- Candidates demonstrate professional dispositions and ethics.
- Candidates demonstrate ability to serve needs of diverse populations including special needs.