United States Educational Technology Graduate Programs

What are Educational Techology Graduate Programs?

Educational technology degree programs teach students how to apply technology to potentially improve and enhance education. As such, they may appeal to education professionals, instruction coordinators and education software developers. Educational technology graduate programs often comprise of the following areas:

  • Introducing digital tools into a classroom or corporation
  • Managing distance learning programs
  • Initiating a career in online education
  • Teaching or developing educational information systems

Educational Technology Degree Programs

Educational Technology Graduate Programs: Basics

Educational Technology Graduate Programs are offered as graduate certificates, masters and doctorate degrees. The programs may also either lead to teacher licensure or, be suitable for currently licensed teachers who have their Bachelor’s degree.

Generally, you need a Bachelors in Education or related undergraduate degree to enroll in Education Technology Master’s programs. Also you generally need either a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree to enter in PhD Educational Technology programs. Each school, of course, has its own specific requirements and admissions procedures.

FACT: 65% of Instructional Designers and Technologists hold a Master’s Degree; this includes Chief Technology Officers and Instructional Technology Senior Analysts.[i]

What is Educational Technology?

Education technology is the intersection between technology, online learning and education. Within this broad area, there are several different areas of emphasis.

Some educational technology graduate programs are oriented towards design. Others focus on implementation and maintenance. Going into your search, it helps to have a sense of your own career aspirations. Also it is valuable to understand what ‘educational technology’ means within the context of your program.

At the graduate level, an educational technology degree may highlight:

  • Research
  • Learning how to develop curriculums that include technology (e.g. use of tablets)
  • Instructional technology development
  • Media platforms (text, audio, video, animation, satellite TV)
  • Learning how to teach online courses
  • Learning how to develop online courses
  • Training others in the uses of educational technology
  • Networking hardware for electronic learning processes
  • Electronic educational technology (e-learning)
  • Computer based learning systems
  • Effective uses and theoretical understanding of technological tools

Read education technology degree descriptions and talk with an admission advisor to learn what each program covers.

Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology

Graduate certificates in Educational technology often appeal to currently licensed educators looking for specialized credentials to add onto their existing knowledge base. Since the field of education is regulated by each state, some states may require teachers to earn an ‘endorsement’ in any additional subject they wish to teach. These may be shorter term than full degrees. And in some cases, the credits earned may be applicable to a Master’s degree completed at a later date. Browse some of our sponsored listings that might include online Instructional Technology endorsement (P-12) or Campus Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate.   

Masters in Educational Technology Programs

Masters in Educational Technology may include Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Education degree programs. Some programs may be appropriate for licensed educators. Other programs may help prepare for the initial licensure. It is common for master’s degree programs (with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction) to require candidates to have a bachelor’s degree in teaching. Within education technology Master’s programs, you might learn how to use current technology to improve student learning. You  might also learn how to manage student records, or to design and develop multimedia training for businesses. Although program lengths and course curriculums vary, a master’s degree program could entail about 36 credits and 2 years of full time study. Browse some of our sponsored listings that might include the following:

  • MA/Teaching & Learning with Technology-Online Educator
  • Master of Science in Education –Learning Design & Technology online
  • Campus Master of Arts in Educational Technology

PhD in Educational Technology Programs

Doctorate in Educational Technology degree programs may focus on researching the relationships between people, media technology and learning. Offered as Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education, students may be able to choose a concentration area such as e-learning or design. Some programs may offer courses in cognitive science or game studies. Although program lengths and course curriculums vary, earning a doctorate degree could require about 60 credits and between 3 to 6 years of full time study with possible residency and dissertation requirements. Browse some of our sponsored listings that might include:

  • Online Doctor of Education – E-Learning
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education-Distance Learning Specialization (non-licensure) online
  • Campus Doctoral of Educational Leadership

Campus or Online Educational Technology Degree?

As graduate students in educational technology, you know firsthand that modern technology makes it possible to earn your degree fully online. Certainly, if you live out of geographical proximity of the educational technology graduate program that appeals to you, distance-learning may be totally appreciated as a convenient alternative to relocation. That said, it may be wonderful to be part of a cohort system and study on a university campus. It may also be in your interest to find a graduate school that has a partially online (hybrid) program. Whatever your preferences, use the ‘campus’, ‘online’ or ‘hybrid’ tabs alongside with the degree level to refine your search results. Alternatively, use the location settings to find all available educational technology programs in specific cities, states or abroad.


Accreditation is an important component of choosing between graduate schools and Educational technology graduate programs. At the institutional level, you can find universities and colleges that have been regionally accredited. These universities and colleges are usually listed with the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. At the programmatic level, you might find some programs that are NCATE or TEAC accredited.[ii]Although since 2013, there has been consolidation with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)[iii].

After Graduation

Earning an Educational Technology graduate degree may play a role in a variety of potential career paths that could include:

  • Educational Research and Product Strategy[iv]
  • Learning Development Specialist[v]
  • Teacher Support and Student Intervention[vi]
  • Instructional Designers and Technologists[vii]
  • Education Specialist[viii]
  • Instructional Coordinators[ix]

Take the Next Step

Technology and its multiple uses in education are contributing to the creation of different specialist occupations.[x].So, it can be an exciting time to pursue a graduate educational technology degree. Start reviewing some of your options. Make sure you reach out to your prospective graduate schools for more details about their unique degree programs. And of course, consult with your prospective grad schools so you do not miss the application deadline.

sources;[i] onetonline.org/link/summary/25-9031.01 |[ii] teac.org |[iii] caepnet.org/ |[iv] onetonline.org/link/summary/25-9031.01 |[v] onetonline.org/link/summary/25-9031.01 |[vi] onetonline.org/link/summary/25-9031.01 |[vii] onetonline.org/link/summary/25-9031.01 |[viii] onetonline.org/link/summary/25-9031.00 |[ix] onetonline.org/link/summary/25-9031.00 [x] bls.gov/opub/mlr/2004/12/ressum1.pdf

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