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Degrees and Certificates in Instructional Technology

Why Instructional Technology?

In the Digital Age, you can enhance your professional power by honing your skill in helping others learn, unlearn, and re-learn. Instructional Technology is an interdisciplinary field that can sharpen your abilities to critically analyze the performance problems of employees or students. Once analyzed, Instructional Technologists envision flexible solutions to those problems, design creative strategies for bringing their visions to life, produce a variety of multimedia innovations, and evaluate how well their own solutions, strategies, and innovations added value to the organization for which they work.

Instructional Technology at SIUE

SIUE's Instructional Technology (IT) program offers a variety of credentials, including four Professional Development Sequences (9 credit hours each), two certificates (18 credit hours each), and the Master’s of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree (36 credit hours).  The smaller credentials lead to larger credentials, allowing you to simultaneously earn multiple credentials.  All IT credentials are 100% online.  During the fall and spring semester, most courses are sixteen weeks long; during the summer, abbreviated-term courses are common.

The IT program offers two certificates, each of which is a combination of two Professional Development Sequences (PDSs). The PDSs in “Teaching with Technology” and “Emerging Technologies” make up the certificate in “Classroom Technologies.”  The PDSs in “Online Pedagogy” and “Instructional Design” make up the certificate in “Web-Based Learning.”  On your path to a certificate, then, you will earn three credentials—two PDSs and the certificate.

Within the Master of Science in Education degree, three areas of emphasis are available. Each area prepares students for becoming an Instructional Technologist in a variety of settings.

  • Distance Education focuses on the tools and techniques for designing, producing, and facilitating online courses.  This emphasis area will be useful to teachers, adult educators, college faculty members, and corporate training personnel who are interested in the potential of online classrooms to expand learning opportunities for students and employees.  While pursuing the Distance Education emphasis, you simultaneously can earn the PDS in Instructional Design, the PDS in Online Pedagogy, and the certificate in Web-Based learning. 
  • Educational Technologies enables teachers and other school personnel to plan, implement, and evaluate technology-based instruction and learning activities in P-20 settings. This emphasis places a particular focus on the emerging technologies that can give classroom teachers a cutting-edge advantage in promoting learning. As you complete this emphasis area, you simultaneously can earn the Professional Development Sequence (PDS) in Emerging Technologies.
  • Instructional Design & Performance Improvement focuses on skills necessary for careers in corporations, institutions of higher education, health care organizations, and non-profits. Students who graduate from this emphasis become corporate trainers, multimedia learning technologists, curriculum writers, instructional designers, performance improvement specialists, and learning consultants. In this emphasis, you will learn how to identify gaps in human performance and improve people's knowledge and skills in ways that close the gap. Graduates from this emphasis have been hired by Edward Jones, Federal Reserve Bank, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Boeing, and a variety of other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.  The coursework within this emphasis includes all class required for the PDS in Instructional Design.
In addition to the above three emphasis areas within our Master's degree, Instructional Technology also offers an 18 hour certificate in web-based learning and two Professional Development Sequences:  One in Online Pedagogy and the other in Teaching with Technology.  Furthermore, Instructional Technology also is a part of two different integrative studies majors.  One is a Master’s of Science in Integrative Studies with a major in Organizational Design Thinking.  The other is a Master’s of Arts in Integrative Studies with a major in Diversity Training.

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Faculty
David Knowlton, Ed.D.,
1998, University of Memphis

Yuliang Liu, Ph.D.,
2000, Texas A & M University

Melissa Thomeczek, Ph.D.,
2002, Indiana State University

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