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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

The IT program is based on a flexible any-time, any-place model of learning. Throughout the program, you likely will encounter a positive mixture of course formats, including those that are face-to-face, online, studio-based, and field-based. During the fall and spring semester, courses are sixteen weeks long; during the summer, abbreviated-term courses are common.

Three areas of emphasis are available within the Master of Science in Education degree. Each area prepares students for becoming an Instructional Technologist in a different setting.

  • Educational Technologies enables teachers and other school personnel to plan, implement, and evaluate technology-based instruction and learning activities in P-12 settings. This emphasis places a particular focus on the emerging technologies that can give classroom teachers a cutting-edge advantage in promoting learning. The Illinois State Board of Education's (ISBE's) Technology Specialist endorsement is available for students who complete the Educational Technologies emphasis. This endorsement would be useful to those who are interested in leadership roles in educational technology, such as technology coordinators in schools or school districts. Endorsements are granted through ISBE on existing teaching certificates.
  • 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 Elsevier Publishing Company, Federal Reserve Bank, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Boeing, and a variety of other regional, national, and international organizations.
  • Library Information Specialist enables teachers and other school personnel to plan, implement, and evaluate media-based activities in P-12 library settings. If you pursue this option, you will become a knowledgeable designer of curriculum and instruction that effectively utilize and integrate library resources to improve student learning. The Illinois State Board of Education's (ISBE's) Library Information Specialist endorsement is available for students who complete the Library Information Specialist emphasis. Endorsements are granted through ISBE on existing teaching certificates.

In addition to the above three emphasis areas within our Master's degree, we also offer an 18 hour certificate in web-based learning. This certificate of advanced graduate studies offers you an opportunity to gain expertise in the areas of designing and developing web-based learning environments. The curriculum combines a study of instructional systems design with project management, web-site design, digital video, course management systems, and other areas.

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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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