M.S. Instructional Technology - Educators

The Master's Program in Instructional Technology develops expertise in the use of leading edge media and technology for teaching and learning. Graduates of the program work as master teachers in P-12 classrooms, and as school or district instructional technology leaders, staff developers, and curriculum designers. Initial courses enhance teachers' expertise with a wide range of media and applications and set the stage for understanding how instructional technology can fulfill its potential to Entice, Encourage, Enable and Empower learners. Building on theories of learning, motivation, and curriculum design, teachers next learn to apply newly developed technology skills to language arts, social studies, math, science, and technology curricular content. An innovative action research project caps the experience as participants join the small number of certified educational technology specialists in New York state.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook by Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected as schools focus on evaluating and improving curriculums and teachers’ effectiveness." According to Recruiter.com, "Demand for Instructional Coordinators is expected to go up, with an expected 36,220 new jobs filled by 2018. This represents an annual increase of 3.52 percent over the next few years."

NOTE: This program is now approved to be offered as a fully online program.

What the Instructional Technology program offers you:

  • A 33-credit Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology.
  • Eligibility for New York State certification as an Educational Technology Specialist
  • Eligibility for permanent or professional certification in your first certificate area
  • An option to enroll in a fully online version of the program.
  • Opportunity to become proficient in the use of leading edge technology
  • Professional development for leadership in applying educational technology
  • Experience with tools for problem solving and communication in the P-12 setting
  • Expertise in integrating technology and standards in the P-12 curriculum
  • Exciting learning environments with practitioner instructional technology faculty
  • An option for non-certified educators/others interested in technology in teaching and learning


  • Our program is ranked 23rd nationally by the U.S. News in the Best Online Graduate Education Programs category (2015 U.S. News report). 
  • Our tuition is affordable (Call 516-686-7777 or 212-261-1515 for details.) Financial aid is also available. Learn more here!
  • Our class size is small (7 to 20). Our students and faculty have a strong rapport.
  • We have various connections with the field and organizations
  • The practicum provides you opportunity to expand knowledge of the field of instructional technology and your leadership expertise.
  • You will establish a solid e-portfolio to showcase your work.
  • Strong alumni network.
  • No GRE required.


  • Create a thoughtful, guiding philosophy that demonstrates an appreciation of the dramatic changes in culture and society brought about by technology including its impact on learning.
  • Use an understanding of learners and learning and apply instructional design model in a curriculum development project.
  • Use appropriate technology to create effective learning environments with differentiated instruction for learners of various backgrounds and range of abilities.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the selection and use of various technological tools.
  • Amass a collection of online and other supporting resources for use in teaching and learning - including primary content resources, web sites, research, databases, assistive devices, and special-purpose software.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal issues affecting instructional technology including copyright, licensing agreements, intellectual property, fair use policies, freedom of speech, and access filters.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills of planning and resource management to further school goals for instructional technology.
  • Use data analysis tools to for data-driven decision making.
  • Demonstrate professional dispositions and appropriate interpersonal skills in collaboration, consultation, and communication.
  • Apply knowledge of research theory and models as a consumer of educational research to design and implement a research project.

Degree Map

  1. EDIT 603: Foundations I: Philosophy and Technology Education
  2. EDPC 605: Curriculum Design and Development
  3. EDPC 610: Foundations II: Diversity, Learning and Technology
  4. EDLA 615: Language Arts and Technology
  5. EDMA 625: Math, Science and Technology I
  6. EDSC 626: Math, Science and Technology II
  7. EDIT 605: Instructional Applications of Internet
  8. EDIT 610: Multimedia Authoring (see Sample Student Projects)
  9. EDIT-663: Educational Applications of Social Media
  10. EDIT 690: Assessment and Evaluation Methods (Pre-req. 21 credits)
  11. EDIT 695: Practicum and Seminar (Pre-req. 27 credits)


Please contact Dr. Sarah McPherson (smcphers@nyit.edu or 516.686.1053)

Online study for the master's in instructional technology is available. Check out the video introduction below.

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