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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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-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
* Application, app fee, and document deadline
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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.