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Educational Technology, Instructional Technology

Educational Technology, Instructional Technology

Educational technology focuses on improving and enhancing the educational process through the integration of technology. The use of technology in education and training has increased every year and demand for professionals with this background will increase as society relies more on electronic format. Just look at the popularity of online degree programs. Educational technology professionals are found in colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools, the armed forces, industry, museums, libraries, hospitals, and more. Educational technology is offered at the master's level or higher, so professionals generally have a bachelor's degree in a related field and earn the postgraduate degree in educational technology to advance in their careers or to change careers.

Educational Technology / Instructional Technology
Career Options

  • Instructional Designer
  • Instructional Design & Technology Specialist
  • Instructional Systems Designer
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Professor / Asst Professor
  • E-Learning Manager
  • E-Learning Architect
  • K-12 Teacher
  • Library & Learning Resources Director
  • College/University Faculty
  • Online Learning Specialist
  • Educational Technology / Instructional Technology

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, 2010) predicts demand for instructional coordinators to increase by 23 percent through 2018, which is much faster than the average job growth. The demand for classroom teachers working in public schools is expected to maintain average growth through 2018, with the highest demand being for teachers who work in language arts, science, and mathematics.

    Job Title

    Median Annual Salary (50th percentile)

    Annual Salary 90th Percentile

    Classroom Teacher



    Instructional Coordinator



    Training Specialist



    Training Manager



    Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010

    Educational Technology / Instructional Technology
    Education and Training Requirements

    Individuals completing a bachelor's degree in instructional technology will be prepared to work in the private sector as e-learning specialists, training coaches or supervisors, and curriculum specialists. Individuals seeking a bachelor's degree will become experts on learning theory, technology integration, and various e-learning platforms. These bachelor's degrees do not lead to K12 teacher certification.

    Programs at the master's level also do not lead to teacher certification, but can often be used to meet continuing education requirements and increase earning potential for educators who already possess a bachelor's degree and have their teaching credentials. Within the private sector, many corporations require a minimum of a bachelor's degree in instructional design but strongly prefer individuals with a master's degree in this concentration, or a closely related field of study. These programs focus on the application of technology to improve course delivery, streamline assessment methods, and provide greater student participation within the learning environment.

    Doctoral level programs are available for education professionals who wish to participate in ongoing educational research and technology development. These professionals often work in colleges and universities, or senior-level management within corporations and private businesses. The fields of study and application are vast, and include healthcare, military, education, and business, just to name a few.

    Individuals with a bachelor's degree in instructional technology who do not desire an advanced degree might consider additional certifications. These are offered as certificate programs through colleges and universities.

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    Learning Design & Technology
    Master of Science in Education
    (Formerly Educational Technology MSED)

    Purdue University's online Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology prepares students to design effective instructional materials according to the setting and the needs of a group. Whether teaching a class in secondary school or training employees to use new software or equipment, the M.S. Ed. in Learning Design and Technology can help you design, develop, implement, and evaluate learning methods for a variety of contexts.

    The program was designed to ensure that students meet commonly recognized competencies for professionals in the field and aligns with standards from leading organizations, including the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The curriculum of the online M.S. in Education in Learning Design and Technology incorporates the latest research in learning theory, educational technology, and instructional design principles and encourages students to use their work experience as a framework for study. Faculty members are active researchers in the field and bring years of experience as well as new ideas to the classroom. Learning design has applications anywhere people need to be taught and trained--not just in education but in business, health care, the military, and many other fields. Students benefit from the diverse backgrounds and expertise of their classmates, allowing you to see different ways design principles can be put in place.

    Courses in the Learning Design & Technology MSED program include:
    • Foundations of Educational Technology
    • Learning Theories and Instructional Design
    • Introduction to E-Learning
    • Introduction to Learning Systems Design
    • Strategic Assessment and Evaluation
    • Advanced Practices in Learning Systems Design
    Walden University

    Instructional Design & Technology
    Master of Science

    As new and emerging technologies transform the landscape of education, the possibilities for learning and discovery grow exponentially. Today's classrooms are increasingly faced with technologically savvy students, and teachers must utilize 21st-century knowledge, strategies, and skills that create an effective and motivational learning environment.

    Based on the standards of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Integrating Technology in the Classroom is a leading-edge specialization that allows teachers to model various technologies that engage and motivate all learners. This will allow teachers to prepare those learners to thrive in a global society by breaking down borders and barriers so that they can become proficient consumers and producers of knowledge.

    Instructional Design & Technology / Training & Performance Improvement
    Master of Science

    This program will teach you to build quality education courses and training experiences. You'll learn to apply theory, research, creativity, and problem-solving skills to a variety of technology applications in order to improve learning. You will also develop the skills to assess, create, and manage training materials. The combination of these skills will help you to support technology supported training in educational institutions and corporate training classrooms. Through your coursework, you will gain the experience needed to efficiently and effectively use technology and multimedia tools.

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    Instructional Design & Technology
    Career Options

    Learning Design and Technology (aka Educational Technology, Instructional Design & Technology) is an interdisciplinary field of study. The aim of this field of study is to promote learning through the application of systematic principles of instructional design and appropriate uses of educational technologies including computers and media.

    Students in this field will study a systematic way of designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating the total process of teaching and learning in terms of specific objectives, learning activities, and evaluation to bring about more effective learning. Computers and allied technologies play a key role in support of teaching and learning, so they will be important aspects of your study.

    Specialists in this field design and develop instruction, often computer-based, and implement and evaluate educational technology in a variety of settings including K-12 schools, universities, business/industry training, and the military.

    Instructional Design & Technology
    The field of learning design and educational  technology has practical applications in any field or industry where people need to be taught new things, but there are particular areas where the opportunities are greatest.

    K-12 education: The need for updated curricula to reflect our changing society, increasing pressure on schools to improve performance, and more use of technology in the classroom all point to job growth for instructional designers in this area. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs for instructional coordinators will grow by 23 percent through 2018, much faster than the average rate of growth for all jobs.

    Health care: Continuing advances in technology and medicine mean that health care workers must be taught to operate new software, hardware, and equipment correctly and safely.

    Business and industry: As many organizations seek to improve employee performance and ensure their skills are up to date, training and development become vital areas for investment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment growth in human resources and training will grow 22 percent through 2018.

    Military: Training soldiers for combat and to operate advanced machinery and technology feeds a need for effective instructional strategies and materials.