MAEd in Instructional Technology

Do you want a career you can be passionate about and proud of, a career that suits your abilities and gives you the opportunity to make a real difference?
Do you seek the best preparation to become an educator who is an expert at blending technology with teaching?

Become a student at East Carolina University, and begin preparing for a rewarding future as a professional in the field of instructional technology. Thanks to ECU and its leadership role in distance education, you can explore your opportunities for a brighter tomorrow by earning an advanced degree online. Courses, taught by highly qualified graduate faculty, are 100 percent delivered as distance education courses.

The master of arts in education (MAEd) in instructional technology program is designed with working adults in mind. The program is presented completely via the Internet, allowing students to earn a master’s degree without having to choose between their education and the obligations of family and career. Meeting the individual needs of every student is a priority with our faculty and program advisors.

The MAEd in instructional technology program prepares candidates to plan, implement, and evaluate effective technology programs in P–12 education. It leads to North Carolina licensure for computers in education and is particularly valuable for educators seeking positions as technology facilitators, coordinators, or directors in public schools. Cohort-button

The program is an NCATE-accredited graduate program with NCDPI approval for 077 licensure and an approved program for the North Carolina Model Teacher Education Consortium.

Our program reflects the new competencies required for “M”-level licensure in North Carolina school systems for technology facilitator or technology coordinator. In addition to the master of arts in education core, the instructional technology core includes courses designed to support teachers and specialists to become technology leaders in their schools.

You will begin the program with courses that provide the theoretical foundation needed to become a master teacher, and you will end with internship experiences in educational settings that are most suited for your career goals. You will be prepared for success in the field of instructional technology.

Other courses that are carefully matched to North Carolina standards for technology facilitator or coordinator include methods and best practices for integrating computers into the state standards course of study; strategies for using multimedia to enhance learning, skills, and knowledge in planning for technology; and new knowledge in using twenty-first-century skills to prepare P–12 students to become effective users of information and communication technology in their future workplace. For details about the courses that you will take please review the following resources.

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Course Descriptions

  • Admission to the Graduate School includes an application, official transcripts for all postsecondary institutions attended, a copy of your teaching license, and three letters of recommendation from someone aware of your potential as a graduate student. Applicants must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (from an accredited college/university) and a Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogy Test at or above the 30th percentile. (Exception: 10 years of teaching exempts applicants from the testing requirement.)
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Are all of the courses in the program online? 

Yes. Almost all of our students are busy professionals who are part-time graduate students. The online nature allows them to complete the program from remote sites. Not only are the classes entirely online, they asynchronous, since we find that many of our busy professionals cannot commit to a specific time per week.

How much does a course cost? How much does it cost to complete the program? 

As of summer 2014, a distance education course – the general category in which our courses reside – costs $666 for in-state students. This includes tuition and fees, but not book cost. One of the outstanding benefits of online education is the savings in transportation cost. At the current rate, a 36-hour master's degree costs $7992. Given that tuition and fees change over time, use the link below to access current charges: Look for the appropriate semester under the Distance Education/Continuing Education section. 

What is the typical course load for a student in the program? 

The majority of our graduate students take two courses (six credit hours) per fall or spring semester, but some take one course and a few take three. Some students take two courses per summer session (we have two sessions), but more take two courses per summer – one each session or two in just one session. How long does it take to complete the program? If students are part of a cohort, we strongly encourage them to follow the cohort schedule precisely and we typically design a program for two years. Otherwise, students work at their own pace, but the majority do finish in two years or two years and an additional semester or session. Students are welcome to take three years or longer to complete the program. We are very willing to customize a schedule for you, based on when we know the courses will be offered.  

Am I allowed to transfer classes that I have already taken?

Students may transfer up to two classes (six credit hours), if the program area faculty and Graduate School agree on the courses. Some transfer classes are very good matches for required courses, but the most common use of transfer classes is for elective hours.  

What are the major application requirements for your program? 

For a comprehensive answer, see the response to the "how may I apply" question, but the most limiting requirements are a 2.7 or above GPA on previous course work and a 30th percentile score or better on either the Miller Analogies Test of the Graduate Record Exam. These percentiles can vary from year-to-year, so for the most up-to-date information contact the Director of Students. Other major application requirements include official transcripts, three letters of reference, a copy of your NC teaching license, and a $70 application fee. 

I have heard of a test waiver for professional graduate programs. Do I qualify? 

We recommend two primary types of waivers that the Graduate School typically approves: (1) professional waiver for those whose undergraduate degree is 10 or more years old and the candidate has relevant professional experience in the meantime and (2) waiver for those who already have a master's degree.  

How may I apply to be a part of your program? 

Applying to a graduate program requires application through the ECU Graduate School. Go to This site has information about applying, requirements, testing information, etc. After looking at the courses on this site, click on Apply Now and see what is specifically required for application to our program. 


Do you have any further questions or need help with the process? Please contact us.

Dr. Ron Preston
Director of Students Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education
East Carolina University Mail Stop 566 Greenville, NC 27858 Phone:252-328-9355