Master of Science in Instructional Technology

Offering courses 100% online, the Master of Science in Instructional Technology program is committed to the vision of preparing instructional design professionals, who are academically and technically proficient, as well as reflective in their practice. Those with specialization in instructional design and technology shall be prepared to develop innovative products of learning for diverse audiences and for delivery of instruction within higher education, business, allied health, government-related, and military settings.


Students who complete the MS degree in Instructional Technology, are able to:

  • Identify the various populations of clients and analyze their instructional needs;
  • Work with clients and/or development teams to identify and analyze instructional goals;
  • Work with clients and/or development teams to design, develop, and evaluate materials that meet instructional needs;
  • Assist clients in the delivery of instructional units;
  • Assist clients in developing and applying evaluation techniques and tools;
  • Assist clients in identifying, acquiring, installing, maintaining, and networking appropriate hardware and software;
  • Investigate both practical and theoretical problems and issues in existing and emerging instructional technologies and disseminate the results;
  • Incorporate a concern for people in day-to-day work;
  • Practice ethical, professional, and humane behavior.Cohort-button

Program Requirements

The program requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of credit. Nine core courses and one research course are required of all students. A portfolio of specific class projects is required.

Below is a list of courses (30 credits) required for all MS students. Required Courses
  • EDTC 6010 – Introduction to Instructional Technology
  • EDTC 6020 – Principles of Instructional Design
  • EDTC 6025 – Analysis and Evaluation In Instructional Technology
  • EDTC 6030 – Authoring Systems for Instructional Product Development
  • EDTC 6040 – Multimedia Instructional Product Development
  • EDTC 6135 – Instructional Graphics for Educational Media
  • EDTC 6991 –Capstone Project in Instructional Technology
  • EDTC 7030– Web Teaching: Design and Development
  • EDTC 7040 – Instructional Strategies for Distance Learning
  • COE research course (SCIE 6500* or EDUC 6482, or equivalent course)
*recommended-advisor will override prerequisite

Program Electives

MS students will select elective courses (6 credits) in consultation with MS program coordinator . EDTC electives (See Advising Guide when these courses will be offered) can include the following courses:  

Computer-based Instruction certificate

  • EDTC 6045 Human-Computer Interface Design (3)
  •  EDTC 6240 Virtual Reality: Principles and Applications (3)
Distance Learning certificate
  • EDTC 6300 Introduction to Distance Learning (3)
  • EDTC 7330 Management of Distance Education (3)

Advising Guide

Admission to the Graduate School includes an application, official transcripts for all postsecondary institutions attended, a statement of purpose, 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 relevant experience exempts applicants from the testing requirement.)


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