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Master of Science in Instructional Technology

Spring Grad 2017Offering 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.

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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.
Program Details

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.)

As a 100 percent online degree program, the faculty in MS IT recognize that many of their students are busy working adults. This degree may be tailored to meet your needs. First, you will find a list of of the degree requirements. Below that you will find 3 degree completion options, where you decide if you will be completing this degree by enrolling in 3 courses per semester, 2 courses or 1.

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)

MS Advising Guide Download this Word document and edit it when program planning.

MS Course Sequencing Plans The course sequences in this PDF file enable smooth passage through the program. If taking 1, 2, or 3 courses per semester, select the sequence based on your first semester in the MS in IT program.

The MS in IT program requires an electronic portfolio to be uploaded and available for review within the ECU MyWeb server space. Please visit the Student Resources tab for tutorial links for the development of the MS in IT electronic portfolio. Include the following in your MS program portfolio:

Career Goals

For your career goal include a description, no more than a half page, double-spaced, in length that describes the type of instructional technology career for which you are preparing.

Instructional Design/Technology Philosophy Statement

Prepare a statement approximately one page in length, describing your philosophy of instructional design and technology


Create a link for each of your projects corresponding to the MS-Instructional Technology Portfolio Template. Here is a link for the MS - Instructional Technology Projects Template, so that you can see how these projects fit into the whole portfolio. You will need to create links from the projects page template to the MS in IT portfolio template. Include reflective statements for each of the core projects listed on the template (see more about these statements below). These reflective statements can be development notes, personal reflections, or journal entries from your internship. Each product or artifact must include a reflective statement as a method for self-assessment. Reflective statements should describe the project, briefly summarize how it was developed, and how it is representative of your professional goals and objectives. Note, you only need to include MS core projects (i.e., EDTC 6010, EDTC 6020, EDTC 6025, EDTC 6030, EDTC 6040, EDTC 6135, EDTC 6991, EDTC 7030, & EDTC 7040). Here is a listing of assigned Instructional Technology projects and corresponding required courses. MS - Instructional Technology portfolio committee members will have common web players for your projects, such as Flash, etc. If you have a project that requires a unique web player, you must provide a link to download this player on your portfolio. If you have any questions about this portfolio process, please contact Dr. Ken Luterbach at

Reflective statements for each project or assignment

These can be development notes, personal reflections, or journal entries from internship. Each product or artifact must include a reflective statement as a method for self-assessment. Reflective statements should describe the following:

  • the actual project (at least one paragraph);
  • briefly summarize how project was developed (one or two paragraphs);
  • how project is representative of your professional goals and objectives (one or two paragraphs).
These items should be clearly identified in three separate sub-headings.

Rubric used to Assess MS Portfolio Reflections
Summative Evaluation

Include a statement that provides an evaluation of the portfolio process for self assessment purposes. This should be no more than a half page, double-spaced, in length. The summative evaluation describes the benefits and obstacles encountered for the culminating portfolio project. Include your reaction to the self evaluation included in the reflections, selection of projects, and corresponding standards/competencies.


Fact Sheet

Before taking EDTC 6991, MS student must complete 27 credits, including EDTC 6010, EDTC 6020, EDTC 6025, EDTC 6030 and preferably, EDTC 6040 (you can concurrently be taking EDTC 6040 while working on an EDTC 6991 project). Contact your advisor ( Dr. William Sugar, Dr. Abbie Brown, or Dr. Ken Luterbach) if you have any questions about these prerequisites.

In EDTC 6991, one completes a capstone project within a professional Instructional Design and Technology setting. One can complete this project while working full time. Some recent projects include the following: a Spanish translation instructional module, an introduction to Blackboard instructional module, transition of an existing face-to-face to an online environment, teaching an undergraduate technology course, etc. One can complete a capstone project in a traditional internship setting where a student works with a professional instructional designer/technologist. The student will complete a capstone project in this setting. Recent internship settings have been at various locations such as: ECU's University Multimedia Center and ECU's Medical School.

Contact your advisor, ( Dr. William Sugar, Dr. Abbie Brown, or Dr. Ken Luterbach) for possible project ideas and placement sites. Please note that all EDTC 6991 capstone projects must include activities related to the instructional systems design process, including analysis, design and development, and evaluation activities.

Send your completed EDTC 6991 capstone project application (see below) to Dr. William Sugar. (current EDTC 6991 instructor). IMPORTANT: you cannot begin your EDTC 6991 capstone project until you receive approval from the current EDTC 6991 instructor.

Capstone Project Application
  1. Name
  2. Credits completed:
  3. Title of capstone project
  4. List your capstone project client and e-mail address
  5. Description of EDTC 6991 project(s)
  6. Proposed analysis-related activities
  7. Proposed design/development-related activities
  8. Proposed evaluation-related activities
  9. Proposed instructional media
  10. What do you expect to learn from this project?
  11. Potential outcome(s) (e.g., final report, instructional module, etc.)
  12. Include overall outline of proposed project, including all main sections
  13. Please send application and inquires to Dr. William Sugar, current EDTC 6991 instructor.
Do you have any further questions or need help with the process? Please contact your advisor: Dr. William Sugar, Dr. Abbie Brown, or Dr. Ken Luterbach.

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You are almost finished with your MS in Instructional Technology Education! There are a number of important processes, however, that must take place in addition to successfully completing your course work. Within the first two weeks of the semester in which you intend to graduate, you should apply for graduation, using the form and instructions found below. Then there is a graduate summary that must be completed - work on that with your faculty advisor and finish that by or before mid-semester. Complete this paperwork near the end of the semester in which you are graduating.

Apply for Graduation

For instructions, go to Academic Policies and click on Graduation Process. To access the application, go to ECU Registrar, click on requested forms, and then on Graduate Graduation Application.

Complete the Graduate Summary

Go to Academic Policies and click on Graduation Process and Graduation Summary Form.

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