USM Online

M.Ed. in Instructional Technology

A collaborative degree between the University of Maine, University of Maine Farmington, and the University of Southern Maine.School Logos

Leading effective and innovative uses of current and emerging technologies

This collaborative program in Instructional Technology is designed to help our masters students become leaders in effective and innovative uses of current and emerging technology. The required coursework, research, and clinical experiences are designed for educators working in a variety of contexts. Students will engage in inquiry-based curriculum and build capacity to continually assess their local context; implement technology to enhance teaching, learning and assessment; build professional learning networks to support ongoing professional development; and develop expertise in current and emerging instructional technologies. Essential to this program is a commitment to local community, advocacy for accessibility, and social justice, especially in the context of the potential for new technology to influence educational settings.

The Master’s in Instructional Technology is designed to investigate the following central questions:

  • MSed IT studentLearning Environments: How do educators leverage technology to create environments that support the development of diverse skills, and emphasize challenging learning experiences?
  • Teaching and Learning: How can technology enhance teaching and learning partnerships that support and promote innovative models of deeper learning?
  • Digital Citizenship: How can educators promote an understanding of the social, ethical and legal issues and responsibilities related to a globally connected society?
  • Professional Practice: How can educators develop and model pedagogical and andragogical principles of learning to promote professional growth and practice in a globally connected society?
  • Leadership: How can educators align vision, implementation, and practice to foster learning enhanced by technology?

Endorsement: After satisfactorily completing specified courses, students may earn the Maine Department of Education 680 (Computer Teacher) endorsement.

Scheduling: It is possible to complete the program in six semesters. All courses are offered in a fully online format.

Curriculum: We do not have a strict sequence of classes, but students typically take Digital Age Teaching and Learning Methods first. Subsequent courses are determined in conjunction with student’s advisor.

Flexible, online master’s program

Our online format enables you to continue working as you complete your degree requirements. Take classes any time, from anywhere, at your own pace. You can even combine your online learning with classes on campus. Apply online (via the UMaine website).

Outcomes and opportunities

Instructional technology is fast becoming a challenging and rewarding career move for educators at all levels. Education technology is becoming a mainstay for educational programs across ages and classroom settings. Earning a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology places you at the center of this emerging field.

Students who complete this program will be prepared for careers as

  • Facilitators or directors in education settings as resources for implementing technology in the classroom
  • Instructional designers inside or outside the classroom
  • Developers of instructional materials across a variety of media
  • Curriculum development designers who utilizing education technology
  • Education consulting

The Bureau of Labor statistics projects an increase of 13% for instructional technologists in education between 2012 and 2022.

Transfer or complete your degree

If you are completing your graduate degree as a transfer or returning student, please contact an Online Enrollment Counselor (located at UMaine) who will help you get started. Apply online (via the UMaine website).