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 Graduate College

Instructional Technology (MA)

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
618 Schindler Education Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0606

Head: Jill Uhlenberg, Head
Phone: (319) 273-7671

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Leigh Zeitz
Phone: (319) 273-3249

Read the UNI Catalog description:

This major is designed to prepare educators for a variety of professional positions in educational settings, including school building level, school district level, and alternative schools.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for other application requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed.  No exceptions will be made. 

This major is available on both the thesis and non-thesis options, and requires aminimum of 33-45 semester hours depending on the option chosen. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the thesis option. A minimum of 12 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the non-thesis option.

All students completing the thesis option are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination prepared and administered by the thesis committee. This comprehensive examination will normally accompany the thesis defense. A student completing the thesis option must include 6 hours of INSTTECH 6299 (240:299) in the program of study.

All students completing the non-thesis option are required to complete the departmental graduate research requirement and prepare a comprehensive ePortfolio at the end of the student's program of study.

INSTTECH 4131/5131 (240:131g)Exploring Issues and Trends in Instructional Technology3
INSTTECH 6232 (240:232)Selecting and Integrating Instructional Technology3
INSTTECH 4139/5139 (240:139g)Planning and Producing Instructional Media3
INSTTECH 6240 (240:240)Understanding Instructional Design3
INSTTECH 6237 (240:237)Leading Change Through Instructional Technology3
MEASRES 6205 (250:205)Educational Research3
INSTTECH 6250Writing a Graduate Paper/ePortfolio3
INSTTECH 6299 (240:299)Research3 or 6
Thesis Option (6 hours)
Non-thesis Option (3 hours)
Electives: Choose Option 1 or 2 below:6-18
Option 1 (6 hours - thesis) (9 hours - non-thesis)
Option 2 (18 hours)
Total hours Option 1 - thesis or non-thesis option33
Total hours Option 2 thesis option45
Total hours Option 2 non-thesis option42

Option 1

Educational Psychology:
EDPSYCH 6214 (200:214)Foundations of Instructional Psychology3
Instructional Technology:
INSTTECH 4138/5138 (240:138g)Understanding Visual Literacy3
INSTTECH 4153/5153 (240:153g)Using Digital and Social Media in Education3
INSTTECH 4170/5170 (240:170g)Supporting Learning with Dynamic Web Design3
INSTTECH 6260 (240:260)Advanced Instructional Technology Projects1-4
INSTTECH 6285 (240:285)Readings in Instructional Technology1-3
INSTTECH 6286 (240:286)Studies in Instructional Technology1-4
INSTTECH 6297 (240:297)Practicum in Instructional Technology1-4
INSTTECH 4110/5110Developing and Designing Online Learning3
INSTTECH 6205 (240:205)Instructional Computing Design3

Option 2

School Library Studies:
SLS 4114/5114 (350:114g)Introduction to the School Library Program3
SLS 4115/5115 (350:115g)Organization of Information3
SLS 4132/5132 (350:132g)Library Resources for Children3
or SLS 4134/5134 (350:134g)Library Resources for Young Adults
SLS 6225 (350:225)Administration of the School Library Program3
SLS 6250 (350:250)Reference Services and Information Retrieval3
SLS 6290 (350:290)Practicum (3 hrs.)3