Program Details

Master of Science in Instructional Technology Advanced Program for Continuing Professional Education

Offered By: College of Education
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 32
Online: 6 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $530 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Impact Education as a Technology Coach

Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Instructional Technology program is designed for practicing teaching professionals who have an interest in becoming a technology specialist or coach—or educators who endeavor to increase their knowledge of technology in the classroom. This masters in instructional technology program and courses are aligned to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Technology Coaches, as well as the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards.

Courses in the Master of Science in Instructional Technology program are taught by experts in their respective fields who extend knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Technology-based instructional theories and models
  • Digital literacies and new media
  • Ethical and equitable technology integration
  • Technology for student assessment
  • Multimedia instructional strategies
  • Distance learning, andragogy and coaching

Degree Outcomes

Become a Leader in Instructional Technology

Project-based learning and the application of concepts in real-world context produce graduates with the hands-on training and career readiness to become leaders in technology at the K-12 classroom, school and district levels. You will engage in observational and field experiences to help foster your understanding of the complexity of:

  • Leading in the school setting
  • Classroom technology use and training
  • Development of a vision for technology
  • Ensuring smooth day-to-day technology integration in teaching

Opportunities will also be available to apply concepts, theories and research throughout the Master of Science in Instructional Technology degree program. Candidates must have access to a K-12 school classroom with technology to complete the capstone course and program assignments and maximize preparation for a career in instructional technology.

What You Will Learn

Explore Educational Technologies and Tech Integration in Schools

The curriculum for this masters in instructional technology introduces you to brain research that relates to teaching and learning, including how the inner workings of the brain affect student learning, memory and transfer. As you move throughout the masters degree program, you will gain an introduction to educational research, understand instructional theories and models in technology education, and focus on the organized integration of media in school curricula.

You will also learn:

  • Current educational practices, policies and legal standards related to technology integration in schools
  • Various technology-based assessment tools
  • Instructional strategies using learning theories and appropriate multimedia resources
  • Basic curriculum development and design principles for distance education
  • The role of leadership in relation to implementing educational technologies and media

In the Instructional Technology Capstone course, you will create a year-long professional development plan to integrate technology into your school. The experience will culminate in an electronic portfolio.

Career Outcomes

Enhance Learning Experiences through Technology

Upon completion of this masters in instructional technology online, you will have the hands-on experience and skills to pursue a career as a technology specialist or coach. For practicing educators who want to continue teaching in the classroom, you will deepen your understanding of how to effectively integrate technology into the curriculum, thus improving student learning and outcomes.

Program Domains

Course List

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32 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
32 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Education. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course focuses on brain research (from neuroscience to the behavioral and cognitive sciences) that relates to teaching and learning and suggests ways that brain research can be translated into what teachers do in schools and classrooms. Teacher candidates will examine the inner workings of the brain and the effect on student learning, memory, and transfer. Specifically, the course explores the body of knowledge that represents the application of brain research to classroom practice, and how knowledge about the human brain can affect the curricular, instructional, and assessment decisions that teachers make every day. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

This course provides teachers with an introduction to applied research in education across the major quantitative, qualitative, and action research traditions. Coursework focuses on understanding the research process and its integrated components and evaluating published research reports from the perspective of a critical consumer. Teachers explore scientific reasoning and research design.

Course Description

This course introduces students to ISTE•S and ISTE•T standards for students and teachers; digital citizenship and responsibility; legal and ethical use guidelines; and transitioning instruction to integrate technology. Technology dispositions, expectations, and guidelines are emphasized for being a 21st century educator. Candidates apply an understanding of design principles in visual communication theory. They incorporate multiple intelligences and constructivist theories into an interactive environment. Attention is given to instructional technology tools and resources.

Course Description

This course focuses on the organization and integration of media in school curricula. Candidates identify instructional purposes and define roles for technology and media in learning and teaching. An emphasis is placed on the processes for selecting and implementing meaningful technologies, electronic learning resources, and the development of digital literacies in teaching and learning. Practicum/Field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course provides candidates with current educational practices and policies related to technology integration in schools so they may determine what level of support these policies provide regardless of student population. Candidates will also examine legal standards for fair use of materials, digital citizenship, and authenticating sources. Emphasis is placed on the critical examination of social and cultural implications of information technologies and media, issues of cultural bias, equity, and international applications and implications of information technologies. Practicum/Field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course focuses on various technology-based assessment tools used for formative and summative assessments. Candidates use tools to make data-driven decisions to drive curriculum and differentiate instruction. The content of this course includes use of digital media for progress monitoring or as assessment tools and creating and using alternative assessments. An emphasis is placed on understanding assistive technology and application in instructional programs and assessment for individuals with exceptionalities. Practicum/Field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course provides candidates with instructional strategies using learning theories. Focus is on developing knowledge and skills to create multiple types of Web-based assignments and units for K-12 students using Web authoring software. Candidates learn to select and evaluate appropriate multimedia resources, and examine steps for planning, creating, and managing curriculum using software and tools for a variety of platforms. Emphasis is placed on project based learning. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: TEC-536.

Course Description

This course expands candidates’ knowledge of lesson preparation and activities, as well as basic curriculum development and design principles for distance education. The course explores distance education and online instruction, including history, theories, and practical applications. A variety of online facilitation techniques are explored in this course. An emphasis is placed on understanding distance education development and delivery, exploring the complexities of designing instruction in various distance contexts and applying these concepts in a real-world context through online facilitation. Practicum/Field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course examines the role of leadership as it relates to the implementation of educational technologies and media. An emphasis is placed on knowledge, and skills necessary to use, evaluate, plan, manage, and implement technologies effectively. Candidates will learn and apply professional development techniques to include andragogy, coaching, improving teacher practices, school culture, and effective communication. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is the culminating course in the Masters of Science in Instructional Technology program. Candidates will conduct a professional development needs assessment and create a year-long professional development plan to integrate technology in their school. Candidates will deliver, evaluate, and revise a professional development presentation, and incorporate peer and faculty feedback to ensure timeliness and relevance. Experience will culminate in an electronic portfolio. Practicum/field experience hours: 60. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: TEC-544.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

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Online and Evening program disclosures (17 months)

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