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Online Master of Arts: Instructional Technology

IT Alumni LogoHere is your chance to earn your master's degree in 2 years through UNI's Instructional Technology program!

Program highlights

  • 2-year learner-centered program
  • Delivered primarily online
  • Outstanding faculty
  • Individual attention
  • Limited on-campus requirement during summers
  • 33 credit hours
  • Create your electronic professional portfolio aligned to standards
  • Design and implement action research in your own school
  • Can quality to meet Iowa's Professional Development Plan requirement

For more information, see the UNI Continuing Education website or contact Dr. Leigh Zeitz ( or 319-273-3249)

Program details

The online Instructional Technology M.A. degree program is designed to prepare educators for a variety of professional positions in educational settings, including: school building level, school district level, vocational-technical school, community college, and university. Licensure as a teacher is not required for admission to the program (unless seeking the optional School Teacher Librarian endorsement). The candidate's bachelor's degree may be in any field.  

The program is available in either the thesis or non-thesis option and requires a minimum of 33 hours.

All students completing the non-thesis option are required to, at the end of their program of study, submit a comprehensive electronic portfolio that is representative of their work, and a paper. The departmental graduate research requirement for a non-thesis option may be met in one of four paper formats:

  • a literature review,
  • original research, 
  • a graduate project, 
  • or a journal article.

Each of these options include a literature review. The final determination of the type of paper to be selected must be decided in consultation with the director(s) of the study. 

Students completing the thesis option are required to pass an oral examination prepared and administered by the thesis committee. The examination will be comprehensive in nature and will normally accompany the thesis defense. For more information related to the thesis option please review the Graduate College resources.

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INSTTECH 5131 Exploring Issues and Trends in Instructional Tech - 3 unit(s)

INSTTECH 5153 Using Digital & Social Media in Education - 3 unit(s)

INSTTECH 5139 Planning & Producing Instructional Media - 3 unit(s)

INSTTECH 6240 Understanding Instructional Design - 3 unit(s)

INSTTECH 6250 Writing a Graduate Paper/Portfolio - 3 unit(s)

MEASRES 6205 Educational Research -- 3 unit(s)

INSTTECH 5110 Developing & Directing Online Learning - 3 unit(s)

INSTTECH 6232 Selecting & Integrating Instructional Tech - 3 unit(s)

INSTTECH 6205 Enhancing Learning Through Action Research - 3 unit(s)

INSTTECH 6237 Leading Change Through Instructional Technology - 3 unit(s)

INSTTECH 6299 Research - 3 unit(s)

For more details on coursework and program requirements, see the UNI Academic Catalog.

Previous program requirements

Students who began the program prior to 2014 can find their program requirements here.

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