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Instructional Technology: MEd, EdS

Specialization(s): Educational Technology (MEd); Information Technology and School Library Media Administration (MEd); Instructional Development for Training and Education (EdS)

Instructional Technology

The MEd and EdS degrees are primarily focused toward teachers, staff, and administrators who want to increase their understanding of the role of technology and its appropriate implementation in the teaching and learning process. The program helps students evaluate, integrate, and implement various forms of technology and instructional design skills into their current teaching or administrative assignments.

The MEd is a master’s level degree, while the EdS is beyond the master’s level. It has the equivalent number of credits to a PhD program; the difference is that EdS students do not complete a dissertation.


A specialization is not required.

MEd students have the option of pursuing an area of concentration in distance learning, which focuses on methodologies for designing and delivering distance education.

  • Educational Technology (MEd): This specialization deals with applying technology principles and tools in educational settings.
  • Information Technology and School Library Media Administration (MEd): This specialization is available for students who wish to become an administrator in a school library media center.
  • Instructional Development for Training and Education (EdS): This specialization deals with performance systems, project management, and includes courses that teach students how to use design tools, such as Dreamweaver, Flash, other Adobe programs, and more.

Students who graduate with the MEd or EdS are qualified for careers in education. They are typically already teachers who wish to increase their knowledge of technology’s role in education. They can also go on to supervisory positions with school districts and education offices, or work for businesses who specialize in creating curriculum.

Many other possibilities are open to people with ITLS degrees depending on the student’s undergraduate degree. Graduates will gain the technical skills and knowledge to succeed in a wide variety of fields and with companies and organizations across the spectrum.

Admissions Requirements

Students are welcome from any undergraduate background.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on in the GRE or MAT
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Admissions Deadlines

The department has the following deadline:

  • Fall semester – April 1

Master's Degree Plan Option(s)

Students can receive the MEd by pursuing one of two options:

  • In the Plan A option, students complete graduate-level coursework and must write a thesis.
  • Another option, Plan C, does not involve a thesis or a defense meeting and is comprised of coursework only.

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships are available through the department, both through department funds and faculty grants. The availability of these assistantships varies from year to year; check with the department for more information.

A variety of additional funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, tuition awards, and travel support. Additionally, students may be eligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying assistantships.

Brian Belland, PhD, Purdue University
Assistant Professor
Area: Scaffolding, problem-based learning, psychometrics, STEM education, service learning, technology integration
Office: EDUC 207
Phone: (435) 797-2535

Anne Diekema, PhD, Syracuse University
Assistant Professor
Area: Digital libraries, information retrieval, information organization, and human information behavior
Office: EDUC 209
Phone: (435) 797-2697

Sheri Haderlie, PhD, Utah State University
Senior Lecturer, Outreach Program Manager/Advisor
Area: Distance education
Office: EDUC 227
Phone: (435) 797-7003

Yanghee Kim, PhD, Florida State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Pedagogical agents, teacher education, instructional design, learning theory, intelligent tutoring systems, human/computer interaction
Office: EDUC 211
Phone: (435) 797-2653

Victor Lee, PhD, Northwestern University
Assistant Professor
Area: Visual representations, curriculum design, cognitive science, everyday and intuitive reasoning, conceptual change
Office: EDUC 227
Phone: (435)797-7562

Mimi Recker, PhD, University of California – Berkeley
Department Head, Professor
Area: Cognitive modeling, interactive learning
Office: EDUC 215
Phone: (435) 797-2692

Andy Walker, PhD, Utah State University
Assistant Professor
Area: Problem-based learning, collaborative information filtering, situated cognition
Office: EDUC 201
Phone: (435) 797-2614

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Instructional Technology Student Association: ITSA is dedicated to students in the department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences. Our mission is to create a positive atmosphere wherein professional excellence and moral principles coexist.

Labs, Centers, Research

ITLS Computer Laboratories: The ITLS Department provides two computer labs for its students and instructors. The computer labs are used as classrooms, but when a class is not scheduled, it is an open lab to ITLS students only. Labs are equipped with a wide variety of specialty software and programs, providing students with access to the tools they use in their coursework, such as the latest version Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, and more. Students have access to both Macs and PCs.