Educational Technology and Learning Sciences - MEd

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

About This Degree

The MEd degree is 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. Completing the MEd program does not qualify the student for a Utah teaching license. The MEd is a master’s level degree.


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.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with the MEd are qualified for careers in education:

  • Traditional classroom teacher (with additional licensure)
  • School or district technology coordinator
  • Content/curriculum developers in educational businesses

With an MED, students are also qualified for the same career paths as the MA and MS students:

  • Faculty support at an academic institution
  • Traditional classroom teacher (with additional education and licensure)
  • Entrepreneur (instructional design firm, etc.)
  • In-house corporate trainer
  • Instructional designer (In-house corporation, military, etc.)
  • Corporate chief educator
  • Government sub-contractor for the military
  • Human resources (it is recommended that students take electives in the school of business)
  • Chief learning officer
  • Designer for informal learning environments (museums, nature facilities, etc.)
  • Videographer
  • Project manager
  • Webmaster
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Technical writer
  • E-learning specialist (distance learning, digital classroom designer, etc.)
  • Educational or curriculum software consultant
  • Independent consultant (contracting jobs from organizations)
  • Graphic designer
  • Information systems programmer
  • Simulation and games design specialist
  • Mobile app developer

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

Job Outlook



Kristy Bloxham

Program Advisor and Professional Practice Associate Professor
Phone: (435) 881-5138

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*This degree is available at various USU locations.

**This degree is 100% available online. USU is a SARA-approved institution offering fully online programs nationwide; please visit USU's state authorizations for details.


Admission Requirements

Students are welcome from any undergraduate background.

Application Requirements:

Complete the online application, including the following:

  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits (must have a 3.0 or higher GPA on the last 60 semester or 90 quarter credit)
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
  • Pay the $55 application fee (note some ITLS applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver)
  • Submit a statement of purpose
  • Submit a writing sample
  • In recognition of the high cost and low predictive validity of admissions tests ITLS no longer requires the GRE or MAT

International students have additional admissions requirements.


The department has the following deadlines:

Master's degree:

  • Fall semester – April 1*; Any time for remaining openings
  • Spring semester – December 8*; Any time for remaining openings
  • Summer semester - Apply any time!

* We give full consideration to Master of Education students who apply by the Fall and Spring deadlines above and then hold remaining openings until they are filled. Students can start our program (including taking our 1 credit orientation class) year round.

Financial Aid

Those wishing to study in Logan (face to face), our MA, MEd, MS, and PhD programs are all part of the Western Regional Graduate Program. Residents from any qualifying WICHE state can use resident tuition rates for USU even if they are not yet a Utah resident.

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 through the School of Graduate Studies.

Students can also check with the USU Financial Aid office to discuss options and to find answers to their general financial assistance questions.

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