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Educational Technology and Learning Sciences: MEd

Educational Technology and Learning Sciences

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.

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.

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.

Admission Deadlines

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 Assistance

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, including fellowships, scholarships, tuition awards, and travel support. Additionally, students may be eligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying assistantships.

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

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


Jody Clarke-Midura, EdD, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Assistant Professor
Area: Immersive Virtual Environments, Games, Simulations, Assessment, Collaborative Learning & Assessment, Equity in STEM education, Scale of Technology
Office: EDUC 214
Phone: (435) 797-0571


David Feldon, PhD, University of Southern California
Area: Development of research skills within STEM disciplines
Office: EBLS 242
Phone: (435) 797-0556


Deborah Fields, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Temporary Assistant Professor
Area: Identity, connective ethnography, children's online media (virtual worlds, social networking forums, DIY sites), computational thinking
Phone: (435) 797-2694


Sheri Haderlie, PhD, Utah State University
Program Advisor and Senior Lecturer
Area: School library media administration and adult Learners
Office: EDUC 284
Phone: (435) 764-8764


Yanghee Kim, PhD, Florida State University
Associate 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
Associate Professor
Area: Visual representations, curriculum design, cognitive science, everyday and intuitive reasoning, conceptual change
Office: EDUC 227
Phone: (435)797-7562


Breanne Litts, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Assistant Professor
Area: Learning through design/making, Makerspaces, Mobile Technologies, Design Thinking, Computational Thinking, Collaborative Learning, Assessment, Culturally Responsive Making, Equity & Accessibility, Design Research, Research-Practice Partnerships
Office: EDUC 205
Phone: (435) 797-0142


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


Kristin Searle, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor
Office: EDUC 209
Phone: (435) 797-5789


Andy Walker, PhD, Utah State University
Department Head, Associate 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.



Academic Advising

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

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