M.Ed. in Instructional Technology
Instructional Technology professionals provide critical support for national and international education, training, and performance initiatives in the 21st century. The M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from UWF prepares education, military, healthcare, and business and industry professionals to meet the challenges of complex problems from the perspective of education, training, and performance improvement.
Instructional Technology (IT) is the systematic application of behavioral science and learning, communication, and instructional theories to resolve learning and/or performance-based problems. It encompasses the identification and analysis of problems and the design, development, implementation, evaluation, and management of the technology-based processes and resources that make up the solution.
Instructional technologists are skilled in identifying the interrelationships and interdependencies of all the components of the learning system, including but not limited to:
- The learner(s)
- The instructor or facilitator, if any
- The information to be learned
- How the learning will be used
- The delivery environment
- Infrastructure support
This foundational knowledge allows the IT professional to apply a systematic, research-based, iterative approach to the design, development, and implementation of a solution that meets the unique needs of the people in the given situation and is fully integrated with the way they learn and work.
The University of West Florida offers two master's degree programs in IT:
- M.Ed. in Instructional Technology—IT
- M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Education & Training Management Specialization—ETMS-IT
The IT programs at UWF are designed to meet the needs of a diverse population. Many of our students are professionals currently working in fields related to instructional design, instructional technology, and human resource development who desire to learn new skills or develop a research-based approach to their work. Others are teachers in K-12 and higher education environments who are interested in developing and/or enhancing their skills in the areas of classroom technology integration and distance learning. Still others are professionals who are employed in a variety of non-IT capacities that recognize the importance of lifelong learning and who wish to develop instructional technology, instructional design, and human resource development skills to enhance their organizations and/or career opportunities.
The IT programs at UWF are application based, providing all students, regardless of their current profession or career aspirations, multiple opportunities to address actual workplace problems and to develop and implement relevant, meaningful, innovative solutions. These experiences prepare students to work in curricular, instructional, performance, or distance environments; to design, produce, and evaluate instructional materials; and to manage teams and technology projects.
Download the Instructional Technology Academic Learning Plan: Instructional-Technology-ALP (PDF)
Download the Instructional Technology Curriculum Map: Instructional-Technology-CMGR (PDF)
For information on IT at UWF, contact Linda Hendrieth at email@example.com, 850-474-2484 or 1-888-529-1823.
Career Opportunities in Instructional Technology
Technology has transformed the way the world conducts education and training. Across the globe, technology is increasingly being used to provide professional development, facilitate assessment, and achieve administrative efficiency. According to Reiser & Dempsey (2006), instructional technologists are today's problem solvers. They analyze performance problems and design solutions to those problems. Sometimes the solution is instructional; at other times a non-instructional solution is called for.
Knowing how to analyze a situation and design the best and most efficient solution makes instructional technologists a valuable commodity. Following are some of the career opportunities available for an IT graduate:
- Instructional Designer
- Instructional Design Manager
- Instructional Developer
- Curriculum Designer
- Distance Learning Specialist
- Technology Coordinator
- Training Consultant
- Instructional Project Manager
- Instructional Quality Control Assurance