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Instructional Technology

Both programs may be coordinated to fulfill the requirements of either State of Illinois endorsement or certification as a Library Information Specialist or Technology Specialist. See the NIU graduate catalog for more information about courses and programs of study.


  • Master's: Grad Advisor - (815) 753-6085
  • Doctoral: ETRA office - (815) 753-9339

Master's Program (M.S.Ed.)

The master's program (M.S.Ed.) in Instructional Technology is a 33-semester-hour program prepares students to be competent practitioners and creative leaders in all major areas of the field. It provides specialized training to those persons who wish to be employed as school library information specialists, technology specialists, instructional developers in business and industrial training departments, or as producers of software in a variety of locations.

Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology

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Certificates of Graduate Study

Doctoral Program (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Education (Ph.D.) program in Instructional Technology prepares administrators, designers, and instructors in the field of Instructional Technology. The program emphasizes research in and theoretical applications of technology in society and the workplace.

The Ph.D. program in instructional technology prepares students for positions of leadership in research and the development of new knowledge and applications in instructional technology. Students may explore issues and advances in performance, instruction, and computer-based and distance-learning environments. Graduates are prepared for technology leadership roles in diverse settings including all levels of education, industry, government, and not-for-profit agencies. The doctoral program builds on the practical competencies of the master’s program to prepare the student for the integration of theory and skills as the base for original research.

Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Technology

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Application Deadline to the Ph.D. program:
  • April 1st for Summer and Fall admission
  • October 1st for Spring admission