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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 of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) Program 

The Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Instructional Technology program is a 33-semester-hour program that 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

The Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment also offers Certificates of Graduate Study (CGS) related to instructional technology. Such CGSs can be earned on their own, or in combination with another graduate degree.


University Requirements


Questions? Contact

  • Master's: Judy Puskar, Program Advisor - (815) 753-6085 
  • Doctoral: ETRA office - (815) 753-9339 

Doctoral (Ph.D.) Program 

The Doctor of Philosophy (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

Looking to enroll in the Instructional Technology Ph.D. program, but don’t have a Master’s degree or research-related knowledge and skills yet?

The ETRA Department offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Research and Evaluation, which is well positioned to equip individuals for research-focused doctoral study in Instructional Technology. Pursuit of a M.S. degree in Educational Research and Evaluation (ERE) provides prospective Ph.D. students with an opportunity to: develop research methodological and analytical skills necessary for advanced doctoral training; explore research topics that can be pursued during later dissertation work; establish connections with ETRA Department faculty; and demonstrate capability to engage in Ph.D.-level work. Participation in the ERE program also allows individuals to complete some Instructional Technology Ph.D. course requirements prior to admission. Many successful Instructional Technology doctoral students have received our M.S. degree in Educational Research and Evaluation.