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Instructional Technology / Educational Technology
Teach in the 21st Century!
Our graduates in educational technology address critical societal needs for integrating technology into teaching. Our students are classroom teachers (k-12 and higher ed), technology coordinators, instructional designers, corporate trainers, military instructors, and educators in every conceivable type of environment.
Whether you are just starting out or whether you want to enhance your skills, we want to help you become a stronger teacher, integrate technology into the classroom, and teach online. With a statewide technology mission, the University of Central Missouri is a leader in the region and across the country. Download flyers for the graduate certificate, the master of science, or the education specialist. We can also be found on the Profile Series.
According to the widely regarded 1994 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) publication by Seels & Richey, there are five domains for the field:
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) further goes on to describe standards including:
- visionary leadership
- teaching, learning, and assessments
- digital-age learning environments
- professional development and program evaluation
- digital citizenship
- content knowlege and professional growth
More recently, Januszewski states "Educational technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources."
Like many fields, terminology is continually debated. Although "Instructional Technology" is used more frequently it is often used interchangeably with "Educational Technology." Not to be confused with Technology Education, the University of Central Missouri has an entirely separate program in that area.
Undergraduate students may choose the minor in Instructional Technology, and those with a Bachelor's degree already may be interested in the Master's degree in Educational Technology. We also offer a graduate certificate in Online Teaching and Learning if you do not want a full master's or are still trying to decide. Post master's students may be interested in the Education Specialist, the highest degree the University of Central Missouri offers.
Note: Educational Technology is not a teacher certification area for k-12 education. Current k-12 teachers may utilize our programs to gain credit hours or graduate degree for movement on career ladders, to enhance what they are doing in the classroom. However, if your intent is to teach in a k-12 setting and you do not have teacher certification please talk to our certification office to look at options and additional course work that would be required.