The Instructional Technology (IT) Ed.S. degree allows candidates to obtain an advanced degree in the rapidly growing field of instructional technology. Georgia media specialists, technology coordinators, and other educators and trainers with a master’s degree in any field are invited to apply. By completing this degree and passing the Georgia Content Assessment for the field that aligns to the candidate’s program of study, the candidate will be able to add either the area of instructional technology or media specialist to the candidate’s certificate and upgrade to the 6th-year level. Nine hours of advanced level course work focused on the content or content pedagogy in the candidate’s area of previous certification is required by GaPSC Rule 505-3.54 for Instructional Technology Certification. These hours may be satisfied through work on a thesis, research project, or dissertation directly focused on a content field held by the educator.

There are three concentrations in the Instructional Technology Program: P-12 Technology Applications (for P-12 public school personnel), Technology Applications (for non P-12 public school personnel), and Library Media. The Technology Applications Concentration prepares candidates to be technology coaches, technology coordinators, or instructional technologists in a variety of contexts: public schools, business, industry, government, the military, health fields, and higher education. The Library Media Concentration prepares candidates to be school media specialists.

The online program offers participants the opportunity to complete all coursework and field experiences at a distance using the Internet and the VSU Course Management System. Because the online learning system is available continuously, candidates access their courses at their convenience using any computer connected to the Internet by a web browser. Experiential learning and application of knowledge are vital components of each class.

Technology Applications Option

Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. Candidates will demonstrate an adequate understanding of the knowledge expected in their fields and delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards while simultaneously demonstrating professional growth and development.
  2. Candidates will use data and current research to inform their practices and enhance their leadership role in designing, developing, utilizing, managing, and evaluating instructional technology.
  3. Candidates will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to create positive environments for teaching and learning.
  4. Candidates will understand and build upon the developmental levels of students with whom they work; the diversity of students, families, and communities; and the policy contexts within which they work as they model and facilitate best practices, digital citizenship, and informative program evaluation.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Candidates will demonstrate content knowledge through course-based content assessments, a state-based content exam, and a portfolio.
  2. Candidates will demonstrate their ability to use data and current research to inform their practice through completion of a review of literature and an action research project.
  3. Candidates will demonstrate their ability to create positive environments for student learning during field-based projects related to digital learning environments.
  4. Candidates will demonstrate their ability to professionally build upon their knowledge of students, learning, diversity, evaluation, and instruction by completing a program evaluation and proposed plan of action.

Prior to admission to any graduate program at Valdosta State University, applicants must first submit a completed application to the Graduate School. A completed application packet includes official transcripts from all institutions previously attended, official test scores (GRE or MAT), completed application form, fee, and any additional program requirements as listed on the Graduate School website, submitted by the admission deadline. To be considered for the preferred term, all required materials must be received by the Graduate School no later than the close of business on the deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to allow adequate time for document submission and to ensure receipt of documents.

Admission Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: March 15
  • Spring Deadline: November 15
  • No summer admission

Go to the Graduate School website and click on Our Programs, then click on Instructional Technology-Technology Applications Option- Ed.S. Program for information on:

  • Specific Instructional Technology-Technology Applications Option- Ed.S.
  • Program Admission Requirements
  • Instructional Technology- Technology Applications Option- Ed.S. Program Retention, Dismissal and Readmission Policies
  • Instructional Technology- Technology Applications Option- Ed.S. Program Graduation Requirements

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Requirements for the Ed.S. with a Major in Instructional Technology

Technology Applications Concentration (P-12 Public School Personnel)

Professional Education3
EDUC 5999Professional Orientation0
ITED 8100Theories, Models, and Perspectives of Instructional Technology3
Instructional Technology Core15
ITED 8200Instructional Design for Training and Education3
ITED 8300Technology Tools for Training and Education3
ITED 8400Technology for Learning Environments: Evaluation, Selection, Management, and Collaboration3
ITED 8500Leadership in Instructional Technology3
ITED 8600Professional Development and Program Evaluation3
Research (in area of professional educator certification) 9
ITED 8960Discipline-based Best Practices Literature3
ITED 8970Action Research Methods and Planning3
ITED 8999Action Research Project3
Elective3
Total Hours Required for the Degre30

Prior to recommendation for instructional technology certification, applicant must pass GACE Instructional Technology tests. All course work in the research sequence must be completed in the area of the candidate’s prior certification.

Requirements for the Ed.S. with a Major in Instructional Technology

Technology Applications Concentration (Non P-12 Public School Personnel)

Professional Education3
ITED 8100Theories, Models, and Perspectives of Instructional Technology3
Instructional Technology Core 15
ITED 8200Instructional Design for Training and Education3
ITED 8300Technology Tools for Training and Education3
ITED 8400Technology for Learning Environments: Evaluation, Selection, Management, and Collaboration3
ITED 8500Leadership in Instructional Technology3
ITED 8600Professional Development and Program Evaluation3
Research9
ITED 8960Discipline-based Best Practices Literature3
ITED 8970Action Research Methods and Planning3
ITED 8999Action Research Project3
Guided Elective3
Total Hours Required for the Degree30

Library Media Concentration

Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. Candidates will demonstrate an adequate understanding of the knowledge expected in their fields and delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards.
  2. Candidates will use data and current research to inform their practices.
  3. Candidates will create positive environments for student learning.
  4. Candidates will understand and build upon the developmental levels of students with whom they work; the diversity of students, families, and communities; and the policy contexts within which they work.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Candidates will demonstrate content knowledge through course-based content assessments, a state-based content exam, and a portfolio.
  2. Candidates will demonstrate the use of data and current research through the development of a literature review and course-based assignments.
  3. Candidates will demonstrate effect on student learning through field experience, development of a portfolio, and course-based assessments.
  4. Candidates will demonstrate understanding of developmental levels of students with whom they work; the diversity of students, families, and communities; and the policy contexts within which they work through field-based internships, a portfolio, and course-based assessments.

Requirements for the Ed.S. with a Major in Instructional Technology

Library Media Concentration

Corequisites: P-12 Children’s Literature Course and Special Education Course for the Exceptional Child

Professional Education9
EDUC 5999Professional Orientation0
CIED 7060Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Integration3
ITED 8100Theories, Models, and Perspectives of Instructional Technology3
ITED 8960Discipline-based Best Practices Literature3
Instructional Technology Core9
ITED 7300Instructional Technology for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment3
ITED 8400Technology for Learning Environments: Evaluation, Selection, Management, and Collaboration3
ITED 8500Leadership in Instructional Technology3
Library Media Specialization12
ITED 7201Information Resources and Services3
ITED 7202Bibliographic Organization3
ITED 7203Administering School Media Centers3
ITED 7400Digital Learning Environments3
Guided Elective3
Internship/Capstone Presentation 3
ITED 8299Internship School Media Center3
Total Hours Required for the Degree36

Prior to recommendation for library media certification, applicant must pass GACE Content Assessment Test for Media Specialist and complete an approved program for recommendation for certification.