The Instructional Technology (IT) M.Ed. degree allows candidates to obtain an advanced degree in the rapidly growing field of Instructional Technology. By completing this degree and passing the GA content assessment for the field that aligns with the candidate’s program of study, the candidate will be able to add either the area of instructional technology or media specialist to a GA educator certificate and upgrade to the 5th year level. Twelve hours of advanced level course work focused on the content pedagogy in the candidate’s area of previous certification is required by GaPSC Rule 505-3.54 for Instructional Technology Certification.

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 context: public schools, business, industry, government, the military, health fields, and higher education. The Library Media Concentration prepares candidates to be school media specialists.

This online program offers participants the opportunity to complete all course work and field experiences at a distance using the Internet and the VSU Course Management System. Experiential learning and application of knowledge are vital components of each class.

Technology Applications Concentration (P-12 and non P-12)

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.
  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 a 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, 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: July 15
  • Spring Deadline: November 15
  • Summer Deadline: April 15

Go to the Graduate School website for information on:

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  • Retention, Dismissal, and Readmission Policies
  • Graduation Requirements

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Requirements for the M.Ed. Degree with a Major in Instructional Technology

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

Professional Education6
EDUC 5999Professional Orientation0
ITED 7070Decision-Oriented Research, Evaluation, and Professional Learning3
ITED 7100Foundational Theories in Instructional Technology3
Instructional Technology Core15
ITED 7200Information Sources and Uses3
ITED 7300Instructional Technology for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment3
ITED 7400Digital Learning Environments3
ITED 7500Vision and Planning for Instructional Technology3
ITED 7090Applications for Instructional Technology3
Courses in Area of Professional Educator Certification 12
Internship3
Total Hours Required for the Degree36

Prior to recommendation for instructional technology certification, the applicant must pass GACE Instructional Technology Tests.

Requirements for the M.Ed. Degree with a Major in Instructional Technology

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

Professional Education6
EDUC 5999Professional Orientation0
ITED 7070Decision-Oriented Research, Evaluation, and Professional Learning3
ITED 7100Foundational Theories in Instructional Technology3
Instructional Technology Core15
ITED 7200Information Sources and Uses3
ITED 7300Instructional Technology for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment3
ITED 7400Digital Learning Environments3
ITED 7500Vision and Planning for Instructional Technology3
ITED 7090Applications for Instructional Technology3
Courses in Area of Specialization12
Internship3
Total Hours Required for the Degree36

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 M.Ed. Degree 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 Education6
EDUC 5999Professional Orientation0
RSCH 7100Research Methodology in Education3
or ITED 7070 Decision-Oriented Research, Evaluation, and Professional Learning
ITED 7100Foundational Theories in Instructional Technology3
Instructional Technology Core12
ITED 7200Information Sources and Uses3
ITED 7300Instructional Technology for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment3
ITED 7400Digital Learning Environments3
ITED 7500Vision and Planning for Instructional Technology3
Courses in Area of Specialization12
ITED 7201Information Resources and Services3
ITED 7202Bibliographic Organization3
ITED 7203Administering School Media Centers3
CIED 7060Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Integration3
Guided Elective3
Internship3
ITED 7299Internship in School Media Centers3
Total Hours Required for the Degree36

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

Corporate Training Concentration

This degree/concentration does not result in the awarding of teaching certificates, as defined by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. It does, however, facilitate students' attainment of the following industry certificates: 

  • Adobe Certified Associate in Photoshop
  • Adobe Certified Associate in Premiere
  • Adobe Certified Associate in Dreamweaver
  • Project Management Institute's Certified Associate in Project Management

Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. Candidates will create multimedia products (i.e., video, audio, photos/graphics) suitable for use in corporate training materials and programs.
  2. Candidates will employ appropriate instructional design models to develop online and face-to-face instructional materials.
  3. Candidates will perform managerial tasks essential for operating instructional programs (i.e., program evaluation, project management).

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Candidates will conceive, shoot, edit, and render professional quality instructional videos suitable for use in a corporate training program.
  2. Candidates will produce complete instructional units suitable for dellivery in corporate training programs in both traditional and online formats.
  3. Candidates will conduct holistic evaluations of established corporate training programs and generate recommendations for improving operations.

Requirements for the M.Ed. Degree with a Major in Instructional Technology

Corporate Training Concentration

ITED 7110Foundations and Learning Theories3
ITED 7210Instructional Design Models and Practices3
ITED 7310Instructional Strategies3
ITED 7410Adapting Traditional Instruction to Online Environments3
ITED 7510Digital Learning Environments3
ITED 7610Instructional Graphics3
ITED 7710Instructional Video and Audio3
ITED 7810Project Training Management3
ITED 7910Program Evaluation3
Elective3
Total Hours Required for the Degree30