Instructional Technologies MA

The Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies offers the Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Instructional Technologies, and an 18-unit Certificate in Training Systems Development. The program prepares professionals in online and e-learning instructional design, design of technology-based instruction for K-20 educators or trainers in a variety of business and industry environments, and design for problem-based learning solutions. The program also offers a California supplementary authorization in computer science for K-12 teachers who complete 12 units of coursework in the four required areas.

The ITEC program offers all courses online and many in blended learning environments with simultaneous in-class and online attendance using a web conference system. The program accommodates distance learners and can be completed in an average of 3-5 semesters. Additional courses are offered in special Winter or Summer Sessions.

The program prepares participants for careers in the prestigious, fast-moving Instructional Design field. Students gain skills with traditional and emerging learning technologies, choosing courses in mobile applications, Web design, gamification, augmented/virtual reality, social networking and assistive/adaptive technologies. Students are introduced to a variety of pedagogies for learning from established to current learning strategies. Students create instruction for various learners, designing learning for mobile, e-learning, and face-to-face instruction using a number of software, hardware, and physical technologies. Graduates become instructional designers for corporations, industry, public service organizations, and classrooms. Alumni can be found around Bay Area companies and school districts as well as across the state. The program prepares students in traditional Instructional Systems Design methods as well as rapid prototyping, agile and design-based methodologies.

ITEC caters to the working adult with all courses offered in late afternoons or evening. Students develop a career pathway and a portfolio during their studies. For further information, contact either of the ITEC program coordinators: Dr. Patricia Donohue (, or Dr. Zahira Merchant (

Admission to the Program

Admission to the program in is a two-step process that should be completed simultaneously:

Applicants should schedule an interview with the program coordinator to go over the applicant’s interest and preparation in the field. In addition, two letters of recommendation and a two-page (500-1,000 word) Statement of Purpose are required. Letters of recommendation should come from professionals who can attest to the applicant’s promise as a graduate student and professional educator. The statement of purpose should clearly explain the applicant’s educational and career goals and how the M.A. degree will help achieve those goals. The statement of purpose should represent the quality of an applicant’s English-language writing ability. Applicants must have basic computer literacies.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One

Applicants must submit a writing sample in the form of a two-page (500-1,000 word) statement of purpose that will be evaluated by the department admissions committee. Students who receive an unsatisfactory evaluation of their written application materials may be admitted conditionally and required to earn a B or better in an English skills development course within the first two semesters. The course will be selected in consultation with an advisor.

Level Two

Level Two is satisfied by the successful completion of the culminating experience (ITEC 894 or ITEC 895).

Continuing Enrollment Requirement

Students admitted fall 2013 and beyond must meet the University’s continuous enrollment requirement that stipulates students be enrolled in their continuing experience course during the semester of anticipated graduation. Students must maintain enrollment every semester after they have registered in the ITEC 894 or ITEC 895 culminating experience courses. Students may miss one semester of enrollment in the middle of the program (before registering in the culminating experience course). Two consecutive semesters of absence will automatically drop the student from the program and university.

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