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Master’s Programs - Instructional Technology

Leigh-300x225“Today’s students consistently use technology to communicate, to share information and to make decisions.  These students are using technology as a tool to learn and as a means to help them function and survive in today’s fast-paced society. My role as the classroom teacher is to support them during their quest to find their personal potential. Enrolling as a graduate student at UMaine, in order to earn my Master’s degree in Instructional Technology, was a perfect fit to meet not only my professional needs, but personal as well, as this was a goal I had set for myself when I began teaching.  I live in Aroostook County, two hours north of Orono, and found the convenience of the IT program and its online course selection to be both challenging and accommodating. Faculty encouraged me to implement current research theories and best practices in order to create projects that could be used in my classroom. The master’s degree program in Instructional Technology has provided me with a vast array of resources, skills and experiences that I can bring to my classroom to meet the needs of the 21st century learner.”     Leigh Belair  (Bridgewater, Maine)

Designed: to meet the need for graduate-level training in effective, innovative use of current and emerging technology in Maine’s schools. The required coursework, research and clinical experiences are directed at producing highly marketable educational leaders who can build school capacity to continually assess and upgrade the technology available to teachers and students. Based on International Society of  Technology in Education (ISTE) standards.


  • Enhance learning in K-12 classrooms by integrating knowledge of learning and teaching with knowledge of educational technology, media and instructional methods
  • Apply and evaluate applications of technology to specific instructional situations and develop materials and strategies needed to enhance learning
  • Plan, implement and evaluate mediated instructional and educational technology delivery systems based on knowledge of research
  • Evaluate existing instructional technology hardware and software resources in a school or school district and plan, implement and evaluate changes needed to heighten teaching and learning
  • Evaluate the instructional technology knowledge and skill levels of teachers, administrators and other school staff and provide needed training and support.

Pre-requisites: A bachelor’s degree, education preferred.

Credits: minimum of 36

Thesis: Non-thesis (1 seminar, 1 practicum)

Endorsement: After satisfactorily completing specified courses  students may earn the Maine Department of Education 680 (Computer Teacher) endorsement.

Scheduling: Students typically take one course per semester in the spring and fall plus one or two summer courses. It is possible to finish the degree, full time, in one year,  including two summers.  We have many online and distance education options as well as out-reach opportunities; Face-to-face classes are held in the evenings.

Advising: University of Maine faculty member in Instructional Technology

Curriculum: We do not have a strict sequence of classes but EDT 520 is typically the first class taken. Subsequent courses are determined in conjunction with student’s adviser.

Instructional Technology Core (21 Credits):

  • EDT 520, Methods of Teaching Computer Technology
  • EDT 525, Using the Educational Web
  • EDT 530, Introduction to Hypermedia Tools in Education
  • EDT 540, Principles of Instructional Design (required for students with a non-education degree)
  • EDT 560, Applying Technology to Assessment in Education
  • EDT 616, Seminar in Educational Media
  • EDT 657, Educational Practicum, Instructional Technology OR
  • EDT 693, Internship (required for Maine DOE 680 Computer Teacher Endorsement)


  • EDS 510 Introduction to Educational Research or EDS 520 Educational Assessment

Instructional Electives (12 Credits):

Students may pursue individual interests and those suggested by their employment situations by selecting courses from the following list. The elective list is expected to change as technology evolves.

  • EDT 527, Network &Troubleshooting Basics for Educators
  • EDT 529, Advanced Networking and Troubleshooting
  • EDT 535, Multimedia Design for Teaching and Learning I
  • EDT 537, Foundations of Distance Education
  • EDT 545, Information Security in the Education Environment
  • EDT 550, Video Communications in the 21st Century
  • EDT 555, Computers and Cooperative Learning
  • EDT 559, Essentials for Educational Technology Leaders
  • EDT 580, Summer Technology Institute

For additional information, contact:

Becky Libby
Graduate Programs and Records
5766 Shibles Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5766
Telephone: 207.581.2444

Application: Submit an application to the Graduate School. Application is online at

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