An Online Educational Technology Master's Degree

These online Educational Technology  graduate programs provide you with rigorous but practical experience in educational technology innovation and pedagogical practices. Defining a new learning environment requires a set of technologies and social practices where meaning is delivered and consumed in new formats. Choose the right program to fit your career goals:

  • Educational Technology Master of Arts – 30 credit hours with elective options
  • Educational Technology - Innovative Pedagogy Graduate Certificate Program – 12 credit hours with elective options focused on innovative pedagogy; can be taken separately, or added by master's students as a en route certificate. [Note: the first start term for this program is Fall 2022.]

Our faculty encourage collaborative research and other scholarly projects, and coursework offers opportunities to publish research and present in scholarly venues.

Drive Innovation For the Future of Education

The goal of the program is to develop education professionals and classroom teachers that have foundational theoretical knowledge of technology-infused pedagogy for transformative teaching and learning. Graduates work in a variety of learning contexts (K-12, higher education, online environments, military training, business/organizational, and international settings) as scholars, educators, professional developers, program developers and consultants.

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The online Educational Technology program is designed for working educators and professionals.

  • Courses are scheduled so that you can take one course at a time, but still complete two courses per term.
  • Fall and Spring term courses are eight weeks each, and Summer term courses are six weeks each.

Master's Degree (30 Credit Hours)

If you are interested in the certificate option, please see the grey box below.

To see the upcoming courses, visit this program's Current Students page.

Required Core (15 Credit Hours)

  • ET 501 Introduction to Applications of Educational Technology in PK-12 Education (3)
  • ET 523 Innovative Pedagogy and Assessment (3) **
  • ET 525 Learners and Curriculum in the Digital Age (3) *
  • ET 527 Social Justice in the Digital Age (3) *
  • ET 529 Instructional Design (3)

Research Core (6 Hours)

  • SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3)
  • ET 675 Innovating Education Culture: Research and Practice (3)

Meet Faculty and Fellow Students

Though this is a fully online program, educational technology conferences are a great place to meet your instructors and fellow students. Contact the Program Coordinator for details.

Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Tailor your remaining content coursework to fit your career goals. The variety of available courses allows you to concentrate toward a preferred  specialty, or develop a broad base across innovation, pedagogical integration and instructional design.

  • ET 630 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (3)
  • ET 631 Distance Education (3)
  • ET 635 Instructional Materials Development for Online Learning (3)
  • ET 640 Applications of Multiliteracies (3) *
  • ET 641 Designing, Playing, and Learning (3) *
  • ET 643 Innovative Instructional Formats (3) *
  • ET 645 Children's Engineering and STEM (3) *

Comprehensive Exam

Upon completion of all coursework, students must pass a written comprehensive exam.


Educational Technology - Innovative Pedagogy Graduate Certificate

The certificate is 12 credit hours, available via courses provided for the master's degree. In the master's degree course list above...

  • ** = required certificate course
  • * = elective certificate course options (complete three courses)

Students admitted for Summer term 2022 or before will apply for and enter the program under the old program names (beginning with "Technology, Innovation and Pedagogy"). If you begin under the current program/name, you will have the option to update to the new program name once the 2022-23 UNC Graduate Catalog is released. For reference, see the official program listings in the UNC Graduate Catalog:

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