Education in Instructional Technology (Online)

Northern Illinois University

M.Sc. Online
24 months
849 USD/credit
492 USD/credit
492 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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If you want to become a leader in instructional technology, come study with the best! Our online master’s degree in Education in Instructional Technology  (Online) at Northern Illinois University is consistently ranked among the top five in the nation by US News & World Report, and we graduate more educational technology students than any other public university in the state. 


You’ll hone your skills in areas such as performance technology, instructional software design and development, media administration, and program evaluation.

If you’re not in a K-12 teaching field, you can complete the Education in Instructional Technology  (Online)  or in a blended format. If you hold an Illinois Professional Educator License, you can earn the degree with a technology specialist endorsement with courses that are primarily online. You’ll attend occasional meetings in person at NIU campuses and benefit from collaborating and networking with fellow students.

 Library Information Specialist

Our online Library Information Specialist (LIS) concentration (with an endorsement or K-12 entitlement options) will prepare you to succeed and lead in keeping libraries crucial in society. An LIS endorsement requires 24 semester hours in library/media related courses; if you're seeking a middle grades endorsement, you'll take two additional courses. You can work toward the entitlement if you already hold an Illinois Professional Educator License and are pursuing your master's degree in instructional technology.

Technology Specialist

We offer an online accelerated M.S.Ed. in Instructional Technology degree with a K-12 Technology Specialist Entitlement. New cohorts begin each year, and the program can be completed in just four semesters. You'll meet online for coursework grouped to integrate complementary topics and attend occasional pre-scheduled, face-to-face meetings each term at Northern Illinois University academic centers. You'll enjoy professional collaboration and continuity of a cohort through shared experiences and networking.

We're the state's largest public university producer of Educational Technology graduates. Our online M.S.Ed. in Instructional Technology program ranks No. 5 in the country for 2018, according to U.S. News & World Report. This marks our sixth consecutive spot among the nation's top five. Our faculty-designed online graduate courses received the Blackboard Best Online Course Design Award for the last three years.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Instructional Media and Technology
  • IT Administration
  • Learn-IT Orientation to Online Learning
  • Distance Ed. Design and Delivery
  • Professional Standards in IT
  • Instructional Technology Facilities

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




33 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed a four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or one with equivalent recognition.
  • Achieved a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.00 scale, or the equivalent.
  • If you received a three-year degree awarded through the Bologna process in Europe or a three-year Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Business Administration awarded in India, you are eligible to apply (provided you are seeking admission to the MBA or OMIS program).
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Test scores (if required).
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (optional)
  • Additional materials required by your program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    849 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 849 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    492 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 492 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    492 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 492 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Education in Instructional Technology (Online)
Northern Illinois University


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