Instructional Technology is a diverse field with opportunities for individuals in a variety of eclectic roles all centered on the process of creating web-based instruction. The need for instructional technologists is great. The growing amount of information created every year and the need for more and more learning drive the need for instructional technologists as does the constantly changing field of technology.
Instructional technology can involve the study of the use of the following types of media:
- Games and Simulations
- Web 2.0 Technologies
- Virtual Worlds
- Audio and Video-based instruction
- Web-based courses and Classes
- Evaluation of Online Instructional Efforts
- Mobile Learning
Instructional Technology Programs
- M.S. in Instructional Technology - Corporate Concentration: For those wishing to enter a career in the training and development sector of business, industry, non-profits or government.
- M.S. in Instructional Technology - IT Specialist: For professionals charged with integrating interactive technologies into educational teaching environments.
- eLearning Specialist Certificate: For professionals charged with integrating interactive online technologies into both educational and professional training environments.
- Instructional Game Design Certificate: Learn the skills to design and develop successful instructional games in this 5-course certificate.
Students do not need to be a computer programmer or a computer expert to be an instructional technologist since many of the tools are as easy to use as MS Word or Google products. What you do need is a desire to help others learn and an interest in innovative and creative endeavors.
Getting started with the Instructional Technology graduate program
You must complete an application through Bloomsburg University's School of Graduate Studies and submit all supplemental materials to the Office of Graduate Studies.
Important note regarding out-of-state licensure/certification: The Instructional Technology Specialist program leads to eligibility for Pennsylvania certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and does not lead to certification in other states. Visit http://intranet.bloomu.edu/state-authorization and http://www.education.pa.gov/Documents/Teachers-Administrators/Certification%20Preparation%20Programs/Approved%20Certification%20Programs.pdf for more information on approved certification programs in Pennsylvania. If you would like to contact another state’s board of education, please review the licensing board contact resource located at http://intranet.bloomu.edu/images/opa/Boards-Education.pdf