M.Ed. with a concentration in Instructional Technology

Why pursue an Instructional Computer Technology degree?

Instructional Computer Technology is a critical area of expertise in 21st Century schools! It can enhance classroom teaching at all ages and in all content areas. Beyond improving the teaching of your content/grade level, this degree prepares you for all of these courses/topics: Computer Science, Programming, Networking, Information Technology, Informatics, Computer and Technology Applications, Computer Laboratory Web Page Design, and Touch Keyboarding.

The program is designed for certified teachers who plan to seek a master's degree and incorporate the endorsement in Instructional Computer Technology (grades P-12).

What makes the UofL program stand out from the rest?

  • Offered 100% Online or a blend of face-to-face and Online.
  • Engaging courses, each one places your classroom/school at the center of discussions and projects
  • Strong attention to the International Society for Technology in Education Standards (ISTE, 2016), including skills necessary to e successful in a global and digital world
  • Focus on ways technology can engage, challenge, and support diverse learners
  • Flexible pacing
  • Prepares candidates to be a technology-using teacher of students, as well as a Technology Coordinator for a school or district

Note: If you are not a P-12 teacher but are interested in instructional technology, Industry IT certifications, instructional design, and state-of-the-art training development for military, government, and private industry, go to B.S. Workforce Leadership and M.S. Human Resource and Organizational Development.

Please note that certified teachers must have a Master's degree or Rank I status prior to admission to this program.

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Program Curriculum

The M.Ed. with a concentration in Instructional Technology is a 30 credit hour program. Candidates learn a compendium of skills, strategies, and applications for helping student compete in a global and digital world, as well as preparation to be a school or district Technology Coordinator. For details on course requirements for this program, go to the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Education in Instructional Technology are required to submit credentials supporting their academic ability to succeed at the graduate level as well as positive dispositions for teaching. Positive dispositions include: effective communication and critical thinking skills, professionalism, and commitment to diversity as well as the teaching profession. Admission credentials will include official transcripts, professional writing requirements, and letters of recommendation.

Candidates should review the following rubrics, used to assess admission credentials:

  1. Professional Dispositions Rubric [PDF]
  2. Diversity Rubric [PDF]
  3. Effective Written Communication Rubric [PDF]

Application Process

Questions about the application may be sent to gradadm@louisville.edu. Candidates should apply no later than three weeks prior to the beginning of the semester (August 1st for Fall, December 1st for Spring and April 1st for Summer). Candidates will be notified via e-mail regarding the admission decision.

Applicants to the M.Ed. in Instructional Technology program must submit the following:

  • Completed Online Graduate Application for Admission
  • Application fee (non-refundable)
  • *Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the Bachelor's degree and a minimum 3.0 GPA or higher for graduate work.

    Please have transcripts sent to:

    University of Louisville
    School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
    2211 South Brook Street
    Houchens Bldg, Room 105
    Louisville, KY 40292

    Or gradadm@louisville.edu (for official electronic transcripts)

  • Two letters of recommendation – Please list the email addresses for two recommenders in the appropriate section of the online application. Recommenders will receive instructions and forms that they will complete electronically.
  • GRE Scores – Official scores must be sent to the University of Louisville Graduate Admissions Office using the code 1838.
  • Kentucky Teaching certificate or statement of eligibility – Candidates certified in Kentucky are not required to submit this documentation as the information can be verified through the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.. Candidates must hold Rank II status to be eligible for this program.
  • Signed Technology and Code of Ethics Form [PDF]. Please print, sign and upload with the on-line application.
  • Current Resume
  • Professional Writing Requirements. Please complete the following and upload with your application. Each essay should be double-spaced (Times New Roman 12 point font) and no more than three pages.

    Essay #1

    • In what ways has your cultural heritage and background influenced the way you teach, and impacted your interactions with others who come from a different cultural background? Describe an example of an injustice or inequity that you witnessed, experienced, or became aware of during teaching - and your response at that time. Then, explain how you would respond if it occurred again. Finally, explain how you support respect for diversity in your classroom, and how you demonstrate a commitment to social justice and equity when teaching.

    Essay #2

    • Please review the Professional Dispositions Rubric [PDF] and consider how you would evaluate your areas of strength as well as those for potential growth in each of the categories. In your essay, please identify three categories that you would rate yourself as "target" or "exemplary" and explain why. Then, identify one area for professional growth, and explain how you envision this program supporting your growth in this area.

*Note: Candidates who earned a baccalaureate (and/or advanced) degree outside the U.S. and whose native language is not English must submit official TOEFL scores that meet minimum criteria, and must submit an evaluated transcript from WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).

Contact Us

Stephen B. Swan
Department of Middle and Secondary Education
College of Education and Human Development
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Department email: midscnd@louisville.edu

Career Pathways and Certification

P-12 teachers serve as computer-using teacher leaders in their schools and as Technology Coordinators at school and district levels.

Candidates earn the Endorsement for P-12 Instructional Computer Technology to compliment their base teaching certificate.

Financial Aid

In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.

Other financial aid opportunities available include graduate assistantships and other employment opportunities.

Supervising and Resource Teachers

In recognition of valuable service to the preparation of teachers and the need for all teachers to have continual professional growth, a supervising teacher or a resource teacher for teacher interns may, with prior approval of the course-offering institution, take a maximum of six (6) credit hours per term at any public postsecondary institution and pay no tuition. The postsecondary institution shall waive the tuition up to a maximum of six (6) credit hours.

To apply, you must complete the Tuition Waiver Certification for Supervising and Resource Teachers Application [PDF]. It should be completed by the supervising teacher, certified by their principal, and returned to our office. Return the form to the Student Financial Aid Office at U of L.

Eligibility: 6 credit hours of tuition benefits for each semester served as a full responsibility supervising or resource teacher, or 3 credit hours of tuition benefits for each semester served as a shared supervising or resource teacher. Students may exercise the tuition waiver option up to twelve months following the assignment. Tuition benefits are paid directly to the University of Louisville.

I have some credit hours from another program/university. Can the credit be transferred?

Once you are admitted to the program, you may request to transfer up to 6 credit hours if your UofL advisor approves the request. Transfer requests are then submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

What degrees or endorsements do I receive if I complete the UofL M.Ed. in Instructional Technology program?

Successful candidates will graduate with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Instructional Technology and receive a P-12 Instructional Computer Technology Endorsement. If this is a second master's degree, you may apply for Rank I hours as you complete the degree.

How long does it take to complete the MEd program?

The program can be completed in as few as two years or as many as six years.

I am a teacher and am in my school all day. When are courses offered?

All courses are offered outside the practicing teacher's day (evening, Saturday, summer). The program is designed so that many assignments are classroom or school-based.

Where are courses being delivered?

Courses are offered at UofL Belknap Campus and JCPS locations. A limited number of online courses are available at the present time.

I am not teaching at the present time. Will I be able to complete the program?

Yes. The program is designed so that many assignments are classroom or school-based. If you are not currently in a school, you will be placed in an approved setting to complete the assignments.