Online Instructional Technology Endorsement (P-12)


The online instructional technology teaching endorsement (P-12) is ideal for Kentucky educators with a bachelor’s degree and a valid initial teacher certification who want to develop and enhance their technological pedagogy skills.

Offered by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville, the Instructional Technology Endorsement prepares students to be better teachers by providing an opportunity to explore, develop and experience technologies that make learning more accessible and engaging in the classroom at all levels and for all ages. Maintain your marketability and gain valuable 21st century skills by learning to critically evaluate the need, validity and viability of instructional technologies within P-12 classrooms.


  • Learn how technology can capture and enhance instructional content.
  • Develop a new understanding of how learning theories like constructivism, multiple intelligences, inquiry-based learning and project-based learning are enhanced through the use of technology.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes, with the option to attend courses on-campus if it better fits your schedule.
  • Earn your endorsement as part of your Master of Education in Teacher Leadership or the Rank I program.
  • Complete the endorsement program within a year.
  • Attach your earned ITE endorsement to your Kentucky teaching certification.

*Check state authorizations for requirements in your state

Teachers give their best to their students and UofL gives its best to teachers!

UofL offers a 25% Tuition Reduction for Teachers enrolling in approved teacher education programs.

To learn more contact Betty Hampton, Director of Graduate Services in the College of Education and Human Development at UofL.


Completion of this program sets you up to become an expert in instructional development of the 21st century classroom. Instructional Technology has grown significantly, from training focused on a small segment of technology teachers, to a specific skills set and specific software, to today’s much broader focus on classroom teachers looking to enhance their technology-infused instruction and outreach to students across various subjects.

The Instructional Technology teaching endorsement will expand the reach of your knowledge and prepare you to take on different roles within your institution or district. Additional career benefits and opportunities include:

  • Leadership roles and assignments
  • Career change or transitioning to teaching with technology
  • Advancement in current teaching field
  • Increased pay within current school district
  • Meeting current or future licensure, credential or certification requirements
  • Professional development, interest or enrichment

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How to Apply

Preferred Application DeadlineTermStart Date
August 1FallAugust
December 1SpringJanuary
April 1SummerMay/June

Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.

Steps to Apply

  1. Completed graduate application – select the Master of Education degree program*
  2. Submit signed code of ethics/technology statement, uploaded within the online application
  3. Submit $65 non-refundable application fee
  4. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  5. Check for Scholarships

*Should you encounter any issues while completing the application form, please contact Betty Hampton, Director of Graduate Student Services, at 502.852.0411 or

Please have transcripts sent directly to:
School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree earned from an accredited institution*
  • Valid Kentucky Initial Teaching Certification or statement of eligibility for candidates outside Kentucky
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) on 4.0 scale; minimum 3.0 GPA for graduate work

*See the Graduate School Transfer of Credit Policy for more information.

This program is open to all eligible candidates regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age.

Out-of-State Applicants

Certified teachers outside Kentucky should be advised that we cannot guarantee the program will meet licensure, salary, advancement or other requirements in their state. As part of the admission process, we require a written statement confirming their interest in the program for personal development and that they understand the program is designed to meet Kentucky certification requirements only. For more information, please contact


The online Instructional Technology Endorsement consists of 4 courses for a total of 12 credit hours. Our curriculum is aligned with UofL’s College of Education & Human Development framework of Inquiry, Action, and Advocacy and Kentucky Teacher Standards that apply to all P-12 teachers.

The Instructional Technology program is also linked to national education standards and based upon the theory of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK), which attempts to identify the nature of knowledge required by teachers for technology integration in their classroom, while addressing the complex, multifaceted and situated nature of teacher knowledge.

Course ListCredit Hours
EDAP 585 Intro to Education Technology; Integrating Technology Tools into Instruction3
EDAP 587 Teaching and Learning Online3
EDAP 688 Designing a Technology Integrated Curriculum3
EDAP 690 Teaching with Multimedia Authoring Tools3

Sample Course Descriptions

EDAP 585 Intro to Education Technology; Integrating Technology Tools into Instruction
This is a course providing teachers with a hands-on overview of effective methods for teaching content with a variety of technologies. In other words, the focus of the course is not on teaching the ins and outs of Microsoft Word. Instead, we focus on meaningful instructional uses of technology tools that meet unique instructional needs in your content area. A secondary aim of the course is to allow you to develop your own ideas about the uses of technology. To this end, you will be experiencing activities that utilize technology and reading a number of articles about different uses of educational technology and reflecting on those readings.

EDAP 587 Teaching and Learning Online
Students will examine issues associated with the P-12 online learning environment. Specifically, this course challenges teachers to focus on producing lessons and courses in synchronous and asynchronous environments that are effective and appropriate for P-12 learners while leveraging the unique capacities of a online collaborative educational technology platform: Edmodo, Schoology (asynchronous), and Collaborate (synchronous) maintaining best practice within content area learning employing Knowledge Building Principles. Coursework will include:

  • Readings and Reflections from articles on LMS, CMS platforms, and Virtual Leaning
  • Reading and Reacting to classmate’s writings building a communal understanding of the topics explored.
  • Developing a teaching presence in Edmodo or Schoology that explains your ideas and practices of teaching in an in-depth way.
  • Designing and contributing to an online collaboratively developed course textbook using Edmodo focusing on the Knowledge Building Principles. Each Principle Page in the Edmodo will utilize: text, an ABCYa Word Cloud/Blendspace, graphics, and examples illustrating your KB principle.
  • Developing a mini unit of 5 lessons in Edmodo or Schoology that reflects Knowledge Building Principles unique to their school setting.
  • Designing a synchronous lesson delivery module using Blackboard Collaborate and its tools.

EDAP 688 Designing a Technology Integrated Curriculum
This course focuses on exploring what it means to genuinely and authentically integrate technology into curriculum utilizing the TPACK and SAMR framework, while providing all students with an opportunity to demonstrate depth and breadth in framework understanding. The goal is to use the unique capacities of intentionally selected instructional technologies to amplify instruction and student learning through the development of a technology rich unit of studies. The course will utilize Grant Wiggins’ Understanding by Design framework in developing a unit of instruction that reflects rich technology use. Further, this course provides students with an immersive study of Wiggins’ curricular design models in an attempt to allow them to situate their instruction theoretically as well as practically. Students will visit/review/experience the TPGES system adopted for Kentucky by analyzing using the TPGES rubric a lesson with technology embedded in them. Finally, students will explore a variety of Web 2.0 tools, apps, and technologies to identify technologies that they would use in a curriculum.

EDAP 690 Teaching with Multimedia Authoring Tools
This course begins its journey of understanding with Richard Mayer and his book, Multimedia Learning, 2nd Edition. Mayer has narrowed his definition of multimedia to these two forms— verbal and pictorial—because the research based in cognitive psychology is most relevant to this distinction. Hence, what Mayer refers to as multimedia learning is also more accurately called dual-code or dual-channel learning.

This course includes strategies for critical evaluation and creation of multimedia resources, for educational uses, and how it relates to Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge, TPACK. The other part of our journey will explore Digital Storytelling. Digital storytelling is a tale where the imagination that listeners previously employed through oral/written traditions is now visualized through digital medium. At its heart, it should have a compelling tale and/or whimsical story that fully engage audiences. On the surface, then, DST simply seems like oral stories with elements unique to a digital format (sounds, video, photos, and computer effects). We will explore all of these mediums.

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What are the benefits of online learning?

The biggest benefit of online learning is that you can work to earn your degree from your own home while raising a family, working full-time or experiencing particular life circumstances that make commuting to campus difficult or impossible.

How is the online program different than the one on-campus?

At UofL you are taught by the same world-class faculty as our on-campus students. You read the same books, do many of the same assignments and earn the same degree. The biggest difference is that you are able to do it in your own time and in a way that best fits your learning and lifestyle.

I am on active duty. Can I take online classes at UofL?

Yes! You can take online classes from anywhere in the world, provided you have consistent Internet access. UofL offers a tuition discount to all active-duty service members as well as to qualified veterans, Reserves and National Guard.

Will any of my undergrad or grad coursework transfer to the endorsement?

No, the ITE is completed in addition to an earned degree. The curriculum is very specific as it gives teachers the knowledge to incorporate engaging technology components into classroom instruction.

Will I receive my Rank I if I complete this endorsement?

No, the ITE program is not equivalent with Rank I, but it can be completed as part of the Rank I program. An additional 15 credit hours are required for completion of the Rank I program (a total of 30 credit hours) which is available to Kentucky teachers only.

Can I start ITE classes while I’m completing my teaching certificate?

No, you must have a bachelor’s degree and a valid teaching license (initial certification) to be admitted and enroll in the program.

Why do I need to complete the application for the master’s or Rank I program? I’m interested only in the endorsement.

Due to the way the system is set up, you will need to complete your application as if applying to the Master of Education program. From there, you will select the endorsement of your choice.

Can I receive federal aid while pursuing this teaching endorsement?

Unfortunately, federal aid is not available to students enrolled solely in the endorsement program. However, students also enrolled in a master’s degree or Rank I program are eligible to receive financial aid. Visit the financial aid & tuition page [hyperlink] for more information.

How does the ITE endorsement get attached to my teaching license after graduation?

In order to add the P-12 Instructional Technology Endorsement to your teaching license, you must have a 2.75 GPA , acceptance into the Graduate School of Studies, a letter of interest and an interview with the Director of the Instructional Technology Department.