Master of Arts in Education: Instructional Technologies (ITEC)

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The Bay Area-Silicon Valley region houses more instructional design potential than most metropolitan areas across the country. Students can fast-track their degree in 3 semesters or complete in 5 semesters at part-time tuition. Immediate benefits of the program include:

  •  Job-earning exit potential: $60 – 80K
  •  Graduate MA in 3- or 5-semesters
  •  Program is 100% available online

Extensive Training in Industry Skills

The ITEC Master’s degree offers professionals an intensive training in the developing field of Instructional Design and can be taken entirely online or in a blended learning environment (face-to-face and online). ITEC prepares students for emerging careers such as training in virtual and augmented reality environments with an emphasis on UX (User experience) and principles of user-centered design.

Increasing Jobs

ITEC graduates are matched to an increased demand for internships and local job openings in the greater field of Instructional Design. Courses currently prepare students in: gamification, augmented and mixed realities, mobile and responsive web design, advanced graphics, mobile applications and digital video production. An additional Graduate Certificate program (12 units, see below) offers working professionals courses to upgrade their skills and qualifications. ITEC also authorizes credential certifications in technology for pre-service and in-service teachers.

Quick and Inexpensive

The Master’s in instructional technologies program follows a cohort model where students can complete their graduate degrees in 3 or 5 semesters or longer as needed. Students complete 10 courses for their degree (30 credits of coursework). The program includes a capstone project that can be either design and creation of an instructional product or a research-based field study of an instructional technology application. In addition to the 5 Core course requirements, students select 5 Electives to equip themselves with cutting edge and high-demand skills for the field of instructional design.


ITEC MA Program Plans Of Study

3-Semester Plan (full-time)
12 units Fall
ITEC 800 Theoretical Foundations of Instructional Design
ITEC 805 Needs Analyses
ITEC 816 Design of Digital Learning Spaces
ITEC Elective
 
12 units Spring
ITEC 801 Instructional Systems Design
ITEC 825 UX Design and Usability Testing
ITEC Elective
ISED 797 Educational Research
 
6 units 3rd Semester (fall/spring)
ITEC Elective
ITEC 894 Creative Project or ITEC 895 Field Study
5-Semester Plan (part-time)
6 units Fall
ITEC 800 Theoretical Foundations of Instructional Design
ITEC 805 Needs Analyses
 
6 units Spring
ITEC 801 Instructional Systems Design
ITEC 815 Integration of Instructional Computing (or Elective)
 
6 units Fall
ITEC 816 Design of Digital Learning Spaces
ITEC Elective
 
6 units Spring
ITEC 830 Emerging Technologies for Learning (or Elective)
ISED 797 Educational Research
 
6 units 5th Semester (fall/spring)
ITEC Elective
ITEC 894 Creative Project or ITEC 895 Field Study

Technologies Covered in the ITEC MA Program

Online learning and Course Management systems (e.g., Moodle, Adaptive Learning Platforms), virtual, augmented and mixed (VR, AR, XR) realities, 3D imaging and printing, Authoring programs (e.g., Captivate), Coding tools, responsive Web design, game design, and numerous mobile learning applications.

Careers in Tech

Jobs start at $60-80k/year (National average $63,837)

Bay Area Salaries (2017):

  • American Express $68,016
  • Verizon $84,008
  • GP Strategies $63,374
  • Apple $86,626
  • Amazon $91,456

Bay Area Companies with ITEC alumni include:

Public and Private K-12 schools, Wikimedia, Sales Force, Genentech, UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, LinkedIn, Facebook, Apple, the City & County of San Francisco, San Mateo County, Peralta and SF Community Colleges, and Samuel Merritt University.

Contact Us

ELSIT Department Office

 Burk Hall 239
 (415) 338-1653

Office Administrator:
Anarose Schelstrate |  aschels@sfsu.edu (link sends e-mail)

Faculty:
Zahira Merchant |  zahiram@sfsu.edu (link sends e-mail)
Patricia Donohue |  pdonohue@sfsu.edu (link sends e-mail)

Also see

If you are interested in a Certificate for Training Systems Development which offers a smaller number of units for qualification in instructional design below the Master’s level, click HERE for more information.

Apply Now

Applying for the Instructional Technologies M.A. program involves submitting an application through Cal State Apply (link is external). There are no GED or entrance exams required. You will need to submit 2 sealed letters of recommendation, a 250 words or less Statement of Purpose which describes your readiness for the program, background and/or interest in the program, and what you hope to do with your degree, and you must submit all official transcripts from all post-baccalaureate institutions attended. You are required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the most recent 60 units completed. If you have any questions about the program, please contact either of the faculty members above.