Master of Arts in Education: Instructional Technologies (ITEC)

The Instructional Technologies program prepares professionals in online and e-learning instructional design, design of technology-based instruction for K-20 educators or trainers in a variety of business and industry environments, and design for problem-based learning solutions. The Department offers both an M.A. Degree in Education with a Concentration in Instructional Technologies as well as an 18-unit Certificate in Training Systems Development. In addition, credentialed K-12 teachers can obtain a California supplementary authorization in computer science by completing 12 units of coursework in the four required areas.

The ITEC program is launching San Francisco State's first fully online MA program (pending CSU Chancellor’s Office and WASC approval) in Fall 2022. The ITEC program offers many courses in the HyFlex blended learning environment with simultaneous in-class and online participation  synchronously (using a web conference system) and asynchronous participation at times most convenient to students. The program accommodates distance learners and can be completed in an average of 3-5 semesters. Additional courses may be offered in special Winter or Summer Sessions.

The program prepares participants for careers in the prestigious, fast-moving Instructional Design and Technology field. Students gain skills with traditional and emerging learning technologies, choosing courses in mobile applications, Web design, gamification, augmented/virtual reality, social networking and assistive/adaptive technologies. Students are introduced to a variety of pedagogies for learning from established to current learning strategies. Students create instruction for various learners, designing learning for mobile, e-learning, and face-to-face instruction using a number of software, hardware, and physical technologies. Graduates become instructional designers for corporations, industry, public service organizations, and classrooms. Alumni can be found in companies and school districts in the SF Bay Area and beyond. The program prepares students in traditional Instructional Systems Design methods as well as rapid prototyping, agile ID, and design thinking-based methodologies.

ITEC caters to the working adult with all courses offered in late afternoons or evening. Students develop a career pathway and a portfolio during their studies. Read some of our ITEC student testimonials.

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Out-of-State Resident Tuition Exchange Program

Residents of the following Western states--Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, and Washington--are eligible to participate in the WICHE-WRGP tuition exchange program, and pay California in-state tuition for the Instructional Technologies MA.  Learn more about the WICHE-WRGP tuition exchange program.

Degree Requirements

Courses and Requirements
Core Courses (6 Units) Units
ITEC 800: Theoretical Foundations of Instructional Technologies (Fall) 3
ITEC 801: Introduction to Learning Design, Design Thinking, and Innovation (Spring) 3
Research Requirement (6 Units)  
ISED 797: Seminar in Educational Research (Fall, Spring) 3
Research Electives: Select three units from the following: 3
ITEC 816: Designing Digital Learning Spaces of the Future  
ITEC 830: Design of Learning Environments with Emerging Technologies (Spring)  
ITEC 850: Design and Management of Training Projects  
Electives (15 Units): Select 15 units of elective coursework in collaboration with your advisor. 15
Recommended electives include the following:  
ITEC 720: Fieldwork in Educational Technology (Fall, Spring)  
ITEC 805: Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation (Fall)  
TEC 815 Integration of Instructional Computing (TBD)  
ITEC 816: Designing Digital Learning Spaces of the Future (TBD)  
ITEC 818 Digital Game Play Design for Learning (TBD)  
TEC 819 Mobile Application Design and Development (TBD)  
ITEC 825: Digital Product Usability Testing (Spring)  
ITEC 830: Design of Learning Environments with Emerging Technologies (Spring)  
ITEC 833: Instructional Products Design Studio (Spring)  
ITEC 840 Graphics and Web Development (TBD)  
ITEC 842: Cognition, Mind, and Learning for Educators (Spring)  
ITEC 845 Instructional Internet Authoring II (TBD)  
ITEC 850: Design and Management of Training Projects (Fall)  
ITEC 854 Design of Print Instructional Materials (TBD)  
ITEC 860: Distance Education (Fall)  
ITEC 865: Fundamentals of Designing Interactive E-Learning Courses (Spring)  
ITEC 899 Independent Study In Instructional Technologies (Fall, Spring)  
Culminating Experience (3 Units)  
ITEC 894: Creative Work (Fall, Spring) OR 3
ITEC 895: Field Study (Fall, Spring)
Total 30

Instructional Technologies Certificate Program

The Certificate in Training Systems Development program, available fully online with some opportunity for on-campus participation, is designed to help students to develop and update skills and knowledge in the training design and development area in order for to advance to new positions in corporate or public agency training departments. The certificate program offers professional training program developers an opportunity to strengthen and augment their skills. This program is especially useful to individuals who already hold a master’s degree in a related field, such as industrial psychology, broadcast and communication arts, or human resource development or for those who need documentation in training competencies to meet governmental requirements.

Visit our Training Systems Development Certificate Program page for further information.

Admission to the M.A. and Certificate Programs

Entry into the program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 units of college course work.

How to Apply

Please review the Graduate Application Procedures for Admission.


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