M.A. in Education, Instructional Technologies Concentration

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Instructional Technologies (ITEC) graduates are professionals who holistically apply learning theory; and design, develop, and evaluate instruction with appropriate technologies.

The program provides three areas for graduate study: e-learning design and development, including multimedia development; training design and development; and technology integration for teachers. In addition, the program offers a supplementary authorization in instructional computing for K-12 teachers who complete twelve units of course work in that area. The program offers most of its courses in a hybrid format, called HyFlex, which allows students to choose between attending class in person in the classroom, or attending class online using a combination of online technologies. Other classes may use fully online or traditional hybrid formats combining classroom and online delivery methods.

The program prepares students for careers as instructional designers, trainers in corporation ad public service agencies, instructional multimedia designers and producers, specialists in instructional computing and instructional software design, and computer-resource teachers. Graduates of the program include corporate trainers, training consultants, instructional materials designers, computer instructors, multimedia developers, instructional software developers, video producers, and classroom and laboratory computing teachers. The program emphasizes the instructional systems approach, instructional message design, practical design experience, technical skills development, and project-based instruction. During their studies, students develop portfolios that may include computer-based instruction, print-based, video and e-learning, or mobile technology-based instructional programs.

Instructional Technology graduates create authentic, effective, and meaningful instruction to meet the complex learning needs of diverse learners in any learning environment or medium. The program provides three areas for graduate study: e-learning design and development, including multimedia development; training design and development; and technology integration for teachers. In addition, the program offers a supplementary authorization in instructional computing for K-12 teachers who complete twelve units of course work in that area. Instructional Technologies Program offers a Master of Arts degree and a certificate in Training Systems Development.


Program Requirements

  • Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

  • 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester units

  • Competency in basic computer skills, such as word processing, presentation, and web browsing


How to Apply

Download the program application form(s)


Application Requirements

  • University Graduate Application (online only)
  • $55 application fee
  • Official Transcripts

See Step 1 below for instructions.

  • Department Application
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 2 page statement of purpose
  • Official Transcripts
  • Interview with program staff

Step 1: Application to Division of Graduate Studies  

You must first apply to the university through the Division of Graduate Studies. If you are a US resident follow the Domestic Students procedure. If you are a non-US resident follow the International Students procedure.

1. Apply to graduate study through SF State's online application system. The Office of Graduate Admissions no longer accepts paper applications. The application fee is 55.00 USD and we recommend that you pay online by credit card at the moment you submit your application.

2. Send the Division of Graduate Studies the following:

  • 2 copies of official transcript(s) from every College or University attended
  • $55.00 application fee by check or money order if you did not pay online by credit card. Please make check or money order payable to San Francisco State University

Send the above documents to:

Graduate Admissions
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave., ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132

Go to Domestic Admissions page of Division of Graduate Studies website

1. Apply to graduate study through SF State's online application system. The Office of Graduate Admissions no longer accepts paper applications to graduate programs.The application fee is 55.00 USD and we recommend that you pay online by credit card at the moment you submit your application.

2. Send the Division of Graduate Studies the following:

  • Official academic documents from every college or university ever attende
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report
  • Financial Statement/Medical Insurance Form
  • $55.00 application fee by check or money order if you did not pay online by credit card. Please make check or money order payable to San Francisco State University.

Send the above documents to:

International Graduate Admissions
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132
USA

Go to International Admissions page of Division of Graduate Studies website


Step 2: Application to Program Department

You must also apply directly to the specific department within the Graduate College of Education for this program.

Applicants to this program must submit the following:

  • ELSIT Department Application form
  • Two letters of reference from professors, employers, or other people you have worked with on a professional basis
  • One set of transcripts, copies are acceptable, from all colleges and universities attended including SFSU, both undergraduate and graduate
  • Statement of Purpose outlining the reasons for wanting to pursue a degree and/or credential in the selected program

Send to:
Attn: ELSIT Admissions
Dept. of Equity, Leadership Studies, & Instructional Technologies, GCOE
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave, BH 239
San Francisco, CA 94132-4158

Additionally, after submitting the above documents, applicants must interview with the program chair.

  • During the interview the program chair will review the applicant’s interest and preparation in the field.
  • This interview may be conducted in person, or via the phone or other electronic means (such as Skype).
  • Contact the ELSIT Department at 415-338-1653 or aschels@sfsu.edu to schedule an interview.

Note on computer competency requirements:

  • Applicants must be able to use standard office productivity and web browsing software (word processing, presentation, etc.).*
  • No special multimedia authoring skills are required, though they may be helpful in certain classes and for selected projects.**

*Students who have no background or experience in creating basic multimedia may be asked to complete ITEC 715, Computer Foundations of Instructional Multimedia, with at least a grade of "B". This course may be applied toward the master's degree. 

**Students with no background or practical experience in instructional design may be required to complete ITEC 700, Careers in Instructional Technology, with a minimum grade of "B." This course may be applied toward the master's degree.


Step 3: Confirm Admission Status

After submitting your applications you can confirm your admission status on your SF State Gateway account.


Questions?

If you have questions about the admissions process please contact the the ELSIT Department at 415-338-1653 or  elsit@sfsu.edu.