Online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Technology

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Technology online program is designed for teachers and other educators to engage in professional development in their knowledge of subject matter, teaching, and technology by incorporating contemporary tools and resources.

This innovative three-year program offers:

  • One-to-two online courses per semester
  • Collaborative learning environment
  • ISU full-time faculty and subject matter expert instructors
  • Authentic learning experiences
  • In-state tuition for everyone
  • Small cohort group (only 15 - 18 students)

This program is offered every two years and starts in the summer semester. Only prospective students residing in the United States are eligible to apply. The next cohort starts summer 2016 and seats are limited. Application deadline is January 31, 2016. Students take one 3-credit course and one 1-credit seminar in the first summer semester. After that, a 3-credit course is offered per semester including summer. Summer courses are intensive and last between 4 to 6 weeks.

The program is not self-paced but delivery is mostly asynchronous. Courses are taught via one or more online platforms (for example, Blackboard, Moodle, Facebook, Ning, Edmodo, Google+) and students attend classes by accessing the virtual classroom at their own time. Students are required to follow the class schedule to complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and work on group projects. Instructor-student and student-student interactions are very strong in this program. Classes are mainly taught on a weekly-basis approach where assignments are given at the beginning of the week and usually due a week later. The main reason for using multiple online platforms for course delivery is to expose students to different technology teaching tools. The online delivery makes possible for working educators to pursue a graduate degree but our faculty are committed to maintain the same rigorous academics and high standards for excellence Master’s program that is offered for the on-campus students.

Every semester, students may be required to attend 1-2 face-to-face meetings. These are on-campus Saturday meetings, usually from 10 am - 3 pm. Students that cannot come to campus or that live outside of Iowa, will be connected via video conference. These meetings are for project presentations, group work, lectures, etc. Our students value the synchronous meetings since they have a chance to better relate with their online colleagues. Classes are small and mostly formed by K-12 teachers, technology specialists and other educational practitioners that are interested in learning more about technology and its use in teaching and learning.

The culminating project is an academic portfolio

Application deadline - January 31, 2016


  • Contact Information

    Question or comment? Contact us at 515-294-3147 or

  • Important Dates

    New cohort starts summer 2016
    Application deadline - January 31, 2016

  • Did You Know?

    Stephanie Laird, former M.ED cohort student, is the grand-prize winner of the IRA Award for Technology and Reading. More Information