M.S. in Instructional Design and E-Learning with Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) Certification
The specialization is for students planning to become Instructional Technology Specialists in Pennsylvania schools. This specialization prepares students to advise and lead at the building or district level. Students taking this specialization are given the opportunity to expand understanding of instructional technology through theoretical and project-oriented study. It addresses legal and ethical issues, leadership, technology planning, and other practical aspects of the role of the Instructional Technology Specialist. Students may have an opportunity to interact with guest lecturers who share informed academic and practical knowledge, receive supervision through field experience, and obtain guidance in the compilation, presentation and defense of a professional portfolio.
Candidates for the M.S in Instructional Technology with Instructional Technology Specialist specialization complete thirty nine (39) credit hours of coursework including the three credits courses listed below.
Core courses (33 credit hours)
GRIT 541 Video Communications
GRIT 598 Scientific Inquiry: Tools for Research
GRIT 654 Cognition and Accessible Technologies
GRIT 671 Principles of Instructional Design
GRIT 685 Technology Planning
GRIT 699 Image Processing in Multimedia Design
GRIT 700 Technology Integration in Multimedia Development
GRIT 704 Practicum and Portfolio
GRIT 785 Instructional Technology and Special Education
GRIT 791 Seminar in Instructional Technology
GRIT 798 Ethical Leadership and the Future
Two electives (6 credit hours)
Selected Electives (3 credits each):
GRIT 550 Social Media
GRIT 551 Networking Organizations
GRIT 593 Web Design for eLearning
GRIT 645 Introduction to Online Learning
Students who graduate with a Master of Science Degree with an ITS specialization become ITS certification candidates. Candidates who successfully complete the ITS Certification Interview become certified as Pennsylvania Department of Education Instructional Technology Specialists (ITS).