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. 


Course Requirements 

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).