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    1 Perfect Choice for Your MS in Learning Technologies!

    The Master's program prepares graduates for dynamic roles in Instructional Technology and Learning Technologies in both academic and corporate settings.

      Unique Program Delivery Offerings
      Accelerated Normal
    36 hours, 12 courses
    100% online
    Instructional Systems Track
    Instructional Systems Design Track
    Instructional Systems Technology Track  
    Teaching and Learning with Technology Track  
    Degree completion possible within 14 months*  
    Degree competion possible within 24 months**  
    *Assumes that a student is taking at least 9 hours each semester
    **Assumes that a student is taking at least 6 hours each semester

    Additional Details

    Program Information

    The 36-semester-hour program, available online, is designed for students to gain a foundation in learning, instruction, and educational technologies to enhance and deliver the learning experience using technology. Courses focus on the study, analysis, design and integration of the use of technology to deliver instruction in various settings. In addition to the Master of Science (MS) degree, Program Certificate Add-Ons are available with 9 to 12 hours of study.

    Graduates of the program are prepared for dynamic roles in both academic and corporate settings. Learning Technology is widely used in both of these environments today. This program provides tracks in Instructional Systems (IS), Instructional Systems Design (ISD), Instructional Systems Technology (IST), and Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT).

    The flexibility of online courses let you progress at your own pace, with course schedules and mentoring services designed to help you balance work, school, and home life. Whether you prefer to move forward quickly or take your time, you’ll get an advanced education, giving your career the momentum it needs to move forward.

    Both faculty and students are widely published in leading journals and are active and visible participants in AACE, AECT, AERA, and ISTE as well as other organizations. Our faculty currently hold over $3 million in funded contracts and federal grants. UNT faculty are nationally known for their experience and insights into how Learning Technologies are changing the way education, learning, and training is created and delivered.

    Each of the program’s courses is designed to deliver upward mobility in your career and guide you toward a more successful future. Career opportunities include Instructional Designer, Manager of Learning Technologies, Instructional Systems Implementer, Course and Training Systems Designer, Support Specialist for Learning Management and Cyberinfrastructure Systems, and more. The MS degree also serves as a bridge for students into a PhD in Learning Technologies.

    The program prepares students to work in settings where they can:

    • design courseware and media products to support teaching, learning, and training.
    • design and manage instructional systems and cyberinfrastructures.
    • Develop instructional systems design plans and implementations.
    • analyze then solve educational and instructional technology issues.

    During their coursework, students work collaboratively and individually as participants and practitioners to identify and solve instructional and educational questions and issues. They will use a variety of technology to assist them in the construction of learning technologies that are delivered in a variety of ways: e-learning, technology-based learning environments, distributed learning paradigms, computer-mediated communication, and telecommunications. Graduates of the program will:

    • be able to create instructional systems for learners based on knowledge of human information processing.
    • be able to describe the principles, theories, applications, and current trends in instructional and educational technology and predict the impact of these theories and trends on newer technologies.
    • demonstrate the ability to select and use appropriate forms of technology (desktop publishing, learning management systems, multimedia, social media, and video technology) to enhance teaching and learning.

    UNT’s Learning Technologies degree measures up well when compared to other online programs. Affordable in-state and out-of-state tuition makes it a great value; and with the ability to graduate in as little as fourteen months, you can reach your goals faster.

    For more information contact: CI-Admissions@unt.edu | (940) 565-2445 | (877) 275-7547 (toll free)

    Accelerated and Normal Delivery Offerings

    The MS in Learning Technologies is offered in two unique delivery formats. The chart on this page provides a comparison for the accelerated and the normal semester delivery. Both offerings are 100% online and require 12 courses for 36 hours of course work to complete the degree and graduate.

    Normal Semester Offering

    The normal delivery offers courses four times a year during the fall and spring 16-week semesters and during the 3-week and 10-week summer terms. Students can select any of the four specialty tracks in the MS degree program. The pace of course work is stretched out over the longer semester and this can be beneficial for some students. The time to complete the degree taking 6 hours per semester is 24 months and taking 9 hours per semester is 18 months.

    Accelerated Offering

    The accelerated delivery provides five course start times a year. Courses are generally offered in two 8-week sessions during the long semesters and in one summer session. Four courses in the accelerated offering are delivered in a 16-week semester format to facilitate student mastery of instructional content. Students that can maintain the accelerated course sequence can complete course work in 14 months and graduate at the end of the semester they finish. The accelerated offering is currently limited to the Instructional Systems (IS) and Instructional Systems Design (ISD) tracks that represent a set selection of courses.

    Contact Lynne Cagle Cox at (940) 565-4841 or email lynnecagle.cox@unt.edu for more information on the accelerated offering.

    Program Tracks

    Instructional Systems

    The Instructional Systems (IS) track provides theoretical and research foundations, tools, and experience focused on instructional systems. Students are immersed in creating, managing, and evaluating instructional systems. They demonstrate these competencies throughout their coursework on using different systems, technologies, and media in various applications. Graduates of the IS track are prepared to work in educational and instructional technology areas as developers of instructional design and media projects, processes and outcomes in corporate, higher education, K-20 and other instructional and training environments. The IS track is provided in both normal and accelerated delivery.

    Instructional Systems Design

    The Instructional Systems Design (ISD) program track is for professionals entering the area of instructional systems design. Instructional systems design is the practice of maximizing the effectiveness, efficiency, and appeal of instruction and other learning experiences. The process consists of determining the current state and needs of the learner, defining the end goal of instruction, and creating instruction to assist in the transition. The process is informed by pedagogically-tested theories of learning. Graduates of the ISD track are prepared to work as instructional systems designers in academic or corporate settings.

    Instructional Systems Technology

    The Instructional Systems Technology (IST) track expands on the Instructional Systems track by focusing on systems and technology used in the delivery of learning. Graduates of the IST track are prepared to work in the same areas as the IS track as well as become directors, managers, or developers of learning systems technology. Students demonstrate these competencies throughout their course work on different systems, technologies, and media in various applications. Graduates work in corporate, higher education, K-20, and other instructional and training environments.

    Teaching and Learning with Technology

    Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) is designed for educational professionals serving in administrative, teaching, or research capacities in a variety of educational settings. This track focuses on theoretical foundations, technology skills, technology integration strategies for teaching and learning, active research, innovations in technology, and paradigms for effective online delivery assessment. The degree emphasizes application-oriented technology skills that are valuable for independent study and research, classroom teaching, and personal and professional projects. Graduates of the TLT track are prepared to work with the latest educational technologies and effectively use learning technology to improve teaching and learning. This program track enables professionals to select and evaluate appropriate technology tools based on the needs of students and curricula. The TLT track specifically builds skill sets that empower you to work in educational positions in K-20 and higher education.

    Program Certificate Add-ons

    The following program certificates are available:

    • Distance, Distributed, and Virtual Learning
    • Emerging Technologies
    • Instructional Systems Design
    • Technology Integration
    • Technology and Cognition
    • Web Development and Management

    Be sure to talk with an advisor to ensure you have the correct courses in your degree plan if you need to take additional courses.

    Admissions Process

    The Office of Admissions & Advising in the College of Information is here to help you get admitted to UNT and design your MS in Learning Technologies plan of studies. If you have submitted a complete application and have not been contacted, please contact CI-Admissions@unt.edu | (940) 565-2445 | (877) 275-7547 (toll free).

    Step 1. Apply to UNT's Toulouse Graduate School

    You must be admitted to the Toulouse Graduate School before enrolling in the accelerated online program.

    • Submit your application at applytexas.org and choose the "Learning Technologies, MS" in the degree plan list. Make sure you confirm that you are applying for the Accelerated Online Program when prompted.
    • Pay the $75 application fee, which can be submitted through applytexas.org
    • Request an official transcript of your records from each college or university that you have attended and have them sent to the Toulouse Graduate School. Submit documents to:
      University of North Texas
      Toulouse Graduate School
      1155 Union Circle #305459 (USPS)
      1147 Union Circle, ESSC Room 354 (UPS/FedEx)
      Denton, TX 76203
      Email: GradAdmission@unt.edu
      Phone: 940.565.2383
      Fax: 940.565.2414
    • The Toulouse Graduate School will review transcripts to verify minimum GPA requirements of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of a bachelor's degree, a 2.8 cumulative undergraduate GPA, or a 3.4 GPA on a completed master's degree. Applications that do not meet these requirements will be reviewed on an individual basis.
    • Send your GRE or MAT scores to the Toulouse Graduate School.
      • Official test score reports must be sent from the testing agency to the Toulouse Graduate School.
      • If you have not taken the GRE or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), you can enroll in the accelerated online program under a provisional acceptance and complete either entrance exam before enrolling in the next session.
    • You will be notified of your acceptance to the graduate school by mail and through my.unt.edu

    Step 2. Apply to the UNT College of Information

    Submit the following documents to the Department of Learning Technologies CI-Admissions@unt.edu:

    • Two recommendations (use the following form Adobe PDF) to be printed out and completed by each reference from individuals who can give evidence of your critical thinking ability to engage in graduate studies and your ability to work independently and in groups. Recommenders may be supervisors or professors.
    • A resume or curriculum vitae that outlines your previous work and/or educational experiences.
    • A personal statement from you stating your overall career goal and a brief description of your professional goals with regard to work and further education. The personal statement should link your goals to relevant educational experiences and strengths; a description of your critical thinking and writing abilities; and a summary of your technology skills.

    Admission of International Students

    • Applicants who do not hold either U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident alien status should apply to the UNT International Admissions Office.
    • An international applicant's bachelor's degree should be equivalent to a U.S. four-year bachelor's degree.
    • All documents should be submitted at least six months before enrollment date.
    • Click here for the International Student Admissions Checklist (PDF)

    Step 3. Check Status Online.

    There are two ways to check your application status:

    To check if your transcripts and entrance exam scores have been submitted:

    The Toulouse Graduate School will send you an email and pin number to check online at my.unt.edu. You will need to activate your EUID with the pin number and click on Admissions Status.

    To check if your supporting documents (essay, resume, letters of recommendation) have been submitted:

    Email your full name and UNT Student ID to CI-Admissions@unt.edu. Enter "Application Status Update" as well as your name and UNT Student ID in the email subject line.

    Visit the Registrar’s website for more information on course registration dates and payment deadlines:

    • Normal MS LT: Select the appropriate semester.
    • Accelerated MS LT: Select the appropriate semester and then select “Accelerated Online Program”.
    How will my Application be processed:

    When all of the items from Step 1 and Step 2 above have been received, your application will be considered complete and a decision regarding your admission to our program for the following semester, or the semester you have requested, will be made.

    • You will be contacted regarding your plans to enroll in the next available course(s).
    • If your application is not complete, you will be notified in an email of any outstanding items missing from your application.
    • Once you have been accepted to the program, you will receive a welcome email that outlines the details of starting the program.
    • We are holding a place for you, but you still need to register for your course(s) and pay your tuition and fees.
    • All registration at UNT is done via the Internet by logging in to myUNT, UNT’s online portal. Through this portal, you can register for classes, view your schedule or tuition bill, and make payments. Also check the Registration and Schedule of Classes located on the UNT Registrar’s webpage.
    • Verify that your computer hardware and software is up-to-date.

    Financial Aid

    Students should visit http://financialaid.unt.edu/ for details on Financial Aid and the application process.

    If you have any questions, please contact CI-Admissions@unt.edu | (940) 565-2445 | (877) 275-7547 (toll free).

    Courses

    UNT has a proven track record in online delivery and has been teaching students online for nearly thirty years. The MS degree is one a few in the U.S. that is aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards (NETS). You’ll learn how technology helps us learn and discover how to create your own online courses, implement learning technologies theory and practice, and more. And you’ll do it all from the convenience of your own home. Or the local coffee shop. Or the commuter train. No matter where you are, this degree is designed to help you get where you want to be.

    Primary Tools Learned/Used

    • Microsoft Office Suite
    • Adobe Design Creative Suite (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro)
    • and more…

    Learning Technology Learned/Used

    • LMS – Blackboard, Moodle, and others
    • Webinar Tools – Adobe Connect, Go To Training, Skype, Google Hangouts, and others
    • Data and Cloud Technology – File Sharing, File Servers, Social Media Tools
    • and more…

    The 36 hours of course work includes 24 hours of core/foundations, 12 hours of specific track and electives depending on the program tracks.

    Core/Foundation Courses (24 hours)

    • CECS 5030 (3 hrs) Foundations of Learning Technologies
    • CECS 5300 (3 hrs) Learning and Cognition
    • CECS 5110 (3 hrs) Multimedia in Technology Applications
    • CECS 5610 (3 hrs) Analysis of Research in Educational Technology
    • CECS 5210 (3 hrs) Instructional Systems Design I
    • CECS 5200 (3 hrs) New Technologies of Instruction
    • CECS 5510 (3 hrs) Technology Based Learning Environments
    • CECS 5580 (3 hrs) Readings Seminar in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems

    Track Specific Courses (12 hours)

    Instructional Systems

    This program track requires the completion of:

    • CECS 5420 (3 hrs) Web Authoring
    • CECS 5570 (3 hrs) Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Computing
    • CECS 5400 (3 hrs) Educational Telecommunications
    • CECS 5040 (3 hrs) Online Design & Pedagogy

    Instructional Systems Technology

    This program track requires the completion of:

    And the completion of 3 of the following:

    • CECS 5100 (3 hrs) Advanced Web and Media Development
    • CECS 5120 (3 hrs) Authoring Learning Games, Sims, and Virtual Environments
    • CECS 5310 (3 hrs) Human-Computer Interaction
    • CECS 5450 (3 hrs) Building Internet Information Services
    • CECS 5460 (3 hrs) Computer Networks for Educational Environments

    Instructional Systems Design

    This program track requires the completion of:

    • CECS 5040 (3 hrs) Online Design & Pedagogy
    • CECS 5211 (3 hrs) Instructional Systems Design II

    And the completion of 2 of the following:

    Teaching and Learning with Technology

    This program track requires the completion of:

    • CECS 5420 (3 hrs) Web Authoring
    • CECS 5111 (3 hrs) Introduction to Video Technology
    • CECS 5260 (3 hrs) Computer Graphics for Mediated Communications
    • CECS 5040 (3 hrs) Online Design & Pedagogy

    Deficiency Courses (If required to level into the MS. Credit does not count toward degree total)

    Degree Plan

    Students must file a degree plan within the first 12 hours of course work and after admission to the program. Once filed with the Graduate School, an electronic copy of your approved degree plan will be sent to you for documentation and reference purposes. Any deviations from your approved degree plan will require an official degree plan change. Contact CI-Admissions@unt.edu if you have questions.

    Accelerated IS and ISD Tracks

    Students in the accelerated IS and ISD tracks will be provided with a pre-defined degree plan. Students will need to complete personal information and submit the completed form to the department for processing and filing (CI-Admissions@unt.edu).

    Normal Offering Tracks

    Students can download and complete the appropriate degree plan. Complete your personal information and course selections on the form provided and submit the completed form to the department for processing and filing (CI-Admissions@unt.edu).