Masters

If you are a new student in the program, please start by reviewing the New Student Information page.

Courses

UNT has a proven track record in online delivery and has been teaching students online for nearly 30 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)

Learning Technology Learned/Used

  • UNT Instructure (Canvas)

  • Webinar Tools: Adobe Connect, Go To Training, Skype, Google Hangouts, and others

  • Data and Cloud Technology: File Sharing, File Servers, Social Media, and more.

This degree is a 36-hour program. Requirements include a core of 12 hours and 12 hours of foundation courses. Selection of one of the program tracks is also required to reach the 36 hours required for the degree.

Core Courses, 12 hours

Foundation Courses, 12 hours

Program Tracks

Students must complete one of the program tracks listed below

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.

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.

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.

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.


Deficiency Courses

If required to level into the MS, credit does not count toward degree total:

Learning Technologies: State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) in Technology

Only teachers who already have initial teacher certification are eligible for the above technology certifications

This program track offers preparatory courses for the following State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) technology certification exams. To receive a barcode for these exams through the University of North Texas, students must successfully complete the courses listed for each test:

Technology Applications certification (8–12)

Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES): Technology Applications certification (8–12):

Technology Applications certification (EC–12)

TExES: Technology Applications certification (EC–12):

Note

 

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 available to you via the MyPlanner tool (accessible through my.UNT.edu) for documentation and reference purposes. Any deviations from your approved degree plan will require an official degree plan change. Contact LT-MS-Advising@unt.edu if you have questions.

Contact the departmental advising office (LT-MS-Advising@unt.edu or 940-565-4470) for assistance with filing your degree plan. 

Registration

Information about session or semester registration may be found at https://registrar.unt.edu/registration/. If you have registration issues, contact the Registrar's Information Counter by calling 940-565-2111 or visiting Eagle Student Services Center (ESSC) Room 147.

To register for the program, complete the form found on https://unt.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8GhC0YPpGdXqFJbContact the departmental advising office (LT-MS-Advising@unt.edu or 940-565-2445) if you require degree plan changes due to registration issues or have other problems the Registrar cannot help resolve.

Financial Aid

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