Instructional Technology

The Instructional Technology program will equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to guide educational practitioners in the use of emerging technologies to improve teaching and learning. Program participants will develop knowledge and skills in foundations of instructional design, software applications, e-learning modules and course development, and assessment and evaluation techniques.  This program is not a teacher certification program; it is a non-certification program.

Important dates for applications and receipt of all required application materials for the MS in Instructional Technology are:

  • July 1 for fall admission (this deadline is flexible for Fall 2016 – we will consider applications until August 1 due to the new program implementation)
  • November 1 for spring admission, and
  • April 1 for summer admission.



To be considered for admission to the master’s degree program, all of the following documentation must be submitted to Graduate Admissions, 320 Bibb Graves, Jacksonville State University, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602.

1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission

2. Non-refundable $35 application processing fee

3. Official transcript(s) from all colleges/universities with degrees posted. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request  a transcript from the university)

4. Official test scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) taken within five years of enrollment

5. Three "Graduate Reference Forms" completed by individuals who can provide qualitative assessment of the applicant's potential for success in graduate course work.  This form is available online at

6. If currently an educator, a copy of the candidate’s Professional Educator Certificate

7. Current professional vita or resume

8. If English is not the applicant’s native language, the applicant is required to submit an official TOEFL score report, an IELTS score report, or a PTE score report

Applicants must meet one of the following formula requirements. For purposes of computing the undergraduate GPA, a 4.0 GPA is used. The plus (+) and the minus (-) grades from undergraduate transcripts are not used in calculating the GPA. Candidates admitted to the program may complete no more than five approved program courses prior to unconditional admission to the program (this includes transfer credit).

  • Unconditional
    • 450 times the undergraduate GPA plus the total score of verbal and quantitative sections of the General Test of the GRE is equal to or greater than a total of 2100 points OR
    • 15 times the undergraduate GPA plus the MAT score is equal to or greater than a total of 80 points.
  • Conditional
    • Any applicant failing to meet the requirements for unconditional admission must meet one of the following conditional formula requirements: 
    • 450 times the undergraduate GPA plus the total score of verbal and quantitative sections of the General Test of the GRE is equal to or greater than a total of 1600 points (currently reviewed and recommended by the graduate faculty in the applicant’s major and approved by the Director of Graduate Studies) OR
    • 15 times the undergraduate GPA plus the MAT score is equal to or greater than a total of 60 points (currently reviewed and recommended by the graduate faculty in the applicant’s major and approved by the Director of Graduate Studies).
    • Applicants who are granted conditional admission must achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 on the first 12 graduate hours attempted. Failure to meet these conditions will result in the student being dropped from Graduate Studies.

Minimum Requirements for Master's Program in Instructional Technology

The course requirements and the minimum number of semester hours for each program are provided on each individual program of study sheet in the subsequent sections of the Graduate Bulletin. A comprehensive examination is required of all candidates for the master’s degree. In preparation for the comprehensive examination, candidates should contact their academic advisor.

An overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required on all course work attempted in the Instructional Technology masters program.  A 3.25 GPA is required for completion of this major effective July 1, 2017 and thereafter.


Program of Study

Master of Science in Instructional Technology: Program of Study

Prerequisite Classes
ED 500: Introduction to Graduate Education and Technology (1)*
Total: 0-1 hours

Foundational Classes
EFD 500: Research in Education (3)
EFD 552: Diversity Issues in Education (3)
Total: 6 hours

Instructional Technology Classes
EIM 503: Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning (3)
EIM 504: Learning Through Interactive Technologies (3)
EIM 505: Digital Literacy in the Classroom (3)
EIM 517: Designing Virtual Learning Spaces (3)
EIM 551: Technology in School Environments (3)
EIM 555: Instructional Design (3)
Total: 18 hours

Electives (Select 2 via advisement)
EFD 502: Curriculum Development (3)
EFD 560: Psychological Principles of Learning (3)
ESE 505: Educational Methods, Assessments, and Technology in Secondary Schools (3)
EED 509: 21st Century Teaching and Learning (3)
EED 532: Issues and Trends in Elementary Education (3)
SPE 500: Survey Course in Special Education (3)**
SPE 509: Data Analysis, K-12 (3)
SPE 520: Technology for Special Education (3)
Other elective(s) as deemed suitable by student’s adviser
Total: 6 hours

Program Total: 30-31 hours Required for this Degree

Program is 100% online

* Students who did not take ED 500 (discipline specific section) as a master’s student at JSU are required to take the course in the first semester of enrollment.

** Students who have not previously satisfied the special education requirement at the undergraduate, graduate, or PLU level must take SPE 500.

Instructional Technology Catalog

Course Catalog

EIM 300 - Introduction to Educational Technology (2). This course is designed to prepare future educators with the necessary skills to effectively develop and use technology-rich activities in the student-centered classroom. Activities will correlate to the eight Learning Outcomes, and will include ISTE-NETS standards, and state and national content standards. Students must purchase LiveText.

EIM 503 - Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning (3).  Introduction to instructional technology focusing on methods for integrating technology and media into classroom instruction. 

EIM 504 - Learning Through Interactive Technologies (3). Survey of current software and web-based technological applications in alignment with educational industry trends.

EIM 505 Digital Literacy in the Classroom (3). Study of current school-based technological processes and procedures with an emphasis on student and teacher empowerment in the areas of finding, evaluating, and using digital products; understanding social and ethical issues raised by technology; and applying critical thinking skills to the use of technology in the K-12 environment.

EIM 517 - Designing Virtual Learning Spaces (3).  Examines best practices of quality online courses.  Students will plan, design, and develop online instructional materials with a focus on collaboration and interactivity to improve the educational experience of the user. 

EIM 551 - Technology in School Environments (3). Examines the processes and technology in the K-12 environment including the media center, the classroom, and via wireless/data plan networks.

EIM 555 - Instructional Design  (3).  Design and development of a systematic approach to learner-based instruction emphasizing the role of technology and media in the learning process. 

EIM 610 -Emerging Technology and Collaborative Tools (3). Introduces the latest innovative technologies that promote learning. Students will explore various learning environments and develop technology-enhanced educational activities that are engaging, collaborative, and place emphasis on increasing student achievement.

EIM 615 - Online Course Design (3). Examines the best practices of quality online courses for the K-12 environment. Students will plan, design, and develop a media rich online course with a focus on collaboration and interactivity. Courses will be designed to meet iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Programs.

EIM 620 - Educational Multimedia and Video (3). Introduces the basics of video production utilizing digital video recording devices and video editing equipment. Students will study video technologies, basic equipment operation, video composition, and video storytelling. Topics stress the creation of digital video productions for inclusion in multimedia and web applications for educational settings.

EIM 624 - Advanced Digital Photography in Education (3). Addresses the technical, visual, and conceptual challenges involved with digital photography in an educational setting. Topics include digital photography processes, file and storage consideration, image evaluation, image manipulation, and methods for using digital images to develop critical thinking skills.