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Designed for:

This educational technology degree opens doors to teachers, trainers, and informal educators alike who want to incorporate technology into their coursework effectively.

If you are a classroom teacher

  • Connect your students to authentic audiences
  • Find and use technology tools that motivate your students
  • Create virtual field trips
  • Provide ways to collaborate both in the classroom and from home
  • Give students access to experts
  • Find information technology tools to communicate with students and parents outside of class
  • Create your own personal learning community online

If you are a naturalist or interpreter in a natural or cultural area

  • Reach your audience where they are – on websites and mobile devices
  • Provide access to stories in the field
  • Find tools to inexpensively and easily update educational information
  • Design map-based interpretive tours
  • Create podcasts and vodcasts

If you are a trainer in any field

  • Find emerging technology tools and skills to create online tutorials
  • Deliver training information when and where it is most needed
  • Deliver instruction in a way that is cutting edge
  • Create self-paced instructional materials that work
  • Gain instructional design skills for face-to-face and remote instruction

To start, you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Test scores for K-12 teachers only

Get the details on admission requirements, processes, and timelines

Finishing will take:

  • 5 terms for full-time students
    • Students have five years to complete their degree
  • 45 credits
  • Comprehensive exams, Professional Portfolio, Thesis or Field Study

Begin your MS in Education: Information Technology program:

  • Next term

Where you will take classes:

Technology you will need:

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Webcam
  • Video conferencing capability (e.g., Skype)
  • Printer (optional)


This program qualifies K-12 teachers for continued licensure. Students may choose to complete the Instructional Design Certificate embedded in this program.

Where this degree can take you:

  • Instructional Designers
  • Educational Technology Specialist
  • Teach Education Technology
  • Often become school technology specialists
  • Enhance current career
  • E-learning specialist
  • Online teacher

What you will learn:

Use technology to transform teaching and learning. Become familiar with emerging technologies and their educational application. Although all educational technology degree classes can be done online, our faculty emphasizes the importance of community and interaction among all of their students.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Recognize, evaluate, and apply technological tools (software and hardware) to support teaching and learning in diverse environments.
  2. Develop critical thinking tools to evaluate information and media accuracy, relevance, and propriety.
  3. Build capacity to adapt to and work with, diverse media types across multiple platforms to create and support authentic learning relevant to the learners and their learning contexts.


If you haven’t found the information you need or are still not sure where to direct your question, contact Emily Pahlke- College of Education, Graduate Programs Advisor, or 503-838-8675

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"The MSEd Information Technology program at Western Oregon University continues to open doors for me. Because of the skills and theory I learned in the program, I was offered a job as an instructional designer before graduation. Masters level programs are only as good as their faculty, and I have found WOU faculty to be responsive and approachable. Their encouragement has resulted in multiple conference presentations, a strong portfolio, and solid relationships with my colleagues. If I were a student who was solely focused on the quality of instruction I would receive, my goal would be met. As a student who wants to be competitive in my field, I have found faculty support and instruction that continues to stretch me to become a true professional."

Tamara Mitchell-Alumni

M.S. in Ed. Information Technology

"The MSEd: Info Tech program at WOU was just what I needed to help me shift my career. The program covered a broad range of educational theory, technology, and design principles. I appreciated that while it focused on leveraging technology for educational purposes, it also promoted mindfulness about what we do- not just technology for technology. The asynchronous, online nature of it was convenient, and now that I’m working with online programs, I really value having had the experience of being an online student. The faculty were highly engaged and my fellow students brought a lot of real world experience into the class discussions. I’d recommend this program for anyone interested in the ways technology can be used in education."

Brain Daigle-Alumni

M.S. in Ed. Information Technology

"The M.S. in Education at WOU gave me a solid grounding in theory and practice that I could put to use immediately in my classroom, along with scholarly skills I use now as I pursue my doctorate. It also connected me to other education professionals, opening doors for conversation and development around the state. The program allowed me to focus on my own interests but also introduced me to philosophies and tools I hadn't yet explored, in a constructive environment where meaningful discovery and scholarly growth was encouraged. Our classrooms felt like open conversations, not just point-and-click assignment destinations. I continue to value the knowledge and connections I built there."

Jennifer Kepka-Alumni

M.S. in Ed. Information Technology

Danielle Ambrose is the current University Registrar at California State University in Sacramento. "While the MS Ed: Info Tech program is geared towards teachers I found, as an Administrator in Higher Education, it provided me with many useful tools and skills that I can apply to what I do as an administrator. I have used what I have learned in the program to develop online training modules, created websites to assist in the facilitation and management of projects, and design engaging and effective methods of delivering information. I have discovered alternative ways to document and maintain policies and procedures to improve access to information and communication within my department. In addition, the program faculty are wonderful to work with and since I could take most of my classes online it worked perfectly with my busy schedule."

Danielle Ambrose '15

M.S. in Ed. Information Technology

"When I decided to get my Master's after an 11 year hiatus, I knew it had to be a program offered entirely online. Between a full time job and full time family, I had not other option. Not only that, but the education had to also be relevant-more than just a piece of paper. I'm happy to say that the MS ED: Info Tech program offered exactly that. I believe in using the natural talents and abilities that God has given us. For me, one of those abilities lies in technology. But how to use it? Well, WOU helped me to apply it. Before graduating from WOU, I was offered a position at Corban University where I get to combine my natural tech savvy with my newfound knowledge in education to help create high quality online courses. It's my dream job!"

Dan Rapoza '12

MS in ED: Information Technology

"The MSEd Information Technology program at WOU has helped me achieve a high level of professional development while maintaining a schedule flexible enough to work at the same time. I’ve gained valuable skill sets in instructional design, online education, research methods, and technological tools that helped enrich the curriculum and learning for all of my students."

Amy Keithley '15

M.S. in Ed. Information Technology