Instructional Technology


Welcome to the Masters of Instructional Technology web-page. Instructional Technology is a growing field in education, business and government environments. Instructional technology combines instructional design and uses technology as a tool to reach instructional goals. Careers in Instructional Technology include instructional designers, multimedia designers, technology specialist, corporate trainers, and technology support among others. On this page you will find General Program Information, as well as information for Prospective and Current Students. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Stephanie Huffman.

Program Coordinator:       Dr. Jeff Whittingham

Phone:                                    (501) 450-5445


Office:                                    Mashburn Hall 111B

ITEC Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Huffman –


General Program Information

The Master of Science in Instructional Technology (ITEC) is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to become technology leaders and practitioners within their professional arenas (e.g., education, business, government, non-profit organizations). By its design, the program offers a broad view of the field of instructional technology (e.g., history, theory, technology, management) yet is flexible enough to allow candidates to select an area of concentration reflective of their vocational interest. These areas of concentration, which provide specialized training in three technologically distinctive fields, are:

  1. Distance Education,
  2. Media Design & Development, and
  3. Technical Support of Instructional Technologies.

Developing skills for leadership in and administration of these technological fields is the overarching goal of the ITEC program.  (Graduate Bulletin)

Information for Prospective Students

The ITEC program is built upon the knowledge that successful organizations demand highly trained individuals to serve as technology leaders.

The Instructional Technology degree comprises 36 semester hours of graduate credit. The program consists of an 18-hour core (six 3-hour courses), 12 hours (four 3-hour courses) of advanced study in a selected area of concentration (i.e., distance education, media design and development, or technical support of instructional technologies), and 6 hours (two 3-hour courses) of electives allowing for further individualization of the candidate’s program.

To be accepted into the degree program in Instructional Technology, an individual must:

  1. Meet the general admission requirements of the Graduate School.
  2. Provide the department with copies of transcripts of all previous academic work.
  3. Submit a valid standard educator license OR a two-page, double-spaced letter of intent that includes reasons for applying to this program, future goals, and three professional references.

The ITEC program may be completed within two years. 95% of courses are available online! All ITEC courses have been approved by the Arkansas Department of Education as professional development hours.

On-campus requirements for the ITEC program can be found on the Program of Study linked here.

If a full master’s degree does not fit your career goals, then consider earning a graduate certificate in one of these three areas: Distance Education, Media Design & Development, or Technical Support. For more information about these graduate certificate programs, click the links below.

Gainful Employment Information – Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology: Distance Education

Gainful Employment Information – Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology: Media Design and Development

Gainful Employment Information – Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology: Technical Support

Information for Current Students

Advising – ITEC students should be advised every semester prior to registration. As a general rule, it is a good idea for students to contact their advisor 2-3 weeks prior to registration. For registration information, monitor the Office of the Registrar for the Advanced Registration Schedule. The Schedule of Classes is usually updated 2-3 weeks prior to advanced registration.

DegreeWorks – Review DegreeWorks quarterly. This ensures the student stays on track to graduate.

Program of Study – This form may be used to assist the candidate in planning their course of study. (Instructional Technology Program of Study)

Student Resources – The Leadership Studies website provides various student resources such as information on the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Graduate School, Torreyson Library, Technology Requirements for Distance Education, the UCA Writing Center, as well as tutorials for Blackboard and Chalk & Wire. Student Resources can be accessed in the navigation menu or by clicking HERE.

Culminating Project

Candidates in the Master’s of Instructional Technology program must complete a Culminating Activity to meet graduation requirements. The Culminating Activity is a partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology at the University of Central Arkansas. The purpose of the Culminating Activity is to demonstrate a candidate’s ability to create professional-quality project or research paper synthesizing what she or he has learned in the program. The Culminating Activity must have academic significance and must be completed under the guidance of the candidate’s advisor. The project, as a general rule, will be in the candidate’s area of specialization in the graduate program. Further details for the Professional Project or Professional Paper Guidelines can be found on the Student Resources page or Culminating Project Guidelines.