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What is Instructional Technology?

Instructional technology refers to the tools and processes used to enable or improve teaching and learning in varied contexts. We believe that Instructional Technology is much more than hardware and computer software development. Instructional Technologies also encompasses the instructional design process, which includes analysis, design, development, evaluation, and implementation of instructional systems and other learning environments. Related areas of study include educational psychology, organizational development, graphic design, multimedia development, technical writing, information systems design, to name a few.

The Master of Arts Degree program in Instructional Technologies prepares practitioners and researchers to build and test processes, products, systems and services for use in education and training settings. Graduates of our program typically assume design/development roles in public or private organizations—both in education and corporate organizations.

What can I do with a degree in Instructional Technologies?

Active professionals with degrees in Instructional Technologies (or instructional design) are highly regarded in many varied educational and training settings. Examples include computer-based learning, online learning, instructional videos, or “just-in-time learning” modules used in government or businesses. Other examples include:

  • Developing instruction for government agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Coast Guard, or Program of Defense (DoD)
  • Facilitating learning experiences in non-school educational settings such as museums and libraries
  • Managing training programs for medium to large businesses or corporations
  • Creating custom learning solutions for various clients in an instructional design or consulting firm
  • Supporting teachers and students at K-12 or college/universities as they incorporate technologies into their curricula
  • Developing instructional or educational software using multiple and combined media

Are there currently any jobs in this field?

Yes! As in any profession, the economic cycles and shifts create a dynamic work search environment. During “booming” times the jobs seem to be looking for you, at other times you have to search long and hard for the right opportunity, but the field of instructional design is well recognized as adding value to teaching and learning in schools and training organizations.

Examples of job postings include:
  • Instructional Design/Course Engineer 
  • Instructional Designer/Writer
  • Instructional Designer/Trainer
  • E-learning Instructional Designer & Project Manager 
  • Instructional Designer/Product Development Specialist 
  • Sales Instructional Developer 
  • E-learning Curriculum Developer
  • Training Analyst/Instructional Designer
  • Director of Training 
  • Training Specialist
  • Learning Consultant
  • Instructional Technologist 
  • Instructional Systems Designer
  • Project Manager, Product Training
  • Academic Director
  • Instructional Services Specialist, Technology Specialist

What is the required computer proficiency level I need to succeed in the program?

All ITEC courses require basic familiarity with computer use and standard software such as MS Word and web browsers, such as MS Internet Explorer. Courses which focus on developing specific technology-related skills, such as designing instructional graphics, teach students how to use a particular software program in a lab environment. The ITEC department regularly uses Photoshop, Dreamweaver, iMovie, and Flash, although many other programs are utilized in the industry (Illustrator, Director, Final Cut Pro). Students are not required to purchase software to complete coursework, although many students take advantage of student discount opportunities available through the SFSU bookstore.

Free computer software training is available:
Division of Information Technology at SFSU
http://www.sfsu.edu/~training

How many students are currently enrolled in the program?

Approximately 100 graduate students are enrolled in ITEC courses each semester. Typically, the department offers 10-12 courses each semester, with an average enrollment of 10-15 students per class.

Are there samples of student portfolios or work I can look at?

Yes! Please see the “portfolio” section of this Web site for samples of student work.

What are the program requirements and required courses?

Program requirements can be found on the Master of Arts page.

How do I apply to the program?

The application process is explained in the Admission Requirements page. To start, look through the information on this Web site, and then contact the ITEC office (415-338-1509) to schedule an interview with one of the faculty or the Program Chair.

How long does it take to graduate?

The formal ITEC Master of Arts program consists of 30 units, or 10 standard courses. Students may be able to graduate in as few as three semesters of full-time study. However, most students finish their program in 2-3 years, depending greatly on their work and life schedules outside of school. Some students extend their study over longer periods to fit their specific needs.

What are the steps to graduate?

Official graduation processes and information. In summary, students must apply for graduation during the semester before they intend to graduate, must complete all coursework during their final semester, and must submit the culminating experience project and required culminating experience completion paperwork near the end of their final semester.

What kind of culiminating experience (Creative Work/Thesis) projects do students have to complete?

Students may choose from two culminating experiences: 894 – Creative Work or 895 – Field Study. Course descriptions are available …Students decide on their culminating experience during consultation with their faculty advisor. Currently, most students choose to complete an 894 Creative Work project.

Is there an internship program?

Yes, ITEC 720 is offered to provide course credit for formal instructional design-related internships. Interested students should contact the ITEC office to discuss internship opportunities. Also check the department announcement blog where internship opportunities are occasionally posted.

ITEC students are always looking for more “real-world” opportunities; so if you can suggest internship opportunities, please contact us.

Is there assistance with finding a job after graduation?

Your faculty advisor will provide guidance and feedback about your professional portfolio.

Additionally, the ITEC department supports an informal network of alumni through relationships among faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The Instructional Technologies Student/Alumni Network (ISAN) supports students and alumni in various ways, including providing ways to network with other instructional design professionals, especially in the Bay Area. For more information about ISAN, consult the ISAN portion of the ITEC Web site

Finally, SFSU provides employment assistance through the SFSU Career Center, located in Room 206 of the Student Services Building.

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