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  • MS in Learning Technologies


    Nationally recognized for its strengths in technology and the sciences, Drexel University offers a unique online Master’s Degree in Learning Technologies designed for adult learners who wish to solve the technological learning challenges facing schools and educational and corporate organizations.

    This accredited online program, which can be completed full or part-time, is ideal for teachers, trainers and other educational leaders who would like to earn both an Instructional Technology Specialist certification and a Master's degree.


    • E-learning Leadership
      You'll acquire an in-depth knowledge of online and distance learning leadership theory and practice in emerging information and communication technologies, multimedia pedagogical strategies, and e-learning design and delivery.
    • Instructional Design
      This concentration will prepare teachers, instructors, practitioners and others to use instructional design for K-20 education, adult education, and workplace training that addresses the needs of the millennial learner and collaborative, networked communities.
    • Learning in Game-Based Environments
      You'll be introduced to the foundation of games for learning, motivational research that influences games, learning theories and instructional design principles, the role of play and learning in a participatory culture, and the evaluation of learning technologies.
    • PA Certification in Instructional Technology Specialist
      Instructional Technology Specialist certification is available to students that currently possess a Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate. If you wish to obtain the ITS Certificate but do not possess a Pennsylvania teaching certificate, you must successfully complete Praxis I exams.

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Depending on your goals and interests, you may choose from the Instructional Technology Specialist concentration, the Instructional Technology Specialist PA Certification option, or the Learning in Game-Based Environments concentration.

    Core Courses 
    EDAM 528Research Methodology for Action Research3.0
    EDLT 536Learning Sciences and Instructional Design3.0
    EDLT 537Technologies for Performance Support3.0
    EDLT 538New Media Literacies3.0
    Internship/Co-op (2 terms) 
    EDLT 539EDLT Co-op Seminar Course I1.5
    EDLT 540EDLT Co-op Seminar Course II4.5
    Additional Required Core Courses ONLY for those pursuing Instructional Technology Specialist Certification w/o prior teaher Certification 
    EDUC 522Evaluation of Instruction0.0-3.0
    EDUC 525Multi-Media Instructional Design 0.0-3.0
    Concentration Courses (Concentration Areas Listed Below)18.0-28.5
    Professional Electives*1.5-9.0
    Total Credits54.0

    *The amount of Professional Elective credits needed for the degree vary by your concentration area:

    • 1.5 credits of Professional Electives required to pursue the Instructional Technology Specialist Certification concentration without prior teacher certification.
    • 6.0 credits of Professional Electives required to pursue the Instructional Technology Specialist Certification concentration with prior teacher certification.
    • 9.0 credits of Professional Electives required to pursue a concentration in: Instructional Designe-Learning Leadership or Learning in Game-Based Environments.



    Instructional Technology 

    18.0 quarter credits

    The Instructional Technology Specialist Concentration program is designed for those interested in specializing in the area of instructional technology while not choosing to pursue PA Specialist Certification.

    Concentration Courses 
    EDUC 511Computer Skills for Teachers3.0
    or INFO 688 Instructional Role for the Information Specialist
    EDUC 532Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience3.0
    EDUC 534Developing Educational Leaders Using Technology3.0
    EDUC 535Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology3.0
    INFO 520Social Context of Information Professions3.0
    INFO 640Managing Information Organizations3.0
    Total Credits18.0


    Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate 

    28.5 - 34.5 Credits

    The Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate Concentration was designed to address the dramatically increasing need in public education for certified Instructional Technology Specialists at every level of K-12 schooling.

    Pursuing the Instructional Technology Specialist PA Certification requires a "B" or better in all certification coursework. You should ideally possess valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II Teaching Certification. If you seek the Instructional Technology Specialist PA Certification without a previous held teaching certificate, you'll need to complete EDUC 522 and EDUC 525.

    Concentration Courses 
    EDUC 533Designing Virtual Communities3.0
    EDUC 534Developing Educational Leaders Using Technology3.0
    EDUC 535Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology3.0
    INFO 520Social Context of Information Professions3.0
    EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
    EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom3.0
    EDEX 552Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement4.5
    INFO 640Managing Information Organizations3.0
    EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners3.0
    For those without prior teaching certification 
    Two additional courses are required for those without prior teacher certification: 
    EDUC 522
    Evaluation of Instruction0.0-3.0
    EDUC 525
    Multi-Media Instructional Design0.0-3.0
    Total Credits28.5-34.5

    E-Learning Leadership 

    18.0 Credits

    The E-Learning Leadership concentration provides an in-depth understanding of online and distance learning theories.

    Concentration Courses 
    ELL 501The Purpose and Business of E-Learning3.0
    ELL 502E-Learning Technologies3.0
    ELL 503Teaching and Learning Issues in E-Learning3.0
    ELL 504Learning Technologies & Disabilities3.0
    ELL 604Design & Delivery of E-Learning I3.0
    ELL 605Design & Delivery of E-Learning II3.0
    Total Credits18.0


    Learning in Game-Based Environments 

    18.0 quarter credits

    The Learning in Game-based Environments Concentration prepares you to effectively use educational games in and out of the classroom and training center, provides an overview of game development processes, enables you to build basic games, and most importantly, examines how to assess and evaluate the learning experience as it relates to educational games.

    Concentration Courses 
    EDLT 541Foundations of Game-Based Learning3.0
    EDLT 542Research in Motivation & Game-based Learning3.0
    EDLT 543Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture3.0
    EDLT 544Integrating Games & Pedagogical Content Knowledge3.0
    EDLT 545Design & Development of Learning Games I3.0
    EDLT 535Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology3.0
    Total Credits18.0

    Instructional Design 

    18.0 quarter credits

    This concentration is designed to prepare teachers, instructors, practitioners and others to use instructional design for K-20 education, adult education, and workplace training that addresses the needs of thee millennial learner and collaborative networked communities.

    Concentration Courses 
    EDLT 550Introduction to Instructional Design3.0
    EDLT 554Learning with Social Media and Mobiles3.0
    EDUC 811Designing and Developing Multimedia Applications For Learning3.0
    ELL 502E-Learning Technologies3.0
    Select two:6.0
    EDUC 525
    Multi-Media Instructional Design 
    EDUC 533
    Designing Virtual Communities 
    EDLT 541
    Foundations of Game-Based Learning 
    EDLT 543
    Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture 
    Total Credits18.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $894 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1192 per credit)

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

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