Are you ready to create really great instruction? Are you interested in developing your skills in creating engaging educational media and learning events for people of all ages?

East Carolina University's master of science in instructional technology program prepares people to design, produce, and evaluate instruction for a variety of settings including business, higher education, K-12 schools, and the government. Our graduates work with content experts to design engaging and effective learning experiences that range from traditional classroom-based instruction to cutting-edge e-learning. Courses in the program focus on digital media production, instructional design, visual design principles, understanding educational research, and distance learning.

The program is offered entirely online and taught by award-winning experts in distance education, instructional design, and educational media production. Course enrollment for each class is kept low so that you get to know your fellow students and develop your network of professional colleagues. There is a blend of theoretical, research-based principles that undergird the program along with a very practical application of knowledge and skills used to solve problems in design and training. The culminating degree experience is a capstone project done in one's own workplace setting.

ECU Advantage

East Carolina University's instructional technology programs are nationally recognized, and graduates of the programs are respected professionals in the instructional design community throughout the region. Media projects developed and produced by students in the program have received national awards, and students have seen their work published in internationally renowned journals. The program is well respected in the region and employers actively seek our graduates. Master of science in instructional technology graduates work in higher education, corporate training, and military settings.

The totally online nature of the program allows it to be taken by students almost anywhere, and students are nearly always part-time graduate students who are fully employed. A final benefit of the online program is transportation costs and on-campus student fees are eliminated, providing the student a much more economical degree program.

What You Will Study

MSITE Director of Students: Ron Preston (352-E Flanagan Building; 252-328-9355; prestonr@ecu.edu) Program Coordinator: Bill Sugar (291 Flanagan Building; 252-328-1546; sugarw@ecu.edu)

The MS in instructional technology is designed for students seeking employment in institutions of higher education, governmental agencies, businesses, and industry as developers of computer-based instructional materials and other types of instructional materials. The MS in instructional technology program provides a thorough foundation in the design of instruction and the development of instructional materials. The program also helps students develop advanced skills in media production and distance education.

The degree requires a minimum of 36 s.h. of credit as follows:
  • EDTC 6010 - Introduction to Instructional Technology
  • EDTC 6020 - Principles of Instructional Design
  • EDTC 6025 - Analysis and Evaluation in Instructional Technology
  • EDTC 6030 - Authoring Systems for Instructional Product Development
  • EDTC 6040 - Multimedia Instructional Product Development
  • EDTC 6135 - Instructional Graphics for Educational Media
  • EDTC 6991 - Capstone Project in Instructional Technology
  • EDTC 7030 - Web Teaching: Design and Development
  • EDTC 7040 - Instructional Strategies for Distance Learning
  • one research course
  • 6 s.h. of electives
For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

Careers With This Degree

Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

  • Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • Instructional Coordinators
  • Educational/Instructional Media Design

Career Opportunities

ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

NC Tower

This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

  • Self-employed;
  • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
  • Work outside of North Carolina.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

Degree-specific internships

For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.