Feb 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Instructional Technology, Ed.S. (Online)

Location(s): Fully Online

Degree Requirements: 30 Credit Hours


Candidates must select a concentration in their area of certification. Candidates certified in other fields may select Instructional Technology to pursue certification in that field.

  • Instructional Technology
  • School Library Media

The courses in this program are offered 100% online.

This program will lead to a Georgia level six certificate upgrade for candidates with a Georgia level five certificate in Instructional Technology or School Library Media. Candidates will select the concentration that matches their field of certification (Instructional Technology or School Library Media). This program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as a program leading to initial certification in Instructional Technology. Candidates with a Georgia level five certificate in another field may add Instructional Technology to their certificate and upgrade to a level 6 by completing the Instructional Technology concentration and successfully completing the GACE Content assessment in Instructional Technology. Note: It is the students’ responsibility to confirm that their academic plans meet current certificate requirements of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. Complete requirements for a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Present a 3.25 or higher GPA on all graduate work attempted.
  3. Possess or be eligible for a renewable Georgia level five or higher teaching, service or leadership certificate; or possess an equivalent out-of-state certificate. Candidates who have completed all requirements for the Georgia level five teaching certificate have until the end of the first semester to obtain the certificate. Candidates with an out-of-state certificate will not receive Georgia certification upon program completion. Candidates for the School Library Media concentration must hold certification in the School Library Media content area.
  4. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
  5. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.

Provisional Admission

Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of “B” or higher in their first nine (9) credits of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

Program of Study

Concentration: Instructional Technology or School Library Media

Electives Credit Hours: 9

  • Select 9 credit hours of Electives (must include 6 hours of ITEC electives) 5

Total Credit Hours: 30

1 Educational Research (EDUR 7130 ) or Action Research in Elementary Settings (EDUR 7140  or equivalent or permission of the instructor is required.
2 Prerequisite(s): Instructional Design (ITEC 7430 ) or a course in Instructional Design
3 Prerequisite(s): Theories and Models of Instructional Design (ITEC 8134 )
4 Students seeking Media Specialist certification upgrade need to focus their course work on School Library Media related topics and students seeking Instructional Technology certification upgrade need to focus their course work on Instructional Technology related topics.
5 Candidates must select electives in consultation with their advisor or the program coordinator. Candidates who have not previously taken EDUR 7130  (or equivalent) must take this course as an elective.

Other Program Requirements

  • Candidates seeking initial certification in Instructional Technology must focus required course activities in Current Trends and Issues in Instructional Technology (ITEC 8133 ), Theories and Models of Instructional Design (ITEC 8134 ) and Capstone in Instructional Technology (ITEC 8739 ) on their field of initial certification.
  • All program requirements, including the Comprehensive Exit Assessment, will be completed online using appropriate technologies.
  • Instructional Technology Foundations (ITEC 7530  or equivalent) may not be used toward the Instructional Technology Ed.S. Program elective.
  • Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point.
  • Maintain an active account with the COE electronic data management system.
  • Claim Georgia Southern University as your program provider in your MyPSC Account during your first term of enrollment.


Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit Graduate Academic Advisement .

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director.
Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)
Email: gradschool@georgiasouthern.edu