Overview

This M.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology (IST) is an online program for those pursuing instructional systems technology credentials as preparation for leadership and curriculum design in the Training and Development field; and, for those pursuing these credentials to satisfy requirements for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Instructional Technology Specialists: Computers (18077).

The M.Ed. in IST prepares graduates to:

  • Provide leadership in the field of instructional technology and facilitate technology integration for learning and performance improvement within a supportive community of practice.
  • Create, use, evaluate, and manage effective learning environments and processes utilizing new technologies and research-based practices.
  • Analyze, integrate, and implement technology-rich learning solutions based on the needs of learners and instructional context.
  • Model and promote reflective practice, digital citizenship and the ethical use of instructional design and technology with diverse learners in 21st century learning environments.

Offered by the Department of Educational Leadership, the UNC Charlotte Graduate Certificate and M.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology (IST) programs are currently the only graduate IST programs in North Carolina holding National Recognition status from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology AECT.  Licensed teachers looking for the 079 endorsement can complete the IST Graduate Certificate.

The M.Ed. Instructional Systems Technology program has three concentrations:

School Specialist

This concentration is for those who work in the P-12 system and who already hold either an “A” or “G” level teaching license from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (or from another state) for the new Masters/Advanced “M” license in Instructional Technology Specialists

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Training and Development

This concentration is for the instructional technology personnel who wish to do training and development in corporate, higher education, government and military.

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Online Learning and Teaching

This concentration is for those interested in designing, developing, or managing online learning and teaching.

Online Learning and Teaching

 


Curriculum

Degree Requirements

The M.Ed. Program in Instructional Systems Technology requires a total of 36 credit hours comprising Foundations courses (18 hours), Internship and Capstone project (6 hours), plus elective coursework (12 hours).  

Foundation Courses (18 hours)

School Specialist Concentration

 

Training and Development Concentration

 

Online Learning and Teaching Concentration

 

EIST 5100 Technology Integration in Education (3) EIST 6100  Foundations in Instructional Systems Technology (3) EIST 6100  Foundations in Instructional Systems Technology (3)
EIST 6100  Foundations in Instructional Systems Technology (3) EIST 6101 Learning Principles in Instructional Systems Technology (3) EIST 6101 Learning Principles in Instructional Systems Technology (3)
EIST 6101 Learning Principles in Instructional Systems Technology (3) EIST 6110  Instructional Design (3) EIST 6110  Instructional Design (3)
EIST 6110  Instructional Design (3) EIST 6130  Instructional Multimedia Development  (3) EIST 6130  Instructional Multimedia Development  (3)
EIST 6130  Instructional Multimedia Development  (3) EIST 6170 Human Performance Technology EIST 6150 Design, Development, and Evaluation of Online Learning Systems
RSCH 6101 Research Methods (3) RSCH 6101  Research Methods (3) RSCH 6101  Research Methods (3)

Recommended Elective Coursework (12 hours)

Students should work with an advisor to determine the related coursework that works best in their program of study. For the most current approved courses, please review the course descriptions in the Instructional Systems Technology Program website. Choose four courses from the following:

  • EIST 6121 Advanced Instructional Design (3)
  • EIST 6120 Current Trends in Instructional Systems Technology (3)
  • EIST 6140 Instructional Video Development (3)
  • EIST 6150 Design, Development, and Evaluation of Online Learning Systems (3)
  • EIST 6160 Designing Learning Systems with Simulation and Game Technology (3)
  • EIST 6000 Topics in Instructional Systems Technology (3)
  • EIST 6135 Learning, Resources and Technology (3)
  • RSCH 7196 Program Evaluation Methods (3)

Internship and IST Capstone Project (6 hours)

Students must complete an internship and a Capstone Project as part of the Capstone experience.  For more specific information regarding the Master’s Capstone Project, please contact your advisor.

  • EIST 6491  Internship in Instructional Systems Technology (3)
  • EIST 6492  Capstone Project in Instructional Systems Technology (3)

Licensure (for School Specialist concentration)

Instructional Technology Specialist (North Carolina 077)

The M.Ed. Program in Instructional Systems Technology also qualifies graduates who already hold either an “A” or “G” level teaching license from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (or from another state) for the new Masters/Advanced “M” license in Instructional Technology Specialists: Computers (NC 077) license. Students should work with an advisor to complete these requirements

Program Certification / Accreditations

  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)
  • Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) (with National Recognition)
  • International Society for Technology in Education

Recommended Program Completion Sequence

 

School Specialist

Training and Development

Online Learning and Teaching

Fall - Year 1

EIST 6100 Foundations
in Instructional Systems Technology (3)

EIST 6100 Foundations in Instructional Systems Technology (3)

EIST 6100 Foundations in Instructional Systems Technology (3)

Fall - Year 1

EIST 6101 Learning Principles in IST (3)

EIST 6170 Human Performance Technology (3)

EIST 6101 Learning Principles in IST (3)

Spring - Year 1

EIST 6110  Instructional Design (3)

EIST 6110  Instructional Design (3)

EIST 6110  Instructional Design (3)

Spring - Year 1

EIST 5100 Technology Integration in Education

EIST 6101 Learning Principles in IST (3)

EIST 6150 Design, Development, and Evaluation of Online Learning Systems (3)

Summer

RSCH 6101  Research Methods (3)

RSCH 6101  Research Methods (3)

RSCH 6101  Research Methods (3)

Fall - Year 2

EIST 6130  Instructional Multimedia Development  (3)

EIST 6130  Instructional Multimedia Development  (3)

EIST 6130  Instructional Multimedia Development  (3)

Fall - Year 2

EIST 6491  Internship in Instructional Systems Technology (3)

EIST 6491  Internship in Instructional Systems Technology (3)

EIST 6491  Internship in Instructional Systems Technology (3)

Spring - Year 2

EIST 6492  Capstone Project in Instructional Systems Technology (3)

EIST 6492  Capstone Project in Instructional Systems Technology (3)

EIST 6492  Capstone Project in Instructional Systems Technology (3)

 


M.Ed. Admissions Requirements

Do you live outside of the State of North Carolina?

Admission applications are completed online through UNC Charlotte’s Graduate School at the Graduate School's Online Application.

The admission process is competitive and determined by the following, application components:

  1. Applicants are required to have a minimum of a B.A. or B.S. Degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Official transcripts
  3. GRE or MAT scores
  4. Three letters of recommendation from professionals who are able to judge the quality of the applicant as a future student in this program
  5. Statement of Purpose of no more than 750 words in 12-point font and double-spaced, written definitively, coherently, and incorporating thoughtful expression in response to:
    1. How will this program help you to achieve your professional goals?
    2. What skills and knowledge do you hope to acquire and develop as a result of this program?
    3. Characterize what you would contribute to the collective learning experiences of your fellow students.
    4. Develop your narrative so that it clearly responds to the prompts and provides the reader with definitive, coherent, and thoughtful expression.
  6. Additional items required for those using this program to satisfy the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Instructional Technology Specialists: Computers (10877). This requirement is only for those who wish to earn the 077 license. Those who wish to work in other instructional technology settings (higher education, corporate, military, government) do not have to fulfill this requirement.
    • A valid appropriate North Carolina teaching license A or G level (or equivalent from another state). In the online admission application, there is a field in which to specify the type of teaching license. Rather than uploading a copy of the teaching license into the application system, scan the license and email a copy to Dr. Florence Martin.
    • A minimum of 2 to 3 years teaching experience.

Orientation

Student Services prepares students for participation in UNC Charlotte distance education courses.

Among the topics in this orientation are: