Designed for practicing educators, our graduate program prepares professionals to be Instructional Technology leaders. This two-year learning experience is designed to build skills and develop a vision based upon best practices. Educators will develop their skills by designing projects that they can use in their classrooms and professional lives.
Teacher licensure is not required for program admission.
Applications are now being accepted for the August 2022 cohort.
Apply by June 30, 2022 for full consideration.
Courses are offered online using eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Most courses also meet via interactive video conferencing, with fall and spring sessions held on Thursday nights. Six-week summer sessions may be held weekdays and includes an in-person session. While most students encounter very few technical difficulties with our online courses, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.
Tentative course scheduleClick on a course title to view the course description (if available).
All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students.
Tuition for the 2021-22 academic year is $517 per unit of graduate credit or $325 per unit of undergraduate credit. An additional technology fee per course may apply. Tuition and fees are expected to rise each May, typically announced by the Iowa Board of Regents in March.
Distance education students may qualify for financial aid with the following eligibility requirements:
Specific questions about financial aid should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 319-273-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, students enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester may be eligible for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III funding. This funding will be distributed to our students with exceptional need, which will be identified by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, visit finaid.uni.edu/HEERF-III.
Since its establishment in 1876 as the Iowa State Normal School, the University of Northern Iowa has maintained its affirmed commitment to the support of excellence in teacher education. That commitment remains strong as the university continues to prepare students to become teachers, as well as provide opportunities for career advancement in the field of education. In addition to a commitment to teaching, our faculty members are engaged in research, writing and professional development. View UNI's national rankings and honors.
Research findings demonstrate that students of all types of learning styles can succeed in a distance environment. View our tips for being a successful distance learner.
The University of Northern Iowa is committed to providing comprehensive support services for distance education students. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education serves as your primary point of contact in accessing distance education support services, including enrollment services, technical support for online course tools and more. You are also given access to the UNI Rod Library’s print and electronic collections for your convenience. View a complete list of services and support resources.
Please contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-7206, 800-648-3864 or email@example.com with any questions. If we don’t have the answer, we will do our best to find it.
You will work with the program coordinator when communicating about the program of study. Once participating in the program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you one-on-one regarding your progress in the program.
See the "Next Steps" tab above for information. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator(s) and/or enrollment contact below or contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at ContinuingEd@uni.edu.
While it is often possible to make up courses that are missed, our commitment is to deliver the courses as outlined in the cohort schedule. This is not designed as a program in which students come and go. Rather, the cohort model requires that students take the prescribed sequence in unison. Should you need to miss a course, you should consult with your program advisor for options.
There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.
When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester.
The program is planned so that students move through the sequence of courses as a cohort group. The first course forms a foundation for the program and includes an introduction unit describing the program goals, sequence of courses, standards, rubrics and academic expectations. For that reason, it is important that you enroll and complete the courses in the same sequence. Program faculty expect that students have a growing knowledge of concepts built upon a prescribed sequence of courses. In addition, program faculty work to build an online community as students move through the course sequence together.
For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" tab above.
This program prepares professionals to be leaders in Instructional Technology in the classroom, district and beyond. Our students focus on integrating technology into the classroom and our graduates focus on bringing progressive change to Iowa and beyond.
No. Teacher licensure is not required for admission.
Please note: This program does not fulfill all of the requirements for state licensure. Learn more about Iowa teacher licensure requirements and programs.
Because state licensure requirements vary, we always suggest that you contact your state Department of Education with specific questions.
Complete the online interest form to the right in order to express your interest in joining an upcoming Learning Technologies and Instructional Design MA cohort. The next cohort program is scheduled to begin Fall 2022. We will add you to our mailing list and send you program updates, including important application information.
Applications are currently being accepted. Apply by June 30, 2022 for full consideration.
Former UNI students: The online application requires logging in with your CatID credentials. If you have forgotten your username or passphrase, contact the IT Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-273-5555 and have them reset your password.
Contact us at 800-648-3864 or Distance@uni.edu for assistance. Additional resources are also available from the UNI Graduate College.
When your application for graduate study is complete, Graduate Admissions will forward your materials to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for review. You will receive notice from Graduate Admissions acknowledging receipt of your application.
The department will review your application materials and contact you about your admission status. Following admission to the program, you will be provided enrollment information for your first semester of courses.
Delivery of the program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program.