Instructional Technology Online (ITMA)

(M.A.Ed., Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction)

Campus: Virginia Tech Online (Virtual)

Instructions: Online Courses for Virtual Option 

The Instructional Technology Master's program (ITMA) is a rigorous graduate program designed to prepare you to be a professional instructional technologist. As a graduate of the Virginia Tech Instructional Technology Program, you will enjoy the respect and opportunities afforded by completing one of the finest Instructional Technology programs in the country.

Virginia Tech Online Programs

30 Credit Hours for M.A.Ed.

Has Enrolled over 250 Students across the Country

Affiliated with the Center for Instructional Technology Solutions

Our Master's Program in Instructional Technology

The Instructional Design and Technology (IT) Master's Degree program is designed to meet the needs of professional educators in K-12 schools, community colleges, and higher education, as well as corporate trainers and other instructional development professionals outside of the academic realm. The focus of the program is on the creation of effective solutions to support learning and improved performance. Individual professional experiences are highly valued and will form the basis for most of the projects developed throughout the program. Because this is a distance program, all courses are offered electronically. Depending on the nature of the course, supporting instructional content may consist of Web-based tutorials, textbooks, CDs, or other appropriate materials.

The Instructional Technology Master's program (ITMA) is a rigorous graduate program designed to prepare you to be a professional instructional technologist. As a graduate of the Virginia Tech Instructional Technology Program, you will enjoy the respect and opportunities afforded by completing one of the finest Instructional Technology programs in the country.

Why Study Instructional Design and Technology Here?

Our Faculty and staff in the Instructional Design and Technology program have very diverse interests that encompass all aspects of instructional technology and are committed to support students as they develop the professional, academic, research, and interpersonal skills required for a successful career of their choice.Our coursework is designed to help students advance their understanding of educational issues, theories, and practice related to Instructional Design and Technology.

What You’ll Study

The Instructional Technology Master's Degree program (ITMA) is a 30-credit hour degree program consisting of coursework in foundations of Instructional Design and Technology, research methods, and electives. The typical ITMA student, employed full-time, completes three credit-hours each academic semester and six credit-hours each summer, completing the program in three years. All the courses are offered every semester. This flexibility allows you to determine the pace at which you complete your degree. See the Plan of Study for your schedule of courses. 

ITMA courses include three following components:

1) Foundation Courses (18 hrs):


The following courses form the foundation of the ITMA Plan of Study

  • Foundations of IDT (EDIT 5274) 3hrs
  • Theoretical Foundations of TEL (EDIT 5154) 3hrs
  • Design for Learning (EDIT 5164) 3hrs
  • Applied Theories of ID (EDIT 5534) 3hrs
  • Project and Report (EDIT 5904) 3hrs
  • IDT Portfolio (EDIT 5654) 3hrs


2) Research Course (3 hrs):


ITMA students must take three credit hours of research which is fulfilled by the course below

  • Program and Product Evaluation (EDIT 5584)

 3hrs

3) IT Concentrations (choose 9 hrs):


Students complete the remainder of their 30-hours with the following courses

  • Software Evaluation (EDIT 5774) 3hrs
  • Distance Education (EDIT 5604) 3hrs
  • Visual Literacy (EDIT 5564) 3hrs
  • Principles of Learning Message Design (EDIT 5224) 3hrs
  • Applications of Digital Media (EDIT 5564) 3hrs
  • Interactive Learning Media Design (EDIT 5624) 3hrs

Learn more about courses here.

Professional Development Portfolio

The process of developing electronic portfolios serves to provide meaningful learning contexts for the acquisition and application of instructional design and development skills. In addition, the portfolios will serve as a means of assessing and evaluating what you have learned from the program. The competencies you will develop are established by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). In addition to these competencies, the electronic portfolio is designed to showcase the specific standards identified by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The ISTE standards represent recommended foundations in technology for all teachers, and they constitute the core of NCATE's professional education program technology standards. Learn more about the portfolio requirements.

Career and Professional Development

Graduates of the IDT master’s program apply their multidisciplinary expertise as instructional designers, trainers, or performance consultants in educational institutions, businesses, organizations, and government, and as teachers or technology coordinators in PreK-12 or collegiate settings.

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

  • Distance learning
  • Message design

Barbara Lockee, Professor

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Barbara Lockee, Professor

Research Interests

  • Application of learning theories to instructional products
  • Video-based learning

Katherine S Cennamo, Professor

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Katherine S. Cennamo, Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Application of innovative technologies to instructional situations
  • Design and development of electronic performance systems to support online learning

Research Interests

  • Instructional design
  • Distance learning
  • Self-efficacy

Alicia Johnson, Visiting Assistant Professor

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Alicia Johnson, Visiting Assistant Professor

Professor Emeritus of Education

John Burton, Professor Emeritus of Education

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John Burton, Professor Emeritus of Education

Professor Emeritus of Education

Students interested in applying to the Instructional Technology (M.A.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction) degree should contact by email at itma@vt.edu or by phone at 540-231-9658.

Visit our office 144A Smyth Blacksburg, VA 24061
Domestic and International Application
Fall: August 1st
Spring: January 1st
Summer I: May 1st
Summer II: June 1st

CONTACT US

Emily P. Bishop
ITMA Program Coordinator
144 Smyth Hall
540-231-9658
itma@vt.edu