Masters of Science in Education in Educational Technology

The Master's of Science degree in Educational Technology at the University of Kansas School of Education offers students a graduate program that supports a wide range of career opportunities for careers at various institutions including: PK-12 school districts, community colleges, universities, governmental agencies, and/or workforce training. Within these organizations, the graduate program supports careers in the integration, design and administration of learning technology.  KU’s educational technology degree program has been training educators and workforce administrators for more than three decades.

KU's Master's of Science degree in Educational Technology consists of 36 credit hours of coursework, a final exam, and the production of a portfolio that reflects students educational technology competencies and personal perspectives related to national educational standards in educational technology including: the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Standards and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards.  

Graduate Admission to the School of Education

Graduate programs in education are open to students with acceptable baccalaureate and graduate degrees whose academic records indicate that they can do successful work at the graduate level. Regular admission requires a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in prior degrees. Individual departments may require additional information and may have more stringent admission requirements.

Some departments may offer special provisional admission categories to students who may not qualify under regular admission criteria. Departments that offer provisional admission require a grade-point average of at least 2.5.  Applicants must provide evidence of ability to work successfully at the graduate level, including experience in and commitment to the profession. Exceptions to established policies must be sought individually by petition to the Graduate Division of the School of Education.

See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog for more information.

Each department in the School of Education sets its own application deadlines.  Prospective graduate students should contact their departments for more information.

Graduate Admission

Individual programs may have additional requirements and request additional materials.  Please check the departmental website for additional requirements.

Applicants for all programs must submit the following materials:

  1. Graduate application.
  2. 1 official transcript from each degree-granting collegiate institution attended.
  3. Original Graduate Record Examination general test scores for Ph.D. applicants and for Ed.D. in educational administration applicants. The GRE is not required for Ed.D applicants in higher education or for master’s applicants in educational administration, higher education, social and cultural studies in education, or educational technology.
  4. Statement of purpose/relevance of degree to career aspirations.
  5. 3 letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant’s capacity for rigorous graduate study and qualifications for leadership positions in education and related fields.
  6. A vita or resume.

Individual program concentrations may require additional application materials. Please consult the appropriate program advisor. The following application deadlines apply:

Educational Administration

Summer Master’s and doctoral applicants April 1

Higher Education

Fall Master’s applicants who intend to enroll full-time and seek graduate assistantships January 10
Fall Master’s applicants who intend to enroll full time and seek graduate assistantships in housing only March 5
Fall Master's applicants who are working professionals June 1
Spring Master's applicants who are working professionals October 1
Summer Master's applicants who are working professionals March 1
Fall Ph.D. applicants July 1
Spring Ph.D. applicants November 1
Summer Ph.D. and Ed.D applicants March 1

Social and Cultural Studies in Education

Fall Master’s and doctoral applicants July 1
Spring Master’s and doctoral applicants November 1
Summer Master’s and doctoral applicants April 1

Educational Technology

Fall Master’s and doctoral applicants June 1
Spring Master’s and doctoral applicants November 1
Summer Master’s and doctoral applicants April 1

Policy Studies

Fall Doctoral applicants July 1
Spring Doctoral applicants November 1
Summer Doctoral applicants April 1

Submit your graduate application online. Supporting materials, such as the résumé, statement of purpose, writing sample, and letters of reference may be uploaded to the application. Original transcripts from degree-granting institutions and official test scores should be sent directly to the department:

The University of Kansas
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
1122 W. Campus Road, Room 421
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101

Educational Technology

The Master of Science in Educational Technology program consists of 36 hours of coursework, a practicum, an exam and the production of a portfolio that reflects the student’s competencies. The program supports a wide range of career opportunities for positions at various institutions including:  PK-12 school districts, community colleges, universities, governmental agencies and business organizations. The program addresses the needs of professional specialties to foster leadership in the integration, administration and design of educational technology.  It is intended for those who are currently working in areas related to corporate training, human resource management, government and education.

Students are able to select tailored program coursework in consultation with their advisor and enchance their learning to fit their professional and educational needs.

Course plan includes: 

EPSY 715Understanding Research in Education3
ELPS 712Instructional Media Development3
ELPS 714Foundations of Learning Technology (OR)3
Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction
ELPS 896Seminar in: (Theory of Educational Technology)3
ELPS Technology Course Elective 13
ELPS Technology Course Elective 23
ELPS Technology Course Elective 33
ELPS Technology Course Elective 43
ELPS Technology Course Elective 53
Elective 13
Elective 23
Elective 33

Suggested Elective Courses

Electives are selected in consultation with student's advisor and may be taken form the ELPS department or other departments at KU including:  Design, Computer Science, Curriculum & Teaching, Business, Communication Studies, Information Technology, and Special Education.

ELPS Technology Course Electives Include:

ELPS 720Social Media Technology3
ELPS 718Human Performance Technology3
ELPS 760Integration of Learning Technology3
ELPS 811Constructivist Learning Technology3
ELPS 812Design of Learning Technology3
ELPS 814Online Learning Design and Development3
ELPS 818Games and Simulations for Learning3
ELPS 820Practicum in Educational Technology3

Suggested interdisciplinary course electives include:

C&T 709Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction3
COMS 810Organizational Communication: Theory and Research3
ADS 710Advanced Human Factors in Interaction Design3
ADS 765Interaction Design3
ADS 770Design Cognition3
Or other electives with approval of advisor3