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Ed.S. in Learning, Design, and Technology -Instructional Technology

Ed.S. in Learning, Design, and Technology -Instructional Technology

Jill Stefaniak

My program of study concentration is in learning, design, and technology, and my areas of expertise include human performance technology, instructional design, needs assessment, and medical education.

Jill Stefaniak

Associate Professor


Offered by the Mary Frances Early College of Education, The Ed.S. in Learning, Design, and Technology – Instructional Technology is designed to develop your skills as a practitioner and leader in technology-enhanced education in elementary and secondary schools. This program is designed to prepare professionals to identify and analyze learning problems and then create and implement more effective designs for learning to address these needs. Our goal is to help classroom teachers refine and develop their practice as well as become instructional technology leaders among their peers.

The coursework is designed to accommodate the schedules and distance-learning needs of working professionals. Our online program blends both live class meetings (via video conferencing) with practical at-home projects and activities so that you are learning from experts how to integrate technology in your own school context. Coursework covers a range of topics, including:

  • Instructional design
  • Multicultural perspectives on technology
  • Online learning design
  • Information literacy
  • Computer-based education
  • Instructional product evaluation
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC

This curriculum is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and leads to certificate upgrade. The Georgia PSC standards align with the ISTE standards for educators, which means that our curriculum prepares you to engage learners in rich, authentic learning experiences, lead technology change through collaborative planning and design, facilitate student-centered learning practices with technology, and coach others in research-based technology practices.

Note: If you seek certification from the Georgia PSC, you will need access to a P-12 classroom so that you can complete a field experience in the final semester. Students typically complete this experience in their own classrooms.


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Admission Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from an accredited college or university.
  • Have cumulative grade point average for all previous undergraduate courses as being 3.0 or above on the 4-point scale.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from people who know you professionally or as a scholar.

Online Educational Specialist in Learning, Design, and Technology (Instructional Technology) Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Select Campus – Online 
  3. Select Degree Level – Educational Specialist
  4. Select Intended Program – EDS, Learning, Design and Technology (Workforce Ed & Instruct Tech) [EDS_LEDT_ON]
  5. Arear of Emphasis – P-12 Instructional Technology
  6. Résumé or curriculum vita – Submit online to the Graduate School.
  7. Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-two page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
  8. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are admitted.
  9. Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants 

  • Fall:  July 1
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer May 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: February 15


Tuition rates and student fees may change each year. 

Based on 2024-25 credit-hour cost, a person who completed this program at the recommended pace would have paid $12,810 in tuition for a Georgia Resident and $35,460 in tuition for an out-of-state student.

Please use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar’s Office website to calculate one academic (Fall/Spring) year’s tuition. 

Fees for those students enrolled in exclusively online programs are $411 per semester. 

Potential additional costs include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

The complete cost of attendance can be found at


Become a leader in technology-enhanced education for grades P-12 through our Ed.S. in Learning, Design, and Technology – Instructional Technology. This program is entirely online, making the program accessible for people across the state who want to earn an advanced degree while continuing their careers.

In the instructional technology concentration, you will become proficient in:

  • Cutting-edge computer and multimedia technology and how to apply it in P-12 education
  • Analyzing learning and performance problems
  • Designing and developing effective instruction

Educational Specialist degree requires 30 credit hours

CourseCourse Title
EDIT 6150EIntroduction to Digital Learning (3 hours)
EDIT 6170E Introduction to Instructional Design (3 hours)
EDIT 6320E Technology Integration and Planning (3 hours)
EDIT 6600E Diversity, Technology, and Learning (3 hours)
EDIT 6900EResearch Methods in Instructional Technology (3 hours)
EDIT 7200E Professional Learning through Technology (3 hours)
EDIT 7350E Applied Project in Instructional Technology (3 hours)
EDIT 7500E Problem, Project, and Place-Based Learning (3 hours)
EDIT 7520E Online Teaching and Learning (3 hours)
EDIT 7650EApplied Project in Instructional Technology (repeatable for 6 credits)

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.       


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