Instructional Technology

Be part of the profession that informs innovative designs for learning.

The School of Education and Human Development Impact

What sets IT apart at the School of Education and Human Development? High-end design, high tech, and high touch.

Schools, businesses and government organizations are turning to new ever-evolving technologies to more effectively engage learners, improve the quality of the learning experience, and increase performance. As such, many educators need to expand their skills in instructional technology to become more effective and innovative integrators of technology into the learning experience. At the top-ranked UVA School of Education and Human Development, we offer a Master of Education degree (online), and a Doctorate of Education degree (hybrid) in Instructional Technology. These programs provide the top-tier curriculum and instruction that prepares you to successfully incorporate the use of the latest technology in your education, business or government career.

The School of Education and Human Development faculty are leaders in the following fields, and as a result of our program’s collaborative knowledge construction and skill development, you can be too: Instructional Design & Learning Sciences; Simulation & Game Design; Online Learning; Systems Design & Analytics; Technology Leadership for Schools, Universities & Organizations.


You’ll leave with a robust portfolio progressively built throughout the program, demonstrating your creativity, competencies, and curiosity. Our graduates can design engaging, effective, and innovative learning environments and also lead them.

Lead Instructional Design & Technology (IDT) in virtually any practice domain including:

  • Schools and Universities;
  • Adult Training and Performance Support;
  • Consumer and Public Health Education;
  • Software, Simulation, and Game Design;
  • Information systems;
  • Museums.

Explore Our Degrees

Choosing the right degree is important to ensure that you achieve your career goals. Let us help guide you through your choices.

  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Online

    The School of Education and Human Development offers a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction entirely online with a focus area in Instructional Technology. This program is designed for individuals who want to make a difference in educational settings by developing more effective instructional practices and better curriculum development strategies. Our students learn research-based strategies and best practices for developing effective instructional programs, through top-ranked curriculum and top-tier faculty, in an interactive flexible online experience – all at a lower than average tuition rate for both in-state and out-of-state students.

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  • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction - Online

    Technological literacy and leadership are increasingly important skills for current and emerging leaders across all types of learning organizations. Now offered fully online, our Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus area in Instructional Technology is a terminal graduate degree that prepares graduates for positions in PK-12 settings, higher education, foundations, NGOs, and government agencies. The Ed.D. program is designed to prepare you to strategically confront the complex realities and challenges facing schools and learning organizations today and in the future from a broad-based perspective. Graduates with the emphasis in Instructional Technology will be prepared for roles and employment opportunities such as technology coordinators, directors of online and instructional design, faculty members, and educational consultants where the emphasis is on the design, development, and implementation of instruction and instructional systems, organizational performance improvement, and integration of technology to support teaching, learning, and performance.

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  • Certificate - Instructional Design & Technology (online)

    Looking to grow into new opportunities, change careers, or deepen your knowledge and skill with the use of technology in learning? With the online certificate in Instructional Design & Technology, you can expand your technological literacy and leadership skills. Our curriculum is aligned with the AECT standards for instructional design and development, helping you establish the core set of knowledge, skills, and competencies that are foundational for the many career opportunities in instructional design and technology. For any questions, email Ginger Watson at

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Curriculum and Instruction Program By the Numbers

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Program Details

  • Affiliated Research and Programs
    •  Team-based instructional leadership for teachers’ technology integration
    • Engineering Design Initiative: Integrates engineering design into K-12 classrooms
    • A case-based learning platform for teacher and leader preparation programs
    • Lab School for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
    • MyTeachingPartner-Mathematics/Science:  Curricula and Online Teacher Support System
    • Online Leadership & Accessibility:  Program development, K-12 pedagogy & field experience, and accessible learning environments
    • SHANTI(Science, Humanities and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives)