Master's in Educational Technology Leadership

Chart the Course for Learning, Leading and Technology

Learn to lead the strategy and implementation of teaching and learning systems using emerging educational technologies with an online Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Technology Leadership (ETL) from the George Washington University (GW).

Having pioneered distance-learning methods, GW continues to drive cutting edge developments in instructional technology and design. Beginning as one of the first distance education and online programs in the field, the program is now celebrating 30 years in educational technology leadership. The program and its courses are continuously updated to reflect changes and best practices in the field of instructional design and technology.

This innovative online educational technology degree program focuses on leadership, preparing you to advance human performance and learning in a variety of organizational settings, including education, business and government.

With a curriculum that is founded on the latest research-based approaches to education, technology and leadership, this program will equip you with the necessary skills to navigate the rapidly changing global environment of jobs in educational technology. As a graduate of the Educational Technology Leadership online degree program, you will be poised to successfully guide the future of learning and technology in your organization. You will also learn to:

  • Lead your organization with a broad view of technologies and the results they can achieve.
  • Solve complex challenges using systematic evidence-based approaches.
  • Manage teams and projects that achieve meaningful results.
  • Design solutions that leverage today's and tomorrow's technologies.

The GW Educational Technology Leadership program also offers two online Graduate Certificates (Instructional Design and Educational Technology Leadership) that enable students to develop a specialized foundation in the field, along with advanced skills in design and development or educational technology leadership. The Educational Technology Leadership Master's and the Graduate Certificate students share the same courses.

If you choose to complete an Educational Technology Leadership Graduate Certificate, all 18 credit hours may be transferred to the Educational Technology Leadership Master's degree. Since application requirements are somewhat different, acceptance to a Graduate Certificate program does not guarantee acceptance to the Educational Technology Leadership Master's Degree.



Why a GW Online Master's of Educational Technology Leadership?

  • Leadership Emphasis: The Education Technology Programs concentrate on education, technology and leadership, preparing you to develop and implement instructional technology systems across diverse industries and organizations.
  • Innovative Currciulum :You will receive a leading edge education with curriculum that is as innovative as it is comprehensive. This respected, rigorous program is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Core courses cover fundamental topics of instructional design and technology leadership, while electives span from needs assessment to computer interface design preparing you for education technology jobs.
  • Applied Coursework: Gain real-world experience through the completion of applied project activities, readying you to go beyond the role of technician, and become a manager and leader who is able to make important learning decisions.
  • Streamlined Admissions: This program does not require Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) results for admission, enabling students to efficiently meet the admissions requirements.
  • Tradition of Excellence: The GW’s Master’s Degree in Education Technology Leadership program is celebrating 30 years in leading innovation in distance learning methods. Accredited by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education, GW is dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning through strategic partnerships with the Center for the Advancement of Research in Distance Education (CARDE) and the application of new educational technologies.
  • Core Beliefs: The Master's degree in Educational Technology is founded on three beliefs:(1) that leadership skills and technological competence are fundamental to the appropriate and successful utilization of technologies in educational settings, (2) that access to the requisite knowledge should be universal, despite the barriers of distance, personal physical limitations and lifestyle and (3) that educational technologies focus on improving human performance and learning.

Program Outcomes

As a Master's of Educational Technology Leadership graduate, you will:

  • Lead your organization with a broad view of technologies and the results they can achieve.
  • Solve complex challenges using systematic evidence-based approaches.
  • Manage teams and projects that achieve meaningful results.
  • Design solutions that leverage today's - and tomorrow's - technologies.


Master’s in Educational Technology Leadership Courses

GW's online Master's in Educational Technology Leadership is a 36-credit hour master's degree and can be completed in as little as 2 years.

Curriculum (36 credit hours)

CORE COURSES (24 credit hours)

  • EDUC 6114 Introduction to Quantitative Research (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6368 Leadership and Education (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6401 Foundations in Educational Technology (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6402 Trends and Issues in Educational Technology (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6403 Educational Hardware Systems (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6404 Managing Computer Applications (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6405 Developing Multimedia Materials (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6406 Instructional Design (3 credits)

ELECTIVE COURSES (12 credit hours) - Select 4 courses

  • EDUC 6371 Education Policy (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6421 Critical Issues in Distance Education (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6422 Instructional Needs Assessment and Analysis (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6424 Learning Technologies and Organizations (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6425 Developing Effective Training with Technology (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6426 Computer Interface Design for Learning (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6427 Advanced Instructional Design (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6428 Developing Digital Professional Portfolios (3 credits)


Corry, Michael Professor, Educational Technology
Milman, Natalie B. Professor, Educational Technology
Watkins, Ryan Professor and Director, Educational Technology Leadership Program

Career Outlook

Training and Development Manager
Professionals in this position examine available training and educational programs available to their company’s employees. Once they’ve chosen the most beneficial options, they are responsible for planning and executing the programs to ensure all employees have the proper knowledge to succeed in their careers.

Instructional Coordinator
These professionals develop effective curriculums and teaching materials to be utilized by educators and principles in elementary, middle and high schools. Their roles often involve analyzing data to determine the effectiveness of academic programs and materials.


Additional Career Opportunities

  • Curriculum developer
  • Director or manager of e-learning, training or instructional services
  • Educational technology specialist for a school, county or district
  • E-learning developer or specialist
  • HR training specialist
  • Instructional designer
  • Instructional technology supervisor



Certificates Offered

In addition to our online Educational Technology Master's Degree program, we also offer online Graduate Certificates with a number of specializations within the field. Upon successful completion of a Graduate Certificate, students may apply to the Educational Technology Master’s program and transfer all credits earned. GW’s Educational Technology Graduate Certificates include:

The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design prepares students to apply the theories, principles, models, tools, and techniques of systematic instructional design in diverse organizational settings. Related job titles include instructional designer, curriculum developer and technical writer.

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology Leadership is ideal for those who are either already in leadership positions, but who lack formal instruction in educational technology, or who aspire to become leaders in an Educational Technology environment. Related job titles include technology specialist for a school, county, or district, director of instructional services and district-level educational technology coordinator.

The Certificates are each 18 credit hours in length and are very focused on one aspect of the field such as Instructional Design. Whereas, the Master’s Degree is 36 credit hours in length and is much broader and extensive in nature. Should you wish to pursue a Graduate Certificate, you can transfer credit hours into the Master’s program. Since application requirements are somewhat different, acceptance into a Graduate Certificate does not guarantee acceptance into the Master’s Degree.



Program Entry: Spring, Summer, Fall

Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree

Campus: Online

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)
  • Transcripts

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.


Applications are now being accepted for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2023. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

  Spring 2023 Summer/Fall 2023
Priority Deadline Aug 1 Nov 1
Round 1 Deadline Sept 15 Dec 15
Round 2 Deadline Nov 1 Jan 16
Round 3 Deadline Dec 15 March 1
Round 4 Deadline N/A May 1


For more information, contact the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.

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