Master's in Educational Technology Leadership

Chart the Course for Learning, Leading and Technology

In today’s world, technology plays a key and important role in effectively
teaching and designing educational materials for learners of all ages across every learning environment (school systems, corporate training, government, etc.). The Educational Technology Leadership (ETL) program leads the way in preparing teachers, trainers, instructional designers, leaders and others to design and implement technology-enhanced learning.

As a pioneer of distance-learning methods, our innovative online educational technology degree program provides the flexibility of learning cutting-end curriculum from world-class faculty at the convenience of your location.




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Accessible & Accredited
The Educational Technology Leadership programs, accredited by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education, are offered fully online, making this program available to you wherever you are in the world.

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Tradition of Excellence
As one of the first distance education and online programs in the field, the GW Master’s in Education Technology Leadership program is celebrating 30+ years in leading cutting edge developments in instructional technology and design.

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Strategic Partnerships
GW is dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning through strategic partnerships and the application of new educational technologies.




The GW Advantage

Even as an online student, a GW education is unlike any other. Take advantage of our unique location in the heart of our nation’s capital and benefit from the University’s extraordinary access to leading national and international organizations.

Our ETL program has a leadership emphasis with innovative curriculum, providing you with a leading edge education to prepare you for a career across diverse industries. You’ll gain real-world experience through applied projects, readying you to go beyond the role of technician, and become a manager and leader who is able to make important learning decisions.





 Program at a Glance

Degree Awarded:

Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of Educational Technology Leadership


Educational Leadership

Course Delivery:


Program Entry:

Spring, Summer, Fall

Our Mission

The Master's in Educational Technology Leadership provides students with leadership skills that allow alumni to successfully improve human performance and learning through technology. The curriculum is focused on teaching skills that will promote:

  • The design, development, and delivery of truly effective learning experiences.
  • The development of leaders in the global expansion of educational technology and distance education.
  • An emphasis on practical technology applications in corporate, governmental, and educational settings.
  • The effective management and leadership of projects, teams, and learning organizations.
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 36 credits, including 24 credits in required courses and 12 credits in elective courses.
EDUC 6368 Leadership and Education
EDUC 6401 Foundations in Educational Technology
EDUC 6402 Trends and Issues in Educational Technology
EDUC 6403 Educational Hardware Systems
EDUC 6404 Managing Computer Applications
EDUC 6405 Developing Multimedia Materials
EDUC 6406 Instructional Design
EDUC 6114 Introduction to Quantitative Research
or EDUC 6116 Introduction to Educational Statistics
Four of the following:
EDUC 6371 Education Policy
EDUC 6421 Critical Issues in Distance Education
EDUC 6422 Instructional Needs Assessment and Analysis
EDUC 6425 Developing Effective Training with Technology
EDUC 6426 Computer Interface Design for Learning
EDUC 6427 Advanced Instructional Design
EDUC 6428 Developing Digital Professional Portfolios
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.




Graduate Certificates Offered


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Educational Technology Leadership

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

Learn more >


Instructional Design

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.

Learn more >

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The Educational Technology Leadership Master's and the Graduate Certificate programs share the same courses. Upon successful completion of a Graduate Certificate, students may apply to the Educational Technology Master’s program and transfer all credits earned. Since application requirements are somewhat different, acceptance to a Graduate Certificate program does not guarantee acceptance to the Educational Technology Leadership Master's Degree.


 Apply Now

GSEHD’s Office of Admissions invites you to apply for a spot in our program. Please review the following admission and financial information.

Ready to take the next step in your career? Review our step-by-step guide to applying to GSEHD >

To learn more about the program, admission process, and upcoming events, please connect with the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.

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To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the online application form as well as the following required supporting documents. There is no application fee.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree

  • Resume

  • Statement of Purpose

  • One Letter of Recommendation (preferably from a faculty member or professional supervisor)

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.

For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQs page.

View more details about requirements 

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

  Spring Summer/Fall
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



 Tuition & Financial Aid


We know embarking upon graduate school is a big decision - due in part to the costs of attending. At GW, we understand the time and thought behind making graduate school work for you. Please take a moment to learn more about the options and opportunities available to help fund your graduate education.

Learn more about scholarships, grants & financial aid 

Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted. Rates vary by program and location.

The tuition rate for the Online Master's in Educational Technology Leadership program is $920 per credit hour. This program requires 36 credits.

Please note: Additional fees may apply for international students, late fees, etc. Current tuition rates may be updated during the year.

Scholarships are available to eligible admitted students. Please review eligibility requirements on our Funding Your Education page.

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Julie Lindsay
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The fact that GSEHD’s program is completely online provides accessibility and quality to individuals who want to pursue more education without leaving their paid, full-time or part-time positions.

Founder and CEO | Flat Connections
Master’s in Education and Human Development, Educational Technology Leadership




 Career Outlook

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.

ETL Career Opportunities
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Training and Development Manager
Professionals in this position examine 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
Potential Employment Settings
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  • Companies/Organizations
  • K-12 Schools and Districts
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Military/Armed Forces



Educational Technology Leadership Faculty

Dr. Michael Corry

Professor, Educational Technology

(202) 994-9295
Dr. Natalie B. Milman

Professor, Educational Technology

(202) 994-1884
Dr. Ryan Watkins

Professor and Director, Educational Technology Leadership Program

(202) 994-2263



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