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 from the George Washington University (GW).

Having pioneered distance-learning methods, GW continues to drive innovation in instructional technology and design. 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 online degree program, you will be poised to successfully guide the future of learning and technology in your organization.

GW also offers online Graduate Certificates that enable students to develop a strong foundation in the field of Educational Technology, along with some advanced skills for design and development. Both the Master's and the Certificate students share the same courses.

If you choose to complete an ETL Graduate Certificate, all 18 credit hours may be transferred to the Education Technology Degree. Since application requirements are somewhat different, acceptance into a Graduate Certificate program does not guarantee acceptance in the Master of Education Technology 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 Curriculum: You will receive a leading edge, respected education with curriculum that is as innovative as it is comprehensive. 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: GW’s Master’s Degree in Education Technology program has led innovation in distance learning methods for more than 25 years. 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)
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Career Outlook

Career Outlook

The educational technology environment is expanding and diversifying the career opportunities for leaders who are in the technology field. By earning your Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Technology Leadership from the George Washington University (GW), you will position yourself to further your career in this growing field.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Services, training and development managers earned a median $95,400 annual salary in 2012, with jobs in the field expected to grow 11% by 2022.1 Instructional coordinators earned a median $60,050 in 2012, with jobs expected to grow 13% by 2022.2

Educational Technology 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
  • Multimedia production designer
  • User interface designer

Potential Employment Settings

  • Associations
  • Corporations
  • Government agencies
  • Higher education institutions
  • Military
  • Organizations
  • P-12 public, private or charter schools

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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:

  • Graduate Certificate in 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.

  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology Leadership
  • 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
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Application Fee

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants

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

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In the News

GSEHD alumna Emily Dillard (master's, Educational Technology Leadership) helped to lead a professional learning network (PLN) Twitter chat for the International Society for Technology in Education. (#EdLeadersChat)

Dr. Natalie Milman was interviewed for GW Today's article, "Communication, Well-being and Flexibility Are Key to Virtual Learning Period." Dr.

Dr. Natalie Milman, GSEHD Professor of Educational Technology, was interviewed on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show about "Distance Learning: Keeping Education Alive During A Pandemic." In case you missed it, you can listen to a recording of the show online.

GSEHD alumna Tahira Rehman (master's, Educational Technology Leadership) wrote a blog post for the Arab-American Business and Professional Association entitled, "A 'Midlife' Career Switch?" Ms. Rehman is an Instructional Systems Designer at ICF, a global consulting services company.

GSEHD alumna Amanda Haddaway (master's, Educational Technology Leadership) is hosting a timely webinar entitled, "Would Your Business Survive a Coronavirus Outbreak?" Ms. Haddaway is an award-winning HR consultant and corporate trainer.