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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences:
Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Technology

The Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Technology program is designed for K–12 educational leaders who want to initiate and bring about change at the district level. By integrating the latest technologies and instructional design principles, educators in this program are prepared to develop and lead technology-supported solutions to learning challenges in the K–12 classroom.

With program outcomes informed by Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) standards, educators in this program are prepared to conduct research on local problems in a rapidly changing field. The EdS in Educational Technology program features an embedded post-master’s certificate to advance educators’ careers quickly and affordably.

Note on Educator Licensure or Certification

This program does not lead to educator licensure or certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Learning Outcomes

All EdS graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Apply discipline-specific knowledge to address issues in educational settings.
  2. Apply evidence-based practices to address a problem within the academic and/or work environment and propose a solution.
  3. Communicate information to a variety of stakeholders using oral and written formats.
  4. Practice ethically as a professional in the field of education.
  5. Collaborate with diverse stakeholders to promote continuous improvement in educational settings.
  6. Advocate for social change to make a positive impact in educational settings.

In addition to the shared EdS outcomes above, Educational Technology graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Effect positive social change through the use of integrative, innovative technology in the workplace.
  2. Apply innovative technological solutions to learning challenges.
  3. Demonstrate the skills needed to work within a learning community of people, technologies, resources, and professional associations.
  4. Develop innovative intervention plans based on the analysis of educational technology needs.
  5. Approach issues in educational technology using sound principles of digital and information literacy.
  6. Evaluate research in educational technology that is relevant to resolving local or workplace problems.
  7. Practice ethically in the profession.
  8. Communicate ideas to audiences using effective oral, written, and digital formats.
  9. Address diversity/multiculturalism through the use of educational technology in designing instruction.
  10. Design a scholarly response to address an educational technology problem and contribute to the profession.

Degree Requirements

  • 45 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (5 credits)
  • Research course (5 credits)
  • Specialization courses (30 credits)
  • EdS Capstone Project (5 credits)
  • ePortfolio

Curriculum (45 total credits)

Foundation Course (5 credits)


  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

(6-week version)

Research Course (5 credits)

Specialization Courses (30 credits)

  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Capstone (5 credits)

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credits
Quarter 1

EDSD 7002 - Leading the Future of Education


EDSD 7006 - Leading the Future of Education (6-week version)

5 credits
Quarter 2

EDSD 7090 - Trends and Issues in Educational Technology

5 credits
Quarter 3

EDSD 7091 - Creating Digital Media

5 credits
Quarter 4

RSCH 7110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods

5 credits
Quarter 5

EDSD 7092 - Innovations and the Diffusion of Learning Technologies

5 credits
Quarter 6

EDSD 7103 - eLearning

5 credits
Quarter 7

EDSD 7093 - Leading Change

5 credits
Quarter 8

EDSD 7107 - Designing Instruction for eLearning

5 credits
Quarter 9

EDSD 7900 - EdS Capstone Project: Creating and Supporting Effective Educational Practices

5 credits