Ed.S. in Instructional Technology     

The Educational Specialist in Instructional Technology degree is designed for leaders who wish to pursue advanced training in research-based methods of instructional technology at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation. You will learn how to integrate technology into educational settings and facilitate experiences for all learners. Students completing the Ed.S. in Instructional Technology will gain experience as a scholar practitioner with the necessary skills to utilize innovative instructional technology methods relevant to a variety of professional settings. 

Total cost at ACE


(tuition + fees)

Applications due November 8 for November 11, 2019 Term

Estimated Time to Completion:
1.5 - 2 Years

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Key Features of Our Educational Specialist Degree

  • Advanced Coursework: You will learn the fundamentals of how to design and implement technology-rich programs at a mastery level that model best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment. There are also courses that cover resources in instructional technology, leadership and shared governance, and technology use in educational environments.
  • Transferable: If you choose to continue your education, you can apply most of the credits earned in this specialist program toward our Ed.D. in Instructional Technology, and get your degree faster.
  • Flexible: Study on your schedule. Our online format allows you to plan your coursework around your life.
  • Comprehensive Approach: To further your instructional technology knowledge, you will study technology integrations in educational environments, assessment options appropriate for digital delivery, healthy and ethnical uses of digital information, and strategies for creating and enhancing virtual, collaborative communities.

For more information about this program, view the College Catalog. You can also ask questions anytime via chat.

Department Chair

Cathy McKay, Ed.D.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Cathy McKay spent most of her professional career in the K-12 context. As she taught in both public and private schools, she worked with many educators on a variety of projects including process improvement, standard test readiness, and alternative educational opportunities. She helped develop two district-wide curricula in science and math for grades K-12. Additionally, she participated in programs to improve student achievement through data analysis.

While continuing her work in K-12 education, Dr. McKay transitioned to higher education through teaching at a local community college, where she developed and implemented programs focusing on student success, primarily in mathematics.

A Degree You Can Count On

We are, and have always been, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation guarantees our programs meet certain levels of quality standards.   

A Note About Licensure:

While this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the intended program outcomes, it does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement. ACE offers several programs that do provide a pathway to licensure, certification, or endorsement and they can be found here.


The Ed.S. in Instructional Technology is designed principally for educators or other leaders who already possess licensure or certification as a teacher or school administrator, and who wish to expand their understanding of instructional technology. The degree does not lead to professional licensure, nor does it include an internship. The program is currently not being offered in Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, or Kentucky.


Ed.S. in Instructional Technology

Total Tuition

34 semester credits x $306 per credit



$100 Application Fee

$1,530 Technology & Library Fee ($45 per credit)

$150 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost*


*This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, receipt of scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, including the enrollment agreement, and payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

Ed.S. in Instructional Technology

  • Master's or doctoral level
  • Minimum grade point average 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for full admission
  • Submit a current curriculum vitae (preferred) or resume
  • Submit a goal statement, demonstrating a clear expression of purpose and anticipated personal and professional goals. The statement needs to be two pages in length excluding the title and reference pages
  • Complete an interview​

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of a transcript from a secondary school or college/university whose country uses English as a primary means of instruction, including, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.

  3. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper-based or internet-based TOEFL exam.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the paper-based Test (PBT) is 550, and for the internet-based (iBT) Test is 80.

    • Applicants to the Texas M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program must submit scores from the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL An overall score of 80, and a score of 26 on the speaking section is required.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.

Admissions Appeal Process

Applicants have the right to appeal admissions decisions. Begin the process by filling out the admissions appeal here.


Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 34 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Leadership Courses

(1 semester credit)

Students will undertake an examination of the rigors of advanced graduate study and reflect on personal strengths and challenges at the start of their program. Topics include: identity as scholar-practitioner, models of inquiry, self-assessment, and professional goals.

Research Courses

(9 semester credits)

This course examines the importance of scholarly writing in your leadership practice, the foundation of how to write in a scholarly mode, and research strategies to support your doctoral writing. 
This course provides students the opportunity to complete an approved concept paper as the first step toward the Ed.S. original research project. Students will apply advanced research skills to address a real-world application of scholarly expertise as it relates to solving an existing problem. A description of the project will provide the rationale for the goals and objectives and includes a literature review, methodology, and the anticipated results of the research project.
Students will examine foundations of research design, data collection, analysis, and presentation. Students will assess ethics of education research and reporting.
Students will examine basic principles in applied statistics. Topics include data types, organizing data, graphing techniques, probability concepts, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, normal and skewed distributions, and understanding the area that covers normal distributions. Understanding, applying, and interpreting the principles to simple hypothesis testing methods through a seven-step process is also covered. The course is designed to provide an introduction to statistical applications that can be applied in real-world settings along with providing an excellent foundation for entering into the more advanced statistical applications and analyses using SPSS.

Digital Learning and Teaching/Technology Courses

(24 semester credits)

Students will compare theories of teaching and learning with applications to digital instruction. Content includes emerging technology and use of Open Educational Resources.
Students will critique research on social presence and best practices for connecting through using technology with students or colleagues, as well as best practices for social media use within education organizations.
Students will implement and assess the concepts of Universal Design for accessible online courses and compare models of instructional design.
Students will demonstrate effective instruction and assessment using digital tools; analyze and compare Learning Management Systems; and advocate for professional organizations which provide continuing development. 
Hardware and software use in an educational environment. Students will research various hardware and software that is available for Instructional Technology. They will see how it can impact their lessons. They will then use these opportunities to differentiate instruction including accessibility for all.
Foundations in Educational/Instructional Technology. Students will research leaders past and present. They investigate what they have contributed to the field and how it has grown over the past 2 decades. Students will also look into the future to see what could be on the horizon.
Students will explore the various realms of social media, streaming, virtual reality, handheld devices, and apps that help the field of Instructional Technology.
The Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout the program. Students create a professional portfolio based on work created during their program to highlight mastery of specific academic outcomes and demonstrate the impact of their studies.