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Educational Technology Online Schools & Colleges

Due to the increasing use of computers to communicate, transact business and enjoy entertainment; there's almost no facet of life that is not touched by computer or digital technology. The variety of jobs held by graduates of educational technology degree programs, including instructional coordinators and instructional technologists, points to an increased need for highly-educated professionals devoted to the field.

Educational Technology Online Colleges

Most instructional coordinators and instructional technologists hold a master's degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Many in these professions actually begin as teachers and then decide to enroll in a traditional or online educational technology program. A master's degree in educational technology might be broad-based, focusing on how to integrate technology across various subject areas in grades K-12, or it might be more focused on how to use technology within a specific student population or subject area.

For example, you might work on a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in adolescent literacy and technology in Grades 6-12. While educational technology programs typically award advanced degrees, some traditional and online schools offer bachelor's degrees in instructional design and educational technology. With this degree, you could enter the field as an e-learning instructor, designing and teaching web-based classes. Regardless of whether a program results in a bachelor's or master's degree, the curriculum will likely touch on distance education, Internet-based and multimedia instruction, computer science and the creation of software tools and other applications related to the educational process, according to the College Board.

You can also find doctoral level degrees available with many options offered online. Some of these advanced online degrees include the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership/Educational Technology and the Doctor of Management /Information Systems and Technology. For more degree options, see online colleges for education.

Job growth of 13 percent is expected from 2012-2022 for those working as instructional coordinators, according to the BLS. Instructional coordinators earned mean annual wages of $61,550, according to May 2014 BLS data, and were employed by a variety of institutions and organizations, including schools, education support services, museums and the government.

Instructional designers had the same earnings and worked predominantly for educational services and the government. Of note, however, is that the job of instructional designer was ranked as the 38th best job in America by CNN in 2012. Other occupations that could be of interest to those in the field include those for education administrators, human resources specialists or teachers.


Sources:

  1. Best Jobs in America, CNN Money. October 2012. http://money.cnn.com/pf/best-jobs/2012/snapshots/38.html
  2. Instructional Coordinators, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Jan. 8, 2014. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm#tab-6
  3. Instructional Coordinators, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes259031.htm
  4. Summary Report for Instructional Designers and Technologists, O*NET OnLine, 2013. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/25-9031.01#JobOpenings

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