Educational Technology Career Preparation
YCP’s Master of Education degree specializing in Educational Technology trains students in contemporary education technologies, media and design, assessment and research methods, and systems development and leadership, positioning them as high-level technology integrators.
Educators who wish to bring tech into their classroom or alter their career trajectories can use the skills learned in the program to serve as formal or informal instructional or technology coaches, directors, or instructional designers in public or private K-12 settings and corporate contexts. Whether you are a current or aspiring educator, after completing your specialized MEd, you may qualify for roles such as:
- K-12 Classroom Teacher
- Educational Technology Specialist
- Educational Technology Coach
- Educational Technology Coordinator
- Faculty Mentor
- Online Learning Instructional Designer
- Online Learning Coordinator
- Educational Technology Consultant
- Remote Learning Specialist
In addition to working as classroom educators or coaches helping other teachers apply new and current technology, graduates of the educational technology master’s program can pursue roles in business, healthcare, government, and other professional settings that use technology to train or educate their employees.
Preparation for Doctoral Programs
While the Master of Education (MEd) degree program itself prepares students for career advancement in an essential field, it also provides an ideal foundation for students interested in furthering their education through doctoral programs. Beyond becoming fluent in current and emerging educational technologies, you’ll also receive instruction in training and development, as well as pedagogical leadership skills.
After graduating and working in educational technology, you may seek a Doctor of Education (EdD) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree focusing on ed tech, instructional design, or education leadership. These advanced pathways can be ideal for students who aspire to work in leadership positions or work in academic or research settings. Roles that commonly require a doctoral degree include:
- Director of Educational Technology
- Professor of Educational Technology
- Director of Instructional Design
- Director of Distance Education
- Director of Teacher Development or Teacher Education
Educational Technology Career Outlook and Salary
Today’s educational landscape reflects the ubiquitousness of remote and online learning, which translates to rising demand for reliable and seamless educational technology systems and professionals who can manage their use from beginning to end. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), overall employment in education, training, and library occupations is projected to grow 7% from 2021 to 2031.
Become a tech leader in your school, academy, or district. Specialized master’s-level training in educational technology can increase the salary potential for educators. You can also pivot into specialist or management/coordination roles, corporate training, or private industry consulting. The BLS provides annual salary data for the following occupations in educational technology, instructional design, and related fields:
Gain PK-12 Instructional Technology Specialist Certification in PA
Graduates of the Educational Technology master’s program who hold their Pennsylvania Teaching Certification will be eligible to gain Instructional Technology Specialist (PK-12) credentials.
The Instructional Technology Specialist (PK-12) Certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education qualifies holders to advise educational staff and faculty in technical information and the application of devices, software, or other tech regarding curriculum and instruction.