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Master of Arts in Educational Technology: Leadership

The MA Education Technology: Leadership program is for teachers seeking a career path towards becoming a technology specialist, technology director, or technology coach. The program prepares teacher-leaders with the competencies required to improve the quality and effectiveness of instructional programs at a classroom, departmental, school, or district level. These competencies include skills to develop technology-enhanced learning experiences, assess their impact, and design appropriate professional development. The MA program’s content is aligned with national educational technology standards and performance indicators as set forth by International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE-C, 2012). Graduate students in this program who are also licensed teachers, will qualify for the Technology Specialist Endorsement for the State of Illinois by entitlement upon successful completion of the program.

Delivery Method

At UC, the program runs on a cohort model in Grayslake classrooms or via a hybrid model that combines classroom and online learning, depending on student demand. Concordia also offers this program in a fully-online format.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Graduate admission application including an objective statement.

  • Official transcripts from bachelor's degree (and for any master's degree earned as well).

  • For regular graduate status, a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.85/4.0 or better in all previous college work, or for probationary status, a GPA of 2.25 to 2.84

  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably one from a college or university instructor) addressing academic proficiency, personal character, and competence and effectiveness in professional work.

Transfer Policy

Up to 50% of a degree may be accepted for transfer credit from an accredited graduate school.

Special Characteristics

The Educational Technology program offers two tracks. Students will choose one of the following:


Master of Arts in Educational Technology

  • 30 graduate-credit hours/10 courses

  • Capstone Experience

  • Teaching certificate not required for the masters degree, but only students with a valid teaching certificate will be eligible to take the Illinois Tech Specialist endorsement exam after completing the program.



Technology Specialist Endorsement only (non-degree program)

  • 24 graduate-credit hours/ 8 courses

  • Only students with a valid teaching certificate will be eligible to take the Tech Specialist endorsement exam after completing the program.