Instructional Technology (MA)

Program specific information

This program prepares professionals to be leaders in Instructional Technology in the classroom, district and beyond. Our students focus on integrating technology into the classroom and our graduates focus on bringing progressive change to Iowa and beyond.

See the "Next Steps" tab above for information. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator(s) and/or enrollment contact to the right or contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at

No. Teacher licensure is not required for admission. 

Please note: This program does not fulfill all of the requirements for state licensure. Learn more about Iowa teacher licensure requirements and programs.

Because state licensure requirements vary, we always suggest that you contact your state Department of Education with specific questions.

There are no entrance exam requirements for this program.

The program is planned so that students move through the sequence of courses as a cohort group. The first course forms a foundation for the program and includes an induction unit describing the program goals, sequence of courses, standards, rubrics and academic expectations. For that reason, it is important that you enroll and complete the courses in the same sequence. Program faculty expect that students have a growing knowledge of concepts built upon a prescribed sequence of courses. In addition, program faculty work to build an online community as students move through the course sequence together.

While it is often possible to make up courses that are missed, our commitment is to deliver the courses as outlined in the cohort schedule. This is not designed as a program in which students come and go. Rather, the cohort model requires that students take the prescribed sequence in unison. Should you need to miss a course, you should consult with your program advisor for options.

When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester. 

For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.

Cost and financial aid

All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students. 

Tuition for the 2015-16 academic year is $448 per unit of graduate credit or $278 per unit of undergraduate credit. An additional technology fee per course may apply. Tuition and fees are expected to rise each May, typically announced by the Iowa Board of Regents in March.

Distance education students may qualify for financial aid with the following eligibility requirements:

Specific questions about financial aid should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid at 800-772-2736 or

Services and support

Since its establishment in 1876 as the Iowa State Normal School, the University of Northern Iowa has maintained its affirmed commitment to the support of excellence in teacher education. That commitment remains strong as the university continues to prepare students to become teachers, as well as provide opportunities for career advancement in the field of education. In addition to a commitment to teaching, our faculty members are engaged in research, writing and professional development. View UNI's national rankings and honors.

Research findings demonstrate that students of all types of learning styles can succeed in a distance environment. View our tips for being a successful distance learner.

The University of Northern Iowa is committed to providing comprehensive support services for distance education students. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education serves as your primary point of contact in accessing distance education support services, including enrollment services, technical support for online course tools and more. You are also given access to the UNI Rod Library’s print and electronic collections for your convenience. View a complete list of services and support resources

Please contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-5970, 800-648-3864 or with any questions. If we don’t have the answer, we will do our best to find it.

You will work with the program coordinator when communicating about the program of study. Once participating in the program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you one-on-one regarding your progress in the program.