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Educational Technology Specialist Career

How to Become an Educational Technology Specialist

Technology benefits academics in many different ways. While the use of digital tools in the classroom has both pros and cons, technology offers students new ways to learn, grow, and experience the world. To ensure that technology is used correctly in learning environments, educational technology specialists inform a school’s use of any new hardware and software.

As an educational technology specialist, you’ll be responsible for helping schools make educated decisions about the devices and online resources they integrate into their classrooms. In addition, you’ll likely educate a school’s teachers and representatives about programs that can help make other aspects of student management easier.

If you have a passion for education and you’re looking to put a developed knowledge of technology to use, the role of an educational technology specialist is ideal for you.

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What Is an Educational Technology Specialist?

An educational technology specialist is an individual who advocates for the use of appropriate technology in an academic setting. Educational technology specialists help schools use technology to make classroom learning exciting, without compromising the integrity of the learning environment.

In certain academic settings, educational technology specialists are also known as instructional technology specialists. In other cases, their title is shortened to EdTech specialists.

Potential educational technology specialists typically need both an undergraduate and a master’s degree in an educational field. Many employers prioritize applicants with at least a few years of experience in an academic setting, preferably where you maintained technology-related responsibilities.

What Does an Educational Technology Specialist Do?

Instructional technology specialists fulfill a wide range of responsibilities. As they help schools to use technology effectively in the classroom, these specialists communicate with school representatives, implement technological solutions in the classroom, and troubleshoot any issues with new hardware or software applications.

The exact responsibilities of an educational technology specialist include:

  • Identifying new hardware and software programs that could benefit specific academic environments.
  • Auditing a school’s current technological landscape, to identify opportunities and ensure that new technology won’t interfere with existing systems.
  • Communicating with school representatives about the benefits of specific technologies over others when identifying which applications to install into a classroom setting.
  • Integrating devices, platforms, online tools, and other technologies into academic settings.
  • Troubleshooting device and program issues that technologies might be experiencing.
  • Collaborating with school representatives and IT team members.
  • Updating platforms and devices to continually meet changing student and educator needs.

These and other duties can keep an EdTech specialist busy as they work to identify and install technologies that can benefit all aspects of the learning process.

What Education Does an Educational Technology Specialist Need?

Before you can begin a career as an instructional technology specialist, you’ll need to complete a few educational requirements. After you earn your undergraduate degree, you’ll need to obtain a master’s degree in an educational field.

Many students choose to obtain their Master’s Degree in Learning and Technology (M.Ed.), through which they deepen their knowledge of fields like design analysis, research foundations, and literature review. Each of these abilities will help you fulfill the role of an educational technology specialist from day one.

Other students choose to obtain a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design. This program helps them establish foundational skills that increase their chances of success. You’ll develop abilities in measurement and evaluation, methodology, and instructional design analysis.

Learning and Technology – M.Ed.

An online master's degree for current teachers or others looking...

An online master's degree for current teachers or...

An online master's degree for current teachers or others looking to further their careers with a graduate program focused on integrating technology with instructional design principles.

No teaching license required.

  • Time: 73% of grads earned this degree within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program covers the following areas of study:

  • Instructional design
  • Research fundamentals
  • Technology integration

Harness the power of technology to teach more kids in better ways with this education master's degree.

Instructional Design – M.Ed.

An online master's degree for current teachers and others...

An online master's degree for current teachers...

An online master's degree for current teachers and others looking to further their careers with a graduate program focused on designing top-notch curriculum.

No teaching license required.

  • Time: 87% of grads earned this degree within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,635 per 6-month term.

Coursework in this program covers the following areas of study:

  • Instructional design
  • Research fundamentals
  • Measurement and evaluation

Improve teaching, training and learning. Learn to build better curriculum with this education master's degree.


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What Skills Does an Educational Technology Specialist Need?

As an EdTech specialist, you’ll benefit each day from several important skills. Whether communicating with school representatives or troubleshooting software applications, your well-developed skill set will help connect students with technological resources that help them learn.

The exact skills an educational technology specialist needs include:

  • Technological proficiency: The ability to fully use all necessary pieces of technology, including any computers, tablets, phones, online educational resources, digital platforms, or other devices.
  • Classroom management: The ability to effectively manage all aspects of a classroom’s space, tastefully integrating technology without creating an overbearing environment
  • User support: The ability to appropriately support each educator or school administrator using technology daily.
  • Interpersonal communication: The ability to communicate with IT team members, school representatives, and educators to identify and satisfy their technological needs.
  • Public speaking: The ability to confidently address groups of individuals regarding the installation and troubleshooting of education-related technology.
  • Problem-solving: The ability to diagnose and solve issues that might compromise the efficiency of educational technology.
  • Research: The ability to identify potential new technologies that could benefit a current educational environment.
  • Organization: The ability to segment tasks according to importance, leaving enough time to comfortably accomplish each one.

These and other skills will help you perform all job duties each day to ultimately improve the quality of student learning at an educational institution.

How Much Does an Educational Technology Specialist Make?

$57,303

The exact income of an educational technology specialist varies based on many factors, including your employer, employer’s location, your years of experience, and education.

On average, the annual salary of an educational technology specialist is $57,303, with a range of roughly $22,000 to $104,500.

 

What Is the Projected Job Growth?

6%

As schools continue to integrate technology into the classroom, EdTech specialists are expected to remain in demand for years to come. Employment for all instructional coordinators is expected to grow 6% from 2019 to 2029, a growth rate higher than the average across all occupations.

Where Do Educational Technology Specialists Work?

Varies

Educational technology specialists work for a variety of different employers. Typically, an EdTech specialist will work with a school’s representatives to inform their understanding of specific hardware and software applications useful in an academic setting.

As an instructional technology specialist, you could work for:

-Elementary and middle schools

-High schools

-Colleges and universities

-Trade schools and other post-secondary educational institutions

-Third-party curriculum providers

While some educational technology providers might work internally for a school, others could be employed by independent course creators.

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