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CAREER GUIDE Master of Education, Learning and Technology

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Career guide: educational technology expert.

Are you interested in improving your technology integration skills so that you can more effectively teach in today's diverse classrooms? Whether you're a licensed teacher, technology coordinator, media specialist, or corporate trainer, earning a Master of Education in Learning and Technology will help you enhance your teaching talents so you can become the technology and instruction expert that learners need.

Technology has come a long way, and as it evolves, it continues to improve the way we live, teach, and learn. Education professionals can advance in their careers — and greatly impact the lives of students — by leveraging that technology to create optimum learning opportunities. With the right degree and relevant classroom experience, you have potential to become a respected instructional technology leader in your school or community. When you're selecting a Master of Education Learning and Technology degree, be sure to select one based on national and state standards.

Job listing growth 2016–2026.

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Career opportunities.

Highly qualified teachers and trainers have a broad range of career opportunities awaiting them. With teaching experience, a proven track record, and a master's degree, you can achieve a position as a:

Positions in the field.

  • Technologically advanced teacher in a traditional classroom
  • Instructional coordinator (curriculum developer) for educational institutions
  • School administrator or consultant
  • Multimedia developer
  • District technology coordinator
  • Professional trainer in educational technology
  • Training and development manager
  • Government agency training specialist
“I set my own goals, and I listened to what I wanted—not what others said I should do. I wanted Learning and Technology. It has opened so many doors! Many opportunities from that career decision were a springboard for me to becoming Teacher of the Year.” Annie Mewborn
M.Ed. Learning & Technology

Job market forecast.

The need for technologically advanced educators is on the rise. There's increased focus on schools and teachers to improve student performance, and enhanced instructional material (with integrated technology) can play a large role in that improvement. Jobs for instructional coordinators — also called curriculum developers — are estimated to grow 10 percent through the year 2026. Instructional coordinators will be needed to evaluate and improve curriculum, as well as offer additional training to classroom teachers.

In other words, the job market forecast for educational technology experts who choose to develop curriculum and teach in a K–12 setting is encouraging.

Job growth 2016–2026.

Work environment.

Educational technology experts might teach in private schools, public schools, or colleges. Some graduates undertake roles as district technology coordinators, educational technology consultants, and professional trainers for corporations or government agencies. The classroom settings will vary significantly based on the industry and sector.

Professional organizations.

The right education and work experience will give you a starting point in which to launch your career as an instructional designer. The following organizations will also help you out by providing invaluable information about this growing field:

Job search resources.

Ready to start the job search? These websites will help you track down instructional design careers that meet your needs:


Salary stats.

The salary of an educational technology expert varies based on which industry you choose and where you live, but generally speaking, the careers available with the proper degree offer favorable income potential.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in May 2016, the median annual wage for instructional coordinators was $62,460 and the median annual wage for training and development managers was $105,830. Check the BLS website for a closer look at median wage breakdowns by area.

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Summary.

A career in educational technology involves staying ahead of the technological curve by learning to develop engaging educational material and utilize research fundamentals.

Are you wondering if this is the career for you? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I want to improve the caliber of learning in my traditional classroom?
  • Do I have a desire to teach internet-based courses?
  • Is managing a distance education program my goal?
  • Is instructional design something I'm interested in?
  • Do I want to be an effective corporate trainer?
  • Is creatively integrating technology into learning materials something I'm passionate about?

If you answered yes to one or more of these points, then educational technology is right for you, and a Master of Education in Learning and Technology will help you achieve the career of your dreams.

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