Master of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Educational Technology

The MA in Education with a Specialization in Educational Technology Program is a fully online program that prepares leaders and practitioners in technology integration, technology-enabled academic innovation, online education, training, and professional development for professional and educational settings.

This program is designed for:

  • Certified teachers who aspire to be leaders, facilitators in educational technology and online instructors at PK-12 school and district levels.
  • Non-teaching professionals who plan career paths as instructional designers, educational technologists, e-learning specialists, online program manager/directors, or training and development manager/directors in settings that include higher education institutions, corporations, non-profits, or governmental organizations.
  • Pursue your degree online to prepare in cutting-edge areas including technology integration, digital transformation, technology-enabled academic innovation, online education, training, and professional development.

The program will provide career relevant curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, and opportunities to build local, national, and global professional networks.  Students in this program will work on real-world projects and graduate with an e-portfolio progressively built throughout their coursework.

For more information about the program, contact Paul Manthei at, or call (225) 578-2814.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply through the LSU Graduate School and have the following in order to be considered for program admission:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution*
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on all undergraduate work (or in the final 60 credit hours) and for any graduate work already completed
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE Exam scores are not required

*Applicants with foreign credit hours are strongly encouraged to provide course-by-course evaluation of these credentials.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires 36 hours of credit at the graduate level. The curricular requirements include at least 18 credit hours at the 7000 level or above.  Courses will be comprised of the following:

Required Courses  (6 Credits)

ELRC 4249 Understanding and Applying Research in Education (3)
ELRC 7516 Practicum in Educational Media (3)

Group A – Educational Technology Specialization  (21 Credits)
(MA student will select 21 credits from list)

ELRC 4507  Computer Technology in Education (3)
ELRC 7240  Educational Technology Research, Evaluation, & Assessment (3)
ELRC 7420  Technology Planning & Administration (3)
ELRC 7500  Technology Leadership in Education (3)
ELRC 7502  Principles of Online Ed (3)
ELRC 7503  Instructional Design (3)
ELRC 7505  Design & Development of Multimedia Instructional Units (3)
ELRC 7525  Professional Development for Technology Integration (3)
ELRC 7535  Advanced Educational Telecommunications & Electronic Learning (3)
ELRC 7550  Design, Development, & Assessment of Electronic Learning (3)

Electives  (9 Credits)

MA students will choose an additional 9 credits from ELRC Technology courses or an advisor approved cognate area.  Students may choose the 9 credits from either Group A or Group B (if available).

Group B Courses
(Offered as needed or at Instructor discretion)

ELRC 5880  Special Topics in Education (3)
ELRC 7517  Seminar in Educational Media - Advanced Topics (3)

Students must pass a comprehensive final exam to complete the degree during the final capstone course – ELRC 7516 Practicum in Educational Media.

Louisiana Teaching Certificate Add-One Endorsements

In addition to the MA in Education degree, coursework enables certified teachers to meet the criteria for three add-on endorsements in Louisiana.  The Louisiana Department of Education (LA DoE) recognizes three add-on endorsements from the field of Educational Technology:  Online Instructor, Technology Facilitator, and Technology Leader.  Credits earned as students work their way through the program will make them eligible for these add-on endorsements upon degree completion. 

Online Instructor Endorsement (6 hrs credit) – LA Doe requires ELRC 7502 and 7550
Technology Facilitator Endorsement (9 hrs credit) – LA DoE requires ELRC 4535, 7500, and 7505
Technology Leader Endorsement (21 hrs credit) – LA DoE requires ELRC 4535, 7500, 7505, 7240, 7525, and 7535