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Educational Technology Career Paths

The Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Educational Technology online program at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) prepares educators to shape student learning in a digital future. With a focus on technology in the classroom, this degree program can open career paths as a teacher, school administrator, curriculum specialist and more. Coursework is focused on both theory and practical application, preparing educators to meet 21st-century challenges.

Career Outlook for Graduates with a M.S. in Educational Technology

Such knowledge is more critical in today's classrooms than ever before. A 2019 report from Cambridge International found that 75% of U.S. classrooms use desktop computers; many also use smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other tech devices — even before the COVID-19 pandemic spurred schools to provide instruction in new, digital ways. A graduate degree in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in educational technology prepares professionals to be part of this learning future.

If designed and implemented correctly, classroom technology can be a powerful tool to ensure equitable learning. TAMIU's online program incorporates accessibility, preparing graduates to use assistive and adaptive technology to better serve people with diverse learning needs and styles.

Graduates of the program are well equipped for careers in elementary, secondary and higher education, as well as instruction-related careers in the private sector and military. Many go on to work in primary and secondary schools, helping design and implement technology in classrooms and virtual learning environments. Where careers combine learning and technology, a master's degree in educational technology prepares graduates to lead.

As U.S. News & World Report notes, educational technology is still a relatively new and developing industry, so career prospects continue to evolve. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates jobs in related fields will grow by 7% between 2014 to 2024, keeping pace with the average rate for U.S. jobs.

What Are Typical Career Paths This Degree Offers?

According to PayScale, graduates with a master's degree in educational technology report relatively high degrees of job satisfaction. The most common roles held by these graduates are:

  • Instructional designer: Instructional designers create learning aids and experiences that promote the comprehension and application of knowledge and skills. This involves linking instruction or learning modules to theory and methodology.
  • High school teacher: High school teachers with degrees in educational technology are well prepared to lead students — and even serve as a model for other teachers — in successfully integrating technology and digital tools into their classrooms.
  • Mathematics teacher: Math teachers with degrees in educational technology will feel prepared to use the skills and principles they've learned to connect students with abstract mathematical principles via technology. They will also have a thorough understanding of how to employ adaptive technology to serve diverse learners.
  • Education and training consultants: Consultants often work in higher education, ensuring that instruction and programming align with labor force needs.
  • Senior instructional designer (training and development): These designers also often work within higher education, helping faculty and staff use technology within their roles.
  • Curriculum developer or specialist: These professionals spearhead the development, design, deployment and evaluation of educational and training material. These materials can range from textbooks to software to lessons and modules. They may also be tasked with evaluating and modifying existing curricula.

Salary Expectations

According to May 2021 data from PayScale, the average annual salary for someone with a master's degree in educational technology is $68,041. Below are the average salaries for common career paths associated with an M.S. in C&I with a specialization in Educational Technology:

Instructional Designer: $61,000

High School Teacher: $57,000

Elementary School Teacher: $54,000

Mathematics Teacher: $45,000

Senior Instructional Designer (Training & Development): $88,000

Curriculum Developer: $67,000

Learn more about Texas A&M International University's online Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Educational Technology program.


Sources:

Association for Talent Development: What Is Instructional Design?

PayScale: Master of Education (MEd), Educational Technology (EDT) Degree

U.S. News & World Report: Online Instructional Technology Master's Degree


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