Technology in Schools

The Technology in Schools emphasis area prepares you to create instructional materials and to plan, implement, and evaluate advanced technologies in classrooms and other learning environments.

In this emphasis area you will engage in professional growth and leadership to:

  • Understand theories and perspectives in using technology to support teaching and learning;
  • Use technology planning, management and integration in an educational setting;
  • Build strategies that advance teaching and learning with technology.
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 30
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Estimated program cost: $12,494.70*
    *This is an estimate for illustrative purposes only; hours and fees will vary. See more about tuition and financial aid.
Your program of study consists of 30 graduate credit hours. At least 15 credit hours must be at the 9000 level.

Required Courses (13 credit hours)

  • 9450: Introduction to Research in ISLT (3)
  • 9467: Technology to Enhance Learning (3)
  • 9417: Action Research (3)
  • 9471: Instructional Systems Design (3)
  • 7378: Electronic Portfolio Development (1)

Approved Electives (17 credit hours)

Credit hour limitations:

  • A maximum of six hours of transfer credits
  • A maximum of 12 hours of Problems courses (ISLT 7085 or ISLT 9085)

Brief descriptions of all SISLT courses

eMINTS Teacher Program Option

If you want to apply the work you are doing with eMINTS to a M.S. or Ed.S degree with the Technology in Schools emphasis, this option is a good choice. You may transfer up to 6 credit hours of eMINTS online professional development coursework.
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When you are accepted into the program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor. Email your advisor to begin the program planning process.

Use the Technology in Schools Design & Development Advising Aid to guide your program planning. This aid provides information on the steps you go through in your program: getting started, planning your program of study and portfolio preparation. It also lists required and elective courses.

Master of Science: Develop your program using the M-1 (TiS) Program of Study Form, available on the Learning Technologies Master Degree Forms page. This form establishes the courses required for you to earn your degree. It must be approved by your advisor. The M-1 form should be filed with the student coordinator by the end of your second semester in the program.
Educational Specialist: Develop your program using the S-2 Program of Study Form, available on the Learning Technologies Specialist Degree Forms page. This form establishes the courses required for you to earn your degree. It must be approved by your advisor. The S-2 form should be filed with the student coordinator by the end of your second semester in the program.

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Your performance in the Technology in Schools emphasis area will be assessed through a portfolio process. You should start on your portfolio early in your course work. SISLT will not provide a server. You may build your portfolio on a web hosting site such as BlueHost, Neocities, Weebly, Wix, etc. This gives you control of your portfolio and its availability after you graduate.

Portfolio Assessment

You will meet the LT Goals and Objectives throughout your program; however, your portfolio will be based on documenting your mastery of the ISTE standards through narratives and supporting examples of work. You will work with a faculty advisor to ensure that your portfolio meets all requirements.

Each portfolio includes:

  • Professional resume, including a list of technology in schools-related skills and experiences
  • Documentation of ISTE standards mastery using the ISTE template
  • Self-assessment narrative of your mastery of the ISTE standards with special attention given to the terms learning, evaluation and leadership
  • Reflection paper linking program content to classroom practice
  • Learning technologies concept map

Portfolio Details

A portfolio is a website consisting of products and artifacts demonstrating mastery of the Technology in Schools emphasis area competencies and ISTE standards. There might be a few elements that are not actually included in the website (e.g., video clips of needs assessment interviews, a network solution you designed), but there is some representation of these products (e.g., a slide show about the interviews, blueprints or design documents for the network).

Ideally, products and artifacts are added to the portfolio as the work is completed rather than waiting until the last minute to assemble the portfolio. Creating the portfolio is just like creating any other website: Design it, build it, test it and revise it. Periodically, you may add something to the website.

In addition, a one-credit-hour course is offered to assist students in portfolio development (7378: Portfolio Development). The course should be taken during your final semester of coursework.

A SISLT advisor will examine the portfolio before it is presented for formal review and make suggestions for improvement when warranted.

Presenting and Evaluating Your Portfolio

Portfolios are presented completely online. The portfolio must be available for faculty review on the date given. Consideration is given to the entry knowledge and skills of the student and the student’s professional goals. The SISLT review committee examines your portfolio and either passes it or suggests revisions.

The review process asks:

  • Does the student know what the competencies/standards mean?
  • Has the student demonstrated adequate mastery of the competencies/standards?

If a portfolio or presentation is found to be lacking, the student is given the opportunity to make the necessary adjustments (e.g., add elements to the portfolio, enhance the products or innovations). A conference call or email correspondence will be used to get the portfolio back on track. The review committee will offer suggestions for additional work or changes to the portfolio. Once the committee is satisfied the competencies are adequately addressed, the portfolio is accepted.

You must be a registered student the semester in which you plan to graduate. Simply put: You cannot finish all of your course work and present your portfolio the following semester without being enrolled in something. This means you must register for at least one course, or there is an exam-only option available for students who have completed all required course work.

Portfolio Samples

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The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) created standards for teachers to use when creating, implementing, and assessing learning experiences for students. All required courses in the Technology in Schools emphasis area are designed to meet the ISTE Standards, found at

  • ISTE Standard 1 (Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity): Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.
  • ISTE Standard 2 (Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments): Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS.
  • ISTE Standard 3 (Model Digital-Age Work and Learning): Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.
  • ISTE Standard 4 (Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility): Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.
  • ISTE Standard 5 (Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership): Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.

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Before You Apply

You may take up to nine hours of SISLT course work prior to being admitted, but:

  • Taking courses prior to applying does not guarantee admission;
  • Be sure to take courses that will be included in your program of study – check with the student coordinator office before enrolling;
  • No more than nine hours will count toward your degree before you are officially accepted into the program.


  • May 1 for summer admission.
  • July 1 for fall admission.
  • Sept. 1 for second 8 week fall courses.
  • December 1 for spring admission.
  • Feb. 1 for second 8 week spring courses.

Course enrollment dates vary from semester to semester. For the most current information, visit the MU academic calendar for dates to remember.

Admission Requirements

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher (A=4.0) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work
  • Some types of relevant experience
  • GRE scores are not required.
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable): at least 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based)

If you don’t meet one of the above standards, you could possibly be admitted on probation status. If this happens, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during your first 12 hours of graduate course work, with no grade lower than a B.

How to Apply

  • Prepare electronic versions (e.g., Word files) of your resume and statement of purpose (what you hope your degree will do for you), as well as two letters of recommendation. If you have electronic versions of your letters of recommendation, you should have these ready as well.
  • Apply using our convenient online Graduate Application system. Be sure to upload your resume, statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.
  • Provide an official copy of your transcript from the college or university where you received your bachelor’s degree and your TOEFL scores if English is not your first language.
    • Official transcripts should be sent to Graduate Admissions, 210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.

Admission Decisions

Once all your application materials are in place, we will review your credentials and notify you of the decision. Most decisions are made within a month.

If you must have your admission decision by a certain date, please notify our student coordinator, providing the date and rationale. We will do our best to meet your deadline.
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SISLT Student Services Office
Student Coordinator — Amy Adam
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Columbia, MO 65211

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