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Master's in Educational Technology (iMET)

“What is design? It’s where you stand with a foot in two worlds — the world of technology and the world of people and human purposes — and you try to bring the two together.” – Mitchell Kapor

The Master’s in Educational Technology program aims to:

  1. Prepare students for positions in instructional design or similar fields,

  2. advance employment opportunities related to instructional design, teaching and educational technology, within the individuals’ current workplace, and

  3. to increase students’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions towards being able to integrate instructional design and educational technology into teaching and learning.

Sacramento State's iMET program is a fully online Master's program, unique and specially designed for working professionals. Although the program is fully online, there are three class sessions each semester where students have the opportunity to attend face-to-face on campus or attend online. These three class sessions give students the opportunity to meet the instructors and their cohort classmates. Many students appreciate the flexibility and opportunity to meet their cohort classmates and instructors in person.

The iMET program is both practical and scholarly. The curriculum builds toward a culminating experience comprising an ePortfolio, an Action Research Project, and a capstone course. The iMET program curriculum focuses on improving skills, techniques, and strategies in applying technology to improve education, and are applied in student action research projects. As Eileen Ferrance from the LAB at Brown University says, “action research is not about learning why we do certain things, but rather how we can do things better. It is about how we can change.”

Who is the program for?

The newly revised iMET program emphasizes instructional design and educational technology and can be appropriate for students from a broad range of fields including education, business, technology, and others. Cohort members working individually and in teams learn how to combine technology tools with effective strategies as they design technology integrated curriculum and professional development experiences.

Why iMET?

Increase your knowledge of instructional design, learning theories, and instructional strategies with enhanced technical expertise

  • Prepare for new and significant opportunities for career advancement

  • Enhance and apply your use of technology and build leadership skills

  • Build your network of professional colleagues in a cohort-based system

  • Participate in the online program from anywhere

How is the program structured?

The iMET Masters is a 30-unit program over four semesters, including eight 3-unit courses, one 2-unit course, one 1-unit course, and one 3-unit Culminating Experience. In the Culminating Experience, students are assigned an advisor who guides students in completing their action research project for their Master's degree.

What benefits does the cohort system provide?

As a cohort Master’s program, iMET is designed so that students have the opportunity to complete all of their courses together. Cohort programs benefit from a community of peers where students have enhanced opportunities to share information. iMET begins with an orientation session with the option to attend online or in-person on campus. The purpose of the orientation is to introduce the students to the online technologies used in the program, to get to know classmates and the instructor, and to explore effective communication skills essential to success in the program. The iMET cohort students, working individually and in teams, learn how to combine technology tools with effective strategies as they design technology integrated curriculum and professional development experiences. Instruction is centered on the learner and on what is required to develop learning experiences in today’s technologically rich learning environments. Students critically analyze content, identify learning objectives and outcomes, and apply technology to develop diverse learning experiences.

What courses are required?

The iMET program courses provide for academic, practical, and technical learning experiences, and are designed to support students in furthering their knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to instructional design and educational technology. The courses provide opportunities to design, develop, implement, and evaluate online and hybrid learning experiences suitable for an array of contexts including education, government, corporate, as well as nonprofit organizations.


Program Coordinator: Dr. Mark Rodriguez
Branch Chair: Dr. Carlos Nevarez