The George Washington University
The George Washington University

Chart the Course for Learning, Leading and Technology

The online Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Technology Leadership is an innovative program that prepares you to lead the design and implementation of instructional technology systems in a variety of contexts.


With foundations in research-based approaches to improving human performance and learning, the program focuses on the leadership skills required in the rapidly changing global environment of educational technology. The coursework has been designed to develop intellectual leaders who understand curriculum and instruction, motivate and guide professional colleagues, and provide the practical skills necessary to lead technology-driven learning in many diverse situations.

Program Highlights

The online Master’s in Educational Technology Leadership program encompasses theories and practices of educational technology, including the use of:

  • Computers, mobile devices, and other instructional technology systems
  • Technology and learning management systems
  • Policymaking in the context of educational technologies
  • Improving practice through applied research

Why GW’s online Master’s in Educational Technology Leadership?

  • Tradition of Excellence: For more than 25 years, the Educational Technology Leadership master’s program has pioneered distance-learning methods to students around the world. From schools to corporations, join GW’s community of leaders who are improving teaching and learning through partnerships with The Center for the Advancement of Research in Distance Education (CARDE) and through the application of educational technologies.
  • Leadership Focus: The program focuses on the relationships between education, technology and leadership, whereby leadership is infused broadly throughout the curriculum. The program prepares you to lead the design and implementation of instructional technology systems across a variety of industries and organizations.
  • Applied Coursework: Core courses cover fundamental topics of instructional design and technology leadership, while electives span from needs assessment to computer interface design. Within the core courses, you will gain real-world experience by completing a series of applied project activities. You’ll become well versed in the concepts and theories of educational technology — preparing you to go beyond the role of technician, and become a manager and leader who is able to make important learning decisions.
  • Innovative Curriculum: The program integrates education, technology and leadership resulting in a curriculum that is innovative and comprehensive. You will also receive a cutting-edge and highly regarded education that can be tailored to your career in educational technology.
  • Streamlined Admissions: No Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test results required.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificates

GW offers online Graduate Certificates that enable students to develop a strong foundation in the field of Educational Technology, along with some advanced skills for design and development. Should you wish to pursue the Graduate Certificate, you can transfer credit hours into the Master's program.


The 18-credit Graduate Certificate programs can be completed in as little as 12 months.

  • Certificate in Educational Technology Leadership
  • Certificate in Instructional Design

Graduate Education Programs

GW also offers online Graduate Education programs that prepare students in the fields of teaching, leadership, and administration.


The 36-credit master’s degree can be completed in as little as 2 years.

Core Courses (27 credit hours)

  • EDUC 6114 Introduction to Quantitative Research (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6368 Power, Leadership and Education (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6371 Education Policy (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6401 Applying Educational Media and Technology (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6402 Computers in Ed. and Human Development (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6403 Educational Hardware Systems (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6404 Managing Computer Applications (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6405 Developing Multimedia Materials (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6406 Instructional Design (3 credits)

Elective Courses (9 credit hours – Select 3 courses)

  • EDUC 6421 Critical Issues in Distance Education (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6422 Instructional Needs Analysis (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6424 Learning Technologies and Organizations (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6425 Developing Effective Training with Technology (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6426 Computer Interface Design for Learning (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6427 Advanced Instructional Design (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6428 Developing Digital Professional Portfolios (3 credits)

Career Outlook

Master’s graduates are prepared to assume educational technology leadership positions in following areas:

  • K-12 schools
  • Higher education institutions
  • Corporations
  • Organizations
  • Associations
  • Government agencies
  • Foundations

Many students apply their knowledge to existing positions they occupy that have responsibilities for education or training and can benefit from the utilization of instructional technologies.

Academic Career Outlook

The demand for updated curricula to reflect our changing society, increasing pressure on schools, colleges, and universities to improve performance, and a rapid adoption toward technology-facilitated learning equates to job growth for instructional designers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs for instructional coordinators will grow by 13 percent through 2022.*

Corporate Career Outlook

As many private and public sector organizations seek to improve employee performance and ensure their skills are up-to-date, training and development has become a vital area for investment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment growth for training and development managers will grow 11 percent through 2022.**

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Instructional Coordinators, on the Internet at

** Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Training and Development Managers, on the Internet at

About GW 

As one of the nation’s first major universities to launch online programs, the George Washington University (GW) provides students from all backgrounds — and all locations around the world — with the highest quality online educational opportunities.

Why You Should Earn Your Degree at GW
  • The Graduate School of Education and Human Development is ranked among the Best Online Education Schools for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Strong legacy of transforming students into change agents
  • Unparalleled educational approach that integrates intellectual discovery and interactive learning

GW prepares you to lead in research and policy, as well as practice in the fields of teaching, counseling, administration, human and organizational learning, and education policy. The school also offers opportunities for experienced professionals to enrich their education and advance their career.

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