Master of Science in Education in Technology Education

The Department of Information Studies offers a Master of Science in Education degree in Technology and Education (MSTE). The MSTE program prepares technology-aware graduates to work as network specialists, system engineers, technology trainers, instructional designers, and information specialists.

 The core of the program focuses on research strategies, instructional design methodologies, information and telecommunications technologies, and the effective use of technology. The program provides a comprehensive, applied approach to the effective use and management of technology to support learning/training in business/industry, education, and/or research.

 Completion of the departmental degree program at the graduate level does not lead to teacher certification.

 In addition to the MSED in Technology and Education, the program offers the following certificate and Endorsement programs:

  • Graduate Certificate Corporate Safety Management
  • Certificate or Endorsement in Education Technology Specialist
  • Graduate Certificate in Telecommunications Management

The Framework

The Masters of Science in technology and Education program was developed using the following framework. Each element in the framework was utilized in the preparation of the classes and projects you will complete.

Content Knowledge

Throughout the program you will be provided with challenging content aimed at building the concepts and knowledge needed to succeed in the field.

Structured Application and Assessment

A vital component of the program is to provide ongoing application and assessment of the concepts and knowledge presented in order to guarantee your understanding.

Building Technology Skills

In addition to knowledge and concepts, you will be introduced to a wide variety of programs and hardware in order to build your technical skills and competency.

Professional Practice

The capstone project will be the opportunity to use your knowledge, skills, and abilities in the professional field. This provides the opportunity for networking, professional development, and additional practice.

Standards Driven

Above all, the program adheres to the nationally accepted standards of the profession.

Degree Requirements

  • Fulfillment of the general requirements for admission to graduate programs.
  • Completion of departmental admission requirements, including an interview and a writing and technology skill assessment.
  • Completion of 33 credit hours at the graduate level to fulfill program requirements.
  • Completion of the university research requirement which culminates in the creation of a graduate thesis or project.
  • Submission of an electronic graduate professional portfolio.
  • Completion of all degree requirements within six years.

NOTE: Candidates must abide by all College policies stated in the catalog, unless exceptions or adherence to higher expectations are noted in program documentation. 


Required Courses: 33 Credit Hours

(Note: The new TPS course number is shown first and the previous course number is shown in parentheses.

Foundation Classes (15 credit hours):


TPS 5070 (LIMS 5350) Infomatics Essentials or TPS 5500 (IT 5220) Computer Systems Technologies

TPS 5220 (LIMS 5347) Internet Publishing for Information Specialists

TPS 5300 (TED 5495) Fundamentals of Instructional Design

ELCF 5900 The Adult Learner

TPS 5090 (TED 5490) Research Methods or an equivalent research methods course.


Directed Electives (12 credit hours).  Select from:

TPS 5210 (TED 5381) Distant Learning Technologies

TPS 5240 (MS 5100) Advanced Media Production

TPS 5310 (T&ED 5392) Development of Teaching Aids

TPS 5510 (LIMS 5233) Networking Fundamentals for Information Specialists

TPS 5520 (IT 5333) Network Configuration II

TPS 5530 (IT 5334) Network Practicum I

TPS 5540 (IT 5344) Network Practicum II

TPS 5610 (IT 5350) Wireless Networks Security and Design

TPS 5920 (TED 5411) Survey Research Methods

ED 5423 Writing a Technology Plan

ELCF 5410 Proposal Development for Government And Private Funding

ELCF 5540 Instructional Media and New Instructional Technologies for Curriculum Delivery and Practices

IT 5385 Introduction to Quality Control

TED 5492 Problems and Trends in Technology And Education

PSYC 5185 Statistical Methods in Psychology or PSYC 5190 Fundamentals of Statistical Methods or another course approved by the program coordinator.


Thesis-Project (6 credit hours):

The student must register for at least 6 thesis credit hours in TPS 5980 (T&ED 5990 or equivalent) and complete a thesis-project according to the department’s thesis manual and guidelines.  The student must defend his/her thesis-project with a “Pass” rating as a requirement for graduation.


For more information Contact Us:


Dr. Moussa Ayyash,  MSTE Program Coordinator

9501 South King Drive

Education Building, Room 208E

Chicago, IL 60628-1598

Phone: 773. 821.2441

Fax: 773.821.2441



Dr. Elizabeth Osika,  MSTE Program Coordinator

9501 South King Drive

Education Building, Room 208G

Chicago, IL 60628-1598

Phone: 773. 9953744

Fax: 773.821.2441



Dr. Kimberly Black, Chairperson, Department of Information Studies

9501 South King Drive

Education Building, Room 208

Chicago, IL 60628-1598

Phone: 773.995.2598

Fax: 773.821.2441