Educational Psychology & Counseling Department

IT Online Frequently Asked Questions

What jobs can I get with a degree in Instructional Technology?
Graduates in our field typically find jobs related to curricular design, technology coordination, distance education, instructional design, and training.

How long would it take me to complete your program?
Our courses are sequenced so that assuming that students enroll in two courses per semester they are able to complete the 33-hour program in two years including the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Are there any other requirements other than coursework?
To complete our degree, students are required to complete a professional portfolio as a capstone experience and participate in a face-to-face meeting once a year in the summer.

What does the this program offer to me that other programs do not?
IT Online is an online program that takes advantage of both asynchronous and synchronous learning formats. Therefore, you will be expected to engage in course related activities from the convenience of your home and also have live connections with instructors and participants. This program is specifically focused for individuals interested in the development of online learning environments. The Instructional Technology program faculty have more than five years of experience teaching online and at least 80% of the program courses are taught by tenure-track faculty.

Am I ready for an online program?
Please visit the Online@UT Getting Ready for Online Learning page where you will find several questions for UT students to reflect on about being an online learner.

There are several other existing external resources that address participant online learning readiness. Review the material listed below:

What are system requirements to be able to participate in the program?

Please visit the University of Tennessee Office of Information Technology Online@UT Systems Requirement page and review the provided information.

What technology skills do I need to to be able to participate in the program?
Incoming students are required to be proficient in an operating system Mac or Windows that will run the university- supported online learning environments including Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate. Students are also expected to be proficient in productivity software such as Microsoft Office or Open Office. Many assignments in the program courses will require that you complete them using a word processor, spreadsheet, or presentation software. Finally, students are required to be proficient in electronic and Internet communications. Once students are admitted to the program, all communications will take place through the university email system and students will have to familiarize themselves to it. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have a high speed Internet connection set up from the location s/he will be engaging in course work. You can find more information regarding minimum entry technology skills by visiting the University of Tennessee Office of Information Technology Online@UT Online Technology Skills page.

After this master’s program if I choose to continue to a PhD program does UT have an Instructional Technology doctorate program?
Our department houses the Learning Environment and Educational Studies (LEEDS) doctorate program. This program is primarily face-to-face, but some of your master’s course work may transfer into your program of study. For more information check out their program page.

Where can I find information on financial aid?
Please visit the Graduate School’s Costs and Funding page.

Who do I contact regarding tuition information?
Please visit the Bursar’s Office website.

Contact us at for more information about the program.

Contact Christine Tidwell at for more information regarding the admissions process.


Updated 06/21/2017

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