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Master of Science 

Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology

Program of Study

You can complete this master's program online.

Educational and Social Thought: 3 credits

Sample courses: Teachers in Context; Communication, Technology and the Knowledge-Building Enterprise.

Human Learning and Development: 3 credits

Sample course: Learning in the Academic Disciplines.

Instructional Theory and Practice

Sample courses: Understanding Learning and Teaching, Systematic Design of Instruction.

Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology: 3 credits

Sample courses: Fundamentals of Program Development, Perspectives in Bilingual Education, Contemporary Patterns in Teaching, Media in Teaching and Learning, Educational Computing, Teaching and Learning with Logo, Approaches to English Grammar.

Research: 3 credits

Sample courses: Critical Introduction to Educational Research Paradigms, Research in Practice, Master's Thesis in Educational Theory and Practice.

Supporting Courses: 15 credits

Chose five courses in your area of interest.


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Dr. Jason Vickers at [email protected].


Career Paths

Earn NYS Professional Teacher Certification

The MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology at UAlbany is an alternative track to professional certification in teaching in the State of New York. The master’s is classified as a related program of study and is approved through the NYSED transcript review process.

Become a Trainer

Pursue a career training adult learners. In these positions, you apply principles of curriculum development, instructional design, and instructional technology in corporate training departments, and other education settings.

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"Distance learning at UAlbany was the best education experience I've ever had."

– Robert Keith ’15

UAlbany graduate at Commencement

The School of Education has been delivering exemplary online courses for more than 20 years. In 2019, UAlbany online graduate programs in education were ranked 8th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

You can earn your master’s degree part-time or full-time through online courses and/or campus-based evening and summer classes that work with your schedule.

In this designated OpenSUNY+ program, you also have access to comprehensive support services including a 24/7 help desk, online tutoring, and personal advising.

Admissions Requirements

Required Credentials & Deadlines
  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring: Rolling
  • Summer: Rolling

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

Required Application Materials:

  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Applicants need a 3.0 GPA to be eligible
  • Three letters of recommendation (At least one letter should be from a past professor, or someone who has worked with you in an academic setting and can evaluate your academic capability. The other two can come from individuals who have observed you in a professional context.  All the recommendations should come from people who would be able to evaluate your capability for academic success; who can evaluate your substantial work in education or your current field; who supervise your work in current employment and can speak to your capacity for collaborating, managing multiple projects simultaneously, as well as working independently; or who have observed your effectiveness in a professional or human-service context.  At least two letters of recommendation should provide evidence that you can succeed in graduate education.)
  • Statement of Goals. Guiding questions for Statement of Goals.
  • Copy of teaching certificate if applicable

For students holding initial NY State Initial Teaching Certification and seeking NY State Professional Teacher Certification, please visit the NYSED Master's Degree requirement website for regulations concerning appropriate degrees.

Special Notes

Completed applications that meet all admission criteria are typically reviewed within two weeks of receipt.

Please note that as of Spring 2017 admission and forward this program will require an overall TOEFL score of 85 or better, with no section below 20 for all International applicants who originate from non-English speaking countries. Applicants who have taken IELTS in lieu of TOEFL will need a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no section below 6.5 except for writing which cannot be below 5.5.

For students holding initial NY State Initial Teaching Certification and seeking NY State Professional Teacher Certification, please visit the NYSED Master's Degree requirement website for regulations concerning appropriate degrees.

Please note: This program offers an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience in the course listing as an option to fulfill course requirements. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Master of Science
  • The ability to integrate educational theory in the service of guiding effective instructional decision making
  • Use technology effectively to support collaboration and engagement in the process of knowledge construction
  • Promote meaningful, engaged learning for diverse students, regardless of their race, gender, ethnic heritage or cultural background

Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

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