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Instructional Technology Graduate Diploma

Admission Requirements

Entry into the program is based on the individual backgrounds of applicants, who must possess a bachelor's degree with at least a major or the equivalent in any subject. The program is open to full-time and part-time students without preference. An interview may be required.

Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.

Requirements for the Diploma

  1. Credits. A fully-qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 30 credits.

  2. Course requirements will generally be completed in one year, including a summer term, or the equivalent.

  3. Courses. All candidates are required to take ETEC 513, ETEC 550, ETEC 551; and ETEC 571, ETEC 572, or ETEC 573 for a total of 12 credits, plus a minimum of 18 credits selected from the elective courses.

  4. Research papers, essays, examinations or preparation of audio-visual materials may be required as part of the work for individual courses.

  5. Language Competency Requirement for All Students. French or other language requirements for students undertaking a field experience are determined and assessed by the hosting organization. It is the student's responsibility to attain the competency level required.

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.

  2. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation page for further details regarding the Time Limit requirements.

  3. Graduation Requirement. To graduate, students must have completed all course requirements with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.


A number of courses selected from the following list will be offered in either summer, fall or winter terms.

Required Courses

ETEC 513 Learning Theories (3 credits)
The primary goal of the course is for students to develop a critical understanding of classic and contemporary theories of learning, such as behaviourism, cognitivism, neo-cognitivism, and socio-constructivism as they inform instructional practice. Secondary course goals include enhancing students' abilities to: a) read and evaluate the primary literature in the area; b) present and write within the discipline; c) evaluate applications of theory to practice; and d) collaborate professionally including via computer conferencing.

ETEC 550  Fundamentals of Instructional Design (3 credits)
This course introduces students to instructional design, which refers to both the systematic process for preparing learning materials as well as to the theories and principles that guide that work.  Working on a real-world project, students directly engage in the process and prepare an instructional program.
Note: Students who have received credit for ETEC 512/712 may not take this course for credit.

ETEC 551 Fundamentals of Human Performance Technology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ETEC 550.
Building on the base of instructional design, this course introduces human performance technology (HPT).  HPT is a set of principles and methods for identifying and solving problems that cannot be solved through instructional programs alone.  Working on a real-world project, students design a variety of non-instructional interventions.
Note:  Students who have received credit for ETEC 512/712 may not take this course for credit.

ETEC 571 Administering Educational Technology Groups (3 credits)
This course prepares students to integrate into the real-world practice of educational technology and to eventually assume leadership positions in organizations. Through readings, experiential learning activities, and other assignments, this course introduces students to the basic themes of administering educational technology groups: (a) business management—successfully competing for work and resources needed to complete it; (b) project management—planning work and overseeing its progress; and (c) people management—establishing and managing expectations of, and relationships with, members of the group.
Note: Students who have received credit for ETEC 591/701 may not take this course for credit.

ETEC 572 Project Management (3 credits)
This course focuses on project management and its application to the fields of education and training. Special attention is made on the different components of a project, but reviews of project management as a discipline, a process and a system are also undertaken. Following the established methodology proposed by national and international project management organizations, this course introduces the processes, skills, techniques and software tools required to effectively manage a project. Specific educational examples and cases of real-life projects are included in the course to describe how project management techniques can be used in education and training.
Note:  Students who have received credit for ETEC 594/704  may not take this course for credit.

ETEC 573 Consulting Skills for Educational Technologists (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ETEC 550.
This course prepares educational technologists to adopt the consultative approach that is central to the profession. Specifically, this course develops the key competencies needed in consultative work in schools, higher education, workplace learning groups and non-profit organizations. These competencies include building awareness of the client organization, supporting clients in making effective choices, developing agreements with clients that include the scope, schedule and budget of projects, managing project communications and changes throughout a project, and interacting effectively with clients.
Note: Students who have received credit for ETEC 673 or for this topic under an ETEC 593/693 number may not take this course for credit.

Elective Courses

The department currently offers the courses listed below. Each course is worth 3 credits unless otherwise indicated. The pattern of courses offered may vary from year to year. Detailed information on the courses offered in a given year is available from the department.

ETEC 507  Philosophical Issues in Educational Research
There are a number of important philosophical questions that lie behind the everyday practice of education research. The questions include: What does it mean to say that research in education is “scientific”? Is science (and, by extension, educational research) really value neutral and objective? What kinds of education research should count as legitimate? In the first part of the course, various definitions of science, for example, those of Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn, and some influential critiques of the scientific enterprise are examined. In the second part of the course, some of the ongoing debates about appropriate research methods in education are analyzed.
Note: Students who have received credit for ADIP 501 or ESTU 601 or ETEC 607 may not take this course for credit.

ETEC 521 Educational Cybernetics
Students who have received credit for ETEC 506/606 may not take this course for credit.
ETEC 535 Principles of Educational Message Design
ETEC 536 Evaluation in Education and Training
ETEC 537 Educational Gaming and Modelling

ETEC 540 Research Methods I
This course provides an introduction to research methodologies germane to the field of educational technology. Students acquire competencies in analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating empirical research that employ quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies. Special emphasis is placed on acquiring skills to critique and review literature in educational technology.
Note: Students who have received credit for ETEC 548/648 may not take this course for credit.

ETEC 541 Research Methods II
Prerequisite: ETEC 540.
In this course students develop a proposal, design a pilot study to investigate a research problem, and later analyze the data. Projects may use quantative or qualitative methodologies.
Note: Students who have received credit for ETEC 548/648 may not take this course for credit.

ETEC 552 Knowledge Management
Students who have received credit for ETEC 567/667 may not take this course for credit.
ETEC 560 Introduction to Educational Computing
ETEC 562 Social Technologies and the Sociocultural Aspects of Learning
ETEC 565 Introduction to Digital Media in Education
ETEC 566 Comtemporary Use of Simulation in Training and Education
ETEC 569 Designing and Developing Interactive Instruction
ETEC 576 Human Resources Development
ETEC 580 Global Perspectives in E-Learning
Students who have received credit for ETEC 555/655 may not take this course for credit.
ETEC 581 Fundamentals of Distance Education
Students who have received credit for ETEC 592/702 may not take this course for credit.
ETEC 590 Field Experience
ETEC 593 Special Issues in Educational Technology

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