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Instructional Technology (GrDip)

Graduate Diploma (GrDip)

Program overview

The Graduate Diploma in Instructional Technology prepares you for a career as a designer and developer of instructional materials and technology in educational settings. You will learn to evaluate learning materials and reorganize instructional systems to improve overall performance for individuals and organizations. You will learn to assess needs related to materials and technologies, apply sound learning theories and design solutions for classrooms and other educational organizations. The course draws on partnerships with start-ups, NGOs, corporations and universities to link classroom learning with real world training. We offer a "field work" option that gives you the opportunity to apply the skills you have learned in a work situation.

Program details

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with at least a major or the equivalent in any subject.
  • 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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits.

Please see the Education Courses page for course descriptions.

Instructional Technology Graduate Diploma (30 credits)

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

credits of Required Courses:

  ETEC 613 Learning Theories (3.00)
  ETEC 650 Fundamentals of Instructional Design (3.00)
  ETEC 651 Fundamentals of Human Performance Technology (3.00)


additional credits of Required Courses chosen from:


  ETEC 671 Administering Educational Technology Groups (3.00)
  ETEC 673 Consulting Skills for Educational Technologists (3.00)


credits of Elective Courses:

  EDUC 6000 Introduction to Educational Research Design and Methods (3.00)
  EDUC 6001 Experimental Design and Statistics (3.00)
  EDUC 6002 Qualitative Research in Education (3.00)
  ETEC 607 Philosophical Issues in Educational Research (3.00)
  ETEC 634 Communicating Instructional Content (3.00)
  ETEC 636 Evaluation in Education and Training (3.00)
  ETEC 637 Educational Gaming and Modelling (3.00)
  ETEC 652 Knowledge Management (3.00)
  ETEC 660 Introduction to Educational Computing (3.00)
  ETEC 662 Social Technologies and the Sociocultural Aspects of Learning (3.00)
  ETEC 665 Introduction to Digital Media in Education (3.00)
  ETEC 666 Contemporary Use of Simulation in Training and Education (3.00)
  ETEC 669 Designing and Developing Interactive Instruction (3.00)
  ETEC 672 Project Management (3.00)
  ETEC 676 Human Resources Development (3.00)
  ETEC 681 Fundamentals of Distance Education (3.00)
  ETEC 690 Field Experience (3.00)
  ETEC 693 Special Issues in Educational Technology (3.00)

Prior to applying, please email us to request the Instructional Technology program booklet. 

Your completed application will include:

Please apply online. Read the how-to guide for application procedures.

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Courses typically offered include:

  • Learning Theories
  • Research Methods
  • Fundamentals of Instructional Design
  • Fundamentals of Human Performance Technology

Consult the graduate calendar for a complete list of current courses.

Our faculty members are a diverse group of researchers committed to excellence in teaching, research and community service. They are well known for their strong research profiles that inform their teaching and afford graduate students the opportunity to work on cutting edge research.

Faculty research interests include:

  • pedagogical integration of technology
  • distance education and online learning
  • management of workplace learning and communication groups
  • digital media theory and production
  • collaborative action research
  • communities of practice and online communities
  • innovative emerging technologies for learning and performance

Take advantage of resources that are for the exclusive use of graduate students at our state-of-the-art facilities. Benefit from your own guaranteed research space, as well as privileged access to computer workstations and a media development lab.

Many of our graduate students and alumni have been published in a multitude of distinguished journals, including the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, the European Journal of Training and Development, the Journal of Information Technology Education, Review of Educational Research, Computers and Education, Educational Technology Research and Development and Personal Construct Theory and Practice.

The Department of Education Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Association (DOEIGSA) supports initiatives that encourage student well-being in the department and the university at large. The DOEIGSA aims to engage students in social issues, inside and outside the university, which are pertinent to education.

The Graduate Symposium in the Department of Education (GSDE) is an annual event that invites students across Canada to present their research. The GSDE is a student-run conference and offers you the opportunity to learn more about grant applications and event planning.

According to economic forecasts for the coming decade, educational technologists have strong employment prospects.  Our alumni find great success in a wide range of professional careers in instructional design, performance consultancy, and project management. 

Recent graduates can also be found working as:

  • training and support analysts
  • training managers
  • media developers
  • e-learning developers
  • curriculum developers
  • pedagogical consultants
  • process analyst
  • pedagogical/training consultants
  • manager of learning environments
  • educational technology advisors

Join our active Alumni Association with hundreds of members and large network of graduates that work in all four corners of the world.

We have an extensive list of established partnerships with employers, including:

  • Aviation industry
  • Cultural institutions
  • Education
  • Food industry
  • Gaming industry
  • Health sciences
  • Media industry
  • Public sector and NGOs
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
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