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.
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 Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits.
12 credits – Required Courses
ETEC 513 - Learning Theories(3 credits)
ETEC 550 - Fundamentals of Instructional Design (3 credits)
ETEC 551 - Fundamentals of Human PerformanceTechnology(3 credits)
ETEC 571 - Administering Educational Technology Groups(3 credits)
ETEC 572 - Project Management(3 credits)
ETEC 573 - Consulting Skills for Educational Technologists (3 credits)
18 credits – Elective Courses
ETEC 507 - Philosophical Issues in Educational Research
ETEC 521 - Educational Cybernetics
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
ETEC 541 - Research Methods II
ETEC 552 - Knowledge Management
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
ETEC 581 - Fundamentals of Distance Education
ETEC 590 - Field Experience
ETEC 593 - Special Issues in Educational Technology
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 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
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: