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Graduate Bulletin

Educational Psychology/Learning Technology, Ed.M.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: April 1

Spring: November 1


Complete applications received by the published deadlines are guaranteed a decision for the upcoming semester. Those received after the stated deadlines are reviewed on a space-available basis. Applications are reviewed as they are completed, and applicants are notified of a decision in as timely a manner as possible.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from anyone familiar with the applicant's academic competence. In general, the most common source of these letters is college/university faculty members.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

No specific coursework is required for admission.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

Applicants should indicate their goals and objectives for obtaining a master's degree. This statement is evaluated against the program's mission. A typical goal statement contains the following items: the applicant's reason for seeking a master's degree, with a specific focus on the career to which s/he aspires; her/his research interests; and academic and job-related experiences, relevant to the program. A typical goal statement is 2 to 3 pages in length.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. While no minimum score is specified, it is expected that the score will be no less than the 50th percentile. The GRE must have been taken no longer than five years prior to application.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 100 iBT or 600 PBT.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Courses may be transferred as long as they were taken within the past five years and are relevant to the program. The academic advisor makes the decision about the relevancy of the coursework that the student seeks to transfer. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 33

Required Courses:


Choice of three technology electives from the following:


Three cognate electives may be selected from University-wide course offerings with approval of advisor.

Internship: Students are required to complete a practicum, which is taken near the end of their coursework. The practicum is listed as one of the core courses and is included in the 33 hours of required coursework. It consists of 100 hours of hands-on experience at a professional organization in line with the student's goals and objectives. The practicum experience is tailored to meet the unique education and career goals of each student. For example, K-12 teachers would serve an internship in an educational institution. Individuals interested in training would serve an internship in industry, medicine, or government. Apprenticeships can be served in one's current employment location.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

The master's comprehensive examination addresses the theoretical and practical issues: the how and why of technology in service of learning. It is taken at the end of the student's coursework. Students are asked questions that may focus on the following broad areas: (a) instructional design issues that include the psychology of the learner, cognitive processes, the teaching-learning process, instructional theories, human development, and individual differences; (b) application of technology topics that include clarification about the purposes and objectives of instruction, identification of various resources for facilitating learning, and operation and application of current and emergent technologies; and (c) management, consultation, problem-solving, and legal/ethical issues that include defining needs, monitoring progress, evaluating outcomes of instruction, and managing and maintaining facilities.

The comprehensive exam is given twice each year, in November and April. The exam is administered on a Saturday. The specific date for the exam is provided to the students when they apply to take the exam.

All faculty members write questions for and grade the comprehensive exam separately using a scale of High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, and Fail.  All tests are graded anonymously. The scores from all faculty members are aggregated. Students receive the modal score. If a wide variation is found among the scores, faculty discuss the performance. All Pass/Fail decisions are made anonymously.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Psychological Studies in Education (PSE)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091


Department Contacts:



Program Coordinator:


Graduate Chairperson:




About the Program

The Instructional and Learning Technology (ILT) program is designed for individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including K-12 educators and training professionals from higher education, business, industry, and government agencies. Students acquire specialized technology competencies to enhance their teaching, technical skills to support instructional uses of technology, and knowledge to organize and manage instructional technology programs.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Psychological Studies in Education (PSE)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091


Interdisciplinary Study:

A cognate area of 9 credit hours is required. The program is interdisciplinary in that students can select courses from: (a) programs within the Department of Psychological Studies in Education; (b) other departments within the College of Education; or (c) other colleges and schools throughout the University.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

Topics addressed in coursework include instructional design and theories of learning and instruction; application of technology, including current and emergent technologies; and management, consultation, and problem solving.

Job Placement:

Graduates typically pursue careers in K-12 educational settings as instructional technology specialists; as trainers in corporate, government, or medical settings; or in higher education.


Not applicable.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

Students may take up to 9 credits prior to admission. In general, all of the program's courses are open to non-matriculated students.

Financing Opportunities

Funding is not offered at this time.

Updated 10.16.12