Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Educational Technology (MA) Program Apart?

The program is flexible and relevant for current and future education professionals of all types such as teachers, instructional technologists, educational administrators, instructional designers in companies and non-profit organizations. Teaching certification is not required for admission, though Michigan teaching certificate holders can earn an NP (Teaching with Technology) endorsement with 21 credits, as part of the MA program or independently. 


The program offers two tracks: (1) "Developer" for those who want to learn how to design innovative learning environments and activities, using existing and/or custom-built software, media mobile apps, and other technological tools, with a focus on practical uses in classrooms and other learning contexts; and (2) "Curriculum & Instruction" for those who want to focus on meaningful use of technology but not as much time on designing software or educational media.

All courses are offered online except for intensive "gatherings" held periodically in Michigan and around the world, which are focused on development and community-building. Attendance at a minimum of two gatherings is required for those in the Developer track; attendance is optional for those in the Curriculum & Instruction track.


The Educational Technology program empowers aspiring educational leaders to focus on the design of innovative educational projects within learning environments, and build a long-term network of creative educators. Students and alumni of the Educational Technology program automatically become part of our Institute for Innovation in Education: an incubator of ideas, projects, and partnerships at the intersection of technology and learning. Read more about the exciting Ed Tech innovation here


Educational technology courses are taught by highly experienced professionals who bring real-world knowledge and experiences to their instruction. To help ensure your success in the program, our faculty experts make themselves available to you online as well as in person.


As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, UM-Flint can tap additional resources, expertise, and contacts at our sister campuses in Dearborn and Ann Arbor to assist our students, their research, and other initiatives.


Educational Technology (MA)

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The Catalog is published annually and constitutes the official document of the University, although the information therein is subject to change at any time by official action of the University of Michigan-Flint. In the event such an action is taken, students affected will be advised by their units of the options available to them to complete their degrees. Every reasonable effort will be made to permit students to complete these programs or similar programs. Changes made to program and degree requirements, including general education requirements become effective the fall semester following approval and apply to all students admitted to the University that term and thereafter.

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  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • If applying for the NP endorsement, a Michigan teaching certificate is required; otherwise, certificate not required

In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.

teaching certification

Teaching certification is not required for admission to the MA in Educational Technology program, nor do students need to enter with an extensive technical background. However, Educators with Michigan teaching certificates are welcome to apply to earn an NP (Teaching with Technology) endorsement with 21 credits, either as part of the MA program or independently.


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Statement of Purpose describing your goals for entering the graduate program and how these goals connect to your views on teaching and learning
  • Résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably with at least one from an academic reference and one from an individual familiar with your teaching or professional work
  • A copy of your teaching certificate is required if you will be applying for the NP endorsement
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

Application Deadlines

The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month.

Application deadlines are as follows:     

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
  • Winter – November 15
  • Spring – March 15
  • Summer – May 15

*You must apply for admission by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, September 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.