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ED.S. Educational Technology

The Education Specialist in Educational Technology is an ideal program of study for professionals in education and/or training who already have a master’s degree, but who wish to improve technology leadership or faculty development roles or who want to use technology more effectively for improved student engagement and learning.
Those who seek the EdS are K-20 educators, technology coaches or integration teachers, media specialists, school administrators, instructional designers, curriculum or training developers, and many other closely related fields.

Boise State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (see our Accreditation page).

For more information:
Dr. Ross Perkins, Ed.S. Program Coordinator
College of Education, Education Building, Room E-312
(208) 426-4008  ~

Program Overview

The Ed.S. in Educational Technology program at Boise State University can be completed entirely online; there are no on-campus or in-person requirements. All courses and exams/defenses can be completed at a distance, though in some cases synchronous (same time) attendance is required.

Students are encouraged to count previous graduate-level courses toward their cognate or elective credit requirements. Any transfer credits must have been taken within five calendar years of the time of admission to the program, as well as meet other Graduate College requirements. Advising on specific transfer courses will only be provided to those who have been extended an invitation to join the program.

Assuming no transfer hours, and assuming enrollment in two classes in fall & spring, and one summer class, a student could potentially complete the degree (33 credit hours) in two and a half years.

Learn more about the EdS in the Advanced Graduate Programs in Educational Technology digital handbook.

Program Costs and Financial Aid

The current cost, per 3 credit hour course, is $1,642 for 600-level classes, and $1,309 for 500-level classes. This represents one of the best values for online graduate programs in the country. Any  increase must be approved by the University and the Idaho State Board of Education. The last increase in Ed Tech fees was in Spring 2016, but the previous increase was in 2011.

The cost is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Because the Department of Educational Technology is a self-support program, employees of the university do not receive a tuition break.

Departmental Financial Support

Admission Requirements

We admit students three times per year for the Ed.S. program. Application materials must be submitted by the following due dates:

For Fall enrollment consideration: August 1st
For Spring enrollment consideration: December 1st
For Summer enrollment consideration: April 1st

Admission to the program requires a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and admission to the Graduate College. In addition, the academic and experiential background of the applicant must be judged by the Graduate Program Coordinator to be adequate for enrollment in graduate courses in educational technology. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. In order to be considered for admission to the Ed.S. program, applicants should have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and an overall graduate GPA of 3.5 or above. GRE scores are not required for the Ed.S. program application. The application packet should follow directions detailed in Ed.S. Application Guide.

Degree Requirements

For more information about specific courses, go to

Education Specialist in Educational Technology
Course Number and Title Credits
EDTECH 602 Emerging Trends in Educational Technology
EDTECH 604 Leadership in Educational Technology
EDTECH 650 Research in Educational Technology
EDTECH 651 Introduction to Statistics for Educational Technology
Available cognates include technology integration, blended and online teaching and learning, educational games and simulations, e-learning design, and technology leadership.
A list of approved electives is maintained on the Department of Educational Technology website
Culminating Activity
EDTECH 680 Education Specialist Final Project
Total 33