Concordia-Chicago’s Graduate Online Programs Receive Top Ten National Ranking

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Concordia University Chicago has been recognized by for having one of the best online master’s in educational technology degree programs in the country. Concordia-Chicago’s MA in Educational Technology and the MS in Instructional Design and Technology ranked ninth nationally for 2016. Concordia-Chicago was the only university in Illinois and one of the few Midwest universities to receive a ranking in these areas of study.

Concordia-Chicago’s MA in Educational Technology is designed to empower K-12 private and public educators to implement technology in the classroom to supplement and enhance teaching. The degree meets certification standards set forth by the International Society for Technology in Education and the Association for Educational Communication and Technology. As the field of educational technology experiences rapid growth, careers involving educational technology offer excellent career mobility.

The MS in Instructional Design and Technology program teaches methodology similar to the MA in Educational Technology, but prepares students to design and integrate technology in teaching environments beyond the traditional K-12 classroom including corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. Instructional design professionals holding master’s degrees find career avenues in the academic, government, and profit and non-profit sectors.

Concordia-Chicago’s highly respected and well-ranked programs offer a competitive advantage to those seeking career advancement in these disciplines. “We’re training students to thrive in a fast-changing technological environment for social, distance and mobile learning media,” said Chris Lilly, PhD, Chair of the Education Technology department. Industry analysts note that design and technology has changed dramatically over the last several years and will continue to grow and evolve with the rapid introduction and adoption of emerging technologies and new approaches to teaching and learning.

The ranking of Concordia-Chicago’s MA in Educational Technology and MS in Instructional Design and Technology is based on school information— including graduation rate, tuition, and financial aid rate —sourced from the most recent information available in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a resource maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics, as well as the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, the College Board, Institution of Education Sciences, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Visit website to learn about Concordia-Chicago’s highly-ranked online Master’s programs. For information about the MA in Educational Technology, contact Sara O’Lena at or (708) 957-5994. For information about the MS in Instructional Design and Technology. contact Tina Lilly at or (708) 209-3134.