So, I will return to the "classroom" in the spring as a student. I have decided to pursue a master's degree in instructional technology (or related). Application submitted University of Tennessee, Knoxville M.S. in Education: Instructional Technology The program is online with synchronous classes one day each week for each course. *Option to be awarded a graduate certificate in online teaching & learning along the way https://catalog.utk.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=35&poid=17723&returnto=4809 Considering University of Memphis M.S. in Instructional & Curriculum Leadership: Instructional Design & Technology This is an online, asynchronous program. *Option to be awarded a graduate certificate in IDT Instructional Design & Technology along the way https://www.memphis.edu/idt/programs/ddms.php Tennessee Technological University M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction: Educational Technology This is mainly an online, asynchronous program. However, the research courses have synchronous requirements of one day per week, every other week. *Option to be awarded a graduate certificate in IDT Instructional Design & Technology along the way https://catalog.tntech.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=35&poid=4835&returnto=7676 For this program, the GRE/MAT is required. A waiver is available for those who have "successfully passed EdTPA, Praxis, and teaching license requirements with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher." However, I emailed the chair, and he stated, "We do not typically waive the MAT/GRE requirement, but if you wanted to request a departmental evaluation from Graduate Studies, I’d be glad to review your file. I’m definitely open to considering a waiver taking your past degrees into account. I’ve copied our Grad Studies representative on the message." UT and UM are R1, while TN Tech is R2. I love the TN Tech colors (primarily purple). I also like the fact that it's a STEM-focused school, and I am seeking an instructional technology degree. UT no doubt has the best reputation. As far as cost, I am not concerned because I get up to 9 credits paid for each semester at these schools. I don't plan to take more than 6 credits each semester. Any thoughts about the schools or programs? Should I wait to hear from UT before applying for the others?