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Master of Education in Educational Technology

M.Ed. in Educational Technology

Online Educational Technology degree candidates acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions to support student learning through the use of technology and to provide professional development and technical assistance to teachers and other school personnel. Courses apply directly to the educational technology challenges faced by schools and educational technology specialists to maximize effectiveness and improve student performance.

Become a master technology specialist with this online degree program. Start your application, or check admission requirements.

The Master of Education in Educational Technology program is intended for those seeking to serve as a technology facilitator. This program is not state-approved leading to an endorsement.

Program Summary

The M.Ed. in Educational Technology program prepares educators and other professionals to serve as technology leaders. Specifically, students will explore and evaluate current digital tools, develop pedagogical skills, and devise strategies to support learning through technology, including blended learning techniques. Students will also explore how to provide professional development and technical assistance to their adult colleagues. Coursework applies to both the K-12 classroom and other educational environments. This program is not designed to meet licensure or endorsement requirements.

A ​focus of study in Digital Learning and Teaching prepares candidates to serve as technology leaders and emphasizes new ways of thinking about technology and integration in the classroom. Candidates will acquire the knowledge and skills to support learning through the use of technology, and to provide professional development and technical assistance to educators. There will be an emphasis on how to design learning environments supported by technology, integrate technology into curriculum to maximize student learning, and student/teacher roles in the classroom. This program is not designed to meet licensure or endorsement requirements.


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Program Outcomes

(for students who are admitted or enrolled prior to February 22, 2016)

The Master of Education in Educational Technology degree program was designed to align with the technology facilitator standards set forth by the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE). These outcomes include the ability to:

  • Practice the integration of technology in educational environments to facilitate experiences that address the diverse needs of all learners.

  • Choose experiences and assessments that apply technology to engage learners through the implementation of research-based instructional strategies.

  • Design, develop, and implement technology-rich programs that model best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment.

  • Analyze research data and use the results to modify instructional methods and content and to guide learners.

  • Model safe, healthy, legal, and ethical uses of digital information and technology to teach digital citizenship and global awareness.

  • Participate in ongoing professional learning, research, and leadership in the profession.

Program Outcomes

(for students admitted or enrolled on or after February 22, 2016)

  • Practice professional skills and abilities in integrating technology in educational environments to facilitate experiences addressing the diverse needs of all learners.

  • Justify the selection of experiences and assessment options using theories, standards, and frameworks which engage learners through the implementation of research-based instructional strategies appropriate for digital delivery.

  • Demonstrate mastery of evidenced-based concepts and principles by designing, developing, and implementing technology-rich programs which model best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment.

  • Demonstrate leadership capacity, including the effective utilization of resources, to conduct and apply research, promoting continuous improvement at the organizational or program level to establish a culture of learning for diverse learners.

  • Model safe and healthy, legal, and ethical uses of digital information while effectively demonstrating approaches to civic and global accountability.

  • Investigate problems critical to the field which apply analytical inquiry, a range of resources, and diverse perspectives to assess elements of complexity to determine potential solutions.

M.Ed. in Educational Technology with a focus of study in Digital Learning and Teaching

Program Outcomes

  • Practice the integration of technology in educational environments to facilitate experiences that address the diverse needs of all learners.

  • Choose experiences and assessments that apply technology to engage learners through the implementation of research-based instructional strategies.

  • Design, develop, and implement technology-rich programs that model best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment.

  • Analyze research data and use the results to modify instructional methods and content and to guide learners.

  • Model safe, healthy, legal, and ethical uses of digital information and technology to teach digital citizenship and global awareness.

  • Participate in ongoing professional learning, research, and leadership in the profession.

  • Effectively integrate digital technology into curriculum to maximize student learning.

  • Identify and implement best practices in use of emerging technologies to support 21st century learning.

  • Design effective technology enhanced learning environments.

Terms

Sequence

Courses

1st

Dedicated 1st Course

TBD

2nd- 11th

Carousel Courses (taken in any order)

ET5023 Information Access and Evaluation

RES5153 Research Methods

ET5073 Educational Technology Planning

ED5123 Diverse Learners

ET5033 Technology for Learning and Assessment

ET5043 Technology Curriculum and Planning

ET5063 Technology for Staff Development

ET5083 Educational Technology Systems Management

 

Choose a 3-course

Focus of Study

Educational Technology Core Courses

ED5023 Assessment Strategies

ET5013 Responsible Technological Change

ET5053 Design of Learning Environments

 

Digital Learning and Teaching Courses

DL5013 The Digital Learner

DL5023 The Digital Educator

DL5103 Instructional Models for Digital Learning

12th

Dedicated Last Courses

Any course from above, plus

ET5091 Capstone Experience for Educational Technology

Total: 37 semester credits 







ED5153 Research Methods

This course enables students to become informed consumers of educational research and to develop skills that prepare them to carry out action research in their schools and classrooms. An emphasis is placed on providing students with knowledge that they can apply in determining whether particular research findings are relevant to their leadership and instructional practices and to distinguish between trustworthy and non-trustworthy research. Throughout the course, students identify the elements that scientifically-based research and action research share. Emphasis is placed on how research can become a vital and relevant tool for teachers and school leaders.

ED5123 Diverse Learners

This course reviews data related to the effectiveness of educational initiatives emphasizing evidence-based instructional design models used to assess and instruct students with diverse learning needs. Special attention is given to inclusion of traditionally underrepresented learner populations, i.e.: special education, LEP, economically disadvantaged, and ethnic minorities.

ET5013 Responsible Technological Change

Learners explore paradigm shifts, current trends and issues in popular and educational technology, and interpret how they have affected society, schools, teachers, and students. From the perspective of preparing students to be critical consumers of information and producers of knowledge in and out of the classroom, learners construct a historical timeline and discovery depicting shifts, trends, and issues in their own school/district Successful measures to manage the change process in educational reform are identified and applied to an appraisal of the timeline and discovery. Ethical and legal practices, including those related to intellectual freedom, privacy, and adaptive and assistive services are explored and applied to the evaluation of school technology policy and procedure manuals and the development of a technology mission statement.

ET5023 Information Access and Evaluation

In this course, learners investigate and use information access and retrieval tools to support classroom and professional research. Learners will also conduct an analysis of the information access and retrieval tools in their own schools, identify areas of need, and make recommendations for improvement based on costs and benefits. Principles of conducting effective searches and evaluating the quality, relevancy, and accessibility of information and information access tools are explored and practiced. Additionally, learners will explore legal and ethical issues related to information access. Finally, learners will learn how to use the advanced features of a multimedia presentation tool to prepare instruction that shares these issues, principles, and evaluation skills with both students and staff.

ET5033 Technology for Learning and Assessment

In this course, learners use and evaluate current and emerging technologies to improve learning and assessment. Learners are introduced to and then use a variety of multimedia tools to develop student learning projects that offer opportunities for the collection, tracking, and analysis of student achievement. Such tools may include Webquests, wikis, blogs, electronic portfolios, and online discussion forums. Learners then evaluate the ability of the technologies to support cooperative and student-centered learning environments, multidisciplinary teaching, problem-based learning, and the needs of a diverse learner population. Finally, learners prepare a standards-based unit plan to introduce one or more of the technologies to an identified student audience and an accompanying assessment tool.

ET5043 Technology Curriculum and Planning

Using principles, theories, and models of curriculum design, learners build a school- wide, standards-based technology curriculum that supports and enhances existing subject and content curriculum. Using the results of a current practices analysis, learners construct a measurable curriculum plan that promotes the integration and application of technology skills into the learning process, and that supports the needs for a diverse student population. Additionally, learners prepare an implementation timeline and presentation to introduce the curriculum. Both the timeline and presentation identify the supportive role of the educational technology leader in helping students to achieve the technology standards.

ET5053 Design of Learning Environments

Learners apply theories of learning psychology and models and principles of instructional design to the design of instruction and development of learning environments. Specifically, learners will analyze learning environments, learners, and learning tasks; identify and describe learning goals, objectives, and assessments; determine instructional strategies and appropriate learning and instructional materials; and design formative and summative evaluations. These tasks will be completed in the process of developing, simultaneously, a curricular unit for classroom and electronic distance learning environments. Learners will also explore current technology trends and issues as they apply to the instructional design process.

ET5063 Technology for Staff Development

Applying principles of instructional design and adult learning, students develop a technology curriculum that supports the professional growth of school faculty and staff. Upon the identification of technologies most commonly used in schools, learners will conduct a school-wide analysis of personal, professional, administrative, and instructional technology use. Additionally, learners identify and evaluate technologies to improve/facilitate productivity, communication, and instruction. Analysis and evaluation results will be used to prepare a curriculum plan and implementation timeline that introduces, develops, and reinforces technology skills and concepts. The role of the educational technology leader in this process will be evident. Learners will also prepare professional development plans for educational technology leaders to preserve their ability to effectively service students, faculty, and staff.

ET5073 Educational Technology Planning

This course prepares learners to apply research, evaluation, and technical writing skills to the development of a school-wide educational technology proposal and presentation to improve and maintain services. Learners also use these skills to seek alternative sources and prepare an application for educational technology funding. To develop the proposal, learners conduct a strategic analysis to identify existing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Factors to be assessed in the analysis and addressed in the proposal include hardware, software, budget, alternative funding sources, staffing, licenses, space utilization, and security. Upon proposal completion, learners prepare a presentation, using a variety of media presentation tools, to be delivered to the school board and/or community.

ET5083 Educational Technology Systems Management

Learners will become proficient in researching and evaluating networks, hardware, and software commonly used in educational settings. Learners will investigate and share issues related to planning, purchasing, integrating new systems, and supporting existing systems. Operating systems maintenance and trouble-shooting strategies will be explored in the context of developing an instructional manual and training for a technology management team. Security concerns related to identity protection and filtering will also be explored.

ET5091 Capstone Experience for Educational Technology (1 semester credit)

The Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout and as a result of this Educational Technology program. It does this by having candidates provide specific artifacts produced along with or as a result of their courses‘ application assignments. Candidates align their work with the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Educational Technology Facilitators as established by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in collaboration with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Opportunities to use technology in synthesizing and reflecting upon their learning and future are also provided, culminating in students‘ construction of their own online electronic portfolio to provide a highly personalized framework for their planning and professional documentation beyond graduation.

Focus of Study Courses

Digital Learning and Teaching Track

DL5013 The Digital Learner

This course examines the impact of technology on learning as well as how today’s student navigates a media-rich world. Topics include the human-computer interface, technology and the brain, diffusion of innovations, and connectivity through social media. The course considers trends and issues in educational technologies as well as research into the effects of technology on society.

​DL5023 ​The Digital Educator

This course uses a project-based approach in studying technology in education, best practices for classroom teachers, and strategies for professional development in light of emerging technologies. The course addresses 21st century standards for education, educators’ digital presence, cloud computing, and digital ethics.

​DL5103 ​Instructional Models for Digital Learning

This course draws from multiple disciplines to explore design and strategies for computer- and web-based learning. Special attention is paid to collaborative learning, interactivity, assessment, and best use of technology tools.

 

Semester Credits Tuition Per Credit Total Tuition
34 $235 $7,990

Applicable fees

  • Application fee: $50
  • Technology and library fee: $10.00 per credit hour (for a total of $370)
  • Program conferral fee: $100

2016 total program cost: $8,480. For more information, visit the tuition section.

​Total program cost for students who were admitted, re-entered, or changed programs before the February 22, 2016 term: $8,475.