This advanced program is designed for students who have already earned their master’s degree in educational technology, education, or a related field. The program prepares teachers, educators, and others within education and training to enhance their understanding of incorporating technology into the educational environment and provide the tools and skills to find, utilize, and conduct research to advance their own use of educational technology.
Student Learning Outcomes - The graduate with an Education Specialist degree in Educational Technology will use the knowledge and skill obtained in the program to:
- Inspire, support, and participate in a shared vision for comprehensive integration of technology to create high quality, equitable learning and support transformational change throughout the instructional environment.
- Model effective technology integration, empowering learners to be active, collaborative, ingenious, and engaged.
- Establish and sustain productive relationships to enhance professional practice and learning outcomes.
- Model and support educators’ ability to design and differentiate instruction with technology to provide relevant, engaging experiences for all learners in diverse educational settings while engaging in continuous deepening of content, pedagogical, and technical expertise.
- Conduct needs assessments, develop technology related professional learning programs, evaluate impact and engage in continuous reflection for improvement.
- Model and promote digital citizenship.
- Utilize data to make informed decisions regarding instruction and learning.
- Interpret, conduct, and contribute to the scholarly research of the field.
Admissions Process - To be accepted into the program a student must have a Master’s degree and a minimum graduate GPA of 3.25. An applicant who does not meet the overall graduate grade point average must be classified as “a non -degree seeking student” until achieving a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.25 during the first nine hours of graduate study in the courses appropriate to the degree program.
Requirements - Students will earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit within an approved program of study beyond a master’s degree. Aided by an adviser each student shall select 16 credit hours of courses which may be from the required courses for the Master’s degree in Educational Technology, electives from the educational technology program or related courses from other program areas. The program concludes with a formal research component consisting of a research paper and/or a thesis.