Reasons to Earn Master’s in Educational Technology

Michelle Bouslog
Michelle Bouslog
M.A. Ed. in Ed-Tech, Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota

The use of educational technology in the classroom is amplifying students’ learning experiences by redefining activities and providing students with opportunities to learn in a way that was not possible a decade prior. However, in order to implement technology appropriately and to the greatest extent of its capabilities, teachers have to learn how to appropriately use it. Master’s degrees in educational technology are becoming widely popular. Many different types of classes make up a master’s degree in educational technology that shape one into becoming a better 21st century teacher, and there are  many skills that can be acquired through an ed-tech program. Additionally, the door to more career opportunities are opened by obtaining this degree. Here is what it looks like for one to set off on the master’s of educational technology journey.

How the Curriculum Prepares Educators

Master’s of educational technology classes are designed to prepare educators to utilize technology effectively in order to enhance student achievement. Programs explore various educational tools, and the appropriate approaches to unveiling them in a classroom. Along with familiarizing educators with valuable technology tools and their uses, other classes like ethical issues in educational technology bring awareness to moral philosophy in the context of lives and careers of educators. Curriculum and instruction provides a study for the educational leader in developing and implementing curriculum design, and effective instructional methods and strategies to use. Ed-tech programs typically also provide a diversity in education course to study the issues and approaches to educating a culturally and linguistically diverse population, as well as those with learning difficulties. Finally, students might complete a research capstone, either researching a chosen topic, reviewing a topic, or providing critical analysis of current educational research focused on a specific question.

Supporting 21st Century Student Learning/Career Opportunities

By receiving a master’s in educational technology, teachers become experts on effectively implementing technology to best support students in 21st century learning. Along with acquiring these skills through their coursework, teachers open other career opportunities for themselves.

A master’s degree allows a teacher to become a media specialist, an instructional technologist, instructional coordinator, or a chief learning officer. Other jobs such as eLearning developers, performance support specialists, curriculum development specialists, or interface and multimedia designers are options for educators with ed-tech degrees as well.

Educational technology is amplifying student’s learning experiences and redefining what it means to be a 21st century learner. A master’s degree in educational technology helps teachers acquire the tools they need to best support students’ academic needs through the use of technology. The courses teachers take throughout the educational technology master’s program open doors in the classroom, as well as options for advancing roles in education. The journey to obtaining a master’s in educational technology degree is one worth embarking on.

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