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All About Concordia University St. Paul’s Educational Technology Master’s Program

What does the program encompass?

Guided by the Program Essential Question, “In light of what we know about how children learn and education policy and practice, how shall educators best utilize technology to enhance student achievement?,” Concordia University St. Paul’s M.A.Ed. with emphasis in Educational Technology is a ten-course program designed for practicing educators, technology specialists/integrationists, and administrators. Students work through the program in a cohort model which promotes collaboration and community. Courses scaffold and help learners build a deeper understanding of how to intentionally and effectively incorporate technology into teaching and learning. The program creates a solid, practical foundation for our graduates, many of whom become technology leaders in their teams, schools, and districts.

The first half of the program focuses specifically on educational technology, guided by a philosophy of relevance and applicability for classroom teachers and building leaders. Beginning with foundational concepts key to technology integration into curriculum, courses go on to: compare models of classroom technology integration, create lessons and units utilizing a wide variety of educational technology tools, address legal, ethical, and policy issues surrounding integrating educational technology, explore the design and implementation of effective professional development, and more. Throughout every course, students have the opportunity to individualize and create products that will benefit their students, classrooms, and faculty and to collaborate with cohort members, discussing what is happening in their classrooms and celebrating new learning.

The second half of the program is bookended with research courses where students create a research question and ultimately, write a Capstone paper. The Capstone focuses on an aspect of educational technology that is of interest to the student and answers the Program Essential Question. Instructors skillfully and compassionately support and guide students through the research and writing process. Additionally, in the second half of the program, students explore current issues relating to ethics, diversity, and inclusion and have one final investigation of curriculum and instruction, showcasing lesson design and incorporation of educational technology.

What differentiates Concordia University St. Paul’s Educational Technology program from other schools that offer a similar program?

Concordia University St. Paul’s M.A.Ed. with emphasis in Educational Technology program offers two key differentiators: its relevance to students and the passionate, practitioner-instructors who lead each course. With a philosophy of relevance and applicability for classroom teachers, courses carefully balance pedagogy with andragogy and, in doing so, provide meaningful engagement opportunities for students. Assignments are designed to encourage students to individualize the work they create. Graduates regularly comment on how they were able to implement things they learned in class the next day in their classrooms.

Program instructors are dedicated practitioners who are able to help their students maximize the learning opportunities they have and broaden their professional ed tech and education-focused networks. Instructors walk with students through each course and responsively provide individualized resources, feedback, and design timely learning activities for weekly live chat sessions. Responses in “End of Program Surveys” regularly include how kind, caring and knowledgeable the instructors are; students truly value the relationships that are built with their instructors in each 7-week course.

What career opportunities are available to students who graduate from the program? Why should a prospective student choose the program?

Students in the Educational Technology program can choose if they would like to earn an Educational Technology Graduate Certificate by completing the first five courses, or complete a full M.A.Ed. with an emphasis in Educational Technology. Program graduates, with either a Certificate or M.A.Ed., move ahead in their careers in the classroom, buildings, districts, and beyond. Some continue to be fantastic classroom educators, recognized by their peers and school leadership for having a deeper understanding of how to intentionally and effectively incorporate technology into teaching and learning; they are also more confident in their abilities to guide their students through new endeavors integrating educational technology. Program graduates are also confident in their abilities to share with peers and provide coaching and professional development within their teams, faculty and schools. They become go-to people in their buildings as they have a solid understanding of the how and why technology should (or should not) be used to support teaching and learning.

Program graduates also shift into positions outside of the traditional classroom. The emphasis on current research and trends focusing on technology integration is an incredible asset when working on curriculum development and the exploration of quality professional development helps program graduates shift into professional development or educational technology coaching roles within schools, districts and universities. Program graduates also find themselves designing educational outreach opportunities for students, families, and communities and helping build parent and school community awareness of and commitment to effective and appropriate use of technology at home, in schools, and globally.

Concordia University St. Paul’s M.A.Ed. with emphasis in Educational Technology is a rich, relevant program, and the options for a program graduate are diverse and vast. We hope you consider joining an upcoming cohort and embarking on an exciting exploration of educational technology. This program will positively transform your mindset and practice surrounding the integration of technology into your teaching and learning.