What does the M.Ed. Learning, Design, and Technology program encompass?
The M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology degree is a 30-credit online program that focuses on research-based best practices in theory and direct application to a wide variety of K-12 educational settings. The program is designed for career advancement and professional networking in one of the fastest growing segments of education. The curriculum guides students to develop knowledge and skills in inclusive instructional design, emerging technologies, digital media, pedagogical approaches, learning analytics, leadership, digital accessibility, and more.
Course work equips students to effectively integrate technology into lessons, facilitate learner-centered activities, and develop interactive professional development programs in a wide range of learning organizations. M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology courses focus on:
- Online learning management processes
- Online course design and delivery best practices
- Analytic and technical knowledge
- Knowledge and familiarity with various technologies
- Leadership and program management
- Collaboration with diverse educators in K-12
- Professional development training
- Evidence-based decision-making
- Planning and problem solving
- Communication with key stakeholders, both internal and external, in K-12 environments
What differentiates Point Park University’s M.Ed. Learning, Design, and Technology program from other schools that offer similar programs?
One important aspect of this new innovative program is that it was conceived and developed during the COVID pandemic. During this time, the need for effective, engaging learning strategies was in high demand to meet the needs of school districts as the educational landscape rapidly shifted and evolved for all K-12 settings. This shift necessitated the implementation of new methodologies for effective teaching, customized learning, innovative curriculum design, and instructional technology to address the demands placed on educators and learners.
Point Park University’s highly experienced faculty, leaders in their fields in online and virtual learning, carefully aligned research-based best practices, state and national standards with emerging needs, resulting in a curriculum that prepares students to be leaders in K-12 schools. The M.Ed. program in Learning, Design, and Technology also includes course work required for the PDE Certificate in Instructional Technology Specialist and a PDE Endorsement in Online Instruction, credentials critical to career advancement for 2021 and beyond.
What career opportunities are available to students who graduate from the program?
In 2020, the need for quality online learning for K-12 learners reached new heights. As more educators and learners further adapt and embrace this change, online learning will continue to be an essential part of all learning organizations and the demand for high quality delivery of content and instruction will continue.
The past decade has seen extensive growth in online education for K-12 learners, and the need for quality online educators is of paramount importance. Online learning will continue to be an essential part of all learning organizations, and the highest quality delivery of digital instruction will be a priority for all schools. This program focuses on instructional design, educational technology, and online teaching to meet the growing needs of schools.
Graduates will be prepared for careers and career advancement for positions such as: instructional technology specialists, online instructional designers, professional development trainers, online instructional coaches, digital learning support specialists, e-learning coordinators, technology learning support specialists, and more. Professionals in learning, design, and technology work in K-12 education in the classroom, administration, and in teacher professional development in this growing field.
The M.Ed. Learning, Design, and Technology is designed for those who work and teach in K-12 public, private, charter, or basic education learning environments. Graduate courses in the program prepare students to design, manage, and evaluate instruction in online, hybrid, and remote settings, the fastest growing segments of education and training in the 21st century. Graduates will be prepared for leadership positions in the learning, design, and technology field.
Why should a prospective student choose this program? Why should they choose Point Park University?
Point Park University is a leader in educational programs designed to prepare teachers and administrators for success in K-12 schools. Highlights of the M.Ed. program in Learning, Design, and Technology include:
- Fully Online 30-Credit Program – We understand adults have busy schedules! Point Park University Online allows you to work, study, and balance your personal life while earning a career-oriented degree in a flexible anytime/any place environment.
- Faculty – Point Park faculty are recognized experts in their fields, bringing valuable real-world experience to online learning.
- Cohort Model – Students can complete the M.Ed. in five semesters with a cohort of supportive peers.
- Skills-Based Curriculum – The M.Ed. curriculum builds valuable skills and knowledge through project-based learning assignments where theory is applied directly to diverse learning environments; assignments are customized to your career needs.
- Field Work and Practicum Experience – Authentic career-building experiences expand your professional skills while you work alongside school leaders and mentors in learning, design, and technology settings.
- Career advancement – Graduates are prepared for learning, design, and technology career opportunities.
Meet our faculty:
Dr. Vincenne Revilla Beltran – is Professor of Education in the School of Education and one of the early adopters of online teaching in the 1990s. Dr. Revilla has experience in the development, design, evaluation and delivery of traditional, blended, and online courses, and extensive consulting experience at all education levels. Dr. Revilla has received over $2.6 million dollars in grants for special projects and initiatives. Dr. Revilla’s research led to the development of the M.Ed. program in Learning, Design, and Technology.
Dr. Virginia Chambers – is an Associate Professor of Education at Point Park University. Dr. Chambers has developed new M.Ed. programs in reading specialist certification, as well as athletic coaching and administration. She has served as a Chair of Dissertations in the Doctoral Program, focusing on research on technology integration in K-12 settings.
Dr. Barbara Frey – is a recognized leader in the design, development, evaluation, and teaching of online programs. Dr. Frey is a prolific author of numerous publications in the field of online learning and digital accessibility. As a consultant, Dr. Frey has served professional organizations, community colleges, universities, and the military in the application of best practices for online teaching and learning. Dr. Frey was a consultant in the development of the M.Ed. Learning, Design, and Technology program.
Dr. Lorna Kearns – specializes in academic transformations at the course and program levels, pedagogical innovation, and the advancement of knowledge in the fields of higher education teaching, online and blended learning, and large-scale course redesign. Her experience spans all aspects of the planning, development, delivery, and assessment of online programs and courses. Dr. Kearns was a consultant in the development of the M.Ed. Learning, Design, and Technology program.