Program Highlights & Benefits
Online, cohort format
1.5 year completion time
Earn M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology in addition to an Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate and Online Instruction Endorsement
Advance education and professional development in Education Technology field
Professional educators seeking a Master’s in Education in Learning, Design, and Technology along with an Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate and Online Instruction Endorsement.
What You Learn
The program prepares students to design, facilitate, manage, and evaluate digital instruction in online, hybrid, and remote settings — the fastest growing segments of education and training in the 21st century. Course work equips students to effectively use hardware/software, integrate technology into lessons, facilitate learner-centered activities, and develop interactive professional development programs in a wide range of learning organizations. Scholarly research, interactive learning, and inclusive participation are required of all students.
Pennsylvania certified K-12 teachers or credentialed teachers in states that have reciprocity with Pennsylvania may earn an Instructional Technology Specialist Certification or an Online Instruction Endorsement. The Instructional Technologist Specialist Certificate consists of 15 credits and the Online Instruction Endorsement Certificate consists of 12 credits.
How You Learn
Online Format: This is an online cohort program. No face-to-face class meetings are required, but students will be engaged in an active and engaging online classroom environment that includes assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. The program is comprised of 30 credit hours, including a Practicum course in which students work with certified Instructional Technologists in schools, districts, or intermediate units. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average throughout the course of study to be able to continue in the program. You will finish one 3-credit course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in a little over 1.5 years.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Synthesize learning theory, design methods, and technology resources to address the learning needs of diverse populations in a variety of educational and training settings.
- Develop and implement effective instructional and learning strategies that incorporate multimedia principles, copyright compliance, and digital accessibility for use in online and remote instruction environments.
- Integrate instructional design and technology into curricular planning and direct instruction for multiple settings.
- Design and execute plans for conducting administrative activities related to online learning initiatives including needs analysis, strategic planning, and program evaluation.
- Apply management and leadership skills from current research to a variety of online educational settings.
- Apply qualitative and quantitative research methods as evidence-based practice to solve problems in online education settings.
- Assess teaching and technology resources for educational and training settings.
- Apply nationally recognized, established research-based standards for quality teaching, design and learning.
|EDUC 579||Learning Technologies for Educators||3|
|EDUC 504||Instructional Methods for Digital Teaching and Learning||3|
|EDUC 534||Online Teaching: Design and Delivery||3|
|EDUC 580||Instructional Technology Administration and Management||3|
|EDUC 581||Innovative Instruction and Leadership||3|
|EDUC 528||Assessment and Evaluation of Online Teaching and Learning||3|
|EDUC 529||Issues and Trends in Digital Learning||3|
|EDUC 539||Research in Learning, Design and Technology||3|
|EDUC 603||MEd -Field Work||3|
|EDUC 604||MEd -Practicum||3|
|Total Credit Hours:||30|
Students who enroll in the M.Ed. program may, at the discretion of the School of Education, transfer up to 6 graduate credits from other institutions provided those credits carry a grade of B or above. Courses with grades of B- or below will not be accepted. Only graduate credits from courses relevant to the Learning, Design, and Technology program will be accepted, as determined by the Director of the Graduate Studies in the School of Education. Students who enroll in the Instructional Technology Specialist program may transfer up to 3 credits. There are no transfer credits permitted for the for Online Instruction Endorsement.
Graduation requirements for the M.Ed. program include:
- Successfully completing 10 required courses in the program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and no grade in any course lower than a C
- Completing a capstone practicum experience