The Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) with a concentration in educational technology serves students who work in, or who intend to pursue careers in, higher education, business, industry, government and consulting. The program provides candidates with opportunities to explore and research emerging technologies for learning using AECT professional standards as a guide to development in the profession. Candidates in the program will discover effective ways to integrate these technologies in their chosen professional settings. Graduates will possess a broad and deep understanding of the practice of educational design and technology.
All criteria are considered when reviewing the candidates for admission to the educational technology M.Ed. degree concentration. However, no one criterion will be the sole reason for lack of admission to the program. Students should meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. If a 2.5 to 2.9 instead, conditional admittance will be considered.
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university (official transcripts required).
- Professional resume.
- Two professional letters of reference.
- Work experience is preferred.
- Two-three page written statement (double spaced) describing the student's professional background, the educational issues that the student would like to address in the master's program and long-term professional goals.
- Work samples: Two to three examples of how the student is designing and developing learning experiences, using technologies, etc.
- Online interview (to be scheduled once the application is received).
- $55 application fee.
Candidates will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to:
- Apply foundational knowledge and skills to the collaborative design and use of content, pedagogy and instructional technologies.
- Create conditions for learning by applying theories (e.g. learning theories, curriculum theory and communications theories) to authentic scenarios involving diverse populations.
- Use modern technologies and techniques (e.g. collaborative teamwork and rapid prototyping) to design and develop learning materials, media and environments that promote near and far transfer of content knowledge.
- Design and develop a strategic vision and plan for the implementation, management and evaluation of educational technologies, programs and systems.
- Use quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry to make data-driven decisions that inform practice in the discipline.
- Initiate, lead, facilitate and advocate for positive change and innovation in the educational technology workplace as new technologies, techniques and theories of learning, design and change emerge.
- Engage in and reflect upon one's own professional development, dispositions and growth in the discipline.
- Analyze, develop and evaluate professional development programs and initiatives that advance the technological, pedagogical and content knowledge of learners.
- Engage in ethical reasoning and decision-making by applying frameworks, policies and standards of ethical practice such as the AECT and ISTE-C professional standards and the JMU Ethical Reasoning in Action Eight Key Questions framework for ethical decision-making.
To complete a Master of Education degree with a concentration in educational technology, the candidate will complete a minimum of 31 to 33 hours of course work to include an educational core, educational technology core and advanced courses. LTLE 675 may be waived in some cases with prior permission from the program director. Thirty-three credits are required for all students except those who are able to waive LTLE 675. Applied Research Design by showing acceptable written evidence of meeting the course competencies. In addition to course work, candidates must successfully complete key assessments during the program of study.