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Applied Technology in Education

Master of Education

About This Program

Program Purpose

The Master of Education in Applied Technology in Education program is designed for individuals who want to advance their knowledge and skills in current information and communication technologies. Candidates study research-based practices to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to design digital-based instruction and transform learning environments that promote student learning and engagement in digital-rich learning environments. The program addresses topics related to creativity and innovation, digital-age learning experiences and assessments, digital citizenship, and professional growth and leadership.

Program Competencies

The standards and program competencies adopted for the Master of Education in Applied Technology in Education degree program are the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS•T) issued by the International Society for Technology in Education (2008). The M.Ed. in Applied Technology in Education degree program is designed to enable candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the following program competency standards:

Upon program completion, graduates will:

  1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
    Candidates use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.
  2. Design & Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences & Assessments
    Candidates design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS•T.
  3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
    Candidates exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.
  4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
    Candidates understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.
  5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
    Candidates continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.

Outcomes Assessment

Multiple assessments are used to determine candidate growth toward achievement of the knowledge and skills described in the Master of Education: Applied Technology in Education degree program competencies and the college-wide graduation competencies. Performance-based assessments are used to evaluate individual and collaborative projects, research endeavors, and assignments. Goals, learning outcomes and activities, external assignments, and assessment strategies are linked directly to program and graduation competencies as stated on each course syllabus. Other assessment strategies may include mentoring sessions and observations of performance-based projects in virtual or authentic settings. A standards web-based presentation portfolio completed during the program will show the candidate’s level of expertise in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and experiences described by the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS•T).

Program Design

Candidates are expected to satisfactorily complete all requirements associated with the M.Ed. in Applied Technology in Education degree program. The 33-credit degree program consists of 15 credit hours of technology courses and 18 credit hours of teaching and learning courses. All technology courses are offered in either a hybrid or online format. Technology courses (EDT prefixes) must be taken in a numerical sequence, beginning with EDT 6005 Available Online and ending with EDT 6045 Available Online. The program requires that candidates be working in an educational setting or a training center to complete the program competency assignments. There is a non-credit E-Folio course requirement.

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2015 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.