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Educational Technology (EDTC) Master's Coursework

As outlined below, the EDTC program consists of some required courses, and a selection of optional courses. The required courses cover educational technology foundations, focusing on principles and practices common across the disciplines, and reflecting on the effects of multimedia and the Internet on current teaching practice. The optional courses explore educational technology topics in more depth in specific content areas or technologies in which the candidate wishes to prepare for providing effective leadership in order to make a positive impact on the future of schooling.

The EDTC program consists of three blocks of courses and a fourth block of internship experiences and exit requirements. In all, 33 credits are required for graduation.

Block 1. Core Courses: 6 credits

Every EDTC student must take the following core courses that ground the candidate in curriculum, technology and cognition. Both of these courses are 3 credit hours.

Block 2. Specialization Courses: 9 credits

Every EDTC student must take the following 3-credit specialization courses that introduce the candidate to the field of educational technology and provide authentic practice in multimedia and Internet technologies.

Block 3. Restricted Electives: 12-18 credits

In consultation with their advisor, EDTC students enroll in four to six of the following 3-credit courses that provide practical experience with emerging technologies, mobile web design, eLearning, assistive technology, and e-book authoring and publishing. The number of courses taken depends on the student’s exit strategy. Students who choose a credit-bearing exit strategy (3 or 6 credits) take fewer electives (typically 12 or 15 credits). Candidates earning this master's degree along with School Library Media (SLM) certification take 18 credits of SLM courses instead of electing the courses listed here. Candidates earning the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation take 12-18 credits of entrepreneurship certificate courses in lieu of the electives listed here.

Block 4. Internship and Exit Requirements

Every EDTC student must log a minimum of 50 hours working on field-based practicum experiences and internships. Students work with their advisor to complete the Application for Educational Technology Internship or Practicum form in order to gain approval for each internship or practicum activity. The program culminates in an action research project that the candidate submits in the form of a research paper or thesis at the end of the program. In order to be cleared for graduation, the candidate must pass all seven of the EDTC program assessments.

EDTC Program Requirements

Students admitted to the program must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and make steady progress toward assembling the portfolio of items required for graduation. All students take required core courses (6 credits) in curriculum (EDUC 638), technology and cognition (EDUC 650). All students enroll in three required educational technology courses (9 credits): EDUC 611, Introduction to Educational Technology; EDUC 685, Multimedia Literacy; and EDUC 621, Internet Technologies. Students complete the master’s coursework by taking educational technology electives (12-18 credits) that cover a broad range of topics across K-12 education (ISTE) as well as higher education and industry (AECT). Students who write a Master’s thesis take 12 elective credits plus 6 thesis credits. Students who do a major project take 15 elective credits plus 3 credits of independent study with their major professor. All other students take 18 credits of electives. It is in consultation with their advisor that students decide whether to write a thesis and which specific courses to elect in order to prepare appropriately for their intended workplace.

Note: EDUC 639 is an educational technology course number that appears multiple times in the list of EDTC course requirements and electives. Each time, EDUC 639 has a different course title. The School’s graduate curriculum committee recommended this use of EDUC 639 to enable the EDTC program’s faculty to create new course offerings that address needs in this fast-paced field without consuming a new course number each time.