The Master of Arts in Education degree in the Department of Educational Technology focuses on the use of technology to support teaching and improve learning. This innovative program gives teachers the skills necessary to transform their curriculum for the 21st century through the integration technology and participatory learning.
Graduate students in the program examine current educational theory and practice, and explore a variety of viewpoints to reflectively develop their professional competence and teaching style. They explore social issues affecting students and expand their awareness of and respect for the unique development of each student. This program builds on the belief that teachers and students should be actively involved in their learning and they should have authentic audiences for their work. The use of innovative technology and many Web 2.0 applications are explored that support this type of teaching and learning.
During their course work, graduate students consider effective collaboration with and accountability to students, parents, colleagues and the community. Reexamining the development of the values and professional ethics in the age of technology, students gain greater intellectual and ethical insight. Students assess themselves on established professional teaching and technology standards, and develop professional growth plans.
The mission of the Educational Technology program is to educate candidates in the field of technology integration by providing candidates with the knowledge base necessary to transform curricula and teaching practices for the 21st century. Candidates examine current educational trends, issues, ethics, and theory while meeting teaching and technology standards in order to meet the changing needs of all students.
Program Learning Outcomes:
After completion of this program, candidates will:
- Understand the teaching standards, including the dispositions expected of professional educators, that are able to accurately describe, assess, and reflect on best practices as they pertain to their development as teachers.
- Make commitments to engage in ongoing professional development as master degree candidates that focus on teaching strategies, technology integration, and learner outcomes. In addition, the candidates must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
- Be able to design instruction, effectively use a variety of instructional strategies, and adapt instruction to encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills of all students.
- Continually examine and evaluate technology and the impact it has on student learning. Candidates will collaborate with peers, professional colleagues, and community members while designing multimedia projects to promote effective teaching and student learning.
- Have knowledge and skills in researching, planning, budgeting, reporting, and evaluating grant proposals integrating technology. The major emphasis is on the application of analytical thinking, problem solving, persuasive writing, collaborating, and assessing outcomes through practical experience to obtain funding for project initiatives.
- Demonstrate understanding of the technology tools used to create and maintain online courses, best practices for online teaching and learning, and develop their own online course/unit.
- Demonstrate current best practices in the integration of mobile technology and learning through productivity and classroom work flow. Candidates will meet the diverse needs of their students’ through learning extensions.
Online Teaching Certificate Program Learning Outcomes:
The Online Teaching Certificate Program Learning Outcomes are aligned with the Wisconsin Department of Instruction Guidelines for an Online Learning Certificate. After completion of this program, candidates will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), the knowledge, skills and dispositions expected of professional educators and be able to accurately describe, assess, and reflect on best practices as they pertain to their development as online instructors.
- Demonstrate the pedagogy, methodology, facilitation methods, and assessment methods necessary for effective instruction in the online environment. The candidates demonstrate understanding of the technology tools used to create and maintain online courses, best practices for online teaching and learning, and develop their own online course/unit.
To receive the Master of Arts in Education degree with an Educational Technology emphasis, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Completion of the coursework or its equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
- Grades below C are not counted toward meeting degree require
- Successful completion of all three program gates
- Submit an application for degree completion
EDT 650 Foundations of Educational Technology, 3 cr.
EDT 652 Innovations in Education, 3 cr.
EDT 654 Educational Telecommunications, 3 cr.
EDT 655 Developing Grant Proposals Integrating Technology, 3 cr.
EDT 658 Teaching and Learning with Multimedia, 3 cr.
EDT 661 Educational Hardware and Systems Support, 3 cr.
EDT 670 Mobile Learning, 3 cr.
EDT 672 Teaching and Learning Online, 3 cr.
EDT 674 Learning with Technology: Effective Strategies, 3 cr.
EDT 680 Technology and Leadership In the Information Age, 3 cr.