Instructional Technology

  • Credits: 33
  • Degree:
    Master of Education

Program Description

Digital technologies are used throughout our society: in school, work place and at home. The Master of Education in Instructional Technology is for educators who embrace these technologies in order to offer the best educational experiences possible for their students. At the same time, they develop a sense of responsible, good digital citizenship. The program focuses on the technologies and also on pedagogy, which must change in tandem with the technologies. The teacher is no longer the primary source of knowledge in the classroom. The teacher is now an expert guide for students, overcoming limitations of geography and time in their quest for meaningful and useful knowledge. Their students no longer are passive recipients of information. Together, they are explorers, manipulators, and presenters of knowledge.

 

Learning Outcomes

Students gain broad knowledge of digital technology and pedagogy that is not restricted to any one set of hardware or software. They learn current best practices in education and teacher training. They become skilled and confident using technology for classroom use and professional presentations. They learn how to improve communication and collaborations using educational technologies. Their digital literacy skills, learned at the graduate level, apply also to K-12 environments. They become familiar with assistive technology resources for special education. They explore legal and ethical issues related to educational technology. They conduct research in the field and articulate and present their findings.

Careers

Graduates may work as educators in school, community and corporate settings. Teachers can re-direct their careers toward information technology and content development, increased participation in their school’s IT policy formation and evaluation of future technologies, and involvement in professional conferences. (The program does not currently lead to initial licensure).

Program Chair

Hormoz Goodarzy
hormoz.goodarzy@cambridgecollege.edu

Curriculum


Professional Seminar & Project
9
Credits
Professional Seminar I: Instructional Technology
EIT 691 2 credit(s)
The professional seminars support the members of the program as students, as teachers, and as professionals. The concepts of online collaboration and learning communities are presented and practiced to alleviate the organizational isolation found in school settings. Students confront issues by using constructivist theories and procedures that have been presented in other courses. The seminars also support students work on the independent learning project.
Professional Seminar II: Instructional Technology
EIT 692 2 credit(s)
The professional seminars support the members of the program as students, as teachers, and as professionals. The concepts of online collaboration and learning communities are presented and practiced to alleviate the organizational isolation found in school settings. Students confront issues by using constructivist theories and procedures that have been presented in other courses. The seminars also support students work on the independent learning project.
Professional Seminar III: Instructional Technology
EIT 693 2 credit(s)
The professional seminars support the members of the program as students, as teachers, and as professionals. The concepts of online collaboration and learning communities are presented and practiced to alleviate the organizational isolation found in school settings. Students confront issues by using constructivist theories and procedures that have been presented in other courses. The seminars also support students work on the independent learning project.
Independent Learning Project: Instructional Technology
EIT 800 3 credit(s)
The independent learning project is equivalent to a master’s thesis. They demonstrate mastery of the interdisciplinary curriculum and implementation of an innovative concept for using the Internet in an organizational or educational setting. Past examples of Independent Learning Projects include: the design of an online course curriculum for K-12 teachers; the re-design of a school system’s computer network considering issues of security, usability, management and cost effectiveness; and the development and delivery of a Website which promotes the educational, social, and cultural activities of a community service organization.
Courses
24
Credits

Educational Technology Elective - Upper level course (600 or higher) chosen with approval of program chair

Using the Computer as a Research Tool for Educators
EIT 600 3 credit(s)
Considering the expanse of information available on the Internet, educators need to develop effective Internet search strategies, sound criteria for evaluating and analyzing Web sites, and experience in integrating Web-based research into classroom research methods. This course trains educators to search, evaluate, and document online educational resources, for their own use as graduate students and for classroom use with their pupils. The course helps educators use the resources available on the Internet to nurture curiosity and facilitate knowledge acquisition in their classrooms.
Legal & Ethical Internet Issues for Educators
EIT 710 3 credit(s)
Who owns what on the Internet? What are the issues surrounding privacy and protection, selection of age-appropriate materials, and careful consideration of censorship options in an online environment? This course explores the highlights of intellectual property and copyright issues concerning educational materials, including the latest legislation and guidelines available. Students also examine privacy legislation, landmark censorship cases, and filtering issues. This course covers the current material dealing with content and authorship rights on the Internet, emphasizing plagiarism, copyright, and intellectual property.
Using Educational Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning
EIT 712 3 credit(s)
Through discussion, use of the latest hardware and software, participants explore computer based multimedia and communications technologies that enhance classroom instruction. This course is geared for PreK-12 teachers to experiment with the tools of the classroom with emphasis on math, science and language arts. Software and Internet applications are explored, including best practice applications. Focus is on developing technology-based thematic units that integrate theory, practice and standards in the language arts, science, and math classroom. Recent developments in technology integration regarding math and language with the No Child Left Behind Act are discussed.
Perspectives on Pedagogy, Curriculum and the Web
EIT 630 3 credit(s)
This foundation course explores teaching practices and their relation to broader theories of curriculum design. The course examines the relation between theory and practice within the context of networked learning environments. Students make connections between their own and others’ teaching practices, curriculum development strategies, and both the promises and pitfalls presented by technology and the Web. Opportunities will be provided to develop criteria for evaluating Web-based curriculum materials, assess appropriateness to teaching goals, and to create strategies for incorporating technology and the Web into existing curriculum. Further, class projects will engage students in examining current trends in curriculum reform, standards development, school change, and alternative assessment.
Impact of Technology on Education
EIT 703 3 credit(s)
Educators will improve teaching and learning in the classroom by using educational technology. The course includes an overview of technology’s impact on education, evaluation of educational software, integration of multimedia applications, the World Wide Web, curriculum frameworks integration, and hands-on experience in the development of instructional materials. Practical examples of successful schools are examined. Educators also gain experience with a variety of educational software related to the curriculum. Strategies for inclusion of special needs students are explored.
Assistive Technology: Modifying the Curriculum for Diverse Learners
ESP 615 3 credit(s)
How do we as educators implement the mandated requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that calls for assistive technology to be considered in each Individualized Education Program (IEP)? Educators in this course examine assistive technologies and the federal laws affecting the education of students and children with disabilities. They look at assistive technologies addressing seating and positioning, access to the technology, augmentative and alternative communication (low-tech and high-tech). Educators will also look at curriculum modifications using technology, and software that addresses these modifications and individual learning styles. They will have a comprehensive understanding of the various augmentative and alternative communications (AAC) methodologies, including the appropriate use of aids and devises.
Integration of Technology & Computer Applications in the Classroom
EIT 640 3 credit(s)
The use of information technology in the classroom and, in particular, the Internet, as tools for teaching has been growing exponentially since the advent of personal computers in classrooms. The spillover factors of home use for both students and instructors has created many new opportunities for teaching and learning. In this course teachers become familiar with the basic concepts of utilizing and harnessing this technology in their everyday classroom teaching and beyond. Topics include the elements of basic Design 1: HTML, evaluating and designing educational web sites according to UDL principles. Teachers are introduced to high quality freeware/shareware which can be used in graduate projects and in the classroom. .
Educational Technology Elective
3
Credits

One upper level course (600 or higher) chosen with approval of program chair.

Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

General Requirements

Official Transcript
Two Completed Recommendation Forms
Current Résumé

Personal Statement

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State Requirements

College students are required to comply with state laws regarding individual health insurance and immunization. Compliance requirements currently exist for students in Massachusetts, Virginia and Tennessee. Learn more

International Students – Additional Requirements

International Students will need to complete supplemental documentation when applying. International transcripts must also be translated prior to submission in order to be evaluated for applicability. Learn more about international student requirements.

Transfer Credit Request Form

Only needed if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer credit. Learn more about transferring credits.

 

Tuition

  • Credits:
    33
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $466
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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