M.Ed. in Technology Integration Coursework

Candidates seeking the Master of Education in Instructional Technology will take the following 30 credit hours of coursework.

EG 5103 Data-Driven Learning Culture (3)

This course will focus on using data to guide planning, instruction and evaluation at the classroom, school and district level. The student will exhibit an understanding of basic statistical analysis and research design and methodology. The course will address best practices for analyzing and evaluating the rigor of curriculum and instruction and monitoring the school’s curricular program, as well as supporting a systematic process of student/teacher assessment and improvement, coaching, and supervision and family engagement. The student will identify a problem that can be investigated using action research, clarify the problem, propose a solution and determine appropriate methodology for the research. In some programs, the student will complete the action research project in EG5363.

EG 5203 How We Learn (3)

The student will participate in an advanced study of learning theories, human growth and development, and motivation, including cognitive, emotional and physical characteristics of children in various age groups. The course will explore current brain research on teaching and learning, the importance of metacognition and strategies that increase student learning. The student may use case studies and clinical observations to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to identify different learning styles among students and to develop appropriate instructional strategies. Students will learn observation methods used to evaluate and improve instruction.

EG 5213 Instructional Design (3)

This course examines research on effective instruction, strategies to foster student learning at higher levels and ways to demonstrate that students are meeting high standards. In addition to learning strategic planning for instruction, the student will exhibit skills and knowledge necessary to research, design and implement instruction for student success in both classroom and team approaches. This course will also consider professional collaboration and development needed to provide research-based instructional strategies and appropriate assessments to help students meet academic standards.

EG 5013 Education in a Global Context (3)

The course places contemporary American education in the context of global, social, cultural and economic systems. Students will explore diversity among learners (e.g., cultural, socio-economic, linguistic, gender, special needs) and the differentiated instructional and assessment strategies that support their academic achievement. This course includes contemporary issues concerning diversity, global perspectives and family engagement.

EG 5523 Technology Applications (3)

The student will further develop technology skills that facilitate student instruction and learning. This course will cover a considerable number of e-learning tools with social networking capabilities as well as abilities to engage students in quality collaborative projects. Additionally, research will be done to determine the latest developments and trends in the use of the Internet in the classroom. Although this course may be taken fully online, instruction will also be available in the technology lab for students who prefer not to take the course online.

EG 5603 Leadership in Educational Technologies (3)

This course will explore leadership skills and knowledge needed to implement and support educational technology use. Leaders must know how to acquire technology, plan its effective use, prepare teachers and assess effectiveness, including how to assess what is currently in place, what is needed and how best to use it. Funding educational technology, grant-writing, and prioritizing and implementation will be discussed. Also included will be the challenge of staying abreast of new technologies, assessing teacher use of technology and utilizing community resources.

EG 5613 Effective Technology Use in the Classroom (3)

This course will center on effective use of technological resources, both in the classroom and online, and the class includes field experience. While technology is constantly changing, suggested classroom tools include document cameras, slate boards/tablets, interactive white boards, clicker systems and other portable computing devices. Classroom website, electronic rubrics, communication tools and assessment tools will also be used.

EG 5633 Technology and Problem-Based Learning (3)

This is a project-based class that explores using technology to solve problems more effectively, more efficiently, more innovatively and more collaboratively. A cross curricular approach to creating and organizing engaging problems for students will be taken.

EG 5643 Technology for Special Groups (3)

This course is designed to give students the skills that they need to integrate technology effectively to meet the needs of diverse learners in their classrooms. Students will become familiar with technology resources for special groups by focusing on both high-tech and low-tech situations. Specifically, students will be responsible for recommending technology resources, evaluating the effectiveness and appropriateness of various technologies, locating resources for finding and funding technologies and examining any legal or ethical issues regarding technology integration. In this course, students will also create a technology-based lesson plan showing effective integration for diverse learners. Additionally, students will also have the opportunity to observe technology integration for special groups in classroom settings.

EG 5363 Action Research in Instructional Technology (3)

One of the major challenges in educational technology is its ever-changing nature. This course is designed to maximize the knowledge of current candidates and to promote inquiry into new uses of technology through class interaction. Topics for discussion could include but not be limited to effective use of classroom devices, use of vendor programs, security issues and challenges, laptop initiatives, social networking/podcasts/webinars, online staff development, maximizing limited resources and dependence on technology.