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Educational Technology:
Online Master of Education Degree

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The Master of Education Degree (M. Ed.) with a concentration in Educational Technology serves students who work in, or who intend to pursue careers in, K12, higher education, business and industry, and consulting. The online program provides candidates with opportunities to explore and research emerging technologies for learning while addressing these program objectives. Candidates in the program will discover effective ways to integrate these technologies in their chosen professional settings. Graduates will possess a broad and deep understanding of the practice of educational design and technology and will be well-prepared to be leaders in any field where teaching and learning with technology is valued. Common job titles for graduates in this discipline include but are not limited to Instructional Designer or Technologist, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Distance Learning or Technology Director, and Multimedia Specialist. Some graduate pursue doctoral work while others use the Master of Education degree to enhance their existing role in education and strengthen their prospects.

Online Program of Study
To complete a Master of Education degree with a concentration in Educational Technology, the candidate will complete a minimum of 36-credit hours of course work to include an Educational Core, Educational Technology Core, and Educational Technology Advanced Options. In addition, candidates must complete a qualifying examination (between 9-12 hrs of core study and before moving on in the program), present a preliminary electronic portfolio as part of Design and Development of Digital Media, and complete and defend an applied research project at the end of their studies. A final electronic portfolio review will serve as an exit exam. Full time students will take a minimum of two years, most likely 5 semesters, to complete the program. Part time students will be able to map out a personal plan for completion within six (6) years of acceptance. 

Degree Requirements (Graduate Catalog with Course Descriptions)

Note: Semesters (fall, spring, summer) listed with each course indicate the typical semester of offering. Contact your advisor to confirm. Subject to change. Courses are currently delivered entirely online in real-time from 5:45pm-8:15pm ET/EDT U. S., on weekdays. The current schedule is posted on the Outreach and Engagement website. All courses and course materials are delivered using the English language. Students are expected to adhere to the Student Dispositions Policy.

Educational Core (9 total credits)

EDUC 630. Inquiry in Education (fall and spring). 3 credits.
EDUC 641. Learning Theory and Instructional Models (fall and spring). 3 credits.
EDUC 642. Curriculum Theory and Issues (fall and spring). 3 credits.

Educational Technology Core (15 total credits)

LTLE 560. Foundations of Educational Technology (fall). 3 credits.
LTLE 565. Educational Technology Management (spring). 3 credits.
LTLE 570. Design and Development of Digital Media (fall). 3 credits.
LTLE 580. Developing and Critiquing Visual Literacy (spring). 3 credits.
LTLE 610.  Principles of Instructional Design (spring). 3 credits.

Educational Technology Advanced (choose 9 total credits)

LTLE 611. User Interface Design (spring). 3 credits.
LTLE 622. Professional Development in Educational Technology (fall). 3 credits.
LTLE 625. Advanced Video & Audio Production (fall). 3 credits.
LTLE 631. Data Visualization (tba). 3 credits.
LTLE 645. Games, Simulations, and Virtual Worlds (tba). 3 credits.
LTLE 650. eLearning Design (summer, may include internship). 3 credits.
LTLE 655. Evaluation of eLearning (tba). 3 credits.

Final Inquiry Project (3 credits)

LTLE 695. Applied Research (fall, spring; take this in the final semester with no other courses). 3 credits.

Certificate programs in Educational Technology are available. Those who complete one or more certificate courses may count their earned credit hours toward a Master's degree in Educational Technology. Those who do not complete all of the Master's degree requirements may be eligible for a certificate.

For more information about this program, contact: 

Dr. Michele D. Estes, Associate Professor & Director, Educational Technology Graduate Programs
3325C Memorial Hall, MSC 6913 Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education
College of Education, James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
M. Ed. Brochure | Expert Interview with Dr. Estes

Our university holds SACS accreditation and membership in the Online Learning Consortium and SREB. The James Madison University College of Education holds CAEP (formerly NCATE) accreditation. The Educational Technology M. Ed. and Certificate Programs are fully aligned to AECT and ISTE-C professional standards. These organizations promote high quality online courses and degree programs, and increased access for learners.

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