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Master of Arts (M.A.)

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education with a Concentration in Instructional Technologies

The Master of Arts in Education (M.A.) degree program is designed for individuals seeking to be practitioners in the field of instructional technology. The minimal requirement for graduation is 30 units. Based on individual student needs, background and interests, the department may require some students to complete more than 30 units for the attainment of the degree.

To best meet individual needs and career goals, the program offers electives in three groups, Instructional Multimedia Design and Development, Training Design and Development, and Technology Integration for Teachers. Students should select electives in consultation with an advisor.

All courses are 3 units

Required Courses
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Prerequisites

The primary prerequisite for entry into the MA program is general computer and media literacy. All courses use standard technology for creating and exchanging files in a variety of media. All classes use the university's online learning management system, and all courses use web-based resources extensively. Based on individual assessment, students may meet the department's prerequisites by experience or cognate courses at other universities.

Incoming students should have competency in basic computer skills, such as word processing, presentation, and web browsing. Many incoming students have experience with various media development software as well, such as those found in Adobe's Creative Suite.

 

If students have no background or experience in creating basic multimedia, they may be asked to complete ITEC 715, Computer Foundations of Instructional Multimedia, with at least a grade of "B". Students who are entering the program with no background or practical experience in instructional design may be required to complete ITEC 700, Careers in Instructional Technology, with a minimum grade of "B." These courses may be applied toward the master's degree.


Core Requirements

Upon completion of prerequisites or during the first year of study, all students must take ITEC 800, Theoretical Foundations of Instructional Technologies, and ITEC 801, Instructional Systems Design. Based on their interests or career goals, students must also take one of the following courses: ITEC 816, Computer Resource Specialist; ITEC 830, Design of Instructional Multimedia; or ITEC 850, Design and Management of Training Projects. Students must receive a grade of "B" or higher in each of the required core courses in order to advance to candidacy. All Graduate College of Education students are also required to complete ISED 797, Seminar in Educational Research, with a grade of "C" or higher.

Core Courses
Theoretical Foundations of Instructional Technologies *required
Instructional Systems Design *required
Computer Resource Specialist (1 of 3 required)
Design of Instructional Multimedia (1 of 3 required)
Design and Management of Training Projects(1 of 3 required)
*These courses can also be taken as electives
Seminar in Educational Research *required

Electives

Students may choose fifteen units of electives within the department or in related disciplines. To best meet individual needs and career goals, the program offers electives in three groups: Instructional Multimedia Design and Development, Training Design and Development, and Technology Integration for Teachers. Students should select electives in consultation with an advisor. Students should select electives in consultation with an advisor.

Elective Courses
Careers in Instructional Technology
Computer Foundations for Multimedia Authoring
Field Work in Educational Technology
Computer Design of Instructional Graphics
Instructional Web Authoring
Instructional Videography I
Needs Assessment in Training Design
Integrating Computing into School Curricula
Computer Resource Specialist (1 of 3 required)
Instructional Multimedia Tools/Flash
Formative Evaluation for Educational Media
Design of Instructional Multimedia (1 of 3 required)
Advanced Instructional Multimedia Tools (Flash II)
Advanced Computer Design of Instructional Graphics
Cognition, Mind, Learning for Educators
Instructional Web Authoring II (advanced)
Design and Management of Training Projects (1 of 3 required)
Instructional Technologies in Organizations
Design of Print Instructional Materials
Distance Education
E-learning Development
Instructional Video II

Culminating Experience

The culminating experience may be completed by one of two options:

Culminating Experience Options*required
required Choose ONE of the following for the final project
Creative Work
Field Study

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