The Master of Arts in Technology for Learning is intended for individuals with diverse professional goals and interests who are aspiring to become leaders in educational technology and want to gain in-depth understanding of the field. Many of the educational technology courses are offered online, providing students with a blended learning experience—a mixture of online and face-to-face classroom learning. The program provides advanced studies in the analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation of educational technologies. The program is based on the foundation of research and practice concerned with the development and use of educational technology for meaningful learning. Consistent with this mission, special emphasis is placed on designing innovative ways of using technology to help students relate new experiences and ideas to what they already know. The mission of the program is to:
- Prepare students to use technology to transform teaching, learning and the curriculum;
- Help students develop the expertise needed to identify, analyze, and solve learning problems with the use of educational technology in a variety of settings;
- Help students develop the expertise to design educational technology tools that can be implemented in a classroom environment; and
- Help students gain hands-on experience with emerging technologies in state-of-the-art facilities.
The program is designed for students seeking Professional Certification who would like to “specialize” in educational technology. The degree offers 12 to 15 credits of content-pedagogy linkage for those holding initial certification in early childhood, childhood, educational technology, and adolescence education contents in English, languages other than English (French, German, Russian, Spanish), Mathematics, Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science); and special subjects; fine arts and music. Additionally, each student must complete an electronic portfolio illustrating his or her coursework and professional accomplishments.
The Master of Arts in Technology for Learning conforms to the recommendation for teacher preparation by the International Society for Technology in Education and the National Educational Technology Standards.