Educational Technology (MEd)

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Are you Future Ready? Master's in Educational Technology

The Master of Education in Educational Technology is designed to prepare persons in K-12, higher education, corporate, and military settings to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for the classrooms and boardrooms of tomorrow. Graduates of this program will have a much better understanding of the uses of technology and how they can be applied in instructional/training settings.

The program focuses on the theory, research and applications related to the field of educational technology and is intended to help individuals:

  • Use instructional technology (computers, telecommunications and related technologies) as resources for the delivery of instruction
  • Serve as facilitators or directors of instructional technology in educational settings and/or be developers of instructional programs and materials for new technologies
  • Design instructional materials in a variety of media 

In addition to earning an M.Ed. in Educational Technology, students also have the opportunity to earn a graduate certificate in E-Learning or Technology Leadership, or both.

This program is offered completely online in an accelerated format.

For more information, visit:  http://utrgv.edu/edtech

  • Why UTRGV?

    • Ranked #79 among 300+ national universities by Washington Monthly in 2018
    • Accredited, cutting edge degree program
    • Experienced, dedicated faculty
    • Affordable tuition (ranked #1 in net price among natinal universities by Washington Monthly in 2018 and #3 most affordable university in America 2018 by BestValueSchools.com)
    • Demonstrated student success in research, professional certification and career advancement
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. If applicant does not meet minimum undergraduate GPA criterion, GRE general test with minimum scores of 150 Verbal, 141 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical are required for conditional admission. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Submission of a letter of intent.
    • Submission of a resume.

    Students whose native language is not English or who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas.

  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Rene Corbeil

    Phone: (956)882-7540

    Office: Brownsville Campus, MAIN 1318

    E-Mail: rene.corbeil@utrgv.edu 

  • Deadlines

    Deadlines:

    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.

    *Note: This program only admits applicants during Fall, Spring and Summer I semesters.

  • Course Requirements

    Required Courses 21
    EDFR 6300: Research Methods in Education 3
    EDTC 6320: Instructional Technology 3
    EDTC 6321: Instructional Design 3
    EDTC 6323: Multimedia/Hypermedia 3
    EDTC 6325: Educational Communications 3
    EDTC 6332: Practicum in Educational Technology 3
    EDFR 6302/EPSY 6304: Foundations of Learning, Cognition and Human Development 3
     
    Electives 9
     
    Capstone Requirement
    Graduate E‐Portfolio
     
    Total hours required for degree: 30
     

    Course Descriptions

    EDFR 6300: Research Methods in Education               [3‐0]

    A survey of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designed to introduce students to educational research. This course will include research design, literature review, critiquing research, and action research.

    EDFR 6302: Foundations of Learning, Cognition and Human Development              [3‐0]

    Advanced study in the specialization of life-span development theories to human behavior, learning and cognition. Includes specific models of cognition and relevant research. This course includes the nature of needs of people at all developmental levels from prenatal through old age. Crosslisted with EPSY 6304.

    Prerequisite: Admission to graduate school.

    EDFR 6388: Introduction to Historical and Sociocultural Foundations of Education              [3‐0]

    Analyzing historical and sociocultural forces of education with regard to education through philosophical, sociological, historical and anthropological perspectives.

    EDTC 6320: Instructional Technology              [3‐0]

    This course provides a history and overview of the field of instructional technology. Demonstrations of technologies in different educational settings are explored. Practical and theoretical means for ascertaining the needs of learners, implementations of specific technologies to meet those needs, and assessment of effectiveness of those technologies in meeting learner's needs are presented.

    EDTC 6321: Instructional Design              [3‐0]

    This course uses an instructional systems design model to guide the student in systematically developing effective Instruction. Theoretical and practical issues in instructional systems design are examined. Other instructional design models are introduced.

    EDTC 6323: Multimedia/Hypermedia              [3‐0]

    This course concentrates on the development and utilization of hypermedia and multimedia in education. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to develop an interactive instruction by utilizing audiovisual technologies and computer-based/Web-based technologies in a meaningful, educational context.

    Prerequisite: EDTC 6321.

    EDTC 6325: Educational Communications              [3‐0]

    This course addresses the development of instruction for e-learning environments. Learners will use a research-based rationale for the selection and utilization of technologies for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating instruction using an open source courseware management system. Learners will also explore the potential of 3-D virtual environments for instructional applications.

    EDTC 6329: Selected Topics in Educational Technology              [3‐0]

    This course addresses the study of significant topics related to utilization of technology in educational settings. With approval by advisor, course may be repeated when topic varies.

    EDTC 6332: Practicum in Educational Technology              [3‐0]

    Guided observation and practice in the applications of technology to a specified educational setting are emphasized.

    Prerequisites: Must be within six hours of completion of program; approval of graduate advisor.

    EDTC 6340: Integration of Advanced Technologies in Education and Training              [3‐0]

    This course emphasizes the use of current technologies for teachers/trainers including effective integration of: multimedia, web-based and Web 2.0 applications, and social media as reflected in scientifically-based research of instructional technology in online learning environments.

    EDTC 6341: Student‐Centered Learning Using Technology              [3‐0]

    This course provides the teacher/trainer with the skills and conceptual knowledge for instructional design and development of student-centered learning activities in learning environments. The course also addresses critical issues in the instructional design and development process, including effective modifications of instruction that uses advanced technologies for special needs students, and mentoring other faculty members.

    EDTC 6342: Technology Leadership              [3‐0]

    Techniques, strategies, resources, and tools for designing, developing, implementing and evaluating critical aspects of leadership in instructional technology issues will be addressed.

    EDTC 6351: Web‐Based Multimedia in Instruction              [3‐0]

    This course provides a framework by which distance educators can infuse learner-centered principles into the design and development of multimedia for online education. In this course you will learn how to create, capture, prepare, and publish audio/video products using a variety of multimedia authoring tools.

    EDTC 6358: Theory and Practice of E‐Learning              [3‐0]

    This is the capstone course for the E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program. Students are expected to apply previously learned skills and knowledge to plan and manage an e-learning project in a real-life context.

    Prerequisites: Must be within 6 hours of completion of program. Approval of Program Coordinator.

    EPSY 6304: Foundations of Learning, Cognition and Human Development              [3‐0]

    Advanced study in the specialization of life-span developmental theories to human behavior, learning and cognition. Includes specific models of cognition and relevant research. This course includes the nature of needs of people at all developmental levels from prenatal through old age.

    Prerequisite: Admission to graduate school.

  • Testimonials

    Ana-Suarez

    "The Master of Education in Educational Technology enabled me to advance my teaching to a higher level. I would absolutely recommend this program to others. The professors have a 'high tech-soft touch' attitude that makes their high expectations of the coursework possible and achievable. I am very appreciative that the professors were willing to go beyond the expected to empower me to achieve my educational and professional goals."

    - Ana Suarez, M.Ed.

    betsy-vela

    "My professional goals at the time were to learn about the newest educational technology resources that were available. I wanted to apply the skills to create relevant and effective instruction that incorporated educational technology. The Master of Education in Educational Technology surpassed my expectations and directed me into areas of instructional practice and application I did not know existed. I experienced a challenging and rewarding program that gave me the confidence to design and implement engaging and productive learning spaces. I recommend the program to individuals who are ready to experience a cutting edge and learner-centered online degree. Through my coursework, I was able to create relevant projects and apply them immediately to my profession. The exposure to those projects led me to receive worldwide recognition and continued professional growth. The 100% online degree offers the flexibility to continue your education by learning at anytime and anywhere."

    - Betsy Vela, M.Ed.

    ”Javier-Aguilar

    "The Master of Education in Educational Technology assisted me in learning the practical, theoretical, leadership, and readiness skills that professional technology careers demand today. As a technology educator, I became more prepared for my classroom by going through the program. I recommend it to teachers and professionals looking to enhance their careers. Since it is delivered 100% online, it allows working professionals to further their education while working full time. The professors and staff are very professional and accessible, willing to work around my schedule to answer questions and provide guidance. The team projects and synchronous presentations help students develop the confidence and skills they need to present professional multimedia presentations to a variety of audiences. My experience in this program has significantly affected my life and led me to become the successful professional I am today."

    - Javier Aguilar, M.Ed.