M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: eLearning and Technology Education

 

The eLearning and Technology program is designed for K-12 teachers who recognize the sense of urgency and the high demand for effective, transformative online teachers in K-12 education. Distance (online) education is also a viable educational alternative that can prevent students from dropping out of high school as a result of failure in their often large, impersonal high schools.

According to a recent U.S. Department of Education finding, 30 percent of the nation’s high school students are not graduating – 7,000 each school day or 1.2 million each year. The U.S. Department of Education proposes that education should be made “safe and relevant” and has included “high quality online learning programs” as part of this solution.

The Next Cohort Start Date is October 5th

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: eLearning / Technology Education Program Goals

All courses are based on ISTE (International Society for Technology Education), iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning) recommendations, and the National Standards of Quality for Online Courses.

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia’s M.Ed. programs, successful candidates in the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: eLearning / Technology Education concentration will demonstrate:

  • Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress.
  • The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results.
  • Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students.
 

Course Descriptions

Students enrolled in the eLearning / Technology Education program must complete:

  • Four core courses required for the Curriculum & Instruction degree
  • Foundation courses for the specific concentration

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - eLearning/Technology Education
15 credits
EDCI 571 (3)
Teaching in an Online Curriculum
This hands-on, project-based course is designed to foster a demonstrated understanding of a constructivist approach to teaching with appropriate uses of technology for elementary and middle school teachers. Topics will include how technologies foster learning, understanding issues and concerns important when implementing technology resources in schools and classrooms, current best practices for project-based learning with technology, strategies for authentic assessment, electronic portfolios, criteria for selecting appropriate educational software, participating in virtual learning communities, and awareness of the international ISTE Educational Technology Standards for Teachers and Students.
EDCI 588 (3)
Ethical and Social Issues for Online Teachers
This course addresses the social and legal issues challenging the online teacher. The social issues will focus on the history of educational movements, history of distance education and will explore the culture of the online course room, issues of academic integrity, the business of online education, and distance education as an agent of change. The legal issues addressed in the course will include copyright, e-mail privacy, and access and security issues. The common goal of the various forms of distance education has been to provide educational opportunities to people unable to participate in traditional learning institutions. Educators must be aware of the new challenges and social and legal issues inherent in distance education if they are to become participants in and advocates for distance education.
EDCI 532 (3)
Instructional Strategies for the Online Teacher
This course focuses on specific actions that online instructors can take to be more effective and better serve their learning populations. While there are many differences between traditional, face-to-face classroom teaching and teaching online, there are just as many similarities - solid instructional practices that have been applied and tested over time are effective in a variety of learning settings. This course encourages active reflection on teaching practices that address a broad range of instructional issues:
  1. How to create and foster an online community of practice
  2. Ways to establish clear expectations
  3. The importance of tone and feedback as it relates to student motivation
  4. Methods to enhance online communication
  5. Strategies for managing time, work, and students
  6. Ways to address diverse learners
  7. Tools for grading and assessment (formative and summative)
  8. Approaches to encourage reflection and higher order (critical) thinking skills
  9. The need for ongoing professional development and collaboration with colleagues
EDCI 552 (3)
Assessment for Online Learning
This course addresses the quality online program evaluation as outlined by accreditation procedures and standards. The focus of this course will be the use of evaluation to assure quality programs at all levels of school operation. As online schools and programs become ever more the norm in the educational community it becomes increasingly important that every aspect of a learning organization - individuals, classrooms, schools, the district, and the community - be dedicated to continual analysis, assessment, and reflection on system practices (Costa and Kallick,1995). Students who are interested in any aspect of online schooling should be familiar with standards and methods of measurement essential in providing a quality online learning experience.
EDGR 601 (3)
Educational Research
This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan and conduct their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.

The Master of Education culminates with one of two courses
3 credits
EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research (CAPSTONE)
Action Research is the capstone project for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will complete final edits of the Literature Review, obtain appropriate permissions, implement Action Research, collect and analyze data from the Action Research implementation, and complete the Action Research Documentation Form.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.
EDGR 699 (3)
Thesis (CAPSTONE)
The Thesis offers the graduate student the opportunity to investigate, in depth, a topic in the field of education. The student, working with his or her educational research instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a Thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research.

Either option provides candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.

Earning Your Curriculum & Instruction: eLearning / Technology Education Master's Degree Online

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: eLearning / Technology Education program is fully online. The online format uses cutting-edge curriculum and easy-to-use online learning tools to provide students with a convenient yet challenging educational experience. Online classes are 5 weeks in length and can be accessed via Internet.

 

Career Opportunities

  • Director of Technical Education School(s) or Program(s)
  • Online Curriculum Developer/Writer
  • K-12 Teacher with eLearning/Technology Education Specialty
  • Higher Education Instructor: eLearning/Technology Education
  • Consultant: eLearning/Technology Education
  • Professional Development, eLearning/Technology Education
  • Educational Technology in Education Instructor: K-12, Higher Education
  • Lead Teacher, eLearning/Technology Education (K-12)
  • Program Director, eLearning/Technology Education
  • Supervisor, Educational Technology Team: K-12
  • Division or Department Chair, eLearning/Technology Education
  • Sales Representative, Technology in Education: Education Publisher

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