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MEd in Educational Technology and Learning Design: K-12 Education

The need to prepare educators for the ongoing evolution of digital learning and the ever-expanding use of technology in the classroom is only going to increase. Now is the ideal time to get the education necessary to become the technological leader your school or district needs. Concordia’s MEd in Educational Technology and Learning Design: K-12 Education program will teach you how to thoughtfully weave technology into the curriculum, facilitate adoption, and assess the impact on students. Through coursework aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for education and educators, this fully online program will prepare you to evaluate and recommend technologies for the K-12 classroom and serve as a valuable resource for your school or district.

Designed for a future where technology is increasingly relied on in schools, our MEd in Educational Technology and Learning Design: K-12 Education program will give you a comprehensive understanding of how to create learning environments that optimize the use of technologies. Career-focused courses will explore theories and emerging issues about the integration of technologies while also fostering proficiency at researching and evaluating those technologies through the lens of cultural and spiritual equity.

Accredited, nonprofit, and taught by an engaging faculty with experience in the field, all of Concordia’s online MEd programs reflect the same meaningful experience we’ve been delivering on campus since 1905. Our five-week classes can be accessed completely online — anytime, anywhere. That convenience paired with clearly defined coursework and realistic deadlines are what make our degree programs doable and ideal for your busy working lifestyle.

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NEXT START DATE
November 11, 2019
MODALITIES
Online
Program Length 14 Months
Credits 30 Credit Hours
Accreditation NWCCU
SCHOLARSHIPS* Up to $4,000
100% online
100% online (no in-person field work required)
One year
In just over one year, you can earn your MEd completely online one course at a time.
Updated curriculum
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
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Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
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Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Positive career benefits
87% of our online MEd grads report positive career benefits as a result of their degree
20,000-strong alumni
20,000-strong alumni network
Satisfaction
93% of our online MEd grads say they are satisfied with their overall academic program experience

MEd in Educational Technology and Learning Design Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives and requirements for the MEd in Educational Technology and Learning Design: K-12 Education degree program, successful candidates will also demonstrate skills in:
Design and Implement Curriculum

Design and Implement Curriculum

Designing and implementing curriculum or learning initiatives that reflect current knowledge of research and trends in technology and academic content for all learners

Assess and Recommend Technology

Assess and Recommend Technology

Consulting, being able to assess learning environments, and making appropriate, research-based recommendations for improving learning design, learner experience, and learning outcomes through the integration of technology

Lead, Encourage, and Mentor

Lead, Encourage, and Mentor

Providing leadership that encourages technological interventions for learners through effective mentorship of professionals responsible for instruction, that is responsive to individual and community diversity

Select, Utilize, and Evaluate Technology

Select, Utilize, and Evaluate Technology

Providing leadership to support colleagues in the selection, utilization, and evaluation of technologies in learning environments; an aptitude to also assess and correct inappropriate uses of technology for learning

Practice Continuous Improvement

Practice Continuous Improvement

Developing a personal capacity for continuous improvement in understanding and utilizing technology by practicing a regimen of daily habits that incorporate research and collaboration with other practitioners

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The Master of Education in Educational Technology and Learning Design: K-12 Education is a 30-credit hour program.

MEd in Educational Technology & Learning Design Core Courses
15 credits

The potential of technology to support educational aspirations seems boundless. In the past twenty years, innovations previously only dreamed of have entered learning environments. This initial course overviews the landscape of learning with technology, analyzing key breakthroughs in technological integration while also examining noted missteps. It will introduce the program expectation of maintaining a balance of curiosity and skepticism with new technologies in order to better serve the needs of learners across the educational spectrum.

Effective educational technology use builds on the foundation of many operative learning theories commonly leveraged in most educational programs. Candidates will examine more closely the learning theories that have emerged in the last 30 years and evolved alongside the rapid deployment of educational technology, asking questions about the nature of cognitive load, the potency of multimedia design, and whether the human mind can be molded differently by the affordances of new tools.

The rapid development of new technologies — including social media, virtual and augmented reality, and artificial intelligence — has challenged educators to adapt their practice. This reality of teaching in a digital world is further complicated because in many cases, new technologies create as many problems as they portend to solve. This course conducts a review of the immediate past while also looking to potential future impacts of technologies in education.

This course explores a variety of lenses through which to evaluate instructional tools and environments. Candidates will both explore frameworks for understanding culture and equity in teaching — such as critical race theory and culturally responsive pedagogies — as well as discuss ways in which particular instructional tools and learning environments may provide access to equitable learning for diverse groups of learners. Discussion will primarily be centered on potential issues in candidates’ professional and learning contexts.

Educational technology research skills are critical to practitioners who will be tasked with serving as regional experts on the use of new technologies. This course provides an overview of a range of research methods that can be used for data collection, such as survey use and participant observation. Candidates will create their own evaluation scheme that they can use in their learning environment. They will be evaluated on their ability to assess different technologies.

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

MEd in Educational Technology & Learning Design: K-12 Education
12 credits

Leveraging educational technology in a K-12 environment is an opportunity to engage enthusiastic learners with tools that can accelerate their learning. At the same time, consumer technologies have proliferated extensively and educational technologies have expanded to the point that schools might not know what the best options are for student learning needs. This course will review how to evaluate technologies for use in the K-12 classroom, through case study analysis of those tools.

While educators can wait for the consumer marketplace to develop a solution to fit the pedagogical demands of a classroom, it may be more useful for an educator to design their own. Candidates will be guided through a Design Thinking process to use empathy work in order to assemble a prototype from existing resources that they can test in their learning environment.

Building off of the prototypes developed in the previous course, students will collect qualitative and quantitative data to determine how their solutions addressed the problems analyzed. After testing and reflection, candidates will be guided through a process of determining how the use of their technology supports the pedagogy and learning. Candidates will engage in conversations about fostering Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) — the interconnecting of technological expertise with pedagogical mastery in a K-12 setting.

Building strength and skill in educational technology will result in candidates becoming valuable resources outside the classroom for their colleagues and administrative leaders. This course will underscore the methods for a MEd graduate to apply the skills learned in this concentration to regularly support other educators, both inside and outside their schools, to positively influence and support decision-making regarding innovative pedagogy, technology programs, and student success.

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

MEd in Educational Technology & Learning Design Capstone
3 credits

Candidates have the opportunity to develop a project, portfolio or even a technology to demonstrate their mastery of program components. They will use accumulated resources to create a comprehensive and summative assessment product. In some cases, it might make the most sense to craft a district-wide technology plan, while in others, the development of a portfolio of e-learning modules would be the most practical. Professors will work with candidates to create an appropriate summative experience.

Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

ON-CAMPUS/HYBRID OPTIONS

In addition to fully online, Concordia offers several Master of Education programs in an on-campus or hybrid format. See the options here.

Is the MEd in Educational Technology and Learning Design concentration right for me?

Consider choosing this path if:

  • You want to be a technological leader, recommending, evaluating, and implementing technologies for the K-12 classroom
  • You want to explore diversity-sensitive technological interventions
  • You want to assess the impact of technologies on children and adolescents
  • You want to understand the technological issues facing districts and schools, recognizing the importance of your role as tech resource and advisor

Still unsure? We know we offer a lot of programs! Let’s talk more about your professional and personal goals.

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Being a busy mom, wife, and full-time teacher, it is nearly impossible to stick to a rigid schedule of a traditional college. By going to school online, I can do the work at the most convenient time for me during the day.
ALICE BESSONETT, MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: The Inclusive Classroom '15

CAREER OUTCOMES

See where a master’s in education focused on K-12 educational technology and learning design could take you

Planning to stay in your current teaching job? Many MEd graduates do! But, in addition to potential benefits like increased salary and more self-confidence, an MEd could also expand your career opportunities within the education industry.

  • E-learning administrator
  • Online learning director
  • Online curriculum director

(Some states may require specific licensure for some of these positions. Check with your state’s Department of Education for more details.)

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