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2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Master of Education in Educational Technology


Mission - Teaching, leading, and learning in a democratic society.

Philosophy - Believing that schools function as social and political entities as well as for the growth of individuals, the College of Education prepares teachers, and leaders a) to enhance the academic and personal potential of their students, and b) to evaluate the social and ethical implications of educational policies and practices.

Values - The College of Education values expertise to guide our practice, equity to guide our interactions, liberal education to guide our perspectives, and social responsibility to guide our commitment to democratic education. We value these ideals in our preparation of candidates, our development of faculty, and our relationships with the larger community we serve.

This program prepares educators at all levels to integrate technology into classroom settings. Program content includes the educational application of technology, including computers and the Internet, for a variety of professional and instructional purposes. Courses concentrate on pedagogical issues, curriculum integration, software and website evaluation, acquisition and use of instructional materials and media, social and ethical issues for technology use in K-12 settings, school and classroom adoption of technology, and Web-based and online instructional development.

Note: Students must take a self-assessment before registering for any courses that lead toward a M.Ed. in educational technology integration. The technology self-assessment is designed to ensure that students who enroll in graduate educational technology courses have the knowledge and skill required to be successful in these classes.

Career Goals

Educational technology integration is designed for educators and leaders who wish to integrate technology into teaching and learning, coordinate technology, manage technological resources, work in local or regional media centers, or explore the benefits of technology for instruction.

Program Objectives

Students who complete the program should be able to

a. use technology in their teaching and professional life;
b. collaborate with others;
c. select appropriate technology-based resources for instructional purposes;
d. use technology for their own professional development;
e. act as instructional leaders in their educational settings; and
f. understand the social, ethical, and human issues in the area of educational technology.

The College of Education offers graduate level courses online as part of the educational technology integration program. The courses are offered online using BlackBoard, a web-based learning environment.

Minimum Number of Hours in Programs

The M.Ed. degree in educational technology requires a minimum of 33 credit hours.

Program Location

DeVos Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus, located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI

Requirements for the M.Ed. in Educational Technology

Each candidate for the M.Ed. degree must complete the following:

Social Foundations of Education - choose one (3 credits):

Research and evaluation (3 credits):

Emphasis area courses (21 credits):

Take elective (candidates for the M.Ed. degree who do not have a teaching certificate) (3 credits)

Practicum/graduate field experience(required for certified teachers only) (3 credits)

Students must apply in advance for each practicum course. Advisor approval is required. Application deadlines (practicum): February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester.

Capstone: (prerequisite: EDF 660) - choose one (3 or 6 credits)

Students should meet with their advisor midway through their program to decide on a capstone and discuss plans for completion. Subject to department approval, capstone courses may be taken in variable amounts from one to three credits (693) or one to six credits (695) and require continuous enrollment each semester until completed.

Application deadlines (thesis/project): February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester.

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