Educational Technology Resources

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Technology

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Technology 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 the GVSU EDT Technology Assessment before registering for any courses that lead toward an M.Ed. in educational technology integration. This 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.

Program Contact:

Sean Lancaster, Ph.D.

lancasts@gvsu.edu

(616) 331-6802


Required Courses

Visit the online catalog for a list of Educational Technology Courses and degree requirements.


Online Resources and Materials


Frequently Asked Questions

Educational Technology FAQ

There is no required sequence of courses that students need to follow. However, EDT 621 requires a prerequisite of 12 credits BEFORE students can enroll. This course has been designated in our program for students who wish to enroll in a thesis (EDT 693) for their capstone, and students must declare their intent to write a thesis as required by university policies. For more information, see the M.Ed. Capstone options section below. Other courses do not have prerequisites.

Students will receive a letter from GVSU indicating that they have been accepted into the graduate program. Once accepted, the university will send you a letter with your student (G) number, username and PIN, you can enroll in courses using Banner. You should also be contacted by the program coordinator with information about how to enroll in courses, schedule an advising session, etc.

After being accepted to the program, please do the following:

  1. Complete and submit the GVSU EDT Technology Assessment before registering for any courses. This technology self-assessment is designed to ensure that students who take graduate educational technology emphasis area courses have the knowledge and skill required to be successful in these classes.
  2. Fill out, sign and return a planned program sheet for the M.Ed. degree in educational technology: this sheet can be obtained from Dr. Sean Lancaster at lancasts@gvsu.edu. A planned program can be provided for the Master’s degree as well as the professional certificate option. You may take 6 credits in the program prior to committing to a planned program. This Adobe Acrobat format file (PDF) can be opened in Acrobat Reader and allows you to enter your personal information into the planned program form. Open the file and click on the Name, Student G-number, Address, etc. fields and type in your information. To officially sign the document, you will also need a digital ID. If you already have one, you can attach it when you click on the Student Signature field. If you do not have one, you can create one by following the instructions and prompts. Once signed, you should send the updated planned program to Dr. Sean Lancaster at lancasts@gvsu.edu.

You will need to contact the Education program to be assigned an academic advisor. Please email Dr. Sean Lancaster at lancasts@gvsu.edu. Advising sessions are available via telephone, online video, or on-campus in a face-to-face meeting at our downtown Grand Rapids campus. Once you have been assigned an academic advisor, you can locate your academic advisor and their contact information by following the video tutorial available here.

Banner includes all courses offered by GVSU and only those courses identified as Online in the Location column do not require on-campus class sessions. Hybrid courses have some required on-campus time and are generally for students in our on-campus programs.

Online program students need to ensure that the courses they register for are designated as ONLINE course offerings in Banner.

Some courses require a permit to enroll, while others will not allow students to enroll if the course has reached its current cap on students. Students may follow the Registration Override Request directions [PDF] to request an override. Students with questions should contact the Education Technology program's Dr. Sean Lancaster at lancasts@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-6802. Be sure to indicate that you are a student in the Online Educational Technology program. You should receive an email regarding the override decision.

If you are a K-12 teacher, you are required to complete a field experience (EDT 685) as part of your planned program. This field experience replaces elective credits for K-12 teachers in the program.

For professionals in the field of education (i.e. non-K-12 teachers), elective credits can take the form of graduate courses at GVSU, graduate courses from other colleges of universities that are accredited, or graduate-level credits offered by school districts, ISD’s, or other academic agencies. Please talk with your academic advisor to discuss valid elective courses.

All courses to be counted for an M.Ed. degree at GVSU must be completed within 8 years of taking the first course towards a planned program. This time limit is a way of ensuring the student's validity and currency of knowledge at the time of graduation. If a course in your program is more than 8 years old, you will need to contact your advisor to apply for a waiver through the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Students who have not completed a course in a year or more will also need to contact the Registrar’s Office to change their status in Banner, as you will not be listed as an active student. The Registrar’s Office can be reached at RegDept@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-3327.

In order for graduate-level credits to transfer, they need to meet the following requirements:

  • They must be graduate-level credits.
  • They must be from an accredited institution of higher learning. This includes credits from other colleges or universities that are accredited; and graduate-level credits offered by school districts, ISD's, or other academic agencies.
  • They must be approved by an academic advisor.

If your credits from another institution qualify, you must request an official copy of your transcript from that institution be sent to the GVSU Registrar’s office. Once the transcript has been received, you should contact your advisor and schedule an appointment to review and complete the transfer credit paperwork.

This is a 12 credit graduate certificate in online/blended instruction and assessment, and is an option for professionals who are looking to assist with online/blended instruction. The certificate requires completion of four (4) courses: EDT 635, EDT 629, EDT 684 (certificate field experience), and EDT 626. Most of these courses can be completed in combination with the M.Ed. degree, or through the certification.

More information about the certificate can be found on the Education program's Graduate Certificates page.

If you were accepted in the on-campus hybrid program but have moved out of the tri-county area, you can request a special exemption and enroll in our online courses. You must change your permanent residence in Banner to qualify for the online courses and then contact the program coordinator (e-mail: edtech@gvsu.edu) requesting this exception.

Students who are admitted into the program starting in the Spring/Summer of 2015 will be required to complete field experience in EDT 685. Students who were admitted to the program prior to Spring/Summer 2015 are NOT required to complete EDT 685. Graduate students currently employed by K-12 institutions, or planning to be employed by K-12 institutions, are required to complete a field experience (EDT 685) as part of their M.Ed. degree in educational technology. All other students are not required to complete a field experience, but instead may enroll in a 3-credit elective course. Students must submit an application for field experience (available online) the term before they plan to complete their field experience. There are deadlines for applications for each term.

GVSU offers students two (2) options for completing their M.Ed. capstone experience: a development project (EDT 693) or a research/thesis (EDT 695).

  • EDT 693 Project: A project involves curriculum or program development, and applies theory to practice. For a project, students create, implement (in EDT 685) and evaluate a product of personal interest that is used in a professional capacity.
  • EDT 695 Thesis: A thesis is a traditional research capstone where an advanced degree candidate gathers data, analyzes that data, and presents the results along with their interpretations. During a thesis, students implement and evaluate a research study, analyze data to answer a research question, or test a hypothesis in an area of interest.

Students may choose either option. Note there are different requirements depending on your choice. Information on the Education website provides help when choosing a thesis or project, as does course work completed in EDT 621: Topics in Educational Technology. Students who choose to complete a project (EDT 693) must submit an application (available online) the term before they plan to complete their project. There are deadlines for applications for each term.

Students who choose to complete a thesis (EDT 695) must declare their choice between 30-60% of completion of their course work (after completing 12 to 18 credits, during EDT 621), must identify a thesis advisor, form a thesis committee, and register for EDT 695. Those students who select a thesis but are unable to finish it in one term may enroll in EDT 696 in subsequent terms. Other university requirements for completion of a thesis (EDT 695) can be found on the Graduate School's Thesis and Dissertation Information page. Students who are considering a thesis (EDT 695) are encouraged to talk with their advisor after completion of 18 credits so they can designate their plans as required by GVSU.

The GVSU Graduate School requires Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training to ensure that all graduate students at GVSU meet federal requirements regarding research.

  • Students in the Educational Technology program must complete RCR "Stage 1- Basic", which consists of seven modules. These seven modules are required for students in the Educational Technology program.
  • RCR must be completed prior to completion of 50% of the graduate program, or prior to engaging in any research activity. Research activity includes enrollment in the capstone project (EDT 693) or thesis (EDT 695).
  • RCR Certification expires after 3 years, and must be current while engaging in any research activity.

More information about RCR is available on the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Requirement page.


Program Spotlights

Julia Vandermolen is an alumna of the Educational Technology M.Ed. program and was recognized with GVSU's 2019 Pew Teaching with Technology Award. Vandermolen currently works as an Associate Professor for Grand Valley State University's Public Health program. In her classes, she incorporates technology and website design into students assignments, equipping her scholars with the same types of technology resources and skills that she gained through the Educational Technology program.

In an interview with GVSU's Digital Studio on how she uses technology in the classroom, Vandermolen said, “In today's age we have to kind of think more multimodal. And multimodal is looking at different modes of expression and means of representation, as well as different ways to assess a student in learning. Oftentimes we're looking at, ‘We need to have the exam!’ But not every student learns by taking a test and can show that what they DO know is done by taking a test. They can produce a wonderful video, they can produce a wonderful website, they can produce a presentation… maybe they have better oral skills than they do writing skills. So how do we tap into that? And I think that the use of technology can help us to do that.”

After receiving her M.Ed. in Educational Technology from GVSU, Vandermolen went on to pursue her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University.

Interview with Julia VanderMolen

Julia VanderMolen, Ph.D., is an alumna of the Educational Technology M.Ed. program and received GVSU's 2019 Pew Teaching with Technology Award.



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