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MEd in Educational Technology & Innovation

The Master of Education in Educational Technology & Innovation is a revolutionary degree that prepares students to become leaders in instructional technology within the fields of education and organizational development.

Created in partnership with the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA), courses are focused on innovation, equipping students with the skills to identify current and emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and virtual reality. Students will also be equipped with the leadership skills necessary to implement innovative technologies that enhance learning and meet the needs of their students, staff and organizations.

This 16-month program is fully online, and the curriculum interweaves the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards throughout the program.

Graduate students who select this specialization will:

  • Identify and understand current and emerging technologies,
  • Enhance teaching and student engagement with innovative technologies,
  • Consider ethical implications of technology and its appropriate use and need for security, and
  • Serve as visionary planners, empowered leaders, systems designers and connected learners.
Learning Outcomes

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

SLO #1 Assessment:
Throughout the program, graduate students will create a digital portfolio that demonstrates their understanding and application of current technology standards. This digital portfolio will initiate from the first course and will be guided by a performance-based rubric.

SLO #2 Assessment:
Each student will become deeply familiar with ISTE standards, as well as standards in other areas of interest for the student.

SLO #3 Assessment:
Students will create various products in each of their specialization courses that demonstrate proficiency and incorporation of best practices in the use of innovative technologies in their field.  They will showcase technology projects that are relative to their selected area(s) of interest.

Course Sequence

Course Sequence by Term

Session Course Number Course Title
Semester 1:
8A EDTC 5315 Foundations of Innovative Design
8B EDTC 5317 Innovative Design and Delivery of Learning
Semester 2:
8A EDTC 5319 Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and Immersive Learning
8B EDTC 5321 Learning and Leadership with Data Analytics
Full MED 5308G Ethics & Leadership in Education
Semester 3:
8A EDTC 5323 Assessing Performance with Technology
8B EDTC 5325 Supporting Diverse Populations with Instructional Technology
Full MED 5305G Educational Research
Semester 4:
8A EDTC 5327 Legal, Privacy and Security Issues in Technology
8B EDTC 5329 Innovation and Engagement Technologies

Course Descriptions

MED 5305 Action Research (CORE)
The study of research methodology which explores various research modules analyzes examples of research to identify models of acceptable and unacceptable research and develops skills in using statistical techniques that enable the educator to be a reflective practitioner.

MED 5308 Ethics and Leadership (CORE)
This course examines current issues, philosophy, and practice in American education (public and private). Included will be important ethical issues in such as cultural and religious diversity, professional conduct, student and parental rights, discipline, and technology. Students will evaluate their effectiveness as leaders. As a result of class activities, they will develop an awareness of personal leadership strengths, weaknesses, preferences, styles, and behaviors.

EDTC 5315 Foundations of Innovative Design
This course will explore the systematic approach to innovation and creative problem-solving that can be used in many disciplines. Students in the course will explore the fundamentals of different design models, including instructional design models, how design thinking and creativity can be used to enable innovation, curriculum and training development. This course looks at how individuals and organizations use creativity and design skills to identify and choose opportunities that enable innovation.

EDTC 5317 Innovative Design and Delivery of Learning
This course focuses on best practices and the implementation of blended learning to improve learning and outcomes. Students in this course will develop an actionable outline for a blended learning course targeting an instructional area of their choice to be deployed in a training and/or instructional setting that addresses such topics as competency-based learning, personalized learning, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), computer-based learning, differentiation, adaptive learning, and eLearning.

EDTC 5319 Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and Immersive Learning
This course explores the history and relevance of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and immersive virtual experiences to enhance learning. Students in this course will identify and research relevant virtual technologies to apply to their specific environment (educational, corporate, medical, etc.) and begin creating virtual models to impact learner engagement.

EDTC 5321 Learning and Leadership with Data Analytics
This course will focus on gathering, analyzing, and using data to inform decision making to increase learning. Students in this course will identify potential, relevant data repositories, apply data analytic processes, pinpoint potential trends and predictions, and combine visual elements to communicate trends, outliers, and patterns in data to better inform learning designers and marketing.

EDTC 5323 Assessing Performance with Technology
This course will explore research and best practices as it relates to using technology to help evaluate learner success through both formative and summative evaluation models. Students in this course will apply appropriate evaluation frameworks as well as develop new frameworks based on their specific learner needs.

EDTC 5325 Supporting Diverse Populations with Instructional Technology
This course focuses on identifying learner demographics and characteristics that impact learning outcomes. Students in this course will develop a proposal that identifies strategies and a variety of digital tools that support the achievement of learning objectives by diverse populations.

EDTC 5327 Legal, Privacy and Security  Issues in Technology
Federal and state laws that have implications for learners (both minors and adults) will be identified and explored. Students will develop a digital citizenship handbook based on these laws and best practices for their particular work environment (education, corporate, medical, etc.) in order to promote ethical and proper use of technology, access, and data.

EDTC 5329 Innovation and Engagement Technologies (CAPSTONE COURSE)
This course focuses on the psychology behind and the development/implementation of innovative technologies within the educational system to positively impact the progress and growth of the audience.

Admission & Benchmarks

Educational Technology & Innovation students will be contacted during their first course with information about applying for the Educational Technology & Innovation program and will be added to a certification course in Blackboard.

In order to be accepted into the Educational Technology & Innovation program, students must successfully complete the following requirements:

  • Meet all University admission requirements to the Educational Technology & Innovation specialization, including:
    • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5
    • If GPA does not meet minimum requirements, submission of an essay for review by the Graduate Education Committee
    • Teaching certification OR a minimum of one full year of experience working in a technology field
  • In good standing with the University
  • Accept admissions offer within required time frame

In order to successfully complete the Educational Technology & Innovation program, the candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Remain in good standing with the University, which includes maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours
  • Successfully complete required practical experience hours, capstone projects and all other requirements per the CTX graduate catalog
 
 

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