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Online Master of Education (MEd) in Teaching and Technology
Technology and media are driving a revolution in learning, teaching and training in both the traditional classroom and the corporate learning center. Technology encourages a new way of learning that fosters cooperation, collaboration, problem solving and higher order thinking skills that are valuable throughout life. The William Woods University Master of Education in Teaching and Technology degree will prepare you to stay at the leading edge of this trend and use your learning to enhance the learning of others, wherever you choose to apply it.
And, unlike many other advanced education degrees, no bachelors in education is required.
The (M.Ed.) degree includes courses about education, research and technology that support enhanced teaching methods through the use of technology. It combines the academic excellence and student-centered culture of William Woods University with the convenience and affordability of a nationally-recognized online education program. You’ll be using the latest online educational tools, and you’ll be collaborating with like-minded peers. Expect to form networking and mentoring relationships that will have value long after you complete the degree.
Your Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree at work
If you work in a school district, it will enhance your instructional skills with the potential to advance you to a position as an instructional technology coordinator or instructional technology coach. As a business trainer or multimedia specialist, you will find these skills invaluable in meeting sales training, professional development and other corporate learning goals. The learning you gain will enable you to research and evaluate new tools, design materials and programs that incorporate them, and assess their effectiveness.
You must have a 2.5 GPA in your undergraduate degree to be considered for admission.
This degree aligns with the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and National Education Technology Standards. Teachers currently certified in the enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching (eMINTS) program may apply for up to nine hours of credential learning credit based on their level of certification.
This course is designed to provide educators and non-educators with a broad understanding and better perspective of current issues that are faced by educators, trainers, and their learning institutions. The course will focus on a lively discourse and reflection related to contemporary topics and issues relevant to the specific student track. The course will serve as a platform for bridging the gap between goals, principles, theories, philosophies, and methodologies in the educational/training process and the realities of a variety of learning institutions (classrooms, schools, professional training, etc.) The goal of this process is to expand and enlighten the practitioner's outlook, thought processes, understanding, and repertoire of knowledge, attitudes, skills, and strategies when faced with those issues.
This course is designed for all emphasis majors in the M.Ed. It emphasizes knowledge of various issues and simple statistical procedures used in educational research and program evaluation. Equal emphasis is given to qualitative and quantitative techniques. Experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental designs will be used that include historical, naturalistic study and/or ethnography. Processes to determine and use basic statistical data through computations will also be introduced.
Improvement of Instruction
Students will utilize recent research on effective instruction and explore advanced classroom strategies and techniques designed to enhance their effectiveness in meeting the needs of diverse populations of learners. Students develop expert instructional skills and learn to diagnose and deliver the most appropriate instructional strategies for a variety of learning environments. Through a focus on the concepts of rigor and relevance, students will develop the ability to significantly enhance instructional opportunities for their learners. The students will design/enhance an instructional plan for implementation in her or his classroom, environment or program.
Teaching and Learning in the New Digital Landscape
This is an overview course to set the stage for the Teaching and Technology Master's program of study. Through reading, reflective writing, and hands-on activities or practice, this course is designed to introduce practitioners to 21st Century learners and the implications for the teaching/learning environment. Participants will investigate the skill sets that are needed for today's learners, apply technology integration frameworks, assess the potential use of mobile technologies in learning environments, design and implement personal/professional learning networks, emerging technologies, personal/professional learning networks, develop an understanding of digital citizenship, be introduced to emerging technologies, and develop a concept of the future of teaching and learning in the digital landscape.
Software Applications for Academic Programs
This course will investigate the use of a variety of instructional applications, mobile applications, software, and other online tools with a focus on utilizing these educational technologies to increase instructional effectiveness and improve learner engagement. Collaboration, productivity, and academic application will be a major focus.
Instructional Design with Technology
This course is designed to provide educators/trainers with a survey of various systems/models of instructional design with a focus on the integration of eLearning and technology as a component of the design process. Essential frameworks will be introduced, including the concept of designing instruction around Essential Questions, developing appropriate curriculum framing questions, and preparing appropriate instructional module objectives to guide the teaching/learning process.
Integration of Multimedia Production and Curriculu
This course is designed to provide educators, trainers, and professional developers with experience utilizing various multimedia tools and learning platforms to produce relevant instructional resources that support curriculum in traditional, blended learning, and online environments. Students will investigate a variety of multimedia applications and integrate them into an online platform that could be used to support educational/training efforts within their learning organization. Students will also investigate essential issues surrounding the use of multimedia in such a learning environment.
Teaching and Technology Capstone Project
The capstone is the culminating experience for students in the Master's Degree in Teaching and Technology. The capstone provides students with the opportunity to apply and integrate key concepts from each course in their program of study. Candidates will develop an interactive learning module, using an online environment, which can be used to support their instructional/training objectives and goals. The demonstration curriculum must be hosted in an online format utilizing a website or LMS (Learning Management System), show evidence or integration of concepts and skills from the entire program of study, and be utilized by learners within the instruction/training environment. In addition, students will reflect upon their coursework and experience through regular, comprehensive, reflective postings and responses tied to NBPTS National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, ISTE-S Standards, and assigned readings. This is a 16-week capstone course.
Appraisal of Student Learning
This course is designed to acquaint learners with the complex issues related to assessment and to provide first-hand experience in the development of high quality assessments, including the incorporation of a variety of technology tools in the assessment process. The course will investigate the purpose and application of assessments, the relationship between instructional outcomes and assessments, the development and implementation process for various types of assessments, the collection and use of assessment data, various scoring and grading methodologies, as well as concepts related to Next Generation Assessments. Participants will learn the uses and limitations formative assessment, summative assessment, and diagnostic assessment.
One more thing
As you may know, the state of Missouri is a pioneer in the field of research in technology, learning and teaching. As you study for this degree, you’ll be applying in the classroom tomorrow what you learn online tonight.
Your digital classroom. Available anywhere.
William Woods online graduate programs are available to students across the country. From our main campus in Fulton, Missouri and beyond, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington and many more.