Education: Educational Foundations: Instructional Technology
Master of Arts in Educational Foundations: Instructional Technology
About the Degree
The graduate program in Educational Foundations emphasizing Instructional Technology is an accredited, fully online program. The program has been designed to assist its students in becoming competent, employable professionals, capable of making a significant contribution to the field. The program directly addresses the rapidly accelerating changes in the field of interactive and Web 2.0 technologies while being rooted in instructional design principles. The potential students are predominately K-12 educators working in the field or recent graduates, although students interest in instructional design from business, industry, banking, and other training fields can apply if they have a background in education.
In addition to the master degree of the instructional technology which students are prepared with the knowledge and skills in the design of effective technology-‐enhanced instructional, the production of multimedia learning resources, and the planning for successful integration and implementation of technology into the teaching and learning experience, this program also offer two certificates and one endorsement:
- eLearning Certificate: This e-‐Learning Certificate requires a minimum of 16 credit hours. The certificate has been designed to assist students in becoming competent, employable professionals, capable of making a significant contribution to the field. The graduate curriculum provides students with exposure to a wide range of emerging technologies, while still ensuring the basic competencies required of all practitioners. In this way, the program directly addresses the rapidly accelerating changes in the field of new media technologies.
- New Media Certificate: This certificate program in New Media Technologies requires a minimum of 18 credit hours. The certificate has been designed to assist students in becoming competent, employable professionals, capable of making a significant contribution in the fields of education and training. The graduate curriculum provides its students with exposure to a wide range of distance learning technologies, while still ensuring the basic competencies required of all practitioners. In this way, the program directly addresses the rapidly accelerating changes in distance learning technologies. Courses are delivered in online, face-‐to-‐face, and blended formats that model e-‐Learning delivery modes.
- Technology Facilitation Endorsement: The Graduate K-‐12 Computer / Technology Endorsement is intended for teachers who wish to serve as a technology integration mentor / facilitator for colleagues in their schools and districts. This endorsement is only available to individuals who currently have or who are simultaneously getting an initial Ohio license/certificate (e.g. in Early Childhood, Middle Level Science, Adolescent/Young Adult Social Studies, etc.). This endorsement can be completed with a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership. Individual school districts, not the State of Ohio or The University of Akron, determine the extent to which the endorsement is applicable to their needs and requirements.
Students who are enrolled in this degree program will complete 30-‐hour credits (10 courses), including three (3) educational foundational courses, five (5) required courses and two (2) elective courses of instructional technology, and an ePortfolio as demonstration of program mastery. The program goals and objectives are based on the ISTE national technology standards for teachers and for facilitators of technology (NETS-‐T and NETS-‐C). The Foundations coursework grounds the student in educational theory, philosophy and research. The core instructional technology coursework establishes their skills as technology uses and facilitates the development of technology integrators, trainers, and leaders. The coursework is tightly aligned and articulated for successful completion of the ePortfolio. Students completing will have aligned exemplary ePortfolio artifacts to ISTE national standards demonstrating their proficiencies. Below is a list of the program study:
Foundations Requirements (9)
Instructional Technology Core (15)
Electives (6) Choose 2
5100: 600 Philosophies of Education
5100:624 Educational Psychology
5100:640 Techniques of Research
5150: 610 Intro to Instructional Technology
5150:614 Planning for Technology
5150:631 Instructional Design
5150:638 Integrating and Implementing Technology
5150:632 Web-Based Learning Systems
5150:639 Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning
5150:635 Emerging Technology
Salary and Career Outlook
Since most of our students are K-‐12 teachers or administrators, many of them have already had a teaching job. Mostly, they pursue the IT master degree for their personal interest, their annual requirement for the professional development, and higher salary with a master degree. After graduation, most of these students also to apply for the Technology Facilitation Endorsement which allows them to teach computer/technology related courses in K‐12.
Students who are not K-‐12 teachers or administrators are likely working in higher education, educational training field, business training field, or being a full‐time students. These students often got a technology‐ related position, such as instructional designer, technology consultant, or technology coordinator, and etc.
Some of these students may be curriculum/technology personnel in the school district office and they will need the IT Master degree to get their job position. These position titles can be curriculum coordinator/consultant, technology coordinator/consultant, or curriculum and technology coordinator/consultant.
Students who work in business training industry will need the IT Master degree to get the position. The job title can be something like training agency for distance learning and so on.
Graduates that successfully complete the degree get a pay increase and may take additional jobs or have a job change that results in higher salaries.
- High Quality Online Program: As a fully online program, the Instructional Technology program allows students to complete the program study virtually at anytime and anywhere. The professors are Quality Matter certified to design and deliver online courses. Students will not be online alone because of the strong support from the instructors and peers. The Instructional Technology program has been ranked among the best in an article entitled “The 25 Best Online Master in Educational Technology Degree Programs” by TheBestSchools.org. The Instructional Technology Program received its NCATE Accreditation for Technology Facilitation Endorsement in Fall 2014.
- Embedded Endorsement and Certificates: The Instructional Technology Program at The University of Akron includes an embedded endorsement (Technology Facilitation Endorsement) for K‐12 teachers and opportunities for a Certificate in eLearning for higher education or business focused students. Certificates (eLearning Certificate; New Media Certificate) and endorsement is embedded in the program serving different populations. This year, 100% of the students who took the Ohio Assessment for Teachers (a new required assessment at the state level) passed and obtained an endorsement on their teaching certificate. Recent graduates have found jobs in higher education at The Ohio State University and Kent State University as well as K-12 opportunities as technology coaches, technology consultants, or technology leaders.
Program Coordinator: Dr. I-Chun Tsai
Central Hower, Room 309R
Graduate School: Heather Blake
Polsky Building, Room 467