The online Master of Education with a Major in Media (Instructional Technology Concentration) degree is designed to prepare progressive, innovative, academically grounded instructional technologists. Graduates of the program apply their skills in P-12 schools, higher education, and corporate, health care, and government organizations. While learning in the program, students collaborate with various stakeholders through an array of technology-based tools and applications. Through professional field experiences and clinical practices, the learning experiences are performance-based and problem-based. Faculty teaching in the program is grounded in theoretical perspectives, instructional design strategies, and practical application of knowledge to ensure candidates can immediately apply what they learn in diverse educational settings.
The Instructional Technology concentration program consists of 36 semester hours of approved coursework beyond the bachelor's degree. Twenty-seven semester hours are drawn from media and instructional technology courses, and 9 hours are completed in psychology and research. Students must have a bachelor's degree to be admitted to the program. Those entering with T-4 Georgia Certification exit with the M.Ed. degree and S-5 certification in Industrial Technology. Students who do not hold T-4 Georgia certification exit with the M.Ed. degree. Degrees are conferred in May, August and December. The Department of Educational Technology and Foundations website includes a directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information. Contacts: Dr. O.P. Cooper, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 678-839-6108 or Ms. Vicki Griffin, Pre-enrollment Contact, email@example.com, 678-839-5259
Method of Delivery
Coursework is available 100% online.
The University of West Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
This program accredited by NCATE.
Credit & Transfer
Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 36
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6
Tuition & Fees
All required courses for the M.Ed. in Instructional Technology will be offered over two years. For the Instructional Technology Track, courses require no campus visits. Students may begin the program any semester. During the initial advising session, a projected sequence of courses is developed for each student. Any changes in the projected sequence need to be determined jointly between student and advisor in order for the student to be able to complete the program in a timely manner.
This course provides an in-depth study of the major cognitive and behavioral theories of classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on enabling teachers and counselors to better understand how students learn; on helping educators identify and remove barriers that impede student learning; and on helping educators develop, utilize and advocate teaching practices, programs, and curriculum that lead to academic success for all. Theories of motivation, classroom management practices, and belief systems that promote learning will also be addressed.
This course will focus on the application of instructional design principles as they relate to instruction. A systems approach to instructional design which includes information and application of skills and techniques necessary in the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of instruction will be used.
An overview of current digital resources (tools, applications, etc.) to support the teaching and learning of children and young adults in diverse classrooms. Non-fiction and digital resources are included. Students will design, develop, and produce digital resources appropriate to their situation.
An exploration of the principles of photography including the elements of light, subject, camera, and composition. Instructional applications of digital photography in the workplace and instructional settings, shooting high-quality digital photographs, and how to enhance digital photographs are covered.
Intermediate level course on design, development and formative evaluation of web-based instructional systems. Web page design strategies based on research on effective practice are emphasized. Students use software development tools to create and evaluate interactive lessons including strategies for assessing learning achievement.
This is a survey course focused on basic elements and technical aspects of multimedia design and development to support teaching and learning in diverse classrooms. Included are selection of hardware and software, design principles, hands-on production, classroom applications, and discussion of issues and useful digital and web-based resources.
This course is a general introduction to conceptual, theoretical, and practical ideas concerning distance education, including the current status of distance learning and its impact on education. Students will become conversant in the terminology of the field of distance education, review its history, conduct research on specific areas of practice, investigate instructional and learning design strategies, explore the technologies commonly used, and understand the unique roles and responsibilities of the distance learner and the distance instructor.
This course will focus on application of the principles of assessment of student learning as they relate in the context of technology-enhanced instruction and diverse populations. Specific concepts covered include formative and summative assessments, alternative assessment, and standardized testing, especially the use of technology-based instruments. Students will design and develop assessment tools for their content areas and contexts.
This course is an introduction to visual and media literacy principles that support student learning in specific content areas. Students will explore elements of photography and videography that support learner-centered instruction. Instructional applications in the workplace and instructional settings, shooting high-quality digital photographs and video vignettes, how to produce enhance digital-based instructional materials and resources are covered.
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