Specialist Program Details

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18 months | Credit Hours: 27

The purpose of the Ed.S. program in Instructional Technology is to provide superior student-focused education that is personally relevant and intellectually challenging. The program is committed to the following areas of excellence:

  • Preparing progressive, innovative, academically grounded instructional technologists;
  • Building and enhancing skills in research and program evaluation to support instructional growth and improvement;
  • Developing innovative delivery options to maximize educational experiences;
  • Cultivating diversity of ideas, values, and persons responsive to changing needs and technologies; and
  • Promoting the advancement of learning through scholarship and service.

Program Description

Students must have a Master's degree for admittance into the program. A teaching certificate is not required for this degree program. A teaching certificate is required for students seeking a certification upgrade from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Students who already hold a Teaching or Service certificate with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission will be eligible for Certification in Instructional Technology.

In addition to completion of program requirements, students seeking Certification with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission must also pass the GACE for more information click here.

Coursework completion is possible in 18 months. Degrees are conferred in May, August and December.

The Department of Educational Technology and Foundations website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information. Contacts Dr. O.P. Cooper (Professor), ocooper@westga.edu 678-839-6108 or Ms. Vicki Griffin (Pre-enrollment contact) vgriffin@westga.edu 678-839-5259

Method of Delivery

Coursework is available 100% online. Required program orientation is also held online.

Accreditation

SACS

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 27
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 3

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Information and Assistance
For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)  There is a variety of financial assistance options for graduate students, including scholarships and fellowships. Visit the links below for more information.
Office of Financial Aid
College of Education Scholarships Information
Financial Information for Veterans and Families

TK20 - Electronic Portfolio Assessment System
Students in the College of Education are required to purchase a subscription to an electronic portfolio assessment system called TK20. For more information about TK20, visit the COE About TK20 Page. (Note: do not buy a subscription to TK20 until you are enrolled in your program and instructed to do so.)

Coursework

Projected Offerings
All required courses for the Ed.S. in Media - Instructional Technology Concentration will be offered over two years. No campus visits are required. 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.

The Ed.S. in Media – Instructional Technology Concentration requires students to complete 27 credit hours (9 courses at 3 credit hours each).  

Five courses are required: MEDT 8461, MEDT 8462, MEDT 8463, MEDT 8480, and MEDT 8484.  Students must also complete four elective courses.

Note:  Students who are seeking Certification in Instructional Technology with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission must take MEDT 7490, MEDT 7464, and MEDT 7476 from the list of electives and then choose one more course as a fourth elective.

Up-to-date Program Sheets detailing programs of study are [program_checklist] .  Always consult with an advisor before selecting courses.

General:

Designing Technology Enhanced Instruction - MEDT-7464

Description: 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.

Supervision of School Library Media Programs - MEDT-7469

Description: A study of the supervision of the school library media program from the district perspective. A field based experience is included.

Data Networks for Instruction - MEDT-7471

Description: Enrollment requires completion of MEDT 6401 or instructor¿s permission. The design and development of data networks for instructional settings will be covered. In addition to current trends and issues, students will also explore how to use data networks for a variety of instructional contexts and how to perform basic network trouble shooting and repair.

Introduction to Distance Learning - MEDT-7472

Description: 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.

Advanced Multimedia - MEDT-7473

Description: An intermediate to advanced level course on the design, development and formative evaluation of multimedia software delivered locally and online. Strategies based on research on effective practice are emphasized. Students use software development tools to create and evaluate interactive software including strategies for instruction and assessing learning.

The Distance Education Professional - MEDT-7475

Description: This course focuses on current issues and challenges for the distance education professional. Students will be prepared to assume the role of an e-learning teacher and professional through the study of distance education research as well as the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of e-learning environments. Students will examine the management of e-learning initiatives including cultural impact; budget, technological and managerial requirements; quality support; policy issues; development of e-learning materials; facilitating instruction and interaction; and other areas of professional development and training.

Assessing Learning in Technology-Enhanced Instruction - MEDT-7476

Description: 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.

Special Topics in Media - MEDT-7485

Description: Individually designed studies of topics in media or instructional technology focused on the student's areas of specialty.

Visual and Media Literacy for Teaching and Learning - MEDT-7490

Description: 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.

Diffusion of Innovations - MEDT-8461

Description: This course will study effective communication skills, group dynamics, time management, and facilities planning with special emphasis on applying these skills to facilitate the integration of newer technologies into school library media centers and classrooms.

Leading and Managing Instructional Technology Programs - MEDT-8462

Description: This course provides an overview of the procedures in planning, designing, developing, implementing and managing instructional technology programs in schools. Emphasized are: leadership skills, managing people and resources, effective training techniques, program development, funding, and trends and issues associated with school uses of instructional technology.

Issues in Instructional Technology - MEDT-8463

Description: Advanced topics in the theory, selection, production, and utilization of technology-based instructional materials will be examined, and issues, trends and problems in instruction technology will be emphasized.

Issues in School Library Media - MEDT-8464

Description: Current issues and trends in school library media services and programs will be examined. The basic vision of the school library media program comprised of collaboration, leadership and technology will be emphasized.

Program Evaluation - MEDT-8480

Description: This course is designed to prepare students to effectively and efficiently participate in program evaluation at the school sites Students are expected to evaluate efficacy of existing programs and/or the appropriateness of programs being considered for implementation.

Research on Media and Instructional Technology - MEDT-8484

Description: This course provides an overview of research on media and instructional technology. Because the course addresses both theoretical and practical dimensions of research on media and instructional technology, students will study exemplary research studies through printed and digital materials.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

  • Students must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution to be admitted to the program.
  • A teaching certificate is not required for this program.
  • GPA of 3.0 on most recent degree.

Application Deadlines

General admissions deadlines are typically:

  • Fall - July 21
  • Spring - Nov 30
  • Summer - April 15

* Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

College of Education Office of Graduate Studies Phone: 678-839-5430 or Fax: 678-839-6174 Email: cberry@westga.edu

The Department of Educational Technology and Foundations website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.

Dr. O.P. Cooper (Professor), ocooper@westga.edu 678-839-6108

Ms. Vicki Griffin (Pre-enrollment contact) vgriffin@westga.edu 678-839-5259

Dates

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

* Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

See The Scoop for specific deadlines related to Registration, etc: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Learning Objectives

  • Candidates demonstrate content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge and skills.
  • Candidates develop, implement, and evaluate learning opportunities for all students.
  • Candidates demonstrate professional dispositions and ethics.
  • Candidates demonstrate ability to serve needs of diverse populations including special needs.