Phase I Foundation Courses
The following courses are required as part of your 30 unit Masters in Educational Technology degree program:
ET 705 – Introduction to Teaching with Digital Technology 3 Units
This course introduces candidates to the field of educational technology and current technology tools for instructional settings. Using standards-based and theoretical frameworks for effective technology integration, candidates develop technological skills using a variety of current tools and discuss their applications for teaching and learning. Emerging trends and issues, including the Common Core standards, as well as implications of the digital world in relation to ethical, legal and equity issues in a global society are introduced. Course activities help candidates gain an understanding of the field, develop skills using digital tools and formulate their own philosophy of educational technology.
ET 715 – Foundations of Learning Theory 3 Units
The purpose of this course is to introduce the theoretical and philosophical foundations of educational technology. Classic and contemporary theories of learning and their applications in educational technology and emerging orientations are examined. Candidates develop an understanding and a broad conception of learning theories and how they support current educational technology applications. Participation in innovative learning experiences that apply concepts of learning through the lens of established learning theories helps candidates develop strategies for instructional practice with technology.
Phase II Core
ET 710 – Technology Leadership and Change 3 Units
This course examines leadership and change issues surrounding the integration of educational technology in schools. Resources, strategies, tools and techniques for designing, developing, implementing and evaluating critical aspects of leadership in educational technology issues in schools and classrooms are addressed. Topics include teacher professional development models and approaches, planning and evaluation of training, technology implementation strategies, relationship management, the role of change agents and leadership strategies. Historical perspectives and change shaping the field of educational technology are also examined. Activities focus on developing knowledge and skills that prepare candidates to assume leadership roles in implementing technology change in schools.
ET 720 – Developing Technology Rich Curriculum 3 Units
Using current learning theory concepts and technology integration frameworks, this course focuses on developing classroom lessons that integrate technology effectively. Special emphasis is placed on developing learner-centered curriculum, including the Common Core standards, employing technology to enhance learning and assessment. Candidates learn how to plan, develop and assess classroom lessons that use technology and effectively apply instructional frameworks that integrate content, pedagogy and technology into classroom practices. Course activities prepare candidates to create and share a curriculum project of student-centered lessons that effectively integrate technology and web-based learning resources.
ET 725 – Literacies in the Digital Age 3 Units
The course focuses on literacies essential for learning in the digital age. An emphasis is placed on the development of digital and media literacy skills for finding and making web-based information meaningful. Instructional uses of online data resources, information and media are explored. Candidates examine management issues, curriculum integration and evaluation of web-based resources and information along with digital citizenship and ethical issues. Course activities help candidates develop digital literacy skills using web technologies and strategies to effectively search for, visualize, analyze, create and share data and resources for learning.
ET 730 – Multimedia in Education 3 Units
This course focuses on the production of multimedia learning objects and explores the application of creative video-making and digital storytelling for instructional contexts. Candidates learn how to create, capture, prepare and publish audio and video products using a variety of multimedia authoring tools, applying learner-centered principles to the design and development of these products. Special emphasis is placed on examining effective pedagogical approaches and instructional strategies of multimedia products for flipped and online classrooms.
ET 735 – Creating on the Web 3 Units
With the web offering innovative forms of communication, collaboration and creativity, this course is designed to help candidates develop and grow their professional presence and networks by creating a web-based content. A variety of web tools, including Web 2.0 applications, are explored and used for creative purposes. Topics include a review of current web creation tools, management issues, literature, social media and the implications of Personal Learning Networks (PLNs). Candidates use digital resources and tools to design and develop an online presence for personal learning and professional purposes.
ED 779 – Values in School and Society 3 Units
This course focuses on a cultural, historical, philosophical and/or social analysis of schools and schooling as a basis for developing an understanding of the educator’s role as a change agent and as a basis for personal and professional decision-making. The university’s philosophy and values, as expressed in the Fresno Pacific Idea, and their implications for schools and society will provide one perspective for such analysis. When taken as part of the educational technology program, special emphasis will be given to technology issues in context to the topics of the course.
Innovative Project Pathway
ET 795 – Innovative Project-Methods and Proposal 3 Units
This course begins with a study of the nature of systematic inquiry with an intentional focus on action research. Topics include identification of educational research problems, evaluation of research articles, ethical considerations and data collection, analysis and interpretation. Instruction results in a draft of Sections One and Two of the Innovative Project, which details the strategies of inquiry and methodology and an IRB application.
ET 796 – Innovative Project-Implementation and Analysis 3 units
The focus of this course is the supervised design of a situated innovative project in the field of educational technology. It is informed by the completion of a literature review and organized as an action research-systemic, intentional study of one’s own professional practice. A curricular unit or educational technology application, Section Three, is designed for implementation. The project is implemented, data is collected, analyzed and displayed and, finally, implications/recommendations are discussed in Section Four. Instruction results in a completed Innovative Project and a virtual presentation.
Thesis Pathway (Recommended for students who want to pursue ongoing graduate education such as an Ed.D. or Ph.D.)
EDRH 794 – Thesis Introduction and Literature Review 3 units
This is the initial course for students whose research will culminate in the completion of a master’s thesis. Students will be involved in a supervised independent inquiry of study built upon a literature review. Along with the course instructor, students will work with an assigned thesis mentor who will guide and support them through the development and writing of a literature review and the introductory chapter of the thesis.
EDRH 795 – Research Methods in Education 3 units
This course focuses on a study in the nature of the systematic inquiry, a survey of methods employed in research and an explanation of evaluation methodology, as well as the use of research and evaluation methods in actual school situations. Topics include identification of education research problems, use of library resources, data gathering and processing, and evaluation of research articles. EDRH 794 required Pre-req is EDRH 795
EDRH 796 – Thesis Completion 1 unit
This course is designed to assist students in the completion of their master’s thesis. Students will work alongside an assigned thesis mentor to finalize the (1) Institutional Review Board application, (2) collect and analyze data, (3) report findings and (4) make recommendations. This is the final course leading to a Master of Arts degree.
EDRH 790 – Continuous Registration 0 Units
Students who do not complete EDRH-796 at the end of the second semester are required to register for continuous registration each semester until the project/thesis has been satisfactorily completed. Registration for EDRH-790 is equivalent to 1 unit of tuition.
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