Master in Educational Technology

Master in Educational Technology

Master in Educational Technology

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Become a Technology Leader

Fresno Pacific University's online Master of Arts in Education Technology is perfect for educators seeking to become leaders. Graduates of this program are equipped with the skills to enhance teaching and learning through technology at the school and district level.

Technical Guidance in the Classroom

Serve as a subject matter expert on educational technology in your classroom and your school. Impact the way students, faculty and staff use technology. Help teachers enhance their teaching skills with innovative tech solutions.

The online MA in Education Technology is ideal for credentialed teachers who aspire to amplify their career with an advanced understanding of using technology to supplement teaching strategies. Professionals who would benefit from this degree include K-12 teachers, collegiate faculty and distance learning/online educators.

Driving Technology Beyond the Classroom

Serve as a strategic leader for your school district or other institutions. If you are an educator who wants to make an impact beyond the school setting, the Masters in Educational Technology degree  online is an ideal fit. Professionals such as technology directors, instructional designers and others create, develop and implement curriculums in a variety of settings. Graduate prepared to influence and express educational technology’s beneficial effects inside and outside a school district setting.

Why FPU Online?


  • Accessible – 100% online coursework, balanced curriculum

  • Recognized – WASC-accredited, AECT and NETS-T aligned

  • Prepared – The online MA curriculum is continually updated to reflect the current technology/resources

  • Affordable – FPU online saves students between $100-300 per credit hour compared to competing institutions

  • Timely –  30-31 units, complete in 24 months, 3 intakes per year

  • Versatile – Study multimedia in education, creating teaching assets on the web, developing a  technology-rich curriculum and more

  • Supportive – A student success coach provides  you with support from registration to graduation

What Our Students Are Saying

"The biggest benefit of attending Fresno Pacific University is the flexibility of the online degree program. I can study, learn and submit assignments during the timeframe when it's most convenient for me. I don't worry about scheduling conflicts with family or work commitments. FPU has given me the necessary credentials and knowledge to advance in my career."

Delaine Johnson, MA in Educational Technology graduate
Educational Technology Consultant,
Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools

Admissions Requirements


Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for Educational Technology Master’s Degree graduates include:

  • Better Prepared and Skilled Teacher in Technology Integration

  • Educational Technology Director

  • Instructional Designer

  • Online Teacher, Mentor or Trainer

  • Distance Learning Director

  • Educational Software Consultant

  • Technology Director

  • Academic Coach

  • Teacher on Special Assignment


Educational Technology Masters Curriculum

Phase I Foundation Courses

Required 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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