Educational Technology Specialization - Overview


Welcome Statement

We welcome your interest in our Educational Technology specialization! The use of technology in every area of education is only increasing and the skills needed to effectively integrate technology into learning environments are in HIGH DEMAND. There is no better area to specialize in if you wish to prepare yourself for a future where knowledgeable and technology savvy specialists, instructors and administrators are highly valued and much needed.   

Educational Technology is a field of study that investigates the process of analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating the instructional environment and learning materials in order to improve teaching and learning. The skills and knowledge gained through our specialization will allow future or current educators to enhance their job skills as well as seek new career paths in the field of education. The opportunities also extend outside of the academic area, such as in the fields of both corporate and military training and instruction. Coming out of this specialization, you should have the skills to become: K-12 technology coordinator, online distance Ed instructor at the community college and university level, instructional designer, corporate trainer / technology specialist, and more 

Some Careers in Educational Technology:

  • K-12 Technology Administrator / Coordinator

  • Technology Integration Specialist

  • Curriculum Developer (Technology Implementation)

  • Online Distance Education Instructor

  • Higher Ed Instructional Designer

  • Online Learning Specialist

  • Distance Learning Director

  • Educational Multimedia Designer

  • Corporate or Military Trainer / Instructional Technologist 

Specialization Information

This educational technology specialization allows for maximum flexibility, and was created for the busy lifestyle of the working professional wishing to enhance their existing job skills while attempting to juggle the demands of family, work, and modern life with grad school. All of our specialization courses are 8-week courses and are completely online. Many currently do not require that you purchase a textbook. We'll be offering one 5-week Ed Tech course for SUM 1 and SUM 2, and at least four to five 8-week Ed Tech courses every long semester (two 1st 8-week courses and two to three 2nd 8-week courses), positioning the Ed Tech courses back to back that are designed to best compliment each other. The point is, with multiple 1st and 2nd 8-week Ed Tech specialization courses being offered every long semester (and summer), you can adjust your course load to as many or as few as your work/life schedule will allow at the beginning (first 8-week) and/or end (second 8-week) of any long semester. A suggested sequence of course completion is available on request.

Master of Education-General Degree Information

The Educational Technology area of specialization is available under the Master of Education - General degree program.

A master's degree in Education-General requires 15 semester credit hours (SCH) from Resource & Electives PLUS 18 semester credit hours (SCH) in the Area of Specializationsuch as our Educational Technology specialization, for a total of 33 hours

For more information on the Master of Education - General degree programcontact the program advisor and coordinator Dr. Jeanne Qvarnstrom at 432-837-8395 OR email her at and let her know you are interested in talking with her about the Master of Education - General degree w/a specialization in Educational Technology.

Course Listing                                                 

ED 6375 Foundations of Educational Technology                                 

ED 6376 Inquiry-Based Research Methods                                                                         

ED 6377 Instructional Design

ED 6378 Integration of Technology into the Curriculum                                          

ED 6379 Implementation of Ed Tech Program in the Educational Setting                

ED 6380 Special Topics in Educational Technology - Digital Assessment of Learning                   

ED 6381 Critical Issues in Ed Tech

ED 6382 Basic Application of Media and Technology

ED 6383 Educational Technology Capstone with Portfolio Development

ED 7300 Advanced Applications of Media and Technology                                                     

Course Descriptions

ED 6375 Foundations of Educational Technology (3-0). Education Specialization. This course provides students with an overview of the historical, theoretical, and philosophical foundations of educational technology.  Current trends and research, emerging technology, and critical issues will be examined and the student will have the opportunity to apply newly acquired technological knowledge and skills to a variety of educational environments.

ED 6376 Inquiry-Based Research Methods (3-0). Education Specialization. This course examines methods and approaches to graduate level research, including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method inquiry.  Special attention will be given to inquiry-based approaches and social constructivist learning theories, as well as the ethical research of human subjects.  *Must be taken within the first 12 hours of coursework.

ED 6377 Instructional Design (3-0). Education Specialization. This course provides students with an insight into the theories and process that guide effective instructional design.  A systems-approach to designing instruction will be examined, along with methods to evaluate instructional methods.

ED 6378 Integration of Technology into the Curriculum (3-0). Education Specialization. This course examines the advantages and challenges of effectively integrating technology into the curriculum in an effort to promote student motivation, engagement, and learning.  Technologies assisting school personnel in assessment, evaluation, record-keeping, and data collection will be examined as well. *Recommended to be taken before ED 6379 Implementation of Ed Tech Program in the Educational Setting.

ED 6379 Implementation of Ed Tech Program in the Educational Setting (3-0). Education Specialization. This course examines best-practices for the implementation of educational technology programs in the educational environment through the development of specific goals and a strategic plan.  Although educational settings will be emphasized, strategies can be applied to a variety of settings and occupations. *Recommended to be taken after ED 6378 Integration of Technology into the Curriculum. 
ED 6380 Special Topics in Ed Tech - Digital Assessment of Learning (3-0). Education Specialization. Special topics courses provides the student with the opportunity to examine the role of educational technology in a variety of settings, through a case-study type approach.  This Digital Assessment of Learning course examines the application of technology for learner assessment and feedback. It introduces the concept of digital assessment strategies that engage the interest and meet the diverse needs of learners through alternative assignment and assessment formats. It also spotlights digital ways to implement data driven instruction for improving teacher performance.
ED 6381 Critical Issues in Ed Tech (3-0). Education Specialization. Students will examine their role as the agent of change and how that role affects and influences the diffusion of technology and the delivery of its services in setting.  Probable sociological, financial, and educational implications of the application of change will be examined, as well as approaches to reduce the occurrence of undesirable consequences. 
ED 6382 Basic Application of Media and Technology (3-0). Education Specialization. This course identifies available technologies used to enhance instructional design and delivery.  Concentration will be placed on the utilization of multimedia, print materials, audiovisual, computer and web-based technologies, and digital formatting for educational and instructional purposes. 

ED 6383 Educational Technology Capstone with Portfolio Development (3-0). Education Specialization. This course is reserved for students enrolled in the final semester of the Educational Technology graduate program.  Students will utilize an electronic portfolio to present an approved topic of research and/or review of program for peer and faculty committee presentation. Enrollment must be approved by advisor. 
ED 7300 Advanced Applications of Media and Technology (3-0). Education Specialization. This course explores the uses of multimedia in the classroom and extends the teachers skill base in the development of advanced multimedia examples to support and enhance the curricula. Throughout the course students will gain experience in and still and motion digital editing, audio and animation production.

View or Download our Fall 2019 Educational Technology Specialization Informational Packet PDF

Contact Information for the Ed Tech Specialization

Call, email, or stop by the Graduate Student Center anytime for more information on this new, exciting specialization 
Tim Parsons – Educational Technology Specialization Coordinator 
Located in the Graduate Student Center 
Briscoe Administrative Building (BAB) Suite 104

Office phone: 432.837.8525