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Graduate Catalog 2007-08 
Graduate Catalog 2007-08 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Educational Technology

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Brian Horvitz, Robert Leneway
Room 2217, Sangren Hall

The Master of Arts in Educational Technology is designed to prepare educators for the integration of educational technology into academic programs of kindergarten through 12th grade schools. The degree program prepares educators for various school-based technology roles, including technology coordinators, technology instructional consultants/teachers, and chief technology officers.

A majority of the courses in the Master of Arts in Educational Technology are offered via Extended University Program’s distance education program means that include Vista Computer-based management software, Internet conferencing, and other online teaching/learning methods. Courses may be offered as residential courses taught in traditional computer labs and classrooms at Western’s Kalamazoo campus as well as at various regional centers located in southwestern Michigan. Students should be prepared to handle distance education instruction that often requires more independent work, self-direction, and the meeting of course deadlines outside of regular classroom meetings. Students will also need to have mastered basic computer communications systems, including email, use of listservs, web browsing, and submission of assignments via file transfer procedures. An online application and additional information can be found at www.wmich.edu/coe/elrt/edtech.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements of The Graduate College, all applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree in education or a related field, provide a statement outlining technology skills and background, career goals, and educational philosophy (1,000 words). Admission decisions will be made by program faculty after review of admission materials. 

Program Requirements

Students will complete a planned program of study consisting of 30-33 credit hours of course work with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better. The degree course work requires a fifteen credit hour Major Technology Core.  Students will select the Major Technology Core with the approval of an academic advisor. The course work also requires a nine hour Minor Technology Elective Core that is related to the career goals of the student and approved by an academic advisor. The minor core must be different from the major core and have at least two of the three courses at the 6000-level.

I. Major Technology Core (15 hrs.)

Select 15 hours from either Option A or Option B.

II. Technology Minor Elective Core (9 hrs.)

Select 9 hours of elective courses related to the technology career goals of the student and approved by an academic advisor.

One 5000- or 6000-level course (3 hrs.)
One 6000-level course (3 hrs.)
One 6000-level course (3 hrs.)

III. Educational Research (3 hrs.)

IV. Culminating Learning Activity (3 or 6 hrs.)

The culminating learning activity allows students to demonstrate their comprehensive knowledge of educational technology in either a research study or in the development of a curriculum or instructional technology product. Students seeking advanced degrees beyond the master’s level are encouraged to complete a master’s thesis. Other students will elect the capstone course with an advisor-approved technology research, application, or curriculum development project that includes a minimum of 120 hours of effort.

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