Master's in Educational Technology
What is Educational Technology?
Educational Technology is the field of study that investigates the process of analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating the instructional environment, learning materials, learners, and the learning process in order to improve teaching and learning.
Class Duration: 8 weeks
Delivery: 100% Online
Loyola's fully online Educational Technology graduate program is designed to help today’s teachers become educational technology leaders. We focus on preparing teachers to foster educational environments that are socially just, diverse, inclusive, and equitable through the bridging of theory and the application of technology. Our students are provided with hands-on experiences and opportunities to pursue educational technology research and scholarship, as well as strategies to improve pedagogy and instructional practice. The program ends with an individualized internship where graduate students apply their knowledge to help improve their own school or district. Our unique M.Ed. program is nationally recognized by the International Society for Technology in Education.
Our 36-credit M.Ed. in Educational Technology program is offered fully online. The fully online format combines self-paced learning with live class meetings using our video-based web platform.
Our online program is well suited for currently practicing teachers or educational professionals interested in enhancing their instructional, technical, or pedagogical skills. The program allows our students to receive the highest caliber education without leaving their families, jobs, and communities.
- Engaging online courses that enable you to plan your coursework around your life.
- Live classes (when they occur) always happen on the same night at the same time regardless of course or semester.
- Experiencing a digital classroom from a learner’s perspective as well as an educator’s.
- Internship completed in your own school or professional setting.
- All courses focused on the advantages and disadvantages of technology, and how to address both in the classroom.
- Small classes (typically 12-18 students) and cohort-based approach.
- Faculty who are experts in the fields of educational technology, leadership, social justice, and instructional design.
- Active professional networking throughout the program and beyond.
- Learn with a diverse range of teachers from public and private schools in a variety of specialty areas.
Educational Technology Internship
The internship is the culminating experience of our program and is a non-traditional experience that places Educational Technology candidates in a technology leadership role in their own professional setting. Internship projects are developed on an individual basis by each candidate with the assistance of their internship supervisor. First, the candidate proposes a technology-related leadership project connected to a topic of great interest to them and also based on needs identified in their professional setting. Then candidates work cooperatively with colleagues and their internship supervisor to implement and facilitate their plan, while actively reflecting on their process and progress. This rich customized experience provides candidates with significant opportunities to apply their educational technology knowledge and skills as well as their newly learned leadership dispositions in a real setting under the supervision of their administration and their internship supervisor.
Examples of some past internships include:
- Development of a school makerspace and teaching colleagues how to use it.
- Roll out of a new school-wide Learning Management System.
- Coaching colleagues about technology integration tools (ie. formative assessment tools).
- Building a classroom recording studio.
- Developing online professional development modules.
- Leading STEM and robotics initiatives.
- Updating learning materials to make them accessible, engaging, and appropriately aligned with technology.
- Revamping the school’s entire data assessment cycle.
- Improving the school’s webpages and social media presence across multiple platforms.
What do all of these internships have in common? They were uniquely developed by Loyola’s Educational Technology candidates who relied on their individual interest and technology expertise to fulfill a need in their setting that required them to demonstrate their newly learned leadership skills.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do with an Educational Technology degree?
Graduates of Loyola’s M.Ed. program have gone on to become:
- National Board Certified Teachers
- School Administrators
- Technology Facilitators and Coordinators
- Personnel at Ed Tech Start Ups
- Instructional Designers (both within and outside of education)
- Online preK-12 Teachers
- STEM Teachers and Coordinators
- Professional Learning Leaders and Liaisons
- Curriculum Developers
How will I know if this program is a good fit for me?
The M.Ed. in Educational Technology program builds critical competencies related to designing effective learning in face-to-face, hybrid, and online environments, selecting and implementing appropriate technologies, preparing students to effectively use technology, and effectively leading colleagues in the advancement of educational technologies. If student-centered learning, leadership skills, and using technology to foster learner engagement and success are important to you, this degree may be right for you.
You will find success in our education technology program if you have interest in some or all of the following areas:
- Applications of traditional and emerging technologies
- Designing multimedia products
- Exploring models of change to promote technology integration
- Innovations in today’s learning environments
- Harnessing the power of digital media in our interconnected world
- Developing technology-rich learning environments that are socially just and equitable
- Analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of technology integration
- Leading professional learning about educational technologies
- Pursuing educational technology research and scholarship
Do I have to be a certified teacher to enroll?
Our online M.Ed. program is developed for currently working educators, though we often have a handful of students who are taking a temporary leave of absence from the classroom or working on a career change into education. You are not required to be a certified teacher, though it is expected that you have some knowledge about the teaching and learning process and classroom experience is preferred. You will encounter some coursework that is geared towards application into your own classroom.
What are the required courses?
You will earn 36 credits including an 18-credit technology core, a 3-credit research core, a 12-credit leadership core, and a 3-credit culminating internship.
You can view the full list of required courses on our curriculum page.
How long will it take to complete the program?
Graduate students enrolled in the Educational Technology program complete the 12-course program in 2 years plus one semester. Courses are convenient to full-time work schedules.
Is online learning right for me?
Online courses allow you to complete your coursework anywhere and at any time of day. Despite this flexibility, online learners don't set the pace for their studies. Courses in the Educational Technology Program have start and end dates, and instructors set the pace by requiring specific deadlines for all coursework. It is very important to keep up with due dates and participate actively in your course.
With the flexibility of when and where you complete the coursework comes even more responsibility. There are some key steps you must take to be successful in an online course, including creating the structure and organization provided by a traditional classroom and holding yourself accountable for your work and studies.
Here are a few tips to help you on your way to becoming a successful online learner:
- Know the Expectations: Academic outcomes in online courses are proven to be comparable, if not greater, than those in traditional face-to-face classrooms. While many assume online courses are easier, this is not the case. Our online courses in the Educational Technology program are divided into eight-week classes. They require the same amount of rigor and work as a traditional in-person class. You can expect 10+ hours of work per week.
- Establish a Workspace: One of the most important aspects of online classes online is finding or creating a space that is helpful and functional for you to work in. Whether it’s working from a desk at home or packing up your laptop and heading to the library, a quiet space with a good internet connection is ideal for your brain to be able to connect studying and school with whatever space you choose.
- Familiarize Yourself with Available Resources: As soon as you get that introductory email from your professor, read the syllabus! It will likely have all the information, websites, due dates, etc. that you need to be successful in the class. Bookmark the course homepage and once the course is available, spend some time just navigating your way through the class and making sure you can figure out what you need to know and do. Also, remember that you have access to all of the support and resources at Loyola University, including the LNDL Library and the Writing Center.
- Manage your Time Wisely: You will find that your time management skills will be critical in an online class. This is because it's very easy to spend either far too little time, or far too much time on the class. Set designated blocks of time to work on the class. This will help you stay up with the assignments and with the interaction required in online classes. Just because nobody is reminding you of due dates and when to complete your assignments doesn’t mean you don’t need to be working. You have to take charge of your own schedule.
- Ask for Help If You Need It: Just because you can’t always see your professor in person, doesn’t mean they don’t want to help you. If you need help, just ask for it! You’re one simple email or phone call away from getting the answers you need to complete an assignment or pass an assessment. In all of the online courses you will take at Loyola, there will be a “help” discussion forum where learners have the opportunity to ask (and answer) questions along with the instructor.
- Keep Track of All of the Work You Complete: This is essential for staying organized in an online class. Keep track of all large assignments that you complete and keep them organized using a system that works for you (though cloud-based storage is recommended). One trick for completing discussion forum posts is to first write your responses using a different program (ie. MS Word or Google Docs) such that if for whatever reason you experience a technology issue, either with the class platform or your own internet connection, you have a copy of your work.
Adapted from Illinois Online and Southern Oregon University.
How will I connect with peers in the program if everyone is online?
Prospective and new students in the program often wonder how they will get to know their peers and instructors when most of the coursework is completed on their own time. This amazing flexibility is what makes online learning so appealing to professional educators and it is also one of the reasons many students select our program. Many online graduate programs are completely asynchronous - meaning that students set their own schedules to work independently through self-paced course activities. While the majority of coursework in Loyola’s M.Ed. in Educational Technology program will be completed asynchronously and facilitated in our learning management system, our program also incorporates regular opportunities to interact in real time with fellow classmates and faculty.
For the majority of courses in the program, faculty incorporate synchronous online class meetings - essentially an online version of a live, face-to-face class. Students can expect to attend these synchronous sessions a few times each semester. During these sessions, all participants will log into Loyola’s video conferencing platform at the same time and meet face-to-face using the webcams, microphones, and speakers built into their device or smartphone. This interaction helps all of us to feel more connected and eliminates the isolation of the online classroom. No matter where our students are geographically located, the intentional focus on social interaction, collaboration, and the development of a professional learning community is at the heart of Loyola’s online MEd program.
Are there any required software programs that I will have to purchase? How about books?
Students in the M.Ed. program are required to purchase the standard version of LiveText. LiveText is a tool utilized at Loyola to track the progress of our students and the effectiveness of our program. It is utilized for accreditation purposes. The cost is approximately $150 and it is a one-time purchase. Find more information on LiveText.
Other than LiveText, you will explore free resources and platforms throughout your time in the program and you are not required to purchase additional software programs. Several courses do require the purchase of textbook(s). We strive to use as many open education resources as possible and most of the required texts are also available through the Loyola Notre Dame Library or possibly your local library.
What tools and web resources will I learn about in the program?
Because tools and resources are constantly changing and new ones are regularly being introduced, we focus more on the processes than any given set of tools. By processes, we mean the ways of using technology effectively and appropriately in your classroom and how to integrate it in ways that elevate student learning and engagement. Once you understand the how and why, you can explore the tools and resources that put these processes into action. For example, you will learn about many different tools and web resources that can be used for digital assessments and you will have the chance to explore and learn new tools after you understand the what, how, and why of their integration into your classroom.
How do I enroll in the M.Ed. in Educational Technology program?
Visit our admission requirements/apply page to learn more about the admission process and how to apply.
Educational Technology Classroom Demo
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Loyola’s Jesuit values infuse every program with a passion for a better world for all. In our Educational Technology program, this means addressing the social justice issues along the path to excellent online learning. These include defining equity in educational technology, addressing the needs of diverse learners, determining how to expand access to online learning to all students, and understanding the legal and ethical standards of digital citizenship.
We strive to empower our educators to become leaders in the field, able to teach and support their colleagues and advocate for necessary change. They will leave the program prepared to take key roles in the change process in their school districts and engage in the visioning and planning processes for implementing technology district- or even state-wide.