Instructional Technology, M.Ed.

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College of Education

Department of Media Communications & Technology

Rosenkrans Hall-East

570-422-3621

www.esu.edu/gradmcom

Faculty

Graduate Coordinator:

Beth Rajan Sockman, Ph.D., bsockman@po-box.esu.edu

Associate Professors

Gary Braman, Ed.S., gbraman@po-box.esu.edu

Beth Rajan Sockman, Ph.D., bsockman@po-box.esu.edu

Assistant Professors:

Yi-hui Huang Ph.D., yhuang@po-box.esu.edu

Richard Otto Ph.D., rotto@po-box.esu.edu

Master of Education in Instructional Technology

  • 33 credits

    Purpose of Degree

    The purpose of the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Instructional Technology is to address the learner in the classroom and requires integration of instructional design principles into multimedia presentations with an emphasis in assessment. As classroom instructors across a range of academic disciplines integrate technology into their classrooms, there is an expanding need to have pedagogy and skills that drive this integration.

    Mission of Instructional Technology

    The Instructional Technology portfolio and internship based programs prepare Instructional Technology leaders to participate in social, cultural and economic transformation. The learning environment fosters the preparation of practitioners who utilize critical reflection, research, and collaboration to produce and implement innovative technologies to address the evolving needs of learners in a global society.

    Special Resources of the Department

    The Instructional Technology masters program is housed with the Media Communication & Technology Department which uses professional design software and media technologies. Students complete an internship in their desired area of expertise. Internships include local schools, corporate environments and higher education institutions. Through learning experiences, students can take face-to-face and distance education classes, providing a hybrid environment for greater learning flexibility.

    Program of Study

    Concentration in Classroom Technology Integration

    Maximum time to finish

    Four years

    Plan of study

    Required Foundation Courses

    6 credits

    MCOM 520

    Selection and Utilization of Instructional Media

    3 credits

    MCOM 530

    Instructional Design for Effective Learning

    3 credits

    Required Major Courses

    18 credits

    MCOM 526

    Organization and Administration of Instructional Technology

    3 credits

    MCOM 540

    Multimedia I

    3 credits

    MCOM 542

    Multimedia II

    3 credits

    MCOM 580

    Research Project I: Action Research Design

    3 credits

    MCOM 585

    Internship

    3 credits

    And 3 credits from the following

    MCOM 510

    Computers in Education

    3 credits

    MCOM 532

    Digital and Still Photography

    3 credits

    MCOM 534

    Video Production

    3 credits

    MCOM 536

    Internet for Educators

    3 credits

    MCOM 538

    Desktop Publishing for Educators

    3 credits

    MCOM 545

    Interactive Media

    3 credits

    Required Capstone option

    3 credits

    Option A

    MCOM 581

    Research Project II: Action

    Research Implementation

    3 credits

    or

    Option B

    MCOM 589

    Thesis

    3 credits

    Electives

    6 credits

    MCOM courses or other department courses discussed with adviser

Joint Cooperative Degree and Certification in Instructional Technology Programs

  • 33 credits

    Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Instructional Technology is a joint cooperative degree with Kutztown University, 33 credits.

    Purpose of Degree

    The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Instructional Technology program is designed to prepare instructional technologists who are catalysts for integrating technology into schools and/or business training situations. Individuals may then serve in one or more of the following roles: district-wide technology coordinators, intermediate unit technology administrators, classroom teachers or other educators using technology, or corporate trainers.

    Outcome Expectations

    Specifically, students completing the Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Instructional Technology will be proficient in the selection and implementation of instructional technologies.

    National Accreditations

    National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and Association for Educational Communication and Technology

    Special Resources of the Department

    The Department of Media Communication and East Stroudsburg University offer student-accessible media classrooms, convergence center for multimedia, computer labs, video and high definition television (HDTV) editing suite, photographic studio, audio/video and digital still and motion equipment that are maintained by on-site technical staff. Further, as this is a joint cooperative program with the Library Science and Instructional Technology Department at Kutztown University, students may have opportunity to utilize special resources at Kutztown University.

    Programs of Study

    Maximum time to finish:

    Four years

    Plan of study for degree:

    Required Foundation Courses

    6 credits

    MCOM 520

    Selection and Utilization of Instructional Media

    3 credits

    ELED 570

    Introduction to Research

    3 credits

    Required Major Courses

    12 credits

    MCOM 526

    Organization and Administration of Instructional Technology

    3 credits

    And three courses from the following or adviser-approved related coursework:

    PSED 516

    The Learner and the Learning Process

    3 credits

    MCOM 501

    Current Applications

    1 credit

    MCOM 510

    Computers in Education

    3 credits

    MCOM 532

    Digital and Still Photography

    3 credits

    MCOM 534

    Video Production

    3 credits

    MCOM 536

    Internet for Educators

    3 credits

    MCOM 538

    Desktop Publishing for Educators

    3 credits

    MCOM 540

    Multimedia I

    3 credits

    MCOM 545

    Interactive Media

    3 credits

    Required Capstone Options

    9 credits

    Option A

    MCOM 580

    Research Project I: Action Research Design

    3 credits

    MCOM 581

    Research Project II: Action Research Implementation

    3 credits

    MCOM 585

    Internship

    3 credits

    Option B

    MCOM 585

    Internship

    3 credits

    MCOM 589

    Thesis

    6 credits

    Electives

    6 credits

    MCOM courses or other department courses discussed with adviser

    Final Graduation Requirement

    Submission of comprehensive portfolio and internship

Instructional Technology Specialist Certification

  • Compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Education Instructional Technology Specialist Certification Standards and/or 24 credits

    Purpose of Certification

    The instructional technology specialist certification is a non-instructional certification permitting the holder to function in a support role for K-12 classroom and school activities.

    Program of Study

    Required Foundation Courses

    6 credits

    MCOM 520

    Selection and Utilization of Instructional Media

    3 credits

    ELED 570

    Introduction to Research

    3 credits

    Required Major Courses

    6 credits

    MCOM 526

    Organization and Administration of Instructional Technology

    3 credits

    MCOM 585

    Internship

    3 credits

    Electives

    12 credits

    MCOM 501

    Current Applications

    1 credit

    MCOM 510

    Computers in Education

    3 credits

    MCOM 532

    Digital and Still Photography

    3 credits

    MCOM 534

    Video Production

    3 credits

    MCOM 536

    Internet for Educators

    3 credits

    MCOM 538

    Desktop Publishing for Educators

    3 credits

    MCOM 540

    Multimedia I

    3 credits

    MCOM 545

    Interactive Media

    3 credits

    PSED 516

    The Learner and the Learning Process

    3 credits

    Admissions Requirements

    For admission to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Instructional Technology program, applicants will need to meet with the graduate coordinator to schedule an interview or portfolio review. For admission to the certification program, applications should contact the graduate coordinator for additional admission information to comply with Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements.

    Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate assistantships are available through the department. These are awarded based upon merit and achievement to full-time students in the graduate program. Graduate assistants do not teach classes, but complete projects and tasks assigned by professors. The graduate assistantship is awarded for the first year of full-time study, with the possibility of extension through the first summer.

    Prospective students should apply for a graduate assistantship at the time of original application to the program, using the application form online. The graduate assistant is expected to actively participate and demonstrate leadership by showing initiative in support of the graduate activities of the department. The graduate assistant is expected to demonstrate willingness to learn, to apply his or her skills in the design of media, and to actively participate in production activities. This is a hands-on assistantship. We expect and encourage the graduate assistant to acquire new skills, to seek mentoring from faculty and staff of the department and to demonstrate skill enhancement.

    Applicants are encouraged to check with Dr. Beth Sockman graduate coordinator, for a current description at 570-422-3621 or at bsockman@esu.edu.

Course Descriptions

  • MCOM 501 Current Applications (1)

    • This course will provide an introduction to future and current issues and topics in the application of media communication and technology. To highlight communication issues, students will be exposed whenever possible to varied presentation strategies. The application of media communication and technology to academic and business situations will be demonstrated. This course may be taken for credit more than once if a student wishes to study another current issue.

  • MCOM 510 Computers in Education (3)

    • This course presents an overview of the application of computers to various instructional and classroom administrative tasks. Instructional programs used in all levels of instruction are analyzed. Special emphasis is given to microcomputers and their impact on education.

  • MCOM 520 Selection and Utilization of Instructional Media for the Classroom (3)

    • Techniques of integrating non-print instructional media into the teaching/learning situation are investigated. Emphasis is on non-print media.

  • MCOM 526 Organization and Administration of Instructional Technology (3)

    • This course defines the organization, administrative and management roles, responsibilities and tasks of an instructional technologist. Also this course provides an introduction to and overview of the challenges, opportunities, and issues to instructional technologists who serve as administrators and managers in academic and business/industry settings.

  • MCOM 530 Instructional Design for Effective Learning (3)

    • Instructional design is a systematic process used to analyze learner needs, and then, develop, design, and evaluate instructional materials. In this introductory course, students will create a learning unit based on student identified learning goals.

  • MCOM 532 Digital Photography and Still Images (3)

    • This course will provide students with an overview of many different methods for selection, production, manipulation, utilization, and presentation of still images for instructional applications. Students will learn varied techniques of locating, acquiring, and producing digital and non-digital still photographic images.

  • MCOM 534 Video Production (3)

    • This course will cover the aspects of video production used by educators and trainers to produce quality motion media. A review of research, pre-production organization, production techniques, and post-production editing will be included. Students will have the opportunity to produce motion media in this course.

  • MCOM 536 Internet for Educators (3)

    • Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of using the Internet to access and share information with emphasis being given to how this technology can be used as a classroom tool. Project design, commercial services, free services, and online procedures will also be emphasized.

  • MCOM 538 Desktop Publishing for Educators (3)

    • Students will learn the basics of using the microcomputer for producing print media, which can be used in the classroom. Assignments will give students hands-on experience in producing effective educational publications. Topics include: publication design, use of type, and instruction on page layout problems.

  • MCOM 540 Multimedia I (3)

    • This is the introductory course in the Multimedia series, which provides introductory multimedia production skills within instructional design and learning theory. Students will learn introductory skills while using instructional design principles to plan and produce multimedia for effective classroom instruction. Topics include the integration of media literacy, instructional design implementation, assessment, and media production techniques.

  • MCOM 542 Multimedia II (3)

    • This is the intermediate course in the Multimedia series, which increases the skill level of the student in production and applying learning theory to the instructional materials. This course builds upon instructional design, learning theory, and skills gained in Multimedia I. Students create advanced multimedia productions using instructional design principles and tools with appropriate pedagogy. Pre-requisite(s): MCOM 540

  • MCOM 543 Multimedia III (3)

    • This is the advanced media production. This course builds upon instructional design and skills gained in Multimedia I and Multimedia II. Students will fully integrate digital still, digital motion, digital sound, and digital animation into complete educational programs or instructional packages. Productions will provide an interactive experience with understanding of learning theory and implementation of unit planning. Focused attention will be given to diversity and learning accommodations. Prerequisites: MCOM 540, MCOM 542.

  • MCOM 545 Interactive Media (3)

    • This course is designed to introduce the student to the technology of interactive media. Special emphasis is placed on the various applications for interactive media. Students will gain practical experience in creating interactive media programs.

  • MCOM 580 Research Project I: Action Research Design (3)

    • Designing appropriate learning opportunities requires the application of research techniques in order to improve resources for learning and productivity in a technology enhanced environment. Using research-based instructional theories and extant data, students create a proactive research action plan.

  • MCOM 581 Research Project II: Action Research Implementation (3)

    • In this second research course, students will implement their action research design in order to make positive change in a learning environment. While doing systematic research, students learn to create an observation tool, analyze the limitations of a study, or do data analysis to interpret the data. The final product will be a research summary based on a synthesis of the student's research and extant data. Prerequisite: MCOM 580

  • MCOM 585 Internship (3)

    • Students will work in an environment that provides professional experiences related to the student's field of interest and study, be assigned instructional technology tasks, and document the activities of an instructional technology and/or training media professional. An external non-department member media professional and appropriate department faculty member will jointly supervise the students.

  • MCOM 589 Thesis (Variable credit, 3-6)

    • This course consists of thesis topic development, information gathering, material organization, data evaluation, formal thesis report writing, and completion of the thesis. Thesis procedures must adhere to the Thesis Guidelines as defined by the Office of the Graduate School and the Department of Media, Communications and Technology. Students register for either 3 to six semester hours in one semester with approval of adviser.