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Learning Design and Educational Technology, M.S.Ed

About the Program

This program is designed primarily for P–12 educators, trainers from business and industry, and other professionals, who wish to develop and expand their skills in the educational application of technology in the classroom and other teaching and learning environments. Emphasis is on the design, development, and use of technology in the instructional process.

Graduates of the learning design and educational technology program learn to:

  • Design, develop, implement, and evaluate instruction;

  • Use computers and other educational technologies in the instructional process;

  • Develop evaluation criteria and evaluate educational software and hardware;

  • Prepare educational software and hardware using a variety of methods and tools;

  • Design an educational technology system for an educational site;

  • Use computers and other educational technologies in non-instructional and/or administrative settings;

  • Assess and prepare for current and future trends in educational technology;

  • Explore social, legal, and ethical issues involved in educational technology.

About the Computer Information Systems Department Department

203 Technology Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5528
Fax: (716) 878-6677

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). Students with less than a 3.0 GPA may be admitted as premajors.

2. Elementary/Secondary teaching certification is recommended (but not required).

3. Three recent letters of recommendation (within one year of application date) that specifically pertain to this Graduate School application.

4. A written Statement of Purpose that details the applicant’s previous teaching and technology experience and sets forth the applicant’s career goals (including the use of educational technology).

5. Previous experience with the Internet and common software tools (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software) is a prerequisite for full admission to the program. Students deficient in this prerequisite may be admitted as pre-majors.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the Graduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

A. Core Courses (18 cr)

EDT 603 Instructional Design and Problem Solving with Technology
EDT 610 Integrating Digital Video Technology into Classroom
EDT 611 Television for Education and Training

EDT 689 Research Methods for Master's Projects and Theses

EDT 601 Instructional Technologies
EDT 604 Authoring for Educators
EDT 672 Microcomputer in the Instructional Program

EDT 690 Master's Project

(a) For students seeking professional teaching certification:
4 courses in the student's certification content areas
1 elective course, chosen by advisement
(b) For students not seeking certification:
5 elective courses, chosen by advisement

Elective Courses (15 cr)
EDT 500 Fundamentals of Technology Literacy
EDT 594 Special Topics
EDT 600 Multimedia for Educators
EDT 606 Internet for Educators
EDT 607 Networking for Educators
EDT 610 Integrating Digital Video Technology into the Classroom
EDT 611 Television for Education and Training
EDT 612 Educational Models, Simulations, and Games
EDT 614 Educational Graphics and Animation
EDT 615 Educational Hardware Methods and Tools
EDT 617 Educational Technology for Informal Learning Environments
EDT 707 Computer Applications In Education Administration
SPF 503 Educational Psychology

Total Required Credit Hours: 33 cr

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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