Masters Program Details

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24 months| Credit Hours: 36

The online Master of Education with a Major in Media (Instructional Technology Concentration) degree is designed to prepare progressive, innovative, academically grounded instructional technologists.  Graduates of the program apply their skills in P-12 schools, higher education, and corporate, health care, and government organizations. While learning in the program, students collaborate with various stakeholders through an array of technology-based tools and applications.  Through professional field experiences and clinical practices, the learning experiences are performance-based and problem-based.  Faculty teaching in the program is grounded in theoretical perspectives, instructional design strategies, and practical application of knowledge to ensure candidates can immediately apply what they learn in diverse educational settings.

Program Description

The Instructional Technology concentration program consists of 36 semester hours of approved coursework beyond the bachelor's degree. Twenty-seven semester hours are drawn from media and instructional technology courses, and 9 hours are completed in psychology and research. Students must have a bachelor's degree to be admitted to the program. Those entering with T-4 Georgia certification exit with S-5 certification in Instructional Technology and the M.Ed. degree. Students who do not hold T-4 Georgia certification exit with the M.Ed. degree. Degrees are conferred in May, August and December. The Department of Educational Technology and Foundations website includes a directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information. Contacts: Dr. O.P. Cooper (Professor), ocooper@westga.edu 678-839-6108 or Ms. Vicki Griffin, vgriffin@westga.edu 678-839-5259

Method of Delivery

Coursework is available 100% online; required orientation is completed virtually.

Accreditation

NCATE

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 36
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees

The Value of Online Learning

Save money.
Online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many ways. No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Out-of-state students are not charged non-resident tuition rates.

Earn more.
The completion of an accredited online degree also increases your earning potential.

The bottom line - value.
Our online courses are as affordable as you will find among accredited schools.


Financial Information and Assistance
For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office. (Fully online courses appear as NET charges on the bottom of the Bursar's spreadsheets.)

There is a variety of financial assistance options for graduate students, including scholarships and fellowships. Visit the links below for more information.  
Office of Financial Aid
College of Education Scholarships Information
Financial Information for Veterans and Families

TK20 - Electronic Portfolio Assessment System
Students in the College of Education are required to purchase a subscription to an electronic portfolio assessment system called TK20.  For more information about TK20, visit the COE About TK20 Page.  (Note: do not buy a subscription to TK20 until you are enrolled in your program and instructed to do so.)

Coursework

Projected offerings:

All required courses for the M.Ed. in Instructional Technology will be offered over two years. For the Instructional Technology Track, courses require no campus visits. Students may begin the program any semester. During the initial advising session, a projected sequence of courses is developed for each student. Any changes in the projected sequence need to be determined jointly between student and advisor in order for the student to be able to complete the program in a timely manner.

Up-to-date Program Sheets detailing programs of study are here.  Always consult with an advisor before selecting courses.

Psychology of Classroom Learning - CEPD-6101
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course provides an in-depth study of the major cognitive and behavioral theories of classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on enabling teachers and counselors to better understand how students learn; on helping educators identify and remove barriers that impede student learning; and on helping educators develop, utilize and advocate teaching practices, programs, and curriculum that lead to academic success for all. Theories of motivation, classroom management practices, and belief systems that promote learning will also be addressed.

Research in Education - EDRS-6301
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: The study of the general principles of qualitative and quantitative research designs with an emphasis on students becoming consumers of educational research.

Internet Tools, Resources, and Issues in Education - MEDT-7462
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A study of various internet tools, resources, and issues as related to K-12 education. Strategies for integrating internet into the curriculum will be included.

Designing Technology Enhanced Instruction - MEDT-7464
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course will focus on the application of instructional design principles as they relate to instruction. A systems approach to instructional design which includes information and application of skills and techniques necessary in the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of instruction will be used.

Digital Resources for Teaching and Learning - MEDT-7465
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An overview of current digital resources (tools, applications, etc.) to support the teaching and learning of children and young adults in diverse classrooms. Non-fiction and digital resources are included. Students will design, develop, and produce digital resources appropriate to their situation.

Digital Photography in Instruction - MEDT-7466
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An exploration of the principles of photography including the elements of light, subject, camera, and composition. Instructional applications of digital photography in the workplace and instructional settings, shooting high-quality digital photographs, and how to enhance digital photographs are covered.

Web Design for Instruction - MEDT-7467
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Intermediate level course on design, development and formative evaluation of web-based instructional systems. Web page design strategies based on research on effective practice are emphasized. Students use software development tools to create and evaluate interactive lessons including strategies for assessing learning achievement.

Instructional Multimedia Design and Development - MEDT-7468
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This is a survey course focused on basic elements and technical aspects of multimedia design and development to support teaching and learning in diverse classrooms. Included are selection of hardware and software, design principles, hands-on production, classroom applications, and discussion of issues and useful digital and web-based resources.

Digital Media Production and Utilization - MEDT-7470
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An advanced course in the design and production of digital media and instructional materials. Classroom utilization of digital media will be included.

Introduction to Distance Learning - MEDT-7472
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course is a general introduction to conceptual, theoretical, and practical ideas concerning distance education, including the current status of distance learning and its impact on education. Students will become conversant in the terminology of the field of distance education, review its history, conduct research on specific areas of practice, investigate instructional and learning design strategies, explore the technologies commonly used, and understand the unique roles and responsibilities of the distance learner and the distance instructor.

Assessing Learning in Technology-Enhanced Instruction - MEDT-7476
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course will focus on application of the principles of assessment of student learning as they relate in the context of technology-enhanced instruction and diverse populations. Specific concepts covered include formative and summative assessments, alternative assessment, and standardized testing, especially the use of technology-based instruments. Students will design and develop assessment tools for their content areas and contexts.

Visual and Media Literacy for Teaching and Learning - MEDT-7490
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course is an introduction to visual and media literacy principles that support student learning in specific content areas. Students will explore elements of photography and videography that support learner-centered instruction. Instructional applications in the workplace and instructional settings, shooting high-quality digital photographs and video vignettes, how to produce enhance digital-based instructional materials and resources are covered.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

  • Students must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution to be admitted to the program.
  • A teaching certificate is not required for this program.
  • GPA of 3.0 on most recent degree

Application Deadlines

General admissions deadlines are typically:

  • Fall - July 21
  • Spring - Nov 15
  • Summer - April 15

* Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

College of Education Office of Graduate Studies
Ms. Carolyn Berry
cberry@westga.edu
678-839-6125

Department of Educational Technology and Foundations
Dr. O.P. Cooper
ocooper@westga.edu
678-839-6108

Ms. Vicki Griffin 
vgriffin@westga.edu
678-839-5259

Dates

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

* Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

Learning Objectives

  • Candidates demonstrate content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge and skills.
  • Candidates develop, implement, and evaluate learning opportunities for all students.
  • Candidates demonstrate professional dispositions and ethics.
  • Candidates demonstrate ability to serve needs of diverse populations including special needs.