Inside a Masters in Educational Technology

31 10 2012

I’m very excited to be starting the MET with Boise State University in January. There are a plethora of Ed Tech courses out there, and in the end I had to balance quality with value for money. I was very tempted by the MSc in E-Learning with Edinburgh University, but this I deemed a little more relevant for higher education, and perhaps not perfectly suited for the career path I wish to follow. Boise came out as a winner – and comes in at no 4 on this list of Ed Tech courses. I couldn’t fault their program and the range of classes on offer. Also, at a price of roughly $1200 per class, that’s a good value degree at just over $12000 total. Essentially for me, international student rates are the same as home students.

There are five core courses as follows:

  • Intro To Ed Tech
  • The Internet For Educators
  • Instructional Design
  • Theoretical Foundations
  • Evaluation

There are then 6 elective courses that must be chosen from the following:

  • Graphic Design For Learning
  • Interactive Courseware Design
  • Online Course Design
  • Multimedia
  • Online Teaching in the K12 environment
  • Online Teaching for Adult Learners
  • Advanced Online Teaching
  • Teaching and Learning in Virtual Worlds
  • Educational Games and Simulations
  • YouTube For Educators
  • Integrating Technology into the Classroom Curriculum
  • Technology-Supported Project-Based Learning
  • Social Network Learning
  • Technical and Grant Writing
  • Introduction to Network Administration
  • Managing Technology Integration in Schools
  • Introduction to Edutainment
  • Digital Game Design for the K12 Classroom
  • Blogging in the Classroom
  • Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning
  • International Issues in ICT.

There are also ‘Graduate Certificates’ which are earnt on top of the Masters course through combining core/elective classes. Certificates are available in Online Teaching (k12 emphasis), Online Teaching (Adult emphasis), Technology Integration and School Technology Coordination.

I’m going for the cert in Technology Integration. Deciding on what electives to choose is hard. The agony of choice! And I’m still flip-flopping over what I want to study. Rather geekily I feel like a kid at Christmas.


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