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1 Master of Arts in Education Educational Technology Kevin Winslow, PhD 2014 Handbook Lindenwood University

2 Table of Contents Table of Contents Welcome to Lindenwood University School of Education!... 2 Overview of the Program... 4 Admission... 5 Program Planning and Completion... 6 Course Descriptions... 8 Student Learning Outcomes Field Experience/Internship/Practicum Frequently Asked Questions Appendix

3 Welcome Welcome Welcome to Lindenwood University School of Education! Welcome! Lindenwood University is a thriving institution with a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs with locations across Missouri and Illinois, in addition to online offerings. The School of Education is one of the largest schools at this institution and in the state of Missouri. However, here at Lindenwood, we pride ourselves on our student-centered approach, advising by actual faculty members, and our open door policy so you never feel like a number. The faculty not only has the appropriate academic credentials, but also extensive experience in a wide variety of schools as teachers, counselors, principals, librarians, and leaders at all levels. The faculty is truly vested in providing the best opportunity for all students to succeed. Lindenwood University prides itself in providing a support network for students who need extra assistance in attaining their goals. Lindenwood provides assistance to students through the Student and Academic Support Services (SASS). SASS supports the Lindenwood University student community through academic engagement, problem resolution, service learning opportunities, and provision of resources. We are committed to a studentcentered environment reinforcing retention and persistence to graduation by encouraging academic and individual development, along with social responsibility. Do you already have a master s degree but still want an additional certification? That is also an option at Lindenwood University. The Master of Arts in Education programs offer opportunities for teachers and professionals to improve their practice in many different areas of study including: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Library Media Special Reading K-12 Gifted Education Certification Special Education K-12 2

4 Character Education Autism Spectrum Disorders K-12 Early Interventions in Autism and Sensory Impairments Educational Technology Mathematics Education Specialist 1-6 School Administration

5 Program Overview Program Overview The Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology program prepares graduate students to assume roles of leadership in instructional technology settings in school, business, and industry. The emphasis is in equipping students to leverage technology in order to facilitate instruction in a wide variety of settings. Graduates will acquire technical and research skills involving equipment, software, web-based applications, current issues, trends, theories, and principles of instructional design. The program is delivered entirely online, allowing students to earn their degree remotely and according to schedules convenient to them. In addition, most of the courses are offered in an eight-week format, allowing students to complete the -hour program at an accelerated pace; therefore, students can complete the program in less than two years while never taking more than two courses at a time. 4

6 Admission Program Admission Admission Standards Lindenwood University consciously seeks a diverse student body and welcomes applicants from all socioeconomic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. The University also values geographic diversity and welcomes international students. Admission to graduate programs is granted to students who demonstrate academic preparedness and the potential for academic excellence. Applications for admission to Lindenwood University graduate programs will reviewed by the Director of Evening Admissions and Dr. Kevin Winslow. Application Procedures Apply by visiting the Office of Evening and Graduate Admissions at the Lindenwood University Welcome Center on the St. Charles campus, any of the extension centers, or online at the following address: To be considered for admission to the University, an applicant s file must include each of the following documents: Electronic or paper application, along with a non-refundable $0 application fee. Current resume. An official undergraduate transcript as well as official transcript(s) from any graduate school(s) attended if transfer credit is desired. A copy of applicant s valid teaching certificate. Model II Specialty Area: Educational Technology Model II programs do not lead to additional certification. These programs allow the student to develop extensive expertise in a specific content area. The student and the faculty advisor will design a comprehensive program in the content area. The program includes four core courses required of all graduate students in education. The remaining credit hours will be selected by the student in consultation with the advisor from existing graduate courses to meet individual needs. 5

7 Program Planning Program Planning and Completion Teaching and Leading as an Art and a Science Lindenwood University School of Education MASTER OF ARTS in EDUCATION Unofficial Advising Worksheet MODEL II Emphasis Area: Educational Technology Name: Phone: Certification Area: Major Verified: Advisor: For maximum program success, all students must: ID: Lionmail: Sem Start at LU: Minor Verified: Advisor: Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of.0 on a 4.0 scale. Complete application procedures for admission to the university, pay required fees, and be approved by the Dean. Applicants must hold a valid teaching certificate. Complete semester hours of graduate course work required to earn the specified Master of Arts in Education degree. Maintain a GPA of.0 or higher. Complete the degree requirements within five calendar years from the first day of the first term in which program commenced. Continue to register for the thesis/master of Arts Project each subsequent term until completed. Failure to continue to register will result in termination from the candidacy for the degree. Graduation application submitted by deadline! * Transfer and Workshop Credit: No more than 9 semester hours from other accredited institutions approved by the Dean and Registrar. All transfer credits must carry a letter grade of B or higher from official transcript. No Pass/Fail or Credit courses accepted. All transfer credit must be relevant to proposed program and completed within last 7 years. Once admitted, prior permission from Dean and Registrar must be obtained to apply credit from other college or university towards degree. Up to 6 credit hours may be accepted from approved workshops. If from other institution, would be counted towards approved transfer credit limit of 9 hours. Student Teaching hours cannot apply to this master s degree. Core Courses Ho ur Semeste r Semest er Transfer red* Gra de Notes 6

8 Program Planning Planned Comple ted EDU Analysis of Teaching & Learning EDU Conceptualization of Education EDU Educational Research EDU Curriculum Analysis and Design or EDU Master s Project Certification Specialty Educational Technology: Theory and Practice Transforming Learning with Technology Should be first course taken- ENTRY course 5000 Multimedia Applications Digital Communication Adult Learning and Distance Education Ethics and Issues in Educational Technology Educational Technology: Seminar and Project Must be last course taken- EXIT course Original , Updated non program changes 7

9 Course Descriptions Course Descriptions and Recommended Sequence Educational Technology Theory and Practice: This course will enable participants to develop an understanding of educational technology and how it can be used to create authentic learning, engage learners and increase rigor in their curriculum. Participants will review and discuss literature and research conclusions about educational technology theory and develop a repertoire of effective techniques and strategies that have reliable evidence of substantial success in instructional settings. Topics such as technology standards, pedagogy, learning strategies, creating a community of learners, assessment of technology products, questioning techniques, and classroom management strategies will be examined Transforming Learning with Technology: This course is designed to enhance and extend the technology skills of practicing individuals, apply those skills in innovative ways, and create an environment that supports collaborative, project-based learning. Participants will study basic and advanced features of software (operating system, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, Internet, concept mapping) and hardware (interactive white boards, projectors, wireless technology, projectors, cameras) and integrating technology Multimedia Applications: This course will enable participants to develop advanced computer skills and apply them in the classroom. Participants will use digital tools to create and manipulate video, audio, the web, text, or animated multimedia Digital Communication: This course will enable participants to use digital communications tools to effectively communicate in different media, be it websites, video, audio, text, or animated multimedia. Participants will select the right medium for the message and create different forms of communication for students, parents and peers. Course participants will be able to describe literacy, what it is, and its importance as a skill for this generation of learners. Topics and software such as podcast, discussion boards, websites, video, information literacy, acceptable use, privacy and security policies, digital etiquette and responsible social interactions will be covered Adult Learning and Distance Education: This course will provide a foundation in major theories of adult learning (andragogy), digital etiquette, responsible social interaction, and online education. Participants will focus on developing an online course for adult learners by designing and developing an instructional product in digital format Ethics and Issues and Educational Technology: This course will introduce students to contemporary educational technology issues in local, state, national, and international educational contexts. The course is designed to evaluate contemporary issues in educational technology at the elementary, secondary, administrative and business levels. This course provides an opportunity for students to reevaluate their conceptualizations and beliefs regarding 8

10 Course Descriptions those contemporary issues identified for discussion. Students will review and discuss literature related to topics such as information literacy, ethics, learn/work skills-set, gaming, interactive web applications, leadership, teacher leadership, past and current legislation, professional development, standards-based education, decision-making, copyright Educational Technology Seminar and Project: This project is designed for field practitioners. The project will be conceptualized at the beginning of the student s program, approved by their advisor, update, and refined as the students completes class work during their course of study. The final project will form a coherent package integrating the students Educational Technology educational experiences and their anticipated or ongoing professional responsibilities. Core Curriculum EDU Analysis of Teaching and Learning Behavior EDU Conceptualization of Education EDU Educational Research EDU Curriculum Design or EDU Master s Project Education Technology Curriculum Educational Technology Theory and Practice Transforming Learning with Technology 5000 Multimedia Applications Digital Communication Adult Learning and Distance Education Ethics and Issues and Educational Technology Educational Technology Seminar and Project 9

11 SLOs Student Learning Outcomes Graduates of the Master of Arts in Education with an Emphasis in Educational Technology program will: 1. Have a robust repertoire of technological tools at their disposal 2. Be able to acquire and refine new skills as tools evolve. Be adept at problem-solving curricular and instructional issues using technology 4. Be well acquainted with the ISTE Standards for teachers and students. 5. Be able to skillfully and effectively integrate technology into learning experiences to promote learning and creativity 6. Be skilled in using technology to collaborate with other professionals for their own professional development 7. Be skilled in promoting collaboration between students to enhance their learning and growth 8. Be aware of societal and ethical issues related to educational technology and both promote and model digital citizenship 9. Be able to assume formal and informal positions of leadership related to educational technology 10

12 Field Experience Field Experience/Internship/Practicum While there will be experiences in many if not all of the courses that can be directly related to work in the field and applied immediately, there is no formal field experience component to this program. Likewise, although an informal internship may be negotiated as one of the projects in the course, there is no formal internship requirement for this program. 11

13 Frequently Asked Questions FAQs 1. Where do I find the application of admission to the master s degree program? 2. How do I get an advisor? After you have completed the application process, please contact the education office at (66) or the Assistant Dean at (66) to be assigned to an advisor.. Where will I park and do I need a parking sticker? There are several parking lots on campus along with on street parking. It is wise to get a parking sticker. The cost is minimal. See the web address below for more information. 4. How much will tuition cost? Current educators receive an educator grant deduction of $60.00 per credit hour. Just make sure that the admissions advisor designates you as an educator. The cost of tuition varies by year so it is best to check with the business office or on the Lindenwood website for the latest tuition fees. 5. Who will evaluate my transcript? DESE will evaluate your transcript and indicate which classes you will need to be certified. You will need to apply to add the certification by completing the DESE form located on the DESE website. Additionally you will need to request a transcript from Lindenwood University. You should furnish Academic Services with a copy of your form so that they can send it directly to DESE. 6. How is the job market and do districts only hire from within? Districts look for the most qualified candidates to hire. No one can predict that there will always be job openings but you can rest assured that literacy will always be at the forefront of the educational system. 12

14 FAQs 7. Can I get a provisional certificate? DESE will indicate on your evaluation whether or not you are eligible for a provisional certificate. 8. How long will it take for me to complete the program? A student can usually complete the degree program in two years. This will vary with the number of classes taken per semester. Those students seeking certification only will complete the certification classes much faster depending on how many classes they need according to the DESE evaluation. 9. What do I have access to as a student? As a student at Lindenwood University you have access to many amenities such as a Fitness center, Butler Library with printing capabilities, computer labs on Lindenwood University s campus and at the remote locations, a writing center, online tutoring services that are available 24 hours a day, a Lionmail account, career development, the Student Counseling and Resource Center, and more. Students who are campus residents have access to the Student Health Center in the Spellmann Center. Fitness Center is open to students only. You must present your I.D. upon arrival. The hours of operation are: Monday Friday 6 a.m. 1 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. 1 a.m. Writing Center is located in the lower level of the library. You can receive help with the writing process of your research assignments. For more information: (66) Butler Library allows you to have access to Mobius, Worldcat, E books, audiobooks, writing center, wireless services, and laptops. For library hours, staff, reference services, and other information, go to Career Development assists undergraduates and graduate students with searching and applying for jobs and interviewing. The career center has plenty of written handouts that will assist students with preparation for an interview and career searches. For more information, please contact Dana Wehrli, Director of Career Development, at (66) or Brandi Goforth, Assistant Director of Career Development, at (66)

15 FAQs 10. What kind of housing is available to undergrad and grad students? There are graduate housing opportunities located minutes from the campus. Lindenwood University owns an apartment community and several homes in a nearby neighborhood. For further inquiries please call: Michelle Giessman at (66) , located on the third floor of Spellmann Center. 11. What are the main buildings on campus, where are they, and what schools are housed or what subjects do they house, typically. On the Heritage campus: Roemer - located inside Roemer are the following offices: accounting Business Office student refunds payroll/human resources accounts payable LCIE/GRAD business offices the executive offices In the lower level of Roemer are Financial Aid and Academic Services Academic Services has the following services: Academic Appeal Letter Requirements AP Exam Credits - LU Transfer Equivalencies Application for Degree 14

16 FAQs Degree Verification National Student Clearinghouse 1454 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 00 Herndon, VA Phone: (70) Fax: (70) Diploma Reprint Request Enrollment Verifications and Loan Deferments Petition for Policy Exemption Request for VA Certification Transcript Requests Transfer student evaluations Academic Services can be reached at: (66) How do students apply to be a graduate assistant? Any student interested in becoming a graduate assistant should contact Samantha Shadrach (66)

17 Appendix Appendix Table 1. SLO Components Alignment with MA Programs Courses SLO Have a robust repertoire of technological tools at their disposal Be able to acquire and refine new skills as tools evolve Be adept at problemsolving curricular and instructional issues using technology Be well acquainted with the ISTE Standards for teachers and students. Be able to skillfully and effectively integrate technology into learning experiences to promote learning and creativity Be skilled in using technology to collaborate with other professionals for their own professional development Be skilled in promoting collaboration between students to enhance their learning and growth Be aware of societal and ethical issues related to educational technology and both promote and model digital citizenship Be able to assume formal and informal positions of leadership related to educational technology X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 16

18 Appendix Tech Ed Table 2. Semesters Courses are Offered The EDU Core courses are offered in a 16-week, online format each term. The courses are offered in an 8-week, online format according to the following schedule. (Even and Odd refer to the year and 1 and 2 refer to the first 8-weeks and second eight weeks, respectively, of the Fall and Spring terms.) Fall 1 Odd Fall 2 Odd Spring 1 Even Spring 2 Even Summer Even Fall 1 Even Fall 2 Even Spring 1 Odd Spring 2 Odd Summer Odd X X X X X X X X X 5000 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 17