Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with Specialization in Instructional Technology
This program of study provides students with the tools and experience they need to use technology as a tool for teaching and learning. Students do not have to be technology experts to enter this program. Each course will provide the scaffolding to students so that they are successful integrators and users of technology. Students in this program will progress through 21 hours of technology-related coursework. Each of the courses requires the students to create technology-rich lessons and units of instruction that can be applied directly to their classrooms. They will be challenged to become school leaders in the area of technology integration and curriculum innovation. Students will create an electronic portfolio that will follow them throughout their 36-hour program which will include artifacts and projects from their coursework such as: stop-motion animation, web 2.0 tools, digital storytelling, podcasting, website-building, and blogging.
Graduates from this program often move on to be instructional leaders on their campuses or in their school districts, but they are also equipped to be 21st-century teachers. For those with three years of teaching as a certified teacher at an accredited school, there is the additional possibility of earning the Master Technology Teacher certification.
Advantages and Opportunities
Students in today’s classrooms are digital immigrants. Technology has been a part of their lives since they were small children. They provide teachers with a unique set of challenges. The multi-sensory world that these students have grown up in has students demanding a different kind of learning environment. What complicates this is that these students are often more computer savvy than their teachers. Graduates from this program are transformed into technological, pedagogical, content leaders. They are able to teach these tech-savvy students how to use technology tools for learning – not just socializing and playing. It is a winning opportunity for the teachers, their students and their district.
Participants in this program of study do not have to be a certified teacher. The Curriculum and Instruction degree in Instructional Technology is a 36-hour program. After a student has completed at least 18 hours in the program, he or she is eligible to take a course that requires the HBU student to become a technology coach for three teachers on campus. They work with these teachers outside of their contract hours to facilitate integration of technology into their lessons. The HBU student is required to invest at least 15 hours in each of the three teachers. Research shows that one-on-one coaching is the most effective way to increase a teacher’s technical and pedagogical literacy.
Students will be recommended for graduation after successful completion of coursework (with no grade lower than a C) and successful completion of the comprehensive exams. If the student is seeking the Master Technology Teacher certification, he or she will need to document three years of teaching in an accredited school. Certification will be granted when the student passes the TExES MAT exam.