Master's Degree Concentrations

Master's of Arts in Educational Media - Instructional Technology

The Master's of Arts in Educational Media - Instructional Technology provides an innovative blending of learning opportunities in the design, production, application, and evaluation of a broad range of media and technology. Students are encouraged to pursue work in both traditional and emerging technologies related to all aspects of educational media. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume leadership roles in various fields of media and technology. The range of possibilities for students in the four concentrations includes the study of digital technologies in education, multimedia systems and website production, as well as media literacy, instructional design, and telecommunications systems.
 

Concentrations Available:

The K-12 concentration is designed for education professionals and others who wish to enhance their use of digital technologies for teaching and learning. This concentration is designed to prepare traditional and nontraditional students to assume educational leadership roles in the use of instructional technology in public schools, public libraries and related educational settings through active scholarship, reflection, professional discourse and interdisciplinary programs of study based on the integration of theory and practice. This concentration leads to 077 'M' level licensure for Instructional Technology Specialists.

The Online Learning and Professional Development concentration and certificate offer students the opportunity to gain technical, aesthetic, and intellectual skills and perspectives to analyze and develop online learning and professional development pedagogies and environments. The program of study engages the learner in constructivist learning environments and local and global learning communities. Particular emphasis is placed on instructional design, technological tools for the creation, hosting, and delivery of online content, and the assessment of online learning and professional development solutions. The ethical and social issues involved in distance learning will also be examined. This concentration does not lead to North Carolina Licensure.

The New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives concentration and certificate develop the intellectual, technical, and aesthetic skills to successfully create, utilize and critique traditional, emerging, and converging new media, technologies, and literacies as they relate to individuals, societies, and cultures. Emphasis is placed on an investigation of the production, form, language, and dissemination of a variety of texts, including print, non-print, and evolving media forms (e.g., web-based media, augmented reality, etc.). Emphasis is also placed upon the analysis of new media in light of educational, cultural and social forces from both local and global perspectives. This concentration does not lead to North Carolina Licensure.

The General concentration is tailored for students with a focus in the integration of Computer/Information Systems and/or Computer Science in educational environments.
 

Program of Study by Area: Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Educational Media: Instructional Technology Specialist


Required Courses, All Concentrations (18 hours):

  • CI 5921: Instructional Design (3) OR
  • ITC 5240: Designing Instruction for Digital-Age Learners (3)
  • CI 5310: New Media and Emerging Literacies (3)
  • ITC 5330: Utilizing Networking and Communications Technologies for Learning (3)
  • ITC 5440: Digital Learning Environments in a Changing Society (3)
  • RES 5000: Research Methods (3)
  • ITC 5910: Applications of Digital Technologies (3)


Concentration (Choose One):

Online Learning and Professional Development Concentration (Code: 437H)

  • ITC 5642: Design and Development of Digital Media (3)
  • CI 5200: Multi-Media Image Production (3) OR ITC 5825: Advanced Instructional Design Concepts and Applications
  • ITC 5550: Professional Development, Innovation, and Systemic Change
  • 9 s.h. of courses related to online course design and pedagogy. Suggested:
    • CI 5200: Multimedia Image Production (3)
    • ITC 5730: Advanced Web Design, Development and Systems (3)
    • ITC 5825: Advanced Instructional Design Concepts and Applications (3)
    • CI 5930: Instructional Graphics (3)
    • ITC 5910: Applications of Digital Technologies (3)

IT Specialist/K-12 Concentration (Code: 437F)

This concentration leads to North Carolina Licensure (077) and North Carolina endorsement in Computer Education/Technology Facilitator (18079).

+Advanced Licensure: Requirements for this concentration were designed, and have been approved by the appropriate bodies at the state level, to meet the advanced competencies as mandated in the North Carolina Excellent Schools Act for Master-level teacher education programs.

  • ITC 5220: Digital Technologies in Education (3)
  • CI/LSA 5585: Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (3)
  • ITC 5350: Technology Policy and Law (3)
  • ITC 5550: Professional Development, Innovation and Systemic Improvement (3)
  • ITC 5620: Vision and Strategies for Integration of Digital Technologies (3)
  • ITC 5720: Planning for Instructional Technology (3)

New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives (Code: 437J)

  • ITC 5642: Design and Development of Digital Media (3)
  • CI 5200: Multi-Media Image Production (3)
  • CI 5835: Media Influence and Identity Across Cultures (3)
  • CI 5845: Global Perspectives in Media and Technology (3)
  • 6 s.h. of courses related to media literacy. Suggested:
    • CI 5630: Instructional Technology (3)
    • CI 5740: Photography and Digital Imaging (3)
    • CI 5770: Intermediate Photography and Digital Imaging (3)
    • CI 5810: Introduction to Sight and Sound (3)
    • CI 5825: Non-fiction Film and Video (3)
    • CI 5830: Media Literacy (3)
    • CI 5840: Beginning Video Production (3)
    • CI 5860: Audio Documentary Production (3)
    • CI 5930: Instructional Graphics (3)
       

IT Specialist/General Concentration (Code: 437G)

18 s.h. of graduate study, concentrated in Computer Information Systems (CIS), Computer Science (CS) and Instructional Technology (ITC), will be developed with the advice and approval of the graduate advisor.
 

Semester Hours Required (minimum): 36