The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Educational Technology and Media Leadership degree provides foundations and practical skills for individuals seeking career growth in educational, corporate, and public service settings that use educational technologies including resources for e-learning and social media. The program prepares graduates for leadership roles in educational institutions and other agencies; it provides training in instructional design, multimedia development and management, and e-learning, and it builds a foundation for individuals planning to pursue doctoral degrees. Our students include:
- K-12 teachers
- Faculty and staff at colleges and universities working with technologies for education
- Librarians, media specialists, information professionals
- Technology coordinators, administrators, trainers
- Educational software and multimedia developers
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The program is structured to offer a variety of attractive and flexible features:
- Core courses are offered in hybrid format, combining face-to-face and online interaction.
- Course schedule is designed to accommodate working professionals, with courses offered both weekday evenings and Saturdays.
- Program includes a capstone project with multiple options including comprehensive exam, project, or thesis.
- Electives with many options may be chosen in consultation with advisor.
- Experienced and distinguished faculty: The Educational Technology and Media Leadership program has 4 full-time tenured faculty who have over 68 years of combined experience teaching at CSULB. The program also currently has 6 part-time faculty with over 37 years of combined teaching experience at CSULB. Program faculty have published over 300 articles in the field and participated in grant projects as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator that total over $1.7 million.
- A strong network of students and alumni: Students entering the program join a community of current students and graduates for ongoing learning. One way this is fostered is by our hybrid course format combining online and face-to-face instruction. The network is also fostered by periodic mixers for current students and alumni, and social media such as LinkedIn.
- International connections: Our faculty have strong international interests and experience.The program attracts a diverse group of students from countries around the world. Our students come from countries speaking a variety of languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Danish, French, Farsi, and Arabic. International students: See the web site of the CSULB Center for International Education for information.
- School librarianship option: Information technologies are increasingly important for K-12 school librarians. Our MA program is unique in the State of California with its option for students to concurrently obtain a Teacher Librarian Services Credential with a particularly strong emphasis on technology, including the coursework for a Special Class Authorization in Information and Digital Literacies.
Students in the MA program may also undertake additional training in disability studies via the Graduate Certificate in Applied Disability Studies. For further articles and stories about the program, faculty, and students, see the spotlight archive and Transforming Teaching and Learning Through Technology.
Graduates of the program:
- Apply instructional design principles to design and develop instructional materials.
- Synthesize leadership principles within the practice of information and educational technology.
- Locate, assess, and apply online resources to create learning experiences.
- Apply knowledge of multicultural, ethical, and legal issues pertaining to using educational technologies and communication within the global community.
- Integrate theoretical perspectives to review, interpret, and apply research in educational technologies.
- Demonstrate effective written, electronic, and oral communications that reflect critical thinking and information literacy.