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  • MS in Learning Technologies

    Overview

    Nationally recognized for its strengths in technology and the sciences, Drexel University offers a unique online Master’s Degree in Learning Technologies designed for adult learners who wish to solve the technological learning challenges facing schools and educational and corporate organizations.

    This accredited online program, which can be completed full or part-time, is ideal for teachers, trainers and other educational leaders who would like to earn both an Instructional Technology Specialist certification and a Master's degree.

    Concentrations

    • E-learning Leadership
      Students following this path will acquire an in-depth knowledge of online and distance learning leadership theory and practice in emerging information and communication technologies, multimedia pedagogical strategies, and e-learning design and delivery.
    • Instructional Design
      This concentration will prepare teachers, instructors, practitioners and others to use instructional design for K-20 education, adult education, and workplace training that addresses the needs of the millennial learner and collaborative, networked communities.
    • Learning in Game-Based Environments
      Students will be introduced to the foundation of games for learning, motivational research that influences games, learning theories and instructional design principles, the role of play and learning in a participatory culture, and the evaluation of learning technologies.
    • PA Certification in Instructional Technology Specialist
      Instructional Technology Specialist certification is available to students that currently possess a Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate. Students who wish to obtain the ITS Certificate but do not possess a Pennsylvania teaching certificate must successfully complete Praxis I exams.

    Curriculum

    Depending on their goals and interests, students completing the MS in Learning Technologies choose either the Instructional Technology Specialist concentration, the Instructional Technology Specialist PA Certification option, or the Learning in Game-Based Environments concentration.


    Required Courses 
    Core Courses 
    EDAM 528Research Methodology for Action Research3.0
    EDLT 536Learning Sciences and Instructional Design3.0
    EDLT 537Technologies for Performance Support3.0
    EDLT 538New Media Literacies3.0
    Internship/Co-op (2 terms) 
    EDLT 539EDLT Co-op Seminar Course I1.5
    EDLT 540EDLT Co-op Seminar Course II4.5
    Professional Electives 
    Electives are selected with the approval of an advisor from within the School of Education or from other Drexel programs.*1.5-9.0
    Total Credits19.5-27.0

    *

    Electives are selected with the approval of an advisor from within the School of Education or from other Drexel programs. The total number of credits for graduation for the MS in Learning Technologies is a minimum of 45.0.

    • 1.5 credits of professional electives for students pursing the Instructional Technology Certification option without prior teaching certification
    • 6.0 credits of professional electives for students pursing the Instructional Technology Certification option with prior teaching certification
    • 9.0 credits of professional electives for students pursuing ITS, ELL, LGBE concentrations.

     

    Instructional Technology Concentration

    18.0 quarter credits

    The Instructional Technology Specialist Concentration program is designed for students interested in specializing in the area of instructional technology while not choosing to continue to pursue the formal certification.

    Core Courses 
    EDUC 511Computer Skills for Teachers3.0
    or INFO 688 Instructional Role for the Information Specialist
    EDUC 532Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience3.0
    EDUC 534Developing Educational Leaders Using Technology3.0
    EDUC 535Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology3.0
    INFO 520Social Context of Information Professions3.0
    INFO 640Managing Information Organizations3.0
    Total Credits18.0

     

    Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate Concentration

    25.5 Credits

    The Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate Concentration was designed to address the dramatically increasing need in public education for certified Instructional Technology Specialists at every level of K-12 schooling.

    Students pursuing the Instructional Technology Specialist PA Certification require a "B" or better in all certification coursework. Applicants for Instructional Technology Specialist Certification should ideally possess valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II Teaching Certification. If a student seeks the Instructional Technology Specialist PA Certification without a previous held teaching certificate, he or she will need to complete EDUC 522 and EDUC 525.

    Core Courses 
    EDUC 533Designing Virtual Communities3.0
    EDUC 534Developing Educational Leaders Using Technology3.0
    EDUC 535Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology3.0
    INFO 520Social Context of Information Professions3.0
    EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
    EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom3.0
    EDEX 552Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement4.5
    INFO 640Managing Information Organizations3.0
    EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners3.0
    For students without prior teaching certification 
    Two additional courses are required for candidates without prior teacher certification to complete the Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate. (6 credits) 
    EDUC 522
    Evaluation of Instruction 
    EDUC 525
    Multi-Media Instructional Design 
    Total Credits28.5

    E-Learning Leadership Concentration

    18.0 Credits

    The E-Learning Leadership concentration provides an in-depth understanding of online and distance learning theories.

    ELL 501The Purpose and Business of E-Learning3.0
    ELL 502E-Learning Technologies3.0
    ELL 503Teaching and Learning Issues in E-Learning3.0
    ELL 504Learning Technologies & Disabilities3.0
    ELL 604Design & Delivery of E-Learning I3.0
    ELL 605Design & Delivery of E-Learning II3.0
    Total Credits18.0

     

    Learning in Game-Based Environments Concentration

    18.0 quarter credits

    The Learning in Game-based Environments Concentration prepares graduates to effectively use educational games in and out of the classroom and training center, provides an overview of game development processes, enables participants to build basic games, and most importantly, examines how to assess and evaluate the learning experience as it relates to educational games.

    EDLT 541Foundations of Game-Based Learning3.0
    EDLT 542Research in Motivation & Game-based Learning3.0
    EDLT 543Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture3.0
    EDLT 544Integrating Games & Pedagogical Content Knowledge3.0
    EDLT 545Design & Development of Learning Games I3.0
    EDUC 535Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology3.0
    Total Credits18.0

    Instructional Design Concentration

    18.0 quarter credits

    This concentration is designed to prepare teachers, instructors, practitioners and others to use instructional design for K-20 education, adult education, and workplace training that addresses the needs of thee millennial learner and collaborative networked communities.

    Required Courses 
    EDLT 550Introduction to Instructional Design3.0
    EDLT 554Learning with Social Media and Mobiles3.0
    EDUC 811Designing and Developing Multimedia Applications For Learning3.0
    ELL 502E-Learning Technologies3.0
    Select two electives from the following:6.0
    EDUC 525
    Multi-Media Instructional Design 
    EDUC 533
    Designing Virtual Communities 
    EDLT 541
    Foundations of Game-Based Learning 
    EDLT 543
    Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture 
    Total Credits18.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)

    Required Documents

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • Personal Essay
    • Current Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    How to Submit Supporting Documents

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2014-2015 is $787 per credit. (A 30% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1123 per credit)

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.

     

    Academic Calendar

    Term 
    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2014     

    September 22, 2014

    December 5, 2014

    December 8, 2014

    December 13, 2014

    Winter 2015 

    January 5, 2015

    March 16, 2015

    March 17, 2015

    March 21, 2015

    Spring 2015 

    March 30, 2015

    June 8, 2015

    June 9, 2015

    June 12, 2015

    Summer 2015 

    June 22, 2015

    August 29, 2015

    September 1, 2015

    September 5, 2015

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