Courses & Curriculum

Courses & Curriculum

Education Technologies & Emerging Media Courses and Curriculum

Online Master of Science in Education Technologies and Emerging Media

Sample Schedule
Degree Requirement Summary (DRS)

The Canisius College Master's Degree in Education Technologies requires 33 credit hours and leads to New York State (NYS) certification as an Education Technology Specialist. The master's program also provides a non-certification option for those who may be interested in teaching in college or corporate settings. The four course certificate provides teachers, faculty and trainers with practical and innovative tools to enrich and enhance learning.

Required Courses:

EDT 501:  Learning with Technology  (3 credits)

EDT 502:  Instructional Design Theories and Models  (3 credits)

EDT 503:  Educational Multi-media Design  (3 credits)
Includes a 10 hour field experience for those seeking NYS certification

EDT 504:  Integrating Technology in the Differentiated Classroom  (3 credits)
Includes a 10 hour field experience for those seeking NYS certification

EDT 505:  Integrating Technology & Emerging Media into Content Areas (3 credits)    Includes a 10 hour field experience for those seeking NYS certification

EDT 506:  Research Methods: New Literacies  (3 credits)

EDT 507:
  Transformational Leadership and Technology  (3 credits)
Includes a 10 hour field experience for those seeking NYS certification

EDT 508:  Technology for Social Change  (3 credits)

Elective:  Select one of the courses below (3 credits)

OTT 501:  Introduction to eLearning
OTT 502:  eLearning Course Development 
OTT 503: Technologies for eLearning 
OTT 504:  Evaluating eLearning 

Select one of the following practicum courses (6 credit hours):

EDT 511:  College supervised practicum  
For candidates seeking NYS Certification               OR

EDT 510:
  Integrated Master's Project  
For candidates not seeking NYS Certification       

The practicum or master's project may be completed in the candidates local area.  There is no residency requirement.

Total:  33 credit hours

Required Courses for Online Education Technologies Certificate:

EDT 501   Learning with Technology (3 credits)
EDT 502   Instructional Design Theories and Models (3 credits)
EDT 503   Educational Multi-media Design (3 credits)
EDT 504   Integrating Technology in the Differentiated Classroom (3 credits)


Course Descriptions

EDT 501: Learning with Technology (3 Credits)
This course helps teachers create safe, supportive, respectful, and equitable learning environments utilizing technology in order to facilitate learning for all students. Students will investigate how to gain quality and effectiveness in teaching by expanding their knowledge of technology as a tool, a medium, and a setting for learning. The content focus will not be on learning specific technologies, but rather to gain an understanding of how technology can be much more than “just a tool” in a classroom or training.

EDT 502: Instructional Design Theories and Models (3 Credits)
This course explores many of the essential teaching models and theories and investigates how technology can be used in the classroom to facilitate those models and theories. Students will examine Universal Learning Design (UDL), Blooms Taxonomy, Constructivism, Inquiry Based Learning and others and apply these concepts to specific classroom technologies that motivate students and teachers to be successful in the classroom.

EDT 503: Educational Multimedia Design and Emerging Technology (3 Credits)
This course will examine theory and practice of creating educational and instructional multimedia for learning and will look at future trends in teaching and learning. Students will be exposed to the most current and most effective technology tools available that can provide an immediate impact in their own respective classrooms. Topics and tools explored will include mobile devices in the classroom, screencasting, Web tools for the Common Core, social media in the classroom, and others. Students will also embark on a collaborative project designing curriculum to implement these tools in specific classroom settings. This course includes a 10 hour field experience.

EDT 504: Integrating Technology in the Differentiated Classroom (3 Credits)
This course introduces educators and professionals to technology that can be used to deliver differentiated instruction to all classroom settings including both regular classroom settings and settings that include students with specific learning disabilities and special needs. The benefits and challenges of incorporating technology will be considered while participants learn how to integrate technology into their curriculum. Specific technologies addressed will include using formative assessment tools, creating video content for the Flipped Classroom, using Google Apps for Education, and others. This course includes a 10 hour field experience.

EDT 505: Integrating Technology and Emerging Media into the Content Areas (3 Credits)
This course provides practical, timely, and relevant ways to integrate technology for content learning. Students will examine best practice use of Education Technologies for their content areas, emerging technology, and curriculum-specific uses of technology for learning new content. This course includes a 10 hour field experience.

EDT 506: Research Methods: New Literacies (3 Credits)
This course gives teachers the skills to help their students become interactive, technologically savvy citizens. With the introduction of the Common Core Learning Standards, teachers in all content areas will need to know not only the traditional knowledge, skills and methods of their disciplines, but they also must develop competencies instructing reading and writing. New literacies is an approach to teaching reading and writing that combines traditional literary skills with technology to help student produce meaningful interactive content. Specific technologies addressed include Digital Story Telling, pocasting and video production, and online publication tools including Glogster, Lucid Chart, Lucid Press and others.

EDT 507: Transformational Leadership and Technology (3 Credits)
This course will examine concepts and strategies needed for leadership in the use and integration of technology for learning. A main focus of this course is to help teachers, building administrators, and district administrators become active technology leaders in their respective situations. Students will work with area technology coaches, technology coordinators, and superintendents examining how technology can impact both student and teacher achievement. Topics include strategic planning, leadership styles, change processes, and policy issues in educational technology. This course includes a 10 hour field experience.

EDT 508: Technology for Social Change (3 Credits)
Students will prepare for educational leadership and be better able to be advocates of social justice through the use of technology for learning. The course focuses on policies that relate to social justice and technology in an attempt to prepare educational leaders to make a positive contribution in their fields. The main objective is to better understand how technology can impact society and how to make that positive change happen.

EDT 510 Integrated Master's Project (6 Credits)
Students investigate and research an academic topic in Education Technologies and then apply that research to an actual education setting. Students will develop a comprehensive thesis paper and a multi-media presentation piece. For candidates not seeking a New York State certification.

EDT 511 College Supervised Fieldwork in Education Technologies (6 Credits)
This course is the culmination of the work throughout the program and will require students to complete a practicum of 90 hours working with a teacher or leader in the field. The program will follow the protocols set forth by the School of Education and Human Services, and will utilize the same rubrics, lesson plan formats, unit plan formats, Code of Ethics, Student Teacher Candidate Contract, etc. For candidates seeking a New York State certification.

Elective Courses

OTT 501: Introduction to eLearning (3 Credits)
Learners will get an overview of elearning, learn about the basics, and learn how to teach and assess readiness for elearning. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of the virtual classroom, including the design and delivery of online coursework. Course concepts include synchronous and asynchronous learning systems, using the web for instruction, virtual communities, online teaching tools, and how students’ needs can be addressed in online delivery. Current research in online teaching and learning will be explored and participants will begin to consider how they might build a basic course or course component in their field. The course or course component will begin the participant’s capstone project, which will be developed throughout the program and which will exemplify the application of the program concepts.

OTT 502: eLearning Course Development (3 Credits)
Students will learn how to plan, design, develop, deliver, and assess an online course and learners. They will also learn how to accommodate a wide variety of learners. Participants will investigate online teaching concepts and models. They will plan their learning outcomes and incorporate them into their plan for implementation by aligning learning outcomes and models. They will build and rationalize appropriate assignments and technology tools to meet course goals and objectives.

OTT 503: Technologies for eLearning (3 Credits)
Because technology and innovation happens at a fast pace, students will be expected to learn how to find, evaluate, and synthesize how new tools may benefit teaching and training. This course examines emerging technology tools for virtual learning environments. Students will be expected to utilize the learning outcomes for a particular class or training session to purposefully choose appropriate technologies, including both synchronous and asynchronous tools. They will demonstrate careful consideration for selecting certain technology tools and how they will help learners succeed in a classroom setting.

OTT 504: Evaluating eLearning (3 Credits)
Participants will investigate how the history of innovation and distance education has impacted educational thought and culture, including managerial and organizational issues, change-management, decision-making, and solutions for successful course and program management. They will investigate and plan for the use of research-based solutions to educational problems, both in face-to-face and online environments. As a deliverable, participants will analyze which particular challenge(s) they may encounter and write a plan for addressing such an issue. The plan will be included in their course development portfolio.