Master of Education (MEd) in Instructional Technology Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MEd?

The Master of Education in Instructional Technology (MEd) is a 33-credit (11-course) master's degree that focuses on integrating technology in preK-12 schools to strengthen teaching, learning and leadership. The program combines three areas of study related to preK-12 schools:

  • Curriculum and Instruction: Integrating technology effectively into preK-12 curriculum, instruction and assessment to maximize student learning
  • Technology: Developing technical expertise in current and emerging instructional technologies
  • Leadership: Managing and leading preK-12 technology initiatives at the classroom, school or district level

Who is eligible for the MEd program?

The MEd is designed for two broad groups of students: (1) preK-12 teachers, administrators and staff developers seeking to develop expertise in instructional technology for teaching and learning, and (2) other educators and possible career changers interested in technology integration in the preK-12 schools.

Does the MEd program certify you to teach?

The MEd program does not certify you to teach nor does it lead to an initial teaching license in Maryland or any other state. The MEd is an advanced master's degree in instructional technology in preK-12 teaching and student learning. You may contact Dianne Sullivan at dsullivan@umuc.edu for information on UMUC's teacher certification program, the Master of Arts in Teaching.

If I am not certified as a K-12 teacher, can I still be admitted into and benefit from the MEd program?

Applicants do not need to have received a state teaching license to become a student in the MEd program. Students can benefit from the program with or without a teaching certificate.

Note: Graduates of the MEd program who wish to become K-12 teachers in the public schools and who do not yet have state licensure to teach may need to pursue an initial teacher certification program, based on state or national requirements.

What are the benefits of the MEd?

Graduates of the Master of Education program will have strengthened their teaching and leadership skills, particularly in relation to technology integration. In addition, depending on their backgrounds, graduates may find positions as

  • Teacher leader in a school, related to technology integration
  • Staff developer or technology integration specialist as the school, district, or state level
  • Developer of multimedia for education and training
  • Online distance education teacher for virtual K-12 schools
  • Member of a technology planning committee, curriculum Committee, or grant writing team at the school, district level or state level

Note: Please view Program Description for program objectives and description of courses.

Is the MEd degree appropriate for the teaching of all subjects?

The MEd applies to all disciplines. Coursework will allow students to apply concepts learned to their own disciplines, student developmental levels and teaching contexts. Because students will be in classes with those from other disciplines, they will also benefit from the opportunity to make interdisciplinary connections.

How much technology knowledge and skill do I need to enroll in the program?

The main technical skills students need, at the beginning of the program, are basic e-mail, word processing, and Internet searching skills. MEd students vary in their technical skills. Some know little; others are computer science majors. You will learn new technologies as you complete various projects.

Will I be able to use projects I complete for my graduate courses in my K-12 classroom?

Projects in the MEd courses can be applied directly to the school, subject area and grade-level teaching context of the MEd student.

[Note: If you are not teaching, you will be asked to select a subject and grade level.]

What are the admissions requirements for the MEd program?

The MEd program follows the general admission requirements of the UMUC Graduate School and has no additional program-specific requirements. Applicants for full degree status must meet the following two requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  • Submission of official transcript(s) and application

For more information about admission procedures, please see Graduate Admissions. International applicants should view International Students.

How is the MEd program delivered?

The MEd program is delivered entirely online. Students do not need to travel to the UMUC campus.

For information about taking courses online, including the flexibility online courses provide and the central role of student-instructor and student-student interaction, visit Online Study.

How many credits can I transfer and how do I transfer them?

Students can transfer to the Graduate School a maximum of six graduate credits from a regionally accredited institution. However, the director of the program and the Dean's office must approve the credit for transfer, and determine if the credit fits within the established curriculum. To find out more about transferring credits, please complete the Transfer Credit Evaluation Request form.

When can I enroll in the program?

Applicants can enroll in the program for summer, fall or spring semesters. UMUC students may enroll at any time. Need enrollment help? Please contact a new student advisor at 1-800-888-UMUC (8682) or e-mail newgrad@umuc.edu.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Students taking two courses each semester can complete the program in approximately two years. (EDTC 670 Integrative Capstone Project may only be taken in fall and spring semesters.)

What MEd courses do I take first?

All students in the MEd program are expected to begin with EDTC 600: Foundations of Technology in Teaching and Learning (3 credits). They are also required to take UCSP 615: Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (a five-week, non-credit course) within the first six credits. Students might consider taking UCSP 615 prior to the first semester of MEd courses.

In what order should I take courses?

EDTC 600 through EDTC 640 must be completed in the order listed, as the first eight (8) courses in the program. Sequential courses may be taken concurrently. EDTC 670, Integrative Capstone Project, must be taken within the last nine credits of the program. The capstone course is recommended as the final course in the program. Please view Program Description for courses.

What is the nature of the cumulative Capstone Project, EDTC 670?

EDTC 670, Integrative Capstone Project, focuses on a self-directed project (with professor) involving collaboration with colleagues within or across grade levels or departments in the preK-12 schools to incorporate innovative solutions to instructional problems. This capstone experience provides students with the opportunity to apply and build upon previous knowledge and skills gained from other courses in the program.

Students will identify an instructional problem in a K-12 school or schools, develop a technology-based solution to that instructional problem, research and implement the solution, evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation, make recommendations for the future and provide a dissemination plan. The course is offered in fall and spring semesters.

How does the MEd differ from the MDE?

The Master of Education (MEd) in Instructional Technology focuses on integrating technology into the preK-12 classroom to advance K-12 student teaching, learning and leadership. The emphasis is on instructional applications in the K-12 schools, management and leadership of preK-12 technology initiatives, and technical expertise in the use of instructional technology.

The MDE (Masters in Distance Education) focuses on managing distance education training initiatives across the occupational spectrum. Thus, the program is intended to apply to business, government and non-profit organizations, as well as education. Students learn about such areas of distance education as the history, theory, technology, organizational structures, marketing, management, and business skills. See the Master in Distance Education and E-Learning Web site for more information.

What is the cost of the program?

Tuition and fees for the MEd program are based on UMUC's graduate tuition for standard master's degree programs. For current information on tuition and fees, please visit UMUC Student Services Web site. For more information on financial aid, visit the Financial Aid Office Web site.

Is the UMUC MEd degree accredited?

University of Maryland University College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. UMUC is governed by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.

UMUC's graduate Education department has been accepted as a candidate for Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (CAEP/NCATE) accreditation. This means that the department has met the preconditions for accreditation but is not yet accredited. This candidacy covers the Master of Arts in Teaching program for initial teacher certification and the Master of Education in Instructional Technology.

Both the MAT and the MEd in Instructional Technology are approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The MAT is also approved by the Maryland State Department of Education as a professional education program leading to state teacher certification.

How do I apply to the program?

Applicants may use UMUC's online application process to apply to the program or may submit an application by mail. See Graduate School Admissions Procedures.

How can I learn more?

For more information on the Master of Education Program in Instructional Technology Program, please contact Dianne Sullivan at dsullivan@umuc.edu or 301-985-7266.

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