NCATE Accreditation Candidacy
The Master of Education in Instructional Technology is a candidate for accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, known as NCATE. Candidacy status means that UMUC's Graduate Department of Education has met preconditions for accreditation but is not yet accredited.
This program is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. UMUC is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
The Master of Education (MEd) in Instructional Technology is an advanced degree program that focuses on integrating technology in the preK-12 schools to strengthen and transform teaching and learning. The program provides the knowledge and skills needed to incorporate technology effectively into preK-12 curricula, instruction, and assessment; to develop expertise in current and emerging instructional technologies; to gain deep understanding of the role of technology in the contemporary school; and to lead change efforts at the classroom, school, and district levels.
The program combines three areas of study related to the preK-12 schools:
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Technology Integration
The MEd program is designed for two broad groups of students: (1) preK-12 teachers, technology integration specialists, staff developers and administrators seeking to develop expertise in instructional technology for teaching and learning; and (2) other educators and potential career changers interested in technology integration in preK-12 schools.
Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Integrate current and emerging technologies into curriculum, instruction, and assessment, to strengthen and transform teaching and student learning.
- Use a range of technologies to communicate and collaborate with students, colleagues, parents, and other audiences.
- Apply technology to meet the needs of a diverse school population.
- Create multimedia and Web-based products that support instruction.
- Develop standards-based, technology-supported lessons that promote global perspectives.
- Provide professional development for teachers and other educators, including about integrating technology to promote student learning.
- Lead and work with others to develop a vision for technology integration in schools, including designing technology plans and budgets; assuring access, and acquiring resources.
- Apply classroom and school-based data, research, and reflection to make sound instructional decisions. advocate for change, and build program support.
Note: Applicants do not need to possess a state teaching license to enter the MEd program in order to benefit from the program. However, the MEd is not an initial teacher certification or licensure program. See UMUC's Master of Arts in Teaching program and Reading Strand for programs related to certification.
The Master of Education degree program requires 33 credits of coursework (11 courses). This coursework includes 30 credits (ten courses) of required core courses and a 3-credit integrative capstone project.
- The first eight courses must be taken in the order listed; sequential courses may be taken concurrently.
- Students must have completed 24 credits of coursework, including the first eight MEd courses, before taking EDTC 670. (Note: EDTC 670 is offered only in the fall and spring.)
- As a student in the Graduate School's Department of Education MAT program, MEd program, or certificate program in Instructional Technology Integration, you will be required to purchase a one-time $100 subscription to TK20 HigherEd before your first class begins. This is a comprehensive assessment and management system, which will support all students and programs within the department. Learn more
- It is recommended that students take EDTC 670 as the last course.
- Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take COMM 600 Academic Writing for Graduate Students.
UCSP 615 Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study
- EDTC 600 Foundations of Technology in Teaching and Learning (3)
- EDTC 605 Teaching Information and Media Literacies in the Digital World (3)
- EDTC 610 Web-Based Teaching and Learning: Design and Pedagogy (3)
- EDTC 615 Using Technology for Instructional Improvement: Research, Data and Best Practices (3)
- EDTC 620 Technology in K-12 Education: Synchronous, Asynchronous, and Multimedia Technologies (3)
- EDTC 625 Hardware and Software in Instructional Development (3)
- EDTC 630 Administration of Technology Initiatives: Planning, Budgeting, and Evaluation (3)
- EDTC 640 Leading Technology Change in Schools (3)
- EDTC 645 Integration of Technology: Global Perspectives (3)
- EDTC 650 Teaching and Learning in K-12 Virtual Schools (3)
- EDTC 670 Integrative Capstone Project (3)
Note: Some course titles and numbers were revised beginning with the fall 2007 semester. If you began your program prior to fall 2007 and have chosen to follow the pre-fall 2007 curriculum, please refer to the pre-fall 2007 Study Plan to determine your degree requirements.