National University




Master of Science Educational and Instructional Technology

Lead Faculty: Dr. Cynthia Sistek-Chandler

The Master of Science in Educational and Instructional Technology is designed for students who want to participate in the paradigm changes that technology is precipitating in both education and training, as human learning moves from print and classroom-based instruction to digital media. The history and effectiveness of change processes and the role of technology in human learning are key components to the program.

Graduates will be prepared to enter education careers such as K-12 technology coordination, site administration, home school and virtual school instruction, and online instruction in higher education. Graduates will be prepared for the rapidly growing employment opportunities available to people skilled in applying emerging information and telecommunication technologies to solving instructional problems. These graduates will be capable of applying their knowledge and skills to any situation in which digital technologies hold the potential for improving instruction – especially business, industry, and governmental agencies. This program emphasizes practical applications by offering extensive technical training in a variety of software. The program culminates with a final technology project that applies the theory and practice of educational and instructional technology.

Program Technical Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer or to have access to a campus with a computer lab. Given the nature of educational and instructional technology, the off campus computer should have a high speed internet connection (T1 or DSL) and have at least 1.6 GHz of processing speed with 512 MB RAM. In addition students should have access to MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Internet Explorer), as well as Adobe Dreamweaver 8. Additional software may be required depending on courses selected. Finally, students must also have access to a computer headset with microphone for Adobe Connect for synchronous video enabled, web-based conferences.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Conduct an educational needs assessment using analysis of subject matter, job/task, audience and context.
  2. Apply learning theory, instructional theory, and interactive communication theory using various technology methods across disciplines.
  3. Integrate interdisciplinary connections from technology, psychology, and computer assisted interactive communications.
  4. Construct an instructional module using appropriate theories and methodologies.
  5. Evaluate effective teaching methods for adult learners using available technologies.
  6. Evaluate the social, political, economic, and global implications of web-based instruction.
  7. Integrate multimedia elements into simulations, virtual worlds, and learning objects.

Requirements

(12 courses; 54 quarter units)
To obtain a Master of Science in Educational and Instructional Technology students must complete 54 quarter units of graduate work. Where appropriate, students can transfer a maximum of 13. 5- quarter units of graduate work completed at another regionally accredited institution to meet stated requirements in the program. Students should refer to the section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.

Core Requirements (6 courses; 27 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Required Electives (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Integration Seminars and Project (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):

Program Information

Online Education

This program is available online.