Graduate Catalog 2024-2025

Educational Technology M.A.


Program Overview

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

General Master's Degree Admission Requirements

View delivery options, start terms and admission requirements.

Director: Jingzi (Ginny) Huang, Ph.D.

Location: McKee 216

Telephone: 970.351.2908

Website: www.unco.edu/cebs/teacher-education/

The Master of Arts (MA) in Educational Technology provides an advanced degree in technology knowledge and pedagogical practices that culminates with a comprehensive exam. Graduates work in a variety of learning contexts (K-12, higher education, online environments, military training, business/organizational, and international settings) as scholars, educators, professional developers, program developers, and consultants. Collaborative research and other scholarly projects are encouraged among students and faculty. Students are encouraged to publish research and present it in scholarly venues. The program is designed to be rigorous but practical.

Once admitted, the student will work closely with their academic advisor to develop a plan of study that meets the individual professional needs. While all students are expected to complete the core content and research courses, electives are selected to tailor the program to meet various professional foci within the field of educational technology.  A MA degree in Educational Technology will be conferred with a minimum of 30 credits beyond the undergraduate degree and successful completion of a comprehensive exam. Once admitted to a program, students must maintain a satisfactory grade point average of 3.2. 

Degree Requirements — 30 Credits

Required Core — 15 credits

ET 501Introduction to Applications of Educational Technology in PK-12 Education


ET 523Innovative Pedagogy and Assessment


ET 525Learners and Curriculum in the Digital Age


ET 527Social Justice in the Digital Age


ET 529Instructional Design


Research Core — 6 credits

SRM 600Introduction to Graduate Research


ET 675Innovating Education Culture: Research and Practice


Electives — 9 credits

Select 9 credits in collaboration with academic advisor

ET 630Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology


ET 631Distance Education


ET 635Instructional Materials Development for Online Learning


ET 640Applications of Multiliteracies


ET 641Designing, Playing, and Learning


ET 643Innovative Instructional Formats


ET 645Children's Engineering and STEM


Additional Course Options

ET 622Directed Study

1- 3

ET 695Special Topics in Educational Technology

1- 3

Program Notes

Students need to have completed the preparatory coursework prior to taking the comprehensive examination. In addition, the student’s advisor signature is required on the Permission form to take Written Comprehensive Examination, which verifies that the student is cleared to take the comprehensive examination. Successful completion of the written comprehension exam is required to complete the Master of Arts program.

Students may transfer up to 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of approved graduate level credit to the program from other accredited institutions. All coursework to be transferred or applied to meet graduate course requirements that was completed before a student’s acceptance into a graduate degree program must be approved by the UNC Graduate School.

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