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School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver

School of Education and Human Development
 

MA, Information and Learning Technologies with emphasis on K-12 Teaching


Think about how education will be different in ten or twenty years. How will children engage each other and share resources - together in class or at home online? What kinds of technology-mediated experiences will they have? This master's option will equip you to provide leadership to your school or district - using learning technologies that are already changing how people learn!

You will become a school or district technology leader and qualify for a Colorado endorsement in Instructional Technology - Specialist Level. Through a variety of projects and experiences, you will integrate learning technologies into your daily teaching activities and demonstrate the impact on students' achievement - and help fellow teachers do the same. Your students will never be the same!

Begin any time, including summer. Courses meet occasional Saturdays or weekends, and online throughout the year, with some daytime courses in the summer.

Outstanding faculty are dedicated to your academic and professional growth. Through project work you will build a professional network of contacts and supports, including other teachers and specialists.

For additional information, contact Academic Services at education@ucdenver.edu or 303-315-6300.

Prerequisites

You need a bachelor’s degree or equivalent to enroll in the ILT master’s program. A Colorado teaching license is not required, but access to a school (where you teach or do volunteer work) is important for completion of projects.

Courses

The program requires completion of a plan of study consisting of 24 credits of required courses, 3 credits of elective, and an internship. The internship may be done at your place of work if you are currently teaching. The first year includes courses that are hybrid – with some on-campus time (primarily weekends) combined with online activities. The second year’s courses are primarily online, requiring no physical visits to campus.

Portfolio

As you complete courses you will add products to a professional portfolio. This portfolio is submitted to faculty your final semester and serves as the comprehensive exam for the master’s degree. Links to recent portfolios are available; reviewing this work can give you an idea of the kind of courses, projects, and careers our students engage in.

Tools

We use the Canvas course management system for all courses. Canvas is like Blackboard or Moodle, a place where you can submit assignments, download documents and participate in discussions. You will have access to Canvas once you are registered and courses begin. We also use Adobe Connect, a webinar and synchronous communication tool, in some of our courses. Use of this tool is provided to students in this program. Faculty and students use email as a major form of communication both within and external to Canvas. Other software tools include MSWord, MSPowerPoint, and various Web 2.0, open source and freeware tools. You would typically select specific authoring tools for various projects and assignments based on the needs of the project.

Access

You need home access to a computer (Windows or Mac) with a high-speed Internet connection.

Successful completion of the MA degree requires a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours.

Plan of Study

K12 teachers are encouraged to attend the TIE Conference held annually in Copper Mountain. See: http://www.tiecolorado.org/.TIE is a hands-on conference with outstanding sessions and workshops for every level of teaching. Many students present at TIE during their second year - which includes a waiving of the conference fee!

A new graduate certificate program in Online Teaching is available to K12 and higher educators, pending official approval. This 9-credit certificate can be added to your Master’s plan of study by completing one additional class.A 9-credit graduate certificate in Digital Storytelling is also available.

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Our alums have a choice - they can remain in the classroom and provide technology and curriculum leadership to their teams and schools. Or, they can look for district-level opportunities for leadership and service. The key is technology's critical role - always in support of good instruction!

Graduates take a variety of jobs in K12 schools:

  1. Classroom teaching in subject areas
  2. Instructional coaching in subject areas or technology
  3. Teaching technology classes
  4. Leading technology in your school
  5. Teaching online courses
  6. Leading technology integration at the district level
  7. Leading new initiatives such as online programs


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