Master of Education Program - Concentration in Teaching Technology (T&T)

Department Chair: Dr. James Boe,, (701) 845-7304
Faculty Contact: Dr. James Boe,, (701) 845-7304
Department Office: 327E McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7303

VCSU has designed this concentration for teachers at either primary or secondary levels wishing to pursue a master’s degree. It is a unique program, not only in the state, but also in the country. Curriculum focuses on the use of technologies to enrich teaching and learning and provides content specific course work in some subject areas. Curriculum in this concentration is set up to provide students with an understanding of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) as defined by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).


Concentration Requirements

The Master of Education in Teaching and Technology requires 33-36 hours of coursework, an action research report, and an oral defense of a comprehensive portfolio. The curriculum is structured around a set of core requirements that provide a broad foundation in education, research and technology. All M. Ed. students are required to complete 12 hours of core courses and three hours of Special Program courses.

Core Required Courses
EDUC 610Research in Education3
EDUC 625Issues in School, Community, and Family3
EDUC 640Supervision and Assessment of Teachers and Learners3
EDUC 657Exceptionality, Diversity, and Differences3
These courses are designed to support the student in completing graduation requirements culminating in the program's core values as outcomes.
Special Program Requirements
EDUC 689Research Application1
EDUC 698Capstone2
Total Credits15

Student must select one of the options to complete the concentration in Teaching and Technology

Option 1: Teaching and Learning Required Courses

EDUC 635Technology for Learning3
EDUC 650Field Design and Implementation3
EDUC 675Teaching with 21st Century Tools3
EDUC 685Action Research in Education3
Elective Courses
Select six hours from the following:6
Supervision of Student Teachers
Learning Theory and Instructional Design
Design for Engineering
Invention and Innovation
Design, Technology, and Engineering for Elementary
Total Credits18

Option 2: Communication Required Courses

COMM 611Communication Theory3
COMM 630Instructional Communication and Technology3
COMM 645Media Uses and Effects3
COMM 650Advanced Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 655Advanced Intercultural Communication3
COMM 660Group Communication, Team Building, and Leadership3
EDUC 685Action Research in Education3
Total Credits21

Total Core 12 Hrs
Total Required 12-21 Hrs
Total Electives 0-6 Hrs
Total Special Program Requirements 3 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 33-36 Hrs

Core Values/Learning Outcomes

  1. Effective use of Instructional Technologies
  2. Expertise in Research, particularly Action Research
  3. Expertise in Assessment
  4. Supervisor/Leader/Coach
  5. Expertise in Curriculum/Instruction
  6. Diversity/Global Awareness

The program’s Core Values and National Board of Professional Teaching Standards lay the broad foundation for the overall program design. Specific objectives are then addressed in each course, based on its curriculum. At the course level, the required projects and activities provide a rich and diverse collection of opportunities for assessment of student knowledge and understanding by the professor.