Educational Technology Specialist, MSEd
Recent studies by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) highlight the disparity between educational technology advances and the skills of teachers to use those advances in the classroom. To address that disparity, Pace’s School of Education has voluntarily adopted the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) not only for our programs in educational technology, but for all teacher preparation programs.
Pace’s School of Education views educational technology as both a body of knowledge and skills and a vehicle for personal and social empowerment. Candidates learn through the same advanced technologies they are preparing to teach with and about. We see technology as a tool to empower both the learner and the teacher and as a tool to constantly advance pedagogy and practice. Recognizing the need for teachers and related professionals to use a broad range of technologies in their multiple roles as teachers, mentors, facilitators, researchers, change agents, and lifelong learners, Pace's School of Education offers the MSEd in Educational Technology Specialist program.
Through classroom activities and projects designed to help participants apply research and best practice using technology, the program is designed to draw on the entry-level strengths of participants and provide each participant with the combination of courses and field experiences needed to gain competencies in technology planning, collaborative team building, instructional planning, and problem solving. Candidates meet (in-person or virtually) with faculty to design their own professional development plan. Specifically, they will be prepared to integrate technology with effective instruction for all learners, including those with disabilities, and to support technology initiatives in their schools. Candidates will also participate in online forums, collaborative projects, professional mentoring experiences, and synchronous Internet-based seminars.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0. (Upon the recommendation of the dean, graduate faculty admissions committee, or the director of Student Support Services or program coordinators, candidates whose GPA is greater than 2.8 and less than 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional/provisional basis, provided that it is determined that the candidate has the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the program successfully).
- A transcript review of liberal arts and sciences course requirements required for program completion. If unmet requirements exist, they must be met during the course of the program; however, the credit hours earned completing them may not be counted towards the graduate degree.
- A transcript review will also be performed with the applicant’s undergraduate or previous graduate coursework to determine needed content and pedagogical composition of the individualized educational technology specialist program.
- Completion of the application process including an essay, two letters of recommendation, and in some cases admission interview.
The educational technology specialist program requires a minimum of 36 graduate credits for the master’s degree and 24 graduate credits for the Advanced Certificate, each to be completed within five years. Candidates’ backgrounds in education and in technology will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, using transcript review and challenge examinations. Each candidate will meet with the faculty (either face-to-face or virtually) to design his/her own professional development plan. Each plan must be designed to meet the competencies stipulated by the State of New York and the International Society of Technology Education.