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Following rigorous assessment and review by ISTE to ensure that our graduates have the knowledge, skills, and experience to become leaders in educational technology, Fairfield University students will have the opportunity to earn ISTE Certification for Educators. ISTE Certification prepares educators with the necessary technology skills to ensure success in digital age classrooms. Learn more about ISTE.


Fairfield University’s Educational Technology Program, offered both online and in a blended format, welcomes candidates from all teaching disciplines as well as professionals who may be contemplating a career change or an enhancement to their existing professional skills.

  • The program is designed to create leaders who can model, use, and provide learning experiences to others regarding best practices in the field of educational technology.
  • K-12 classroom teachers can add the master’s degree or sixth-year certificate to their existing credentials, and the MA in Educational Technology with School Library Specialization is offered as a K-12 cross-endorsement for certified teachers.
  • The online, 12-credit certificate programs are designed for professionals seeking learning opportunities in one of three areas: Classroom Technology Integration, Leadership in Educational Technology, and Learning Design and Technology.

Innovations in Education

Educational Technology Collaboration Day

Fairfield University’s Educational Technology Collaboration Day is an opportunity to meet educators from around the state and to hear how they are using technology in the classroom. The event features leaders in Educational Technology like Doug Casey, the Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology and representatives from Apple Education.

ISTE Certified

Fairfield University students have the opportunity to earn ISTE Certification for Educators. ISTE Certification prepares educators with the necessary technology skills to ensure success in digital age classrooms.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Fairfield University is on the cutting edge of OER scholarship and content creation. We seek to help educators everywhere embrace the open pedagogy, the practice of empowering students to create, use, and mix and re-use openly licensed materials that are available to everyone at no cost.

Online Certificate Programs

Fairfield University's Educational Technology program now offers three online certificate programs for candidates seeking to improve their skills in particular areas of the Educational Technology field.

Classroom Technology Integration

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Classroom Technology Integration

As the integration of technology into the classroom has become more common, the need for an understanding of how to effectively employ it has moved beyond the purview of a single educational technology professional. This program is designed to provide a foundational understanding of technology integration, its principles, and its practices to teachers seeking to strengthen their Educational Technology skills. On its own, the certificate will educate candidates on today’s technology as well as the methods for assessing new teaching and learning technologies. The certificate is structured to allow students to continue on to the Master of Arts or Sixth Year Certificate programs if they choose, applying all four courses to that degree program. This certificate is offered entirely online.

Introduction to Educational Technology
Principles of Instructional Design
Technology and Transformational Culture
Curating and Creating Digital Content

Leadership in Educational Technology

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Leadership in Educational Technology

While large schools and districts all require Educational Technology directors, there currently exists little formal training to equip candidates with a strong knowledge of the technical (hardware) and leadership (budgeting and staffing) aspects required to be a leader in the field. The goals for this certificate have been specifically aligned with the nationally-recognized Consortium for School Networking (COSN) Framework and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Administrator Standards. Additionally, the certificate's program of study is designed to help students prepare to successfully complete COSN's Educational Technology Leadership certificate exam, which is increasing in demand from districts when hiring for technology management positions. The design of this certificate also allows students to continue on to the Master of Arts or Sixth Year Certificate programs if they choose. This certificate is offered entirely online.

Technology and Transformational Culture
Survey of Innovation in Technology
Leading and Supporting Educational Technology in K-12 Schools (6 credits)

Learning Design and Technology

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Learning Design and Technology

This certificate is a 12-credit certificate designed to teach students the general principles of, and current approaches to, proper instructional design and technology-based course delivery. The program is specifically geared to those students seeking to design and deliver educational programs and professional development/worker training in settings other than educational institutions, for example, corporate training and human resource departments.

Possible occupations for someone who successfully completes this certificate program include Instructional Coordinator Training and Development Specialists. This program of study is entirely online, and the design of the certificate also allows students to continue on to the Master of Arts or Sixth Year Certificate programs if they choose. This certificate is offered entirely online.

Introduction to Educational Technology
Principles of Instructional Design or Designing for Online Instruction
Technology and Transformational Culture
Designing and Developing Training Programs

Program Outcomes

Support Learning Environments

Position themselves as district and school leaders in designing and supporting 21st century learning environments.

Envision

Participate in and foster a shared vision for the effective integration of technology in their educational environment.

Collaborate

Work with educators to design, develop, implement, and evaluate technology-embedded learning and assessment experiences for students that optimizes learning as well as incorporates the teaching of 21st century skills.

Apply Relevant Standards

Demonstrate an understanding of and be able to apply all relevant education and educational technology standards.

Develop & Implement

Develop and implement relevant and appropriate professional development to meet the needs of teachers and administrators related to technology integration.

Apply Technology

Apply technology to meet the needs of a diverse school population.

Course Offerings

Foundations (9 credits)
Credits
Introduction to Educational Technology 3
Technology and Transformational Culture 3
Research/Evaluation in K-12 Consultation and Leadership 3
Core (9 credits)
Credits
Curating and Creating Digital Content 3
Designing for Online Instruction 3
Educational Technology Capstone Experience 3
Electives (12 credits)
Credits
Electives should be approved by faculty advisor. 12 (Total)
Foundations (9 credits)
Credits
Introduction to Educational Technology 3
Technology and Transformational Culture in Education 3
Research/Evaluation in K-12 Consultation and Leadership 3
Core (18 credits)
Credits
The School Library I 3
The School Library II 3
Management of School Library Resources 3
Introduction to Reference 3
The Literate Environment: PK-12 Literature/Reading 3
Educational Technology Capstone Experience 3
Electives (3 credits)
Credits
Electives should be approved by faculty advisor. 3
Foundations (9 credits)
Credits
Introduction to Educational Technology 3
Technology and Transformational Culture 3
Research/Evaluation in K-12 Consultation and Leadership 3
Core (9 credits)
Credits
Curating and Creating Digital Content 3
Designing for Online Instruction 3
Capstone Experience 3
Electives (12 credits)
Credits
Select 4 elective courses in consultation with advisor 12 (Total)

Candidates must already have earned a MA degree to apply for the SYC program. Teachers from districts with pay scales that specifically target "credits beyond the MA" should consider the SYC option.

Stag Spotlight

Stephen Burrows

Class of ’18

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I chose to enroll in Fairfield’s Ed Tech degree because it aligned with my professional goals. The classroom environment of in-class interaction and discussion between the educator and students enhanced my education and provided me with a tremendous collaborative experience. This experience has added to my profile of high impact practices to provide to my students and enhance their learning experiences.

Nicholas Tirozzi

Class of ’18

Get to Know Nicholas

After earning my Ed Tech degree from Fairfield, I am now viewed as a technological leader in my workplace. By learning from highly knowledgeable professors and taking courses that are designed for real-world application, I feel that I have become more accomplished. The Ed Tech program provided me with practical application learning, and a knowledgeable and approachable staff. The professors were incredibly capable, accessible, and knowledgeable about their topics.

Chris Vescovi

Class of '17
MA

Get to Know Chris

I chose to enroll in Fairfield’s Ed Tech program because I could attend night class after working during the day. The program offers a lot of personal adaptation that allowed me to customize my course offerings to align with my career goals, and thus made me more marketable across several fields. Not only does GSEAP's Ed Tech program offer 'ahead of the curve' knowledge and skills for success, but the coursework involves plenty of student choice, allowing for a customized learning experience relevant to career goals.

Admission

Applicants to the Educational Technology Program must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) and give promise of meeting the standards set by the School.

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Message from the Director

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Message from the Director

Joshua C. Elliott, EdD

Dear Prospective Student,

Today more than ever it is important to prepare educators with the necessary technology skills to ensure success in digital age classrooms. The Master of Arts (MA) and Sixth Year Certificate (SYC) in Educational Technology at Fairfield are designed to create leaders in the field who can use, model, and provide learning experiences that are practical and tied to recognized national standards in educational technology.

I am pleased to announce that Fairfield University is the first in Connecticut to be an International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Higher Education Certification Provider. In addition, our program features fully online and hybrid course delivery as well as summer residency electives that meet the needs of working professionals. Our program provides opportunities to learn how to use the most current educational technologies as well as strategies for how to best implement them in the classroom, taught by our dedicated faculty who bring rich experiences from the field.

Each spring we host our annual Educational Technology Collaboration Day where more than 100 educators from around the state, along with representatives from educational technology organizations such as Apple, CTETL, and CECA/CASL, share ideas for using technology in the classroom. The open forum format of the event allows all attendees to get a glimpse of how colleagues are incorporating new and creative tech-based strategies into their curriculum, and offers an opportunity for networking.

Please explore the site further to learn more about the program. I look forward to hearing from you.

Joshua C. Elliott, EdD
Assistant Professor of the Practice
Director of Educational Technology

Educational Technology Collaboration Day

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Educational Technology Collaboration Day

Join educators from around the state, along with representatives from educational technology organizations, to share ideas for using technology in the classroom.

Visit the Ed Tech Day Microsite

Faculty

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Faculty

Our caring and committed faculty offer a rigorous course of study, with a broad range of courses that integrate critical reflection, extensive field experience, and the most current research in the field of Educational Technology.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Educational Technology program is designed to accommodate a variety of students from different backgrounds; students are encouraged to apply if they feel that training in education, educational technologies, or educational video production would further their personal, academic, and career goals.

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The Educational Technology program is designed to accommodate a variety of students from different backgrounds; students with a variety of undergraduate backgrounds are encouraged to apply if they feel that training in education, educational technologies, and applications would further their personal, academic, and career goals.

Students who attend full-time take 9 credits each Fall and Spring semester and up to 6 credits in the summer sessions. For full-time students who start in the Fall semester, the program can be completed in about 2 years. For students who attend part time, the time will vary based on how many courses are taken at a time. Students are required, however, to complete their degree within six years after they begin their first course.

Required courses are offered in the fall and spring in an online format. Elective courses are offered as week-long intensives on campus in the summer.

Our programs are designed to accommodate students who want to attend part time because most of our students are working at least part time.

Most Educational Technology courses blend hands-on digital media experience with discussions of educational theory. Some classes use online discussion, chats, blogs, electronic portfolios, and other mechanisms as ways to enhance the course experience. Classes taught fully online use any or all of the above mechanisms to ensure student participation, comprehension, and performance.

Tuition and fees for Fairfield's graduate programs are available from the Office of the Bursar.

The GREs are not required. We do look closely at your academic record and other application materials. Generally, we like to see that you have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. If your GPA is lower than 3.0 but you would like us to consider your application, you may include with your application a statement that explains your GPA and why you are confident you will be able to maintain the required 3.0 GPA in your graduate studies.

We keep our classes small. The typical maximum class size for Educational Technology classes is 18.

Yes, read the application requirements for international students.

Our financial aid office can best answer that question for you. You may reach them by phoning (203) 254-4125 or by e-mailing them, and you can visit the Financial Aid page.

For information about admission, contact gradadmis@fairfield.edu. For information about the program, contact Dr. Joshua Elliott Director, Educational Technology.

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