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ISTE Higher Education Certification

First in Connecticut and Second in the Country

Fairfield’s Educational Technology Program is an International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Higher Education Certification Provider

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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.

Program Overview

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.

Online Certificate Programs

Fairfield University offers three online certificate programs for candidates seeking to improve their skill levels in particular areas of specialization in the Educational Technology field, including:

  • Classroom Technology Integration
  • Leadership in Educational Technology
  • Learning Design and Technology

 

Summer Course Offerings

Summer 2020 Courses 

Online 

MD 401I 0L1 - Special topics: Copyright, Creative Commons and Open Education - May 18 - June 26, 2020

This course will explore copyright law and its impact on teaching and learning; Creative Commons licensing and how it promotes openness in education; and benefits of Open Educational Resources (OER).

MD 465 0L1 - Emerging Technologies: Digital Citizenship - July  6 - August 14, 2020

Digital citizenship is an important topic that is addressed in both the educator and student ISTE standards. Issues addressed within citizenship include digital identity, safety, and making a positive impact on a global level. This course takes a deep dive into the topic and its different aspects on several levels.

On Campus - One Week Summer Institute Classes July 13 - July 17, 2020 - 9 am - 3 pm

MD 430 01 - Digital Storytelling in the Classroom

Studies have shown that our brain organizes, retains, and accesses information through story. Therefore, teaching with story allows students to remember what is being taught, access it, and apply it more easily. This course is designed for any educator looking to utilize technology to encourage storytelling at all levels. While maintaining a focus on traditional conventions of storytelling, such as character development, story mapping, and writing techniques, this course aims to develop the next generation of storytelling through a technological lens. Crosslisted with ED 0430.

Message From The Director

Josh Elliot

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
jelliott@fairfield.edu

Alumni Spotlights

Stephen Burrows ’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 ’18

 
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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 MA’17

 
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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.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Position themselves as district and school leaders in designing and supporting 21st century learning environments.
  • Participate in and foster a shared vision for the effective integration of technology in their educational environment.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and be able to apply all relevant education and educational technology standards.
  • Develop and implement relevant and appropriate professional development to meet the needs of teachers and administrators related to technology integration.
  • Apply technology to meet the needs of a diverse school population.

Course Offerings

Requirements for the MA in Educational Technology (30 credits)

Foundations (9 credits)

  • MD 400 Introduction to Educational Technology
  • MD 500 Technology and Transformational Culture
  • MD 503 Research/Evaluation in K-12 Consultation and Leadership

Core (9 credits)

  • MD 460 Principles of Instructional Development
  • MD 470 Designing for Online Instruction
  • MD 585 Educational Technology Capstone Experience

Electives (12 credits)

Electives should be approved by faculty advisor.

 

Requirements for the MA in Educational Technology with preparation for Connecticut state cross endorsement as School Library Media Specialist (062) (30 credits)

Foundations (9 credits)

  • MD 400 Introduction to Educational Technology
  • MD 500 Technology and Transformational Culture in Education
  • MD 503 Research/Evaluation in K-12 Consultation and Leadership

Core (18 credits)

  • MD 403 The School Library I
  • MD 404 The School Library II
  • MD 405 Management of School Library Resources
  • MD 406 Introduction to Reference
  • MD 409 The Literate Environment: PK-12 Literature/Reading
  • MD 585 Educational Technology Capstone Experience

Electives (3 credits)

Electives should be approved by faculty advisor.

 

Requirements for the Sixth Year Certificate (SYC) in Educational Technology  (30 credits)

Foundations (9 credits)

  • MD 400 Introduction to Educational Technology
  • MD 500 Technology and Transformational Culture
  • MD 503 Research and Evaluation in K-12 Consultation and Leadership
Core (9 credits)
  • MD 460 Principles of Instructional Development
  • MD 470 Designing for Online Instruction
  • MD 585 Capstone Experience

Electives (12 credits)

Select 4 elective courses in consultation with advisor

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.

Information Session

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Admission

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the M.A. in Educational Technology 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.

Formal Admission Process

Students seeking admission must submit:

  • A completed online application
  • A Non-refundable $60 application fee paid by credit card.
  • A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history (submit online).
  • An Admission Essay. Students should describe why they want to undertake graduate studies in Educational Technology.  (submit online).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended demonstrating a cumulative GPA of at least 2.67 (or receive a GPA waiver from the department, available on a case by case basis). You must hold a bachelor's degree with an approved subject major or interdisciplinary major. (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be, preferably, from a current employer or supervisor. The Recommendations are completed online. At the time of application you will need to provide your two Recommender's names and e-mail addresses.
  • Participation in an Admission Interview.

 

Students from Non-English Speaking Countries

Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, or 84 on the Internet-based test (iBT) with a minimum score of 21 in reading and 23 in writing is strongly recommended for admission. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390.

 

All application materials for formal admission should be sent to:

Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: (203) 254-4184
Fax: (203) 254-4073
gradadmis@fairfield.edu

 

How to Apply

For detailed admission requirements, please refer to the links below:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Faculty & Affiliated Faculty

Kevin Corcoran

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Patrick Egan

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Ryan Farrington

Adjunct Faculty

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Molly Goldreich

Adjunct Faculty

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Kathy McNeiece

Adjunct Faculty

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Craig Tunks

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Ralph Valenzisi

Adjunct Faculty

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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of undergraduate degree do I need to apply?

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.

 

When are the application deadlines?

Review our application deadlines.

 

What are the application requirements?

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.

 

How long does it take to complete the MA in Educational Technology degree program?

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.

 

When are courses offered?

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.

 

Do I have to be a full-time student?

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

 

How are the M.A. courses structured?

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.

 

What is the tuition for this degree program?

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

 

Do I need to take the GRE's?

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.

 

What is the average class size?

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

 

Can I apply to this program as an international student?

Yes, read the application requirements for international students.

 

What financial aid is available?

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 website.

 

Whom do I call if I have questions?

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

 

Contact Us

For more information about Fairfield University's graduate programs, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admission
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Call (203) 254-4184 or email gradadmis@fairfield.edu.

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