Educational Technologies and Innovation Education for Education Tech

Program Overview

The Educational Technology program—offered online and in blended format—welcomes potential candidates from all teaching disciplines as well as those contemplating a career change or an enhancement to their existing professional skills.

Program candidates often work as teachers, co-teachers, and consultants in schools, agencies, and professional development organizations in and out of the field of education.

The Master of Arts in Educational Technology is designed to create leaders in the field who can model, use, and provide learning experiences to others regarding best technology-infused educational practices.

K-12 classroom teachers can add the MA or a Sixth-Year Certificate to their existing graduate degrees. The MA in Educational Technology with School Library Specialization is also offered as a K-12 cross-endorsement for certified teachers

The online 12-credit certificates are designed for professionals seeking learning opportunities in one of three areas: Classroom Technology Integration, Leadership in Educational Technology, and Learning Design and Technology.

 

At a Glance

  • Online or hybrid options for all degree programs
  • 30 credits
  • 3 distinct degree programs
    • Master of Arts in Educational Technology
    • Master of Arts in Library Media Science with Cross-Endorsement
    • Sixth Year Certificate in Educational Technology

  • 3 12-credit Online Certificate Programs
    • Classroom Technology Integration
    • Leadership in Educational Technology
    • Learning Design & Technology
  • Week-long on-campus summer institute electives

 

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.
  • Provide the teachers and administrators with knowledge to be able to foster and guide their own professional growth.
  • Apply technology to meet the needs of a diverse school population.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of emerging classroom technologies as well and be able to evaluate their effectiveness for use in the classroom.

 

Online Certificate Programs

Fairfield University now 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

 

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.

Message from the Director

Josh ElliotDear Prospective Student,

As the need to teach 21st century skills becomes increasingly important, so does the need for educational technologists who can instruct educators in the methods for using technology to foster these skills. The Master of Arts (MA) and Sixth Year Certificate (SYC) in the Educational Technology program 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. The program features online and traditional courses 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. Our diverse and innovative program will allow you to build a course of study that addresses your area of interest, whether you are:

  • Seeking to improve your own classroom technology skills
  • Seeking opportunities to teach best practices in educational technology to other educators
  • Pursuing cross-endorsement in school library media
  • Pursuing a leadership role in the educational technology field
  • Seeking to develop technology-rich trainings and professional developments outside of the education field


It has been an exciting year for the Educational Technology program as we now have three new entirely online professional certificates:

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

These are in addition to our current online and hybrid Master of Arts, Sixth-Year Certificate, and Library Media Specialist Cross-Endorsement programs.

We also hosted our 2nd Annual Educational Technology Collaboration Day in the spring, where more than 100 educators from around the state, along with representatives from educational technology organizations such as Apple, CTETL and CECA/CASL, shared ideas for using technology in the classroom. The open forum format allowed all attendees to get a glimpse of how colleagues are incorporating new and creative tech-based into their curriculum, and offered a welcome opportunity for networking and exchange of ideas.

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

 

See photos from Ed Tech Day.

Second Annual Ed Tech Day

Information Session

Come meet our deans and faculty to learn more about our graduate programs.

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).
  • A Personal Statement. 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 Admission
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: (203) 254-4184
Fax: (203) 254-4073
gradadmis@fairfield.edu

 

How to Apply

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 and Affiliated Faculty

Josh Elliott

Joshua C. Elliott

Assistant Professor of the Practice and Director of Educational Technology

Educational Technology

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Jay Rozgonyi

Associate Vice Provost for Innovation & Effectiveness/Director of the Center for Academic Excellence

Information Technology Services

Canisius Hall Rm 7C

Adjunct Faculty - Educational Technology

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.

 

Student Spotlights

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Michaela Durand

 

Graduate Student

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Michaela chose to study Educational Technology at Fairfield because GSEAP offers the opportunity for students to pursue a cross-endorsement in Library Media Science  along with an Ed Tech degree. Additionally, she heard through the grapevine that Fairfield University has a great Educational Technology program.

Michaela works as a technology integration specialist for Madison Middle School in Trumbull, CT. “I hope to stay in this line of work forever,” she said. “I am fortunate in the fact that I feel like I have already landed my 'dream job.'”

So far, the Educational Technology program has exposed Michaela to virtual reality which she hopes to incorporate more into her lesson plans. Presently enrolled in her second Ed Tech course: Technology and Transformational Culture in Education, Michaela enjoys the discourse that takes place online, resulting from stimulating readings. She encourages undergrad students who are interested in applying for the Educational Technology Program to act quickly and apply now.

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Elisavet Kousidis

 

Graduate Student

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Elisavet works as a library media specialist for Stamford Public Schools and decided to apply to Fairfield because she heard positive feedback about the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions prior to registering for the program. Since then she has witnessed first-hand why the Ed Tech program received such great reviews when she attended an open house in 2016. Elisavet described how the director of Educational Technology, Joshua Elliott, PhD, demonstrates a clear vision for the program and that he acts as a great support system for his students.

“The Ed Tech program is a great option for anyone going into education today,” said Elisavet. “It's no longer an option not to be technologically literate in today's schools. If we want to be relevant to our students, we need to be up to date on the latest technology. This program is a great way to get started for anyone that needs to get comfortable with technology, but it's also great for the most advanced users.”

According to Elisavet, Fairfield's Ed Tech program has exposed her to new, cutting edge technologies that she's already been able to apply while working with students, teachers, and staff.

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Mitchell Peterson

 

Graduate Student

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Mitch Peterson pursued the Ed Tech program because he hopes to one day work as an independent technology consultant. When he was initially interested in applying for a graduate program involving Educational Technology, Mitch chose Fairfield because it’s the only university in Western Connecticut that has a cross-endorsement program for Library Media Science.

While enrolled in the program, Mitch has explored such topics as digital citizenship and instructional planning and coaching. Currently, Mitch works as a seventh grade English language arts teacher, and editor in chief of Junto Magazine; he has not yet decided whether he would like to continue his focus on education or business.

“Challenge yourself more than any course syllabus expects,” Mitch advised to future students. “Go above and beyond in research, synthesis, and compilation. Hold yourself to a higher standard than all of those around you, and you will emerge peerless.”

 

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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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