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Program: M.A., Educational Technology

Program Description

The Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology is designed to prepare teachers, technology coordinators and software developers to implement current technology tools in education and to evaluate future technologies as they emerge. This program targets middle and high school teachers but often includes students from elementary schools, higher education and industry. Program graduates have gone on to teach and support education at universities and schools all over the world, while others have continued on for their doctorate.

Courses immerse students in current theory and best practice in technology education. Students in the program develop their technology skills and knowledge of how to apply technology in the classroom, including:

  • Developing and using educational multimedia.
  • Creating interactive software for learning.
  • Developing educational websites.
  • Assessing the impact of innovations in the classroom.
  • Integrating technology into subject-area classrooms.

Program Requirements

A. Requirements for Admission

  1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  2. Employment as an instructor or as a developer or a user of educational technology.
  3. Submission of a completed department application, including:
    1. Two letters of reference.
    2. A statement of plans and objectives for graduate study.
  4. Submission of a completed application to CSUN via Cal State Apply.
  5. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5.

B. Requirements for Classified Status

Must be fulfilled by the end of the first semester of the program.

  1. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the M.A. program.
  2. Passing score (8 or higher) on the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam or a score of 3.0 or higher on the GRE Analytical Writing portion.

C. Corequisite

Maintenance of a 3.0 GPA.

D. Degree Requirements

1. Core Courses (21 units)

SED 600 Research in Secondary Education (3)
SED 610ET Leadership in Educational Technology (3)
SED 618 Computers in the Secondary Curriculum: Multimedia (3)
SED 642 Educational Website Development (3)
SED 652 Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (3)
SED 671 Designing Computer-Based Instructional Materials (3)
SED 690ET Theory and Research in Educational Technology (3)

2. Electives (6 units)

Electives are selected from various graduate-level course offerings across the college or university, with the approval of the program advisor. In some cases, preliminary credential program courses may be approved.

3. Culminating Experience (3 units)

SED 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies (3)
or SED 698 Thesis or Graduate Project (3)

Total Units Required for the M.A. Degree: 30


Department of Secondary Education
Chair: Julie Gainsburg
Education (ED) 1208
(818) 677-2580

Graduate Coordinator: Mira Pak
(818) 677-2181

Student Learning Outcomes

Students demonstrate:

  1. Educational technology skills by developing educational resources in accordance with learning theory and best practices.
  2. Theoretical understanding of teaching and learning educational technology by reading and synthesizing educational theory and research.
  3. Graduate-level research skills by designing, conducting and presenting original research on educational-technology.
  4. Leadership in educational technology by developing plans for implementing and supporting technology-based solutions.