The Master of Education (M.E.) in Instructional Technology program focuses upon curricular integration of technology in support of K-12 student learning.
The program emphasizes how to effectively use computers and digital media technologies as tools to enhance learning, teaching, and training, how to effectively integrate technologies into the curriculum, and how to assume a leadership role in planning, implementing, and supporting instructional technology within a district. Access to a classroom-teaching situation is required for the program.
The use of computers and instructional technology continues to increase rapidly as does the number of educators who use them. For some, the computer is the object of instruction; for others, it is a tool to support learning.
However, effective use of instructional technology has become an important part of teaching and learning for everyone. The computer, Internet, and other instructional technologies have created opportunities undreamed of just a few years ago.
As the use of technology has grown, several needs have evolved:
- a need to be able to use computers and modern technologies effectively as tools to enhance learning, teaching, and training;
- a need to know how to integrate effectively the use of computers and other technologies into the curriculum;
- a need to be aware of emerging technologies, including multimedia, communications and information access technologies, and to be able to plan for their implementation and management;
- a need to be able to assume a leadership role in planning, implementing, and supporting instructional technology.