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Why a Degree in Educational Technology at the University of Kansas?

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Why KU Educational Technology
The graduate programs in Educational Technology are housed in the University of Kansas (KU) School of Education, which was recently ranked in the U.S. News Best Grad Schools report as one of the nation's top 10 public Schools for excellence in its graduate programs, educational research, and teacher education. Courses are held in a newly remodeled building on the Lawrence campus with access to current computer, internet, and media technologies. The University of Kansas is a major research university on one of the nation's most beautiful campuses with about 30,000 students, 2,200 faculty (96 percent hold PhDs) and 170 fields of study.

There are many research and development centers at the University of Kansas that offer unique opportunities for students to engage in developing educational technology. Several of these centers also offers on campus jobs related to educational technology. Centers such as the eLearning Design Lab (eDL), Advanced Learning Technology (ALTEC), Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE), Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC), and the Center for Research on Learning (CRL) have established KU as a national leader in developing highly regarded eLearning tools and resources that serve millions of users every week.

Career Opportunities in the Integration, Design and Administration of Educational Technology

The interdisciplinary Educational Technology programs offer courses in KU's departments of Curriculum & Teaching (C&T), Educational Policy & Leadership Studies (ELPS), Special Education (SPED), Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS), Design, and Communication Studies (COMS). Students can tailor the degree for positions in K-12 schools, higher education, government and industry by choosing one of the program's three specialtys in the 1) Integration, 2) Design and 3) Administration of Educational Technology. Graduates of the Integration specialty are likely to pursue jobs with titles such as: online educator, training specialist, curriculum designer and educational technology teacher, and professor. While many graduates in the integration specialty typically go on to teach or facilitate the integration of educational technology in K-12 schools, community colleges or universities others work in corporate and government training.

Graduates of the Design of Educational Technology specialty often start the program with expertise or an interest in developing programming and other technical skills used in developing educational technology. They pursue a wide variety of positions as: instructional designers, instructional coordinators, instructional systems analysts, courseware developers, distance education specialists, media producers, educational technology consultants, information specialists, online course developers, educational assessment specialists, and webmasters.

The Administration of Educational Technology specialty will prepare individuals for positions such as: director of instructional development, director of online learning, virtual school administrator, director of continuing education, director of corporate training or educational technology coordinators in K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities. Students in all specialtys will prepare for positions that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate will grow much faster than the average partly because of the dramatic increase in online course enrollment that the 2009 Sloan Report shows currently at a 13 percent annual growth rate.

Life in Lawrence

Lawrence is not only known for its research University and top rated School of Education, the town is also known for having one the most beautiful main streets in America with a vibrant art scene, many restaurants, entertainment spots and cultural activities. With over 174 distinct social events taking place in Lawrence every year, you'll always have something to do after school. Visit Lawrence and you'll see why Rand McNally rated Lawrence as "the most culturally rich American city under 100,000 population." Lawrence is located in the rolling hills of eastern Kansas only 45 minutes west of the major metropolitan area of Kansas City. Lawrence's 80,000 people live in a relatively safe town with a crime rate much lower than the national average and a one of the nations most highly educated populations which ranks 6th of all cities in America with percent of people who hold at least a bachelor's degree. Lawrence is also a culturally diverse town. Aside from the many international students at KU, Lawrence is also home to Haskell Indian Nations University with over 1000 student's representing a many American Indian and Alaska Native cultures.

Master of Science in Educational Technology

The Master of Science in Educational Technology program consists of 36 hours of coursework, a practicum, an exam and the production of a portfolio that reflects the student's competencies in national educational technology standards. The program generally involves about 2 years of continuous study. Below is only a SAMPLE of the coursework in the program. Students work with their advisor in selecting their specialty and associated courses.

Master of Science in Educational Technology
Courses required of students in all specialties
Course # Course Name Credits

C&T 709 Foundation of Curriculum & Instruction 3
ELPS 760 Integration of Educational Technology 3
ELPS 810 Educational Media Development 3
ELPS 811 Constructivist Learning Technologies 3
SPED 727 Designing Instruction for Diverse Learners 3
ELPS 820 Practicum in Educational Technology OR 3
ELPS 897 Independent Study -
ELPS 812 Design of Educational Technology 3
ELPS 896 Seminar in Theory of Educational Technology 3
PRE 715 Understanding Research 3
Select Integration, Design or Administration Specialties 9
Total Hours: 36

Specialty Courses
  1. Integration Specialty (9 hours)
    • C&T 806 Instructional Strategies and Models (3)
    • C&T course related to the student's content expertise (3)
    • COMS 620 Communication and New Technology (3)

  2. Design Specialty (9 hours)
    • EECS 168 Programming
    • COMS 860 New Communication Technology and the Workplace (3)
    • ADS 710 Advanced Human Factors in Interaction Design (3)

  3. Administration Specialty (9 hours)
    • ELPS 752 Education Law (3)
    • ELPS 755 Human Resource Management (3)
    • ELPS 780 Introduction to Higher Education Administration (3)

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