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2018-2019 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2018-2019 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Technology, M.S.

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Educational Technology, M.S. Program

Program Description

The MS in Educational Technology is designed for educators and e-learning developers with a focus on integrating current technologies into educational curricula. The emphasis on integrating technologies in both K-16 and business settings is a strength of the program, along with the focus in each course on 21st Century skills demanded by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the New Generation Science Standards (NGSS), e.g., collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication.  This program has been approved to be offered in a Hybrid delivery format.

The program includes instruction in the foundations of educational technology, instructional design theories, computer applications, using technology for assessment, multimedia instruction, web-based instruction, distance education, and designing and producing educational software and materials. Students in this program gain knowledge in emerging technologies, instructional design, e-learning development, learning theories, multimedia production, and collaborative production. Students also gain a deep understanding of adapting to the demands of the ever-changing nature of technologies.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be active in school districts, county offices of education, community colleges, the field of instructional design, and the high-tech industry. The positions that our graduates take include educational technologist, instructional designer, curriculum specialist, community college instructor, district technology director, and technology trainer. Finally, graduates will be able to teach more effectively using educational technologies in the classroom. 

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Candidates must have earned a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in all upper division or post baccalaureate coursework.
  • If a candidate has a baccalaureate degree from out of the country, he/she must have his/her transcripts evaluated by the International Graduate Student Admissions Office. 
  • The MS in Education Technology program requires applicants to show evidence of successful training or teaching experience.
  • Candidates have met the University Writing Skills Requirement (UWSR). For information about meeting the USWR, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay/testing or call 510.885.3661.

Student Standing

A student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher for all courses taken in the approved program whether the courses are taken at Cal State East Bay or elsewhere. A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on probationary status, will be subject to disqualification from the program, and may be recommended for dismissal from the University. The department also requires that the use of the “CR/NC” grade option in any course applied to a master’s and/or certificate program must be approved in advance by the Graduate Coordinator.

Progress Towards Degree

Completed at least 30 units of approved graduate work subject to the following conditions:
  • All units must have been earned within the past five (5) years immediately preceding completion of the requirements for the degree.
  • No fewer than 70% (or 21 semester units) must have been completed in residence as a regularly matriculated student in the graduate program at Cal State East Bay.
  • No more than nine (9) semester units of approved courses may be transferred from another institution, taken through approved extension courses (including Open University), or taken as an “Unclassified Post-Baccalaureate” student.
  • At least 15 semester units must have been in courses numbered in the 600-series or equivalent graduate level.
  • Satisfied the University Writing Skills Requirement.
  • Earned at least a 3.0 GPA in all units satisfying the requirements of the degree program.
  • Completed a University Thesis or a Graduate Project course within five (5) years of admission to the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Assess the importance and use of technology to to support diverse students’ learning.
  • Identify and investigate educational technology theories and instructional design principles to generate new ideas, projects, and materials for diverse students. 
  • Create and develop effective instructional or e-learning materials by choosing and applying appropriate tools and design theories individually and collaboratively. 
  • Gather, use, and analyze data, bibliographic and other resources of materials extensively and critically. 
  • Write and present scholarly findings and projects independently. 

Educational Technology Degree Requirements (30 units)

Capstone Requirement

All students must take the following capstone for 4 units to complete the degree requirements:

Other Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the University requirements for graduation as described throughout this catalog. These include the 70% unit residence requirement; the five-year rule on currency of subject matter; the minimum number of units in 600-level courses; the “C” minimum grade for each graduate course; the 3.00 cumulative grade point average; and the University Writing Skills Requirement.

Note: For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at or call (510) 885-3661.

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