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

Education, M.S.: Online Teaching and Learning Concentration (Online Only Program)

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Please note: This program is only available through Continuing Education.

Education, M.S.: Online Teaching and Learning Concentration

General Information

One of the most comprehensive online teaching and learning training programs offered in the world, the M.S. Education, Online Teaching and Learning Concentration (MSEd-OTL) program has been empowering educators, instructors, trainers, and support staff to effectively design and implement online courses since 1999. Our students develop their own online courses or programs using best practices in online teaching and learning.  Student-created courses will be designed for their areas of expertise, the needs of their learners, and their institutional settings. Our program is not cohort-based, with all students taking the same courses each semester. Rather, students can complete the degree by choosing either the Fast Track or Flex Track option. However, each course has weekly assignments and due dates so it is not self-paced.

Career Opportunities

The training and skills acquired in the MSEd-OTL program can transfer into almost any educational or training fields, including: university, community college, K-12, corporate, military, educational administration, curriculum design, technical support, and other fields requiring design, development, implementation, and teaching services.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Online Teaching and Learning Concentration in the M.S. Education, students must meet Cal State East Bay requirements for admission to a graduate program in Education. Students from schools where English is not the primary language of instruction are required to achieve a TOEFL score of at least 213 (550 on the former grading scale) for admission to the program. To earn a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Online Teaching and Learning (MSEd-OTL), students must complete 10 courses (30 units) as outlined. All courses are 3-semester units.

For admission into the M.S. Education, Online Teaching and Learning Concentration degree program, applicants must do the following:
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

  • Have earned a GPA of 3.0 in the last 90 semester units (or semester equivalent) of upper-division, post-baccalaureate or graduate-level course-work.
  • Have teaching or training experience.
  • Submit all graduate application materials to the Office of Admissions by the deadline date.
  • Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to be sent to Cal State East Bay. Final official transcripts, showing degree completion, must be received prior to enrollment in classes.
  • Submit a letter of intent to the OTL Program Coordinator.

For detailed information on how to apply to the program, go to the Admissions Information page.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate knowledge of learning theory and instructional design
  2. apply understanding of recent online teaching technologies
  3. incorporate recommendations of recent research in online teaching and learning
  4. apply knowledge of learning differences and disabilities
  5. describe a rationale for design features of an effective online course
  6. cite specific supporting research and best practices from the literature related to online teaching and learning in their discipline

Education Degree Requirements (30 units)

Required Courses

The following 21 units are required coursework for the M.S. Education, Online Teaching & Learning Concentration degree:

Elective Courses

Students must choose two (2) of the following elective courses for 6 units as part of the degree requirements:

Capstone Experience

The capstone is required for all students to complete the degree:

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Education: Interdisciplinary - Graduate

Education: Online Teaching and Learning

Teacher Education

Teacher Education: Graduate

Teacher Education: Post-Baccalaureate

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