Educational Media (MA; Instructional Technology Facilitation Certificate; New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives Certificate; Online Learning and Professional Development Certificate)

Master of Arts in Educational Media
Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology Facilitation
Graduate Certificate in New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives
Graduate Certificate in Online Learning and Professional Development

Department of Leadership and Educational Studies
Reich College of Education

les.appstate.edu

Terry McClannon, Chair and Associate Professor
mcclannontw@appstate.edu

Herb Brown, Graduate Program Co-Director and Professor
brownhf@appstate.edu

Amy Cheney, Graduate Program Co-Director and Associate Professor
cheneyal@appstate.edu

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies offers the following graduate programs in Educational Media and related topics:

  • Master of Arts in Educational Media (Major Code: 437*/13.0501), with four concentrations:
    • Instructional Technology Specialist/General (437G)
    • Instructional Technology Specialist/K-12 (437F)[T]+
    • New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives (437J)
    • Online Learning and Professional Development (437H)
  • Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology Facilitation (464A/13.0501)
  • Graduate Certificate in New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives (461A/13.0501)
  • Graduate Certificate in Online Learning and Professional Development (457A/13.0501)

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies also offers graduate programs in Higher Education, Library Science, and School Administration. These programs are detailed under separate headings in this bulletin.

The Department of Leadership and Educational Studies serves the education community and the public through:

  • foundations of education courses for teacher education majors
  • research courses to help students develop skills and knowledge needed to understand the design, implementation, and evaluation of educational research
  • graduate programs in public school administration; community college and higher education administration, teaching, developmental education and adult education; library science; and educational media/instructional technology

The Master of Arts in Educational Media provides an innovative blending of learning opportunities in the design, production, application, and evaluation of a broad range of media and technology. Students are encouraged to pursue work in both traditional and emerging technologies related to all aspects of educational media. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume leadership roles in various fields of media and technology. The range of possibilities for students in the four concentrations includes the study of digital technologies in education, multimedia systems and website production, as well as media literacy, instructional design, and telecommunications systems.

The Online Learning and Professional Development concentration and certificate offer students the opportunity to gain technical, aesthetic, and intellectual skills and perspectives to analyze and develop online learning and professional development pedagogies and environments. The program of study engages the learner in constructivist learning environments and local and global learning communities. Particular emphasis is placed on instructional design, technological tools for the creation, hosting, and delivery of online content, and the assessment of online learning and professional development solutions. The ethical and social issues involved in distance learning will also be examined. This concentration does not lead to North Carolina Licensure.

The New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives concentration and certificate develop the intellectual, technical, and aesthetic skills to successfully create, utilize and critique traditional, emerging, and converging new media, technologies, and literacies as they relate to individuals, societies, and cultures. Emphasis is placed on an investigation of the production, form, language, and dissemination of a variety of texts, including print, non-print, and evolving media forms (e.g., web-based media, augmented reality, etc.). Emphasis is also placed upon the analysis of new media in light of educational, cultural and social forces from both local and global perspectives. This concentration does not lead to North Carolina Licensure.

The K-12 concentration is designed for education professionals and others who wish to enhance their use of digital technologies for teaching and learning. This concentration is designed to prepare traditional and nontraditional students to assume educational leadership roles in the use of instructional technology in public schools, public libraries and related educational settings through active scholarship, reflection, professional discourse and interdisciplinary programs of study based on the integration of theory and practice. This concentration leads to 077 'M' level licensure for Instructional Technology Specialists.

The General concentration is tailored for students with a focus in the integration of Computer/Information Systems and/or Computer Science in educational environments.

The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology Facilitation leads to the Special Endorsement in Computer Education (18079) or 077 "M' level licensure for Instructional Technology Specialists. The Endorsement is designed for school computer teachers or computer resource teachers for one or more schools, and is the recommended certification for the school level Technology Facilitator. 077 Licensure may be added for individuals who already hold a Master's degree in an educational field. The certificate program promotes an in-depth understanding of the applications of and considerations for the integration of digital technologies in schools.

General Information for all Students: A student working toward a degree and/or licensure in the Department of Leadership and Educational must develop her/his Program of Study in consultation with an approved advisor. Degree students taking courses without being officially assigned an advisor and receiving the advisor's approval do so at the risk of not having the courses approved as part of the degree program.

All electives must be approved by the student's advisor in all programs. Students pursuing or holding graduate degrees in other departments, and also seeking administration and supervision licensure, must take the necessary courses and internship prescribed by the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY FACILITATION

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School. To be eligible for Computer Teacher (18079) Endorsement or Instructional Technology Facilitator (077) Licensure, applicants much have 'A' level licensure in North Carolina or the equivalent from another state. Only applicants with an existing Master's degree in an educational field may be eligible to add 077 licensure.

Location: Online

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology Facilitation (Code: 464A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 18
 
Required
Courses
  • ITC 5220: Digital Technologies in Education (3)
  • ITC 5620: Vision and Strategies for Integration of Digital Technologies (3)
  • LSA 5585: Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (3) OR
  • ITC 5720: Planning for Instructional Technology (3)
  • ITC 5910: Applications of Digital Technologies (3)
  • 6 s.h. of approved graduate electives chosen in consultation with an advisor; suggested electives include but are not limited to:
    • CI 5310: New Media and Emerging Literacies (3)
    • ITC 5240: Designing Instruction for Digital-Age Learners (3)
    • ITC 5330: Utilizing Networking and Communications Technologies for Learning (3)
    • ITC 5350: Technology Policy and Law (3)
    • ITC 5440: Digital Learning Environments in a Changing Society (3)
    • ITC 5550: Using Digital Technologies to Facilitate Systemic Improvement (3)
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PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN NEW MEDIA LITERACIES AND GLOBAL STUDIES

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School.

Location: Online

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives (Code: 461A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 18
 
Required
Courses
  • CI 5200: Multi-media Image Production (3)
  • CI 5310: New Media and Emerging Literacies (3)
  • CI 5630: Instructional Technology (3)
  • CI 5835: Media Influence and Identity Across Cultures (3)
  • 6 s.h. of approved graduate electives emphasizing media literacy; suggested:
    • CI 5830: Media Literacy (3)
    • CI 5845: Global Perspectives in Media and Technology (3)
    • CI 5930: Instructional Graphics (3)
    • ITC 5642: Design and Development of Digital Media (3)
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PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN ONLINE LEARNING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School.

Location: Online

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Online Learning and Professional Development(Code: 457A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 18
 
Required Courses
  • CI 5921: Instructional Design (3)
  • ITC 5642: Design and Development of Digital Media (3)
  • ITC 5550: Professional Development, Innovation, and Systemic Change (3)
  • ITC 5910: Applications of Digital Technologies (3)
  • 6 s.h. of approved graduate electives chosen in consultation with an advisor; suggested electives include but are not limited to:
    • CI 5310: New Media and Emerging Literacies (3)
    • CI 5930: Instructional Graphics (3)
    • ITC 5440: Digital Learning Environments in a Changing Society (3)
    • ITC 5730: Advanced Web Design, Development and Systems (3)
    • ITC 5825: Advanced Instructional Design Concepts and Applications (3)
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PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATIONAL MEDIA

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree* from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE or MAT exam scores; other evidence may be requested: personal interview; previous professional training; professional goals; prior success in teaching, computer technology, or related fields; commitment to engage in graduate education.

*Applicants Seeking Licensure (437F Instructional Technology Specialist/K-12 Concentration): North Carolina "A" license or the equivalent from another state is required.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: Online

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Educational Media (Code: 437*)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 36
 
Required Courses
  • CI 5921: Instructional Design (3) OR
  • ITC 5240: Designing Instruction for Digital-Age Learners (3)
  • CI 5310: New Media and Emerging Literacies (3)
  • ITC 5330: Utilizing Networking and Communications Technologies for Learning (3)
  • ITC 5440: Digital Learning Environments in a Changing Society (3)
  • ITC 5910: Applications of Digital Technologies (3)
  • RES 5000: Research Methods (3)
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Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

Instructional Technology Specialist/General (437G)

  • 18 s.h. of graduate study, concentrated in Computer Information Systems (CIS), Computer Science (CS) and Instructional Technology (ITC), will be developed with the advice and approval of the graduate advisor.

OR
Instructional Technology Specialist/K-12 (437F)[T]

This concentration leads to North Carolina Licensure (077) and North Carolina endorsement in Computer Education/Technology Facilitator (18079).

+Advanced Licensure: Requirements for this concentration were designed, and have been approved by the appropriate bodies at the state level, to meet the advanced competencies as mandated in the North Carolina Excellent Schools Act for Master-level teacher education programs.

  • CI/LSA 5585: Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (3)
  • ITC 5220: Digital Technologies in Education (3)
  • ITC 5350: Technology Policy and Law (3)
  • ITC 5550: Professional Development, Innovation and Systemic Improvement (3)
  • ITC 5620: Vision and Strategies for Integration of Digital Technologies (3)
  • ITC 5720: Planning for Instructional Technology (3)

OR
New Media Literacies and Global Perspectives (437J)

  • CI 5200: Multi-Media Image Production (3)
  • CI 5835: Media Influence and Identity Across Cultures (3)
  • CI 5845: Global Perspectives in Media and Technology (3)
  • ITC 5642: Design and Development of Digital Media (3)
  • 6 s.h. of courses related to media literacy. Suggested:
    • CI 5630: Instructional Technology (3)
    • CI 5740: Photography and Digital Imaging (3)
    • CI 5770: Intermediate Photography and Digital Imaging (3)
    • CI 5810: Introduction to Sight and Sound (3)
    • CI 5825: Non-fiction Film and Video (3)
    • CI 5830: Media Literacy (3)
    • CI 5840: Beginning Video Production (3)
    • CI 5860: Audio Documentary Production (3)
    • CI 5930: Instructional Graphics (3)

OR
Online Learning and Professional Development (437H)

  • CI 5200: Multi-Media Image Production (3) OR
  • ITC 5825: Advanced Instructional Design Concepts and Applications (3)
  • ITC 5642: Design and Development of Digital Media (3)
  • ITC 5550: Professional Development, Innovation, and Systemic Change(3)
  • 9 s.h. of courses related to online course design and pedagogy. Suggested:
    • CI 5200: Multi-media Image Production (3)
    • CI 5930: Instructional Graphics (3)
    • ITC 5730: Advanced Web Design, Development and Systems (3)
    • ITC 5825: Advanced Instructional Design Concepts and Applications (3)
    • ITC 5910: Applications of Digital Technologies(3)
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Other Requirements for the MA in Educational Media:

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Oral/Written Examination and/or Portfolio Review
  • Product of Learning: Required for Instructional Technology Specialist/K-12 Concentration

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