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MA in Education, Instructional Technology: Teaching the 21st Century Learner

To become a masterful 21st-century teacher you must be able to create dynamic online coursework. Beyond design, you need to understand how to use technology as a tool to draw in and engage today’s students. This Master’s in Education covers both facets of modern instruction.

Transform Your Teaching and Engagement for 21st-Century Learners

Employing the latest technology, tools, and learning theory, this MAE teaches adult learners how to become transformational 21st-century educators. Working from a base of modern learning theory, you’ll understand how to use online instruction to reach, connect, and engage with today’s students. You’ll learn how to design and create engaging online coursework that empowers and inspires those interacting with it. Through understanding and use of these tools and technology, your teaching will evolve and effectively speak to and draw in your students.

  • Embedded Certification
    Our MAE IT coursework meets the ISTE standards for educators
  • 100% Online
    Our online coursework is designed for adult learners, allowing the flexibility you need.
  • Developing Creative Innovators
    Students learn to create dynamic online/hybrid/classroom coursework that adapts to various audiences, ensuring a rich, transformational, authentic learning experience.
  • Focused on the Individual
    Faculty connect individually with each student teaching skills and relevant knowledge that is directly applicable to real-world issues, problems, and applications.
  • Innovative Curricula
    Coursework not only covers instructional design, but how to use online instruction for improved student engagement.

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Summer II (Jun 24, 2024)

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University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

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    More than understanding technology and design strategies, teaching the 21st-century learner is about reframing the very notion of instruction, moving away from replicating static knowledge to a vibrant, dynamic, continuously unfolding journey that serves the ever-changing needs of today’s students.
    Dr. Kimberly Greene
    Professor, Chair MAE
    I thoroughly enjoyed my program. The content was relevant to my current position, and it prepared me for success in a constantly changing environment. My professors were knowledgeable, current, and supportive. The curriculum was dynamic and practical. Plus, opportunities to collaborate with others in my cohort created strong friendships with amazing school leaders from across the state.
    Leah F.
    MAE, Educational Leadership and Administration

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • 2.75 grade point average (GPA)
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    Graduate Level Exams

    For information about exam/test score requirements, please reference the University of Massachusetts Global Catalog


    Master of Arts in Education Program Curriculum

    • EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods 3
      EDUU 605 Democracy, Education and Social Change 3
      EDUU 606 Seminar in Learning Theory 3
      EDUU 607 Seminar in Comparative Education 3
      EDUU 608 Seminar in the Social Foundations of Education 3
      EDUU 609 Seminar in Curriculum Studies 3
      Core Courses Subtotal 18

    • Prerequisites: Candidates must have a teaching credential or must take EDUU 515 Teaching the Adult Learner and successfully complete the MAE Core Courses (EDUU 600, EDUU 605, EDUU 606, EDUU 607, EDUU 608, and EDUU 609) before beginning any coursework in the MAE, Instructional Technology: Teaching the 21st Century Learner emphasis. Candidates may take EDUU 515 Teaching the Adult Learner concurrently with EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods. Candidates must also take EDUU 451 Educational Application of Computers: Level I or an approved equivalent, or submit passing scores on the CSET in Ed Tech, or have a current teaching credential that required a Level I educational computer course or equivalent..

      Code Course Name Credits
      Emphasis Courses
      EDUU 624 Foundations of 21st Century Teaching


      EDUU 625 Design and Assessment of 21st Century Teaching


      EDUU 628 Advanced Design and Assessment of 21st Century Teaching


      EDUU 629 Teaching the 21st Century Learner Capstone


      Total Credits


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    MA Education Instructional Technology

    What can you do with a Master's in Education, Instructional Technology?

    This master’s degree opens multiple career pathways: educational technology specialists, teachers on special assignments, curriculum designers, instructional designers, education and instructional consultants, and engaged instructional practitioners/teachers/coaches/educational assistants. These roles serve today’s learners through the most relevant means and modes necessary to prepare them for the future.

    How is an MAE in Instructional Technology different from an MAE in Educational Technology?

    While some consider the terms interchangeable, the truth is that Instructional Technology is a broader degree. Instructional Technology opens the focus of learning theories beyond the educational cannon. A Master of Arts in Education, Instructional Technology, extends beyond the educational world to also encompass the most relevant modern thinkers from the worlds of leadership, business, communications, media, and technology.

    Is a Master's in Instructional Technology, worth the time and effort?

    This program inspires students to achieve transformational growth in their knowledge, skills, and abilities. The overriding goal is to encourage each student to be an authentic lifelong learner. What is gained throughout these studies enables students to elevate their instructional practice far beyond their time as graduate students.

    What does it mean to be a 21st-century learner?

    A 21st-century learner is anyone currently in education (formal or informal), whether voluntarily or out of necessity. These learners are being taught in far more fluid and flexible learning environments than in the 20th century due to exponential changes in communication tools, information sharing, knowledge creation, and work environments. Society has recognized that education can no longer be an isolated exchange of content but needs to mirror the fast-paced, just-in-time, continuous amalgamation of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking that is the modern world.

    What does it mean to be a 21st-century educator?

    A 21st-century educator realizes that education has changed forever. Utilizing the latest tools and technology, 21st-century educators seek higher levels of engagement and subsequent learning going beyond the exchange of static information typical in 20th-century education. Today’s students are different and need different approaches to achieve the most effective learning. The 21st-century educator seeks to flip the norm and deliver this education in multiple settings utilizing constantly evolving tools.

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