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

Learn how to be an online instructor with UMass Global’s accredited online teaching degree program. Our program empowers K-20 educators to teach both online and in blended settings with hands-on, application-oriented learning that synthesizes the skills and theories.

Teaching the 21st Century Learner Degree Overview

This teaching program prepares you to be an online instructor for K-20 students. Our Master’s focuses on highly desirable 21st-century learning skills by instructing you on how to teach online, including online teaching strategies such as how to design, assess, deconstruct and pivot when a student’s needs have changed. You will gain a holistic perspective of online teaching strategies, discern how to design online curriculum and facilitate distance learning.

 Students will:

  • Understand the standards for the 21st-century learner and then match technologies to meet those needs.
  • Evaluate curriculum design and curricular decisions as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of students.
  • Utilize theories of learning and brain research to enhance teaching and student learning.
  • Develop a unit of study that cultivates engagement with content, peers and the electronically mediated environment.
  • Employ the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching throughout the program.

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Spring I (Jan 9, 2023)

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Quality Cutting-Edge Education

Our MAE IT embeds the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching to keep your teaching skills sharp and current.

CTC Approved

UMass Global’s MAE Instructional Technology program is recognized by the California Council on Teacher Credentialing.

Proven Experience

We understand the evolution of education. UMass Global has been teaching teachers for more than 60 years.


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


University of Massachusetts Global's Credential and Authorization Education programs are accredited by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

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    Admission Requirements

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

    • Completed application
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
    • 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 MAE Program Curriculum

    • EDUU 600  Research and Evaluation Methods


      EDUU 605  Democracy, Education and Social Change


      EDUU 606  Seminar in Learning Theory


      EDUU 607  Seminar in Comparative Education


      EDUU 608  Seminar in the Social Foundations of Education


      EDUU 609  Seminar in Curriculum Studies


      Core Courses Subtotal


    • 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..

      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


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    What is STEM teaching?

    “STEM” stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM teaching methods integrate all four areas into well-rounded, practical lessons that are intended to have long-term benefits for both the students and the sustained growth of the economy. Some curricula add Art to the mix, creating “STEAM” initiatives in schools. 

    What is scaffolding in teaching?

    Scaffolding is teaching strategy that simplifies concepts by breaking them up into smaller chunks and providing a tool, or concrete structure, to guide them through each chunk. Modeling is a great method of scaffolding because it shows students exactly what they are expected to do before they try each lesson.

    What is ESL teaching?

    ESL stands for “English as a Second Language.” Teachers who specialize in this area help non-native speaking students learn the formal vocabulary, grammar and verbal pronunciation of the English language. Training may vary and can be embedded in a formal degree, teaching credential or add-on certification program. 

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