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  • MS in Learning Technologies

    Overview

    Nationally recognized for its strengths in technology and the sciences, Drexel University offers a unique online Master’s Degree in Learning Technologies designed for adult learners who wish to solve the technological learning challenges facing schools and educational and corporate organizations.

    This accredited online program, which can be completed full or part-time, is ideal for teachers, trainers and other educational leaders who would like to earn both an Instructional Technology Specialist certification and a Master's degree.

    Online Open House

    View our archived online open house to learn more about the program.

    Concentrations

    • E-learning Leadership
      You'll acquire an in-depth knowledge of online and distance learning leadership theory and practice in emerging information and communication technologies, multimedia pedagogical strategies, and e-learning design and delivery.
    • Instructional Design
      This concentration will prepare teachers, instructors, practitioners and others to use instructional design for K-20 education, adult education, and workplace training that addresses the needs of the millennial learner and collaborative, networked communities.
    • Learning in Game-Based Environments
      You'll be introduced to the foundation of games for learning, motivational research that influences games, learning theories and instructional design principles, the role of play and learning in a participatory culture, and the evaluation of learning technologies.
    • PA Certification in Instructional Technology Specialist
      Instructional Technology Specialist certification is available for school administrators and those who currently possess a Pennsylvania Instructional I or II teaching certificate. If you wish to obtain the ITS Certificate but do not possess a Pennsylvania teaching certificate, you are required to complete additional coursework.

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.

    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Depending on your goals and interests, you may choose either the Instructional Technology Specialist concentration, the Instructional Technology Specialist PA Certification option, or the Learning in Game-Based Environments concentration.

    Core Courses 
    EDLT 536Learning Sciences and Instructional Design3.0
    EDLT 537Technologies for Performance Support3.0
    EDLT 538New Media Literacies3.0
    Action Research Capstone 
    EDAM 728Research Methodology for Action Research3.0
    EDAM 740Action Research Project3.0
    Concentration Courses*18.0
    18-33 credits depending on concentration 
    Professional Electives**9.0
    Varies depending on concentration 
    Free Elective***3.0
    Total Credits45.0

    *Specific courses are dependent on your concentration and range from 18.0 to 33.0 credits. See Concentration Options below.

    **The amount of Professional Elective credits needed varies by concentration 

    • The Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) Certificate concentration does not require any Professional Electives other than those embedded in the 27.0 credits of Certificate coursework for candidates who hold a state-issued teaching certificate or in the 33.0 credits of Certificate coursework for candidates who do not hold a state-issued teaching certificate. Those who choose the ITS concentration and do not hold prior teacher certification are required to complete a total of 48.0 credits to satisfy both MS degree and be recommended for PA ITS Certification.
    • Those pursuing a concentration in Instructional Design, e-Learning Leadership, Instructional Technology or Learning in Game-based Environments are required to enroll in 9.0 credits of Professional Electives.

    ***If pursuing the ITS Certificate Concentration, you'll select a Free Elective unless you do not hold a prior state-issued teaching certificate. Those who choose the ITS concentration and do not hold prior teacher certification are required to complete a total of 48.0 credits to satisfy both MS degree and be recommended for PA ITS Certification.

    Concentration Options:

    Instructional Technology

    18.0 Credits

    Desinged for those interested in specializing in the area of instructional technology while not choosing to pursue the Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate.

    Concentration Courses 
    EDLT 511Computer Skills for Teachers3.0
    EDLT 532Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience3.0
    EDLT 534Developing Educational Leaders Using Technology3.0
    EDLT 535Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology3.0
    INFO 520Social Context of Information Professions3.0
    INFO 640Managing Information Organizations3.0
    Total Credits18.0

     

    Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate

    27.0 credits (with prior state-issued teaching certificate) - 33.0 credits (without prior state-issued teaching certificate)

    Addresses the dramatically increasing need within public education for certified Instructional Technology Specialists at every level of K-12 schooling.

    Candidates pursuing the ITS Certificate Concentration are required to achieve the grade of "B" or better in all certificate coursework to be considered a program completer and be recommended for the PA State-issued ITS Certification. Applicants seeking PA ITS Certification do not need Pennsylvania Instructional I or II Teaching Certification although it is recommended. Candidates pursuing the ITS Certificate Concentration who do not hold a state-issued teaching certificate are required to complete EDUC 522 and EDUC 525 as a component of their concentration. These courses are waived for candidates who hold a state-issued teaching certificate.

    Concentration Courses 
    EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
    EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (20 Hour Field Experience)3.0
    EDEX 552Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement (20 Hour Field Experience)3.0
    EDLT 533Designing Virtual Communities (20 Hour Internship)3.0
    EDLT 534Developing Educational Leaders Using Technology3.0
    EDLT 535Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology3.0
    EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (10 Hour Field Experience)3.0
    INFO 520Social Context of Information Professions3.0
    INFO 640Managing Information Organizations3.0
    Total Credits27.0

    Candidates without prior state-issued teaching certificate will need an additional two courses to complete PA Instructional Technology Specialist Certification requirements: EDUC 522 and EDUC 525.

    E-Learning Leadership

    18.0 Credits

    Provides an in-depth understanding of online and distance learning theories.

    Concentration Courses 
    ELL 501The Purpose and Business of E-Learning3.0
    ELL 502E-Learning Technologies3.0
    ELL 503Teaching and Learning Issues in E-Learning3.0
    ELL 504Learning Technologies & Disabilities3.0
    ELL 604Design & Delivery of E-Learning I3.0
    ELL 605Design & Delivery of E-Learning II3.0
    Total Credits18.0

     

    Learning in Game-Based Environments

    18.0 Credits

    Prepares you to effectively use educational games in and out of the classroom and training center, provides an overview of game development processes, enables you to build basic games, and most importantly, examines how to assess and evaluate the learning experience as it relates to educational games.

    Concentration Courses 
    EDLT 535Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology3.0
    EDLT 541Foundations of Game-Based Learning3.0
    EDLT 542Research in Motivation & Game-based Learning3.0
    EDLT 543Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture3.0
    EDLT 544Integrating Games & Pedagogical Content Knowledge3.0
    EDLT 545Design & Development of Learning Games I3.0
    Total Credits18.0

     

    Instructional Design

    18.0 Credits

    Prepares teachers, instructors, practitioners and others to use instructional design for K-20 education, adult education, and workplace training that addresses the needs of the millennial learner and collaborative networked communities.

    Required Courses 
    EDLT 550Introduction to Instructional Design3.0
    EDLT 554Learning with Social Media and Mobiles3.0
    EDLT 811Designing and Developing Multimedia Applications For Learning3.0
    ELL 502E-Learning Technologies3.0
    Select two electives from the following:6.0
    EDUC 525
    Multi-Media Instructional Design 
    EDLT 533
    Designing Virtual Communities 
    or EDLT 532
    Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience
    EDLT 541
    Foundations of Game-Based Learning 
    EDLT 543
    Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture 
    Total Credits18.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • Personal Statement (500 - 750 words) describing your interest in the program. Specifically:
      • How the program relates to your previous educational and professional activities
      • If changing course, why you are moving in this new direction with your educational goals
      • How the program relates to your current line of work
      • How you plan to apply the program to your future goals
    • Current Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $921 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1228 per credit)


    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

     

    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Term 
    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

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