The Online MEd in Educational Technology offered by the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) is a 36-credit program designed to prepare persons in K-12, higher education, corporate, and military settings to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for the classrooms of tomorrow. Graduates of this program will have a much better understanding of the uses of technology and how they can be applied in instructional/training settings.
The program focuses on the theory, research and applications related to the field of educational technology and is intended to help individuals;
- use instructional technology (computers, telecommunications and related technologies) as resources for the delivery of instruction;
- serve as facilitators or directors of instructional technology in educational settings and/or be developers of instructional programs and materials for new technologies; and
- design instructional materials in a variety of media.
In addition to earning an MEd in Educational Technology, students working in K-12 environments also have the opportunity to complete the Master Technology Teacher (MTT) program and test for the MTT Certificate. The program requires completion of four MTT elective courses offered as an option in the degree program.
An E-Learning Certificate is also available for individuals working in higher education or e-learning industries.
*Note: The GRE is no longer a requirement for admission to this program.
The MEd in Educational Technology program was ranked 14th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in Online Graduate Education Programs in the category of Student Services and Technology. Read the press release for more information.
The MEd in Educational Technology program has been nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through their Specialized Professional Association (SPA) program, the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). -August 1, 2011
GetEducated.com ranks the MEd in Educational Technology program #15 on its Best Buy list in the category of Most Affordable Online Masters in Education.
To earn a Master of Education in Educational Technology from UTB, students must complete 36 credits according to the following degree plan:
Curriculum and Instruction: 6 credits
- EDCI 6300 Foundations of Research in Education
- EDCI 6304 Learning and Cognition
Educational Technology: 18 credits
- EDTC 6320 Instructional Technology
- EDTC 6321 Instructional Design
- EDTC 6323 Multimedia/Hypermedia
- EDTC 6325 Educational Telecommunications
- EDTC 6329 Selected Topics in Educational Technology
- EDTC 6332 Practicum in Educational Technology
Electives: 12 credits
Students will select 12 credits of electives based upon their professional needs and academic interests (e.g., 12 credits in a specific content area such as reading, mathematics, science) or desire to earn the Master Technology Teacher (MTT) or E-Learning Certificate.
For further information, contact an academic advisor. Students selecting the thesis option will take EDCI 7300 and EDCI 7301 in lieu of six credits of coursework with approval of the graduate advisor.
- EDCI 6301 Instructional Technology in Teaching
- EDCI 6336 Problems in Education: International Technology Issues
- EDCI 6390 Research Methods in Education
- EDTC 6340 Applications of Advanced Technologies in the PK-12 Classroom
- EDTC 6341 Student-Centered Learning Using Technology
- EDTC 6342 Technology Leadership
- EDTC 6343 Master Teacher of Technology Practicum
- EDTC 6351 Web-Based Multimedia in Instruction
- EDTC 6358 Theory and Practice of e-Learning
The MEd in Educational Technology is a 36-credit program. Students must complete the 24-credit core courses plus 12 credits of electives. With Faculty Advisor approval, students can customize their Program of Study to meet their specific needs. We offer the following options:
This program of study allows students to select 12 credits of electives in a specific content area such as educational technology, reading, mathematics, or science.
- E-Learning Certificate
This program of study allows students interested in teaching online in higher education or at e-learning industries the opportunity to earn an E-Learning Certificate.
- Master Technology Teacher Certificate
This program of study offers candidates the opportunity to earn the Master Technology Teacher (MTT) Certification.
- E-Learning/Master Technology Teacher Certificates
This program of study allows you to earn the E-Learning and Master Technology Teacher (MTT) Certifications without having to take additional coursework beyond the 36 credits.
This program of study is for students who are interested in research or intend to pursue a doctoral degree in the future.
The Program of Study (POS)
The Program of Study should be developed in consultation with the Faculty Advisor during the first semester of graduate work and must contain the following elements:
- A brief narrative statement giving the overall objectives of the program and special certification desired.
- Methods for achieving these objectives, i.e., courses listed in the degree plan, experiences, thesis and tentative research problems.
- The proposed method and anticipated date of the final evaluation.
All applicants for graduate programs must submit a complete official university application packet consisting of the following items:
- A completed graduate program application form.
- Proof of a baccalaureate degree from a four-year institution which has regional accreditation.
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study. Applicants should request that the registrar(s) of college(s) previously attended send the transcripts directly to the Graduate Studies Office. (Transcripts from UTB/TSC not required.)
- Application Essay/Statement of Goals. Please provide a carefully considered statement of: 1) your academic and professional objectives, and 2) explain how graduate study will help you to attain your goals.
- Proof of Residency. A copy of one of the following must be included with the application: Permanent Texas Driver’s License ID card, Texas Voter Registration card, Property Tax Statement Receipt, or Utility Bill.
The GRE is no longer required for College of Education graduate program applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or over 3.0 in the last 60 credits of undergraduate study.
- Deadline to apply for Fall Admission - July 1
- Deadline to apply for Spring Admission - December 1
- Deadline to apply for Summer Admission - May 1
To speak to someone in the Graduate Office call:
Graduate Studies Specialist
Graduate Program Coordinator I
For additional information, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website.
The registration process involves several steps. After you have selected your courses, the following links will help you complete the registration process. You have the option of registering by telephone (automated system) or online through Scorpion Online.
Go to the Online Course schedule to check for availability of courses. Write down the CRN number for the courses in which you want to enroll. You will need the CRN numbers when you register through the telephone or online registration systems.
Check the UTB Academic Calendar for important dates.
The Student Financial Assistance Programs are the largest source of student aid in America, providing over $40 billion a year in grants, loans, and work-study assistance.
To obtain general information about the major federal student aid programs (who is eligible and how to apply), tax credits for education expenses, and other federal, state, and private sources of information, please contact the UTB Office of Financial Aid.
Additional information can be found at the following websites:
Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarships
The Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship receives a specific budget amount for each fiscal year. Students may apply for tuition assistance for up to three credits per semester for a total of nine credits per fiscal year. Graduate students may be eligible to receive up to 18 credits of scholarship support towards a master's degree through this program. Applicants must apply each semester.
The Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship applies to all graduate students who fulfill the following criteria:
- pursuing a first master's degree;
- admitted unconditionally;
- has an official Program of Study (POS) on file;
- Texas resident; and
- receiving no other form of financial aid (excluding loans).
New students (1st semester), who have unconditional admission status may be eligible for up to six credits their first semester. A Program of Study is not required for 1st semester students.
To be awarded a Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship, courses must be listed in the student's official Program of Study. Grade point average and timely submission of application will determine how the funds will be awarded.
Advisors are assigned based on the first letter of your last name or your track through the program. You are encouraged to contact one of the following faculty advisors for any inquiries:
J. Rene Corbeil, Ed.D.
Program Advisor, Associate Professor
Cheng-Chang "Sam" Pan, Ph.D.
Program Advisor, Associate Professor
- What are the time requirements for a course?
The online courses in this program will require approximately the same time as a traditionally offered course. Students should plan on committing approximately 10 hours per week. All courses will follow the regular semester schedule.
- How much will it cost?
Links to campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost and Financial Aid page.
- What types of courses can be used to fulfill the 12 credits of electives in the degree plan?
Students can either take Educational Technology Online electives or they can transfer credits from other universities (graduate advisor approval required). Students can use these electives to customize their degrees to meet personal and professional goals. Electives can be in subject areas other than educational technology, such as English, math or science.
- Can I get credit for technology training I have already completed?
The best way to answer this question is discuss the matter with your academic advisor. Some courses may be able to transfer over without difficulty while others may require special approval In order to be considered, the courses must be graduate level from an accredited institution.
- What kind of certification will I receive?
Receiving an MEd in Educational Technology will NOT confer teacher certification to you from the State of Texas. To receive Texas Teacher Certification you must complete other requirements outside the scope of this program. The Texas Education Agency does provide an endorsement in Information Processing Technologies. The information processing technologies endorsement may be added to valid teacher certificates, special education certificates, or vocational education certificates that require a college degree. Some school districts require their teachers to be certified in information or communications technology in order to teach a technology-related course. This degree may satisfy the district's certification requirements. It is recommended that you consult with the school district's certification office to make sure that this degree does satisfy your district's specific requirements. The four required courses in the online Master Technology Teacher Certificate program fit directly into the online MEd in Educational Technology degree.
- Can courses from a previous Master's degree apply toward this degree?
You are allowed to transfer up to nine credits from an existing Masters degree into the Educational Technology Program with approval from your advisor. These courses must have been taken from an accredited university within the past seven years in order to be considered.
- Do I have to take the GRE?
No, the GRE is no longer a requirement for admission to the MEd in Educational Technology program.