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15 credit hours in five required core courses:

CED 505 Teaching Technology and Learning Theory
Provides practical, effective ways to integrate technology resources and technology-based methods into instructional settings, both in the classroom and in corporate training settings. Topics include current theories of cognition and learning, cognitive load theory and effective teaching practices for both traditional-age students and the adult learner. Emphasis is placed on using technology to produce a cognitive-active approach to learning and to design questioning strategies that develop critical thinking. Students connect theories of teaching and learning to the use of technology in a variety of instructional settings. They learn to reflect on the use of instructional technology. Students develop professional alignments with national standards.

CED 507 Instructional Technology Tools for 21st Century
Provides educators with knowledge and guided practice to effectively use software, the Internet and other technology resources available in education. Activities completed in this class act as a springboard for a future of a technology rich curriculum with the aim of transforming students into lifelong learners.

CED 515 Computer Applications for Educators*
This course introduces the student to computer applications using Microsoft Office 2007. The applications include Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel, Publisher and online collaboration suites. The emphasis will be on the use of these applications in the educational environment.

CED 565 The Internet and Education*
Provides knowledge and guided practice to effectively use the Internet and telecommunications resources. Course work will act as a springboard for valuable communication in the classroom and for professional use.

IDT/CED 595 Culminating Project and Capstone Portfolio**
This course consists of two main parts:
1. Extends students’ knowledge of the instructional applications of computers and technology. Research into current curriculum theory and development will be the basis for modeling educational activities that enhance instruction. Based on all previous coursework, students will determine the applications that can be used to design specific learning activities.

2. Provides a framework for students to compile a Capstone Portfolio that will consist of three major components. The portfolio will demonstrate the student’s over-all knowledge, abilities and progress throughout the master’s degree process as well as a personal reflection essay and an assessment of the master's program in learning technologies.

 

Six Elective Courses from the Following:

CED 525 Legal and Ethical Technology Issues
Introduces the ethical and legal issues related to the use of technology in instruction. Students will examine the current debates surrounding the integration of technology into the instructional process. They will study the issues of information and intellectual property, privacy in a digital environment and accessibility and Universal Design. The relationship of individual, governmental and societal concerns in a constantly changing electronic community will also be studied.

CED 540 Programming with C++
Introduces students to the C++ language in order to teach programming as a systematic discipline and problem solving tool. Topics will include structural programming concepts, basic syntax, source code style, programming process, formatting output, control structures, loops, functions and arrays. Students in the course will learn how to teach the essentials of C++ to their students.

CED 551 Virtual Worlds in Education
Provides an introduction to virtual worlds and their application to learning environments. Students will learn the psychology and philosophies of virtual environments and their impact on learning both now and in the future. Students will investigate and participate in various virtual worlds, learn the basic skills necessary to create their own virtual environments and integrate learning activities into a virtual world in order to motivate and challenge their audience. Since virtual environments promise to be a significant component of our online existence, this course is an opportunity to experience them firsthand and discover their potential.

CED 552 Creating a Presence in a Virtual World
This course will provide students with the opportunity to become participating citizens of one of the most innovative and creative virtual worlds. Students will go beyond the basics to become competent builders, scriptors, animators, designers, machinima makers, etc. They will also apply the basic elements of game design to produce quality educational activities and simulations for use in both the virtual and real worlds. Prerequisite: CED 551.

CED 553 An Immersive Experience in a Virtual Learning Community
Students will have the opportunity to define their own presence in a virtual world by creating their own learning path. Based on the skills and experience gained from previous courses, the students will explore and examine individual interests in the virtual environment with the guidance and direction of the instructor. Areas of interest could include such topics as: researching behavior in the virtual world, creating a unique environment or learning community in the virtual world, designing educational strategies for use in the virtual world, starting a business in the virtual world, etc. Prerequisite: CED 552.

CED 560 Current Programming Languages
Introduces students to a programming language in order to teach students a systematic discipline and as a problem-solving tool.  Acquaints students with fundamental concepts of computers, information processing, algorithms and programs.

CED 563 Visual Basic
Introduces topics of event-driven programming and OOP (Object-Oriented Programming) and related programming applications. Students learn how to construct Visual Basic programs that can be used in their classrooms or place of employment.

CED 566 Web Design: Principles and Practices
Covers how to design webpages for a web site utilizing HTML programming and a current webpage design tool. Students will learn professional web design rules and guidelines in addition to the creation and manipulation of original graphics and audio files. They will also learn how to evaluate websites and address accessibility issues.

CED 568 Differentiated Instruction Using Technology
Explores the ways technology tools are used to differentiate instruction in all content areas. Based on research, educators will devise practical learning strategies to engage their students. Those educators that are not in classroom settings will focus on how differentiated instruction fits with adult learning and training models as needed.

CED 570 Emerging Technologies in Education
Provides a foundation for the understanding of computer hardware, including internal parts and peripherals. Develops criteria for the selection and the appropriate utilization of computer hardware within an educational environment. Promotes discussions on the selection of computer hardware and offers video streaming to assist in the explanation of specific working parts of a computer.

CED 575 Multimedia Productions and eLearning tools
Provides students with the concepts and skills to create their own multimedia presentations, training materials, assessments and lessons using popular software packages such as PowerPoint, web editors, current eTools and individually-selected computer languages or applications. Emphasis will be on creating original designs, images and productions.Universal Design will be discussed. The course is project-based.

CED 577 Research in Learning Technologies
Introduces students to research in learning technologies. Students will investigate at least five areas in which research in the use of learning technologies takes place. Students will select topic(s) based on this original investigation and their own interests and perform a research study. As a result of the course, students will advance both their Internet and database research skills and their skills as an educator integrating technology into the educational environment. Interpretation, analysis and synthesis of current research in learning technologies will be focal points in this course.

CED 592 Online Course Design and Teaching
Provides students with the basis for designing and teaching an online course. Topics will include the following: creating a welcoming environment, developing a detailed syllabus for online students, stating measurable learning objectives, creating an online course that is easy to navigate, communication, assessment in an online course and methods of presenting content in an online course. The mechanics of using an online course management tool will also be presented.


*CED 515 and 565 are prerequisites for all other courses in the graduate degree and certificates

** CED 595 must be taken during the final semester