M.S.Ed., Educational Technology Specialist

Admissions requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in most recent 60 credits of undergraduate study.
  • A letter of intent written by the applicant expressing professional and educational goals as applied to the program.
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae.

This program prepares students for technology leadership and management positions in business and organizations in private industry, the military, social service agencies, K-12 schools and higher education. For students holding an Initial certification, this degree program leads to recommendation for an additional New York certification as an Educational Technology Specialist. The program meets the standards established by the New York State Education Department (NYSED)
and is NCATE certified. This program is also available for non K-12 students who are not seeking certification. Program start date: Summer, Fall, Spring.

Contact Information

Admissions / General Information
Center for Graduate Studies
Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment
Satterlee 238
(315) 267-2165
graduate@potsdam.edu

Program-Related Information
Dr. Anthony Betrus
Program Coordinator
Dunn 393
(315) 267-2670
betrusak@potsdam.edu

Required Program Courses

Minimum of 36 credit hours

IT 614, Technology in Education, 3 credits
IT 625, History and Philosophy of Technology Utilization, 3 credits
IT 635, Research and Theory on Comm and Performance, 3 credits
IT 647, Technology Coaching, 3 credits
IT 651, Systematic Design for Performance Improvement, 3 credits
IT 654, Program Evaluation, 3 credits
IT 657, Practicum in Technology, 3 credits

Four electives focusing on web development, literacy, programming and authoring, and technology utilization: 12 credit hours

Culminating Experience: 3 credit hours

The GRE Exam (or equivalent) is required for all teacher preparation program candidates who are seeking certification (for applicants seeking admission for Fall 2015 forward). All other graduate programs, including non-certification options, do not require this exam. More information on the GRE exam can be found by visiting www.gre.org. SUNY Potsdam’s code for sending score reports is 2545.

Success Story

In the Fall 2012 semester, as part of a multimedia class for the MSED Educational Technology Specialist program, Trevor Dugan, Class of 2014, developed an app called PuzzleTopple. The app was published a year later and is available on both iOS and Android. Since the launch, the app has gone global, with 17,000 downloads in the Singapore region and over 25,000 downloads worldwide on iOS alone.

Uniqueness of Program

A teaching certificate is not required to enter this program; however, for those students who enter the program with an existing New York State teaching certificate, this degree may lead to an additional New York State certification.

Foundation Requirements (21 credits)
IT 647 Technology Coaching

3

IT 614 Technology in Education

3

IT 625 History and Philosphy of Technology Utilization

 3

IT 635 Research & Theory on Communication and Performance Technology

 3

IT 651 Systematic Design for Performance Improvement

 3

IT 654 Program Evaluation

 3

IT 657 Practicum in Technology

 3



Web Development (3 credits, take 1):
IT 549 Web Page Development

3

IT 649 Advanced Web Page Development

3



Literacy (3 credits, take 1):

IT 544 Desktop Publishing

3

IT 545 Preparation and Delivery Professional Presentations

3

   
Programming & Authoring (3 credits, take 1):

IT 621 Authoring and Scripting for Multimedia

3

IT 623 Programming and Authoring for the Internet

3

   
Technology Utilization (3 credits, take 1):
 
IT 529 Computer Applications/Performance Improvement

3

IT 546 Preparing Performance Support Materials

3

IT 566 Simulations and Games for Teaching and Learning

3

IT 652 Computer Graphics

3

IT 655 Video Design and Production

3

IT 656 Multimedia Production

3

IT 666 Simulations and Games

3

IT 668 Distance Education

3

   
Culminating Experience (3 credits, take 1):

IT 659 Technology Product Development

3

   
Total credit hours

36