Master of Arts in Educational Technology with Stem Certificate

Master of Arts
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About This Degree

The graduate and doctoral degree programs in the Educational Technology department at New Jersey City University are highly regarded in the field for their effective teaching, extensive faculty/student collaboration, and practical application to the real world. The STEM Certificate program is unique in that it addresses STEM education and educational technology in PreK-12 environments. 

A STEM Certificate at NJCU will develop and deliver world class programs in STEM Education and innovative learning practices for educators to develop next generation STEM educators in New Jersey and beyond. The four-course STEM Certificate sequence is seamlessly integrated into the 36-credit program for the MA in Educational Technology. 

The STEM Certificate is also a four-course stand-alone program in which students can take as a non-matriculated student through established partnerships with Local Education Associations (LEAs) to enroll cohorts in the STEM Certificate Program as a Professional Development School (PSD). 


EDTC 623: Introduction to Educational Technology

This course provides background knowledge of basic educational technologies with particular emphasis on the applications of instructional technology in the K-12 curriculum. Candidates explore the history and direction of instructional technologies, the ethical and social issues, the importance of media literacy, as well as new forms of assignments and assessments with the new technologies.

EDTC 625: Using Integrated Software across the Curriculum

Candidates will learn how to apply a variety of technologies in systemic approaches to curriculum design and implementation. Participants consider the professional standards that address technology integration and professional development, as well as the ethical, legal and human dimensions of such a change. They explore leadership and supervisory approaches to the redesign of instruction through emerging and online technologies. The goal is to develop candidates who know how to access and integrate resources to maintain state-of-the-art technological literacy.

EDTC 621: Using the Internet in Education

This course develops students' capacity to create and lead school-wide STEM efforts to foster student success using internet-based tools and applications. Students will learn and practice strategies for using the internet to analyze data, determine learner needs, and generate curriculum and policies to support faculty and learner success.

EDTC 642: Introduction to Authoring Tools

This course will explore a variety of multimedia creation tools. Candidates will conduct a comprehensive survey of authoring tools and create projects applying design elements. Throughout the course, candidates will reflect upon the capabilities of authoring tools that are available to instructional multimedia designers.

EDTC 614: Introduction to Distance Learning

This course provides knowledge of emerging distance learning systems. Candidates learn to enhance online learning instruction by using various methodologies. The goal is to develop candidates who know how to access resources to maintain state-of-the-art technological literacy. Each candidate will design an instructional project as part of this class.

EDTC 627: Seminar: Current Issues and Trends in Educational Technology

This course is designed to explore the latest trends and research in curriculum and technology integration and explore how these trends affect instructional settings. Candidates provide evidence of their knowledge and expertise through the creation of an electronic portfolio.

EDTC 620: Special Topics in Educational Technology

This course examines current issues and topics in educational technology. Since the field of educational technology is ever changing, topics vary.

EDTC 631: Administration and Supervision of Technology

Course prepares candidates to serve as technology facilitators-professionals who promote the development and implementation of technology infrastructure, procedures, policies, plans, and budgets for p-12 schools. An analysis of district-wide and school curriculum needs, state agency mandates and federal imperatives as well as personnel roles and services will be conducted.

EDTC 645: Foundations of STEM

This integrated, interdisciplinary course challenges students to rethink learning by integrating innovative STEM practices and tools and providing hands-on and relevant learning experiences. Students will engage with comprehensive STEM tools to support pedagogical applications in all areas of the curriculum and in all grade levels.

EDTC 622: Research Applications in Educational Technology I 

(Fall only) This course provides an in-depth treatment of the research and evaluation process including design, measurement, and statistical analysis. The course emphasizes the interpretation, synthesis, evaluation, and analysis of research in the area of educational technology. During this course, candidates write their proposals for a thesis or project which is completed in EDTC 628 Research Applications in Educational Technology II.  (1 Prerequisite of 24 credits and EDTC 631 Administration and Supervision of Technology)

EDTC 628: Research Applications in Educational Technology II 

(Spring only) This course is the capstone of the program. The purpose of this course is to integrate the candidate’s program of study into a practical manifestation of educational change and technology innovation. Each candidate, working closely with an advisor, completes the thesis or project in this course. (Prerequisite of successful completion of EDTC 622 Research I)

EDTC 616: Technology in the Special Education Curriculum 

This course assists candidates in understanding the roles of technology and contemporary learning theories as they relate to the education of students with disabilities. Inclusive practices and assistive technology are examined. The goal is to develop candidates who know how to access and integrate resources to maintain state-of-the-art technological literacy. Each candidate will design an instructional project as part of this class.