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Educational Technology and Media Leadership

Master's Degree in Educational Technology & Media Leadership

The next application period is for Spring 2022, and will begin August 1, 2021. The Spring 2022 application is due November 1, 2021. The Fall 2022 application period will open October 1, 2021; the Fall 2022 application is due April 15, 2022. Please review all details about the Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 Application Process regarding what is required for the application, how to submit transcripts, and what to expect from the review process (for international applicants the Spring 2022 deadline is October 1, 2021 and the Fall 2022 deadline is April 1, 2022)

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Program Overview

This master's degree provides foundations and practical skills for individuals seeking career growth in educational, corporate, and public service settings that use educational technologies including resources for e-learning and social media. The program prepares graduates for leadership roles in educational institutions and other agencies; it provides training in instructional design, multimedia development and management, and e-learning, and it builds a foundation for individuals planning to pursue doctoral degrees. Our students include:

  • K-12 teachers
  • Faculty and staff at colleges and universities working with technologies for education
  • Librarians, media specialists, information professionals
  • Technology coordinators, administrators, trainers
  • Educational software and multimedia developers

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For students admitted Spring 2022 or earlier, this master's degree is a Master of Arts in Education, option in Educational Technology and Media Leadership

For students admitted Fall 2022 or beyond, this master's degree is a Master of Science in Educational Technology and Media Leadership

Program Structure

The program is structured to offer a variety of attractive and flexible features:

  • Course delivery is provided in synchronous and asynchronous formats, online this year but in future years with possible face-to-face opportunities, to meet the needs of various communities.
  • Course schedule is designed to accommodate working professionals, with courses offered both weekday evenings and Saturdays.
  • Program includes a capstone project with multiple options including comprehensive exam, project, or thesis.
  • Electives with many options may be chosen in consultation with advisor.

Distinctive Program Features

  • Experienced and distinguished faculty: The Educational Technology and Media Leadership program has 4 full-time tenured faculty who have over 68 years of combined experience teaching at CSULB. The program also currently has 6 part-time faculty with over 37 years of combined teaching experience at CSULB. Program faculty have published over 300 articles in the field and participated in grant projects as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator that total over $1.7 million.
  • A strong network of students and alumni: Students entering the program join a community of current students and graduates for ongoing learning. One way this is fostered is by our hybrid course format combining online and face-to-face instruction. The network is also fostered by periodic mixers for current students and alumni, and social media such as LinkedIn.
  • International connections: Our faculty have strong international interests and experience.The program attracts a diverse group of students from countries around the world. Our students come from countries speaking a variety of languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Danish, Norwegian, French, Farsi, and Arabic. International students: See the web site of the CSULB Center for International Education for information.
  • School librarianship option: Information technologies are increasingly important for K-12 school librarians. Our MA program is unique in the State of California with its option for students to concurrently obtain a Teacher Librarian Services Credential with a particularly strong emphasis on technology, including the coursework for a Special Class Authorization in Information and Digital Literacies.

Students in the MA program may also undertake additional training in disability studies via the Graduate Certificate in Applied Disability Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program:

  • Apply knowledge of multicultural, ethical and legal issues pertaining to using ICT with the global community.

  • Synthesize leadership principles within the practice of information and educational technology.

  • Apply instructional design principles to locate, evaluate and develop educational materials.

  • Integrate theoretical perspectives to review, interpret, and apply research in learning technology.

  • Demonstrate effective written, electronic, and oral communications that reflect critical thinking and information literacy.

  • Design, develop, implement, and assess learning experiences.

  • Promote reading for learning, personal growth and enjoyment.

  • Organize collections according to standard library cataloging and classification principles.