M.S. in Educational Technology & Media Leadership
This program allows admission in both Spring and Fall. The Spring 2024 application cycle is closed, the Cal State Apply application deadline was November 1, 2023. The next application cycle will be for Fall 2024:
- The Fall 2024 application cycle opened October 1, 2023 and the CSULB Cal State Apply Application closes for Domestic Applicants April 1, 2024
The M.S. in Educational Technology & Media Leadership is offered in 100% online format.
The program 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
The program is structured to offer a variety of attractive and flexible features:
- Course delivery is provided in synchronous and asynchronous online formats.
- 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.
- 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 MS 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.
- Option for field experience: Students in the M.S. in Educational Technology and Media Leadership have the option to gain practical experience in the field via ETEC 580. Previous students have engaged in field experience in K-12 and higher education settings related to topics such as integrating technology into teaching, technology consulting and support, assistive technology, and K-12 librarianship. For more information, see ETEC 580 Field Experience.
- Students in the MS program may also undertake additional training in disability studies via the Graduate Certificate in Applied Disability Studies.
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.