This Online program is part of the M.A. in Computing in Education, and shares that program's goals. The Online M.A. focuses on the subset of students in the Computing in Education program who teach in K-12 schools or who have an interest in working with technology in schools. All courses needed to complete the degree are offered online.
Minimum Point Requirement
A minimum of 32 points of coursework are required for completion of the degree. Course credits from previous, non-Teachers College work cannot be transferred in to count toward the 32 points required for the M.A. degree.
Required Courses (12 points)
- MSTU 4031: Object-Oriented Theory and Programming I (section 10 required; 3 points)
- OR MSTU 5003: Theory and Programming: Interactive Media I (3 points)
- One course from at least three of the following four areas must be completed. Courses must be chosen from those listed under the respective area (9 points).
Cognitive Issues and Technology
MSTU 4133: Cognition and Computers
Social Issues and Technology
MSTU 4005: Equity, Ethics and Social Issues
Educational Practice and Design
MSTU 4001: Technology and School Change
MSTU 4083: Instructional Design of Educational Technology
Elective Courses (10-13 points)
At least nine points of additional MSTU courses. NOTE: No more than 3 points of "skills" courses may be counted toward the M.A., although students are encouraged to take additional skills courses that further their interests and goals. "Skills" courses include the following (this is a sample list):
MSTU 4029, Managing Educational Technology Resources
MSTU 4036, Hypermedia and Education
MSTU 4037, Computers and the Uses of Information in Educating
MSTU 4052, Computers, Problem Solving, and Cooperative Learning
MSTU 5030, Intelligent Computer-Aided Design
Students who meet the Breadth Requirement (see below) by completing the minimum 6 points required in that category have 13 points of elective coursework. Students who meet the Breadth Requirement by completing more than the minimum requirement in that category have as few as 10 points of elective coursework.
Breadth Requirement (6 points)
All [M.A., Ed.D., etc.] students must complete a minimum of three courses, each for at least two credits, at Teachers College and outside the Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design Program (that is, courses with a prefix other than MSTU).
Statement about the Required, Integrative Project
The Integrative M.A. Project can be either an individual project or part of a larger project involving several students. For students completing the M.A. degree, this project should be related to their career goals, and should provide tangible evidence of their skills and strengths.
Projects can take many forms, but all must contain a written component. Some possible types of project include:
- Curriculum plans for a class or school or school district, with an emphasis on integrating technology in beneficial ways to support student learning.
- Faculty development. For those in technology leadership positions and working with school faculty, a project may be based on planning for them to learn and use technology well.
- School planning. Development of a technology plan for a school or district.
- Issues paper. An expansion on issues important issues encountered in your studies.
Transfer Credit Evaluation
Course credits from previous, non-Teachers College work cannot be transferred in to count toward the 32 points required for the M.A. degree.
Statement about Satisfactory Progress
Students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of degree requirements. Where there are concerns about satisfactory progress, students will be informed by the program faculty and/or their respective M.A adviser, and a suggested plan and timeline for remediation will be provided. If satisfactory progress is not maintained a student may be dismissed from the program.
In this program, advisors confer with students at least once per term, via audio and/or video conferencing, about course selection, progress to date, student concerns, and students' goals in the program.
Howard Budin is the program director. He advises those students focusing on "Teaching and Learning with Technology." Ellen Meier advises those focusing on "Technology Leadership."
Standard Policies and Procedures
Services for Students with Disabilities:The College will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities for information about registration (166 Thorndike Hall). Services are available only to students who are registered and submit appropriate documentation.