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Educational Technology and Learning Sciences: MEd

Specialization(s): Information Technology and School Library Media Administration (MEd)

Educational Technology and Learning Sciences

The MEd degree is primarily focused toward teachers, staff, and administrators who want to increase their understanding of the role of technology and its appropriate implementation in the teaching and learning process. The program helps students evaluate, integrate, and implement various forms of technology and instructional design skills into their current teaching or administrative assignments. Completing the MEd program does not qualify the student for a Utah teaching license. The MEd is a master’s level degree.


Specialization(s):

A specialization is not required.

  • Information Technology and School Library Media Administration (MEd): This specialization is available for students who wish to become an administrator in a school library media center.

Students who graduate with the MEd are qualified for careers in education:

  • Traditional classroom teacher (with additional licensure)
  • School or district technology coordinator
  • Content/curriculum developers in educational businesses

 

With an MED, students are also qualified for the same career paths as the MA and MS students:

  • Faculty support at an academic institution
  • Traditional classroom teacher (with additional education and licensure)
  • Entrepreneur (instructional design firm, etc.)
  • In-house corporate trainer
  • Instructional designer (In-house corporation, military, etc.)
  • Corporate chief educator
  • Government sub-contractor for the military
  • Human resources (it is recommended that students take electives in the school of business)
  • Chief learning officer
  • Designer for informal learning environments (museums, nature facilities, etc.)
  • Videographer
  • Project manager
  • Webmaster
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Technical writer
  • E-learning specialist (distance learning, digital classroom designer, etc.)
  • Educational or curriculum software consultant
  • Independent consultant (contracting jobs from organizations)
  • Graphic designer
  • Information systems programmer
  • Simulation and games design specialist
  • Mobile app developer

 

Many other possibilities are open to people with ITLS degrees depending on the student’s undergraduate degree and interests. Graduates will gain the technical skills and knowledge to succeed in a wide variety of fields and with companies and organizations across the spectrum.

Admissions Requirements

Students are welcome from any undergraduate background.

 

Application Requirements:

Complete the online application, including the following:

  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits (must have a 3.0 or higher GPA on the last 60 semester or 90 quarter credit)
  • Take the GRE or MAT (score at or above the 40th percentile)
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Submit a statement of purpose
  • Submit a writing sample

International students have additional admissions requirements.


Admissions Deadlines

The department has the following deadlines:

Master's degree:

  • Fall semester – April 1
  • Spring semester – December 8

Financial Assistance

Those wishing to study in Logan (face to face), our MA, MEd, MS, and PhD programs are all part of the Western Regional Graduate Program. Residents from any qualifying WICHE state can use resident tuition rates for USU even if they are not yet a Utah resident.

Graduate assistantships are available through the department, both through department funds and faculty grants. The availability of these assistantships varies from year to year; check with the department for more information.

A variety of additional funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, tuition awards, and travel support. Additionally, students may be eligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying assistantships.

Students can also check with the USU Financial Aid office to discuss options and to find answers to their general financial assistance questions.


Brian Belland, PhD, Purdue University
Associate Professor
Area: Scaffolding, problem-based learning, psychometrics, STEM education, service learning, technology integration
Office: EDUC 207
Phone: (435) 797-2535
Email: brian.belland@usu.edu
Website: http://itls.usu.edu/faculty/belland


Jody Clarke-Midura, EdD, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Assistant Professor
Area: Immersive Virtual Environments, Games, Simulations, Assessment, Collaborative Learning & Assessment, Equity in STEM education, Scale of Technology
Office: EDUC 214
Phone: (435) 797-0571
Email: jody.clarke@usu.edu
Website: http://itls.usu.edu/faculty/clarke


David Feldon, PhD, University of Southern California
Professor
Area: Development of research skills within STEM disciplines
Office: EBLS 242
Phone: (435) 797-0556
Email: david.feldon@usu.edu
Website: http://itls.usu.edu/faculty/feldon


Deborah Fields, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Temporary Assistant Professor
Area: Identity, connective ethnography, children's online media (virtual worlds, social networking forums, DIY sites), computational thinking
Office:
Phone: (435) 797-2694
Email: deborah.fields@usu.edu
Website: http://itls.usu.edu/faculty/fields


Sheri Haderlie, PhD, Utah State University
Program Advisor and Senior Lecturer
Area: School library media administration and adult Learners
Office: EDUC 284
Phone: (435) 764-8764
Email: sheri.haderlie@usu.edu
Website: http://itls.usu.edu/faculty/haderlie


Yanghee Kim, PhD, Florida State University
Associate Professor
Area: Pedagogical agents, teacher education, instructional design, learning theory, intelligent tutoring systems, human/computer interaction
Office: EDUC 211
Phone: (435) 797-2653
Email: yanghee.kim@usu.edu
Website: http://itls.usu.edu/faculty/kim


Victor Lee, PhD, Northwestern University
Associate Professor
Area: Visual representations, curriculum design, cognitive science, everyday and intuitive reasoning, conceptual change
Office: EDUC 227
Phone: (435)797-7562
Email: victor.lee@usu.edu
Website: http://itls.usu.edu/faculty/lee


Breanne Litts, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Assistant Professor
Area: Learning through design/making, Makerspaces, Mobile Technologies, Design Thinking, Computational Thinking, Collaborative Learning, Assessment, Culturally Responsive Making, Equity & Accessibility, Design Research, Research-Practice Partnerships
Office: EDUC 205
Phone: (435) 797-0142
Email: breanne.litts@usu.edu
Website: http://itls.usu.edu/faculty/litts


Mimi Recker, PhD, University of California – Berkeley
Professor
Area: Cognitive modeling, interactive learning
Office: EDUC 215
Phone: (435) 797-2692
Email: mimi.recker@usu.edu
Website: http://itls.usu.edu/faculty/recker


Kristin Searle, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor
Area:
Office: EDUC 209
Phone: (435) 797-5789
Email: kristin.searle@usu.edu
Website: http://itls.usu.edu/faculty/searle


Andy Walker, PhD, Utah State University
Department Head, Associate Professor
Area: Problem-based learning, collaborative information filtering, situated cognition
Office: EDUC 201
Phone: (435) 797-2614
Email: andy.walker@usu.edu
Website: http://itls.usu.edu/faculty/walker


Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Instructional Technology Student Association: ITSA is dedicated to students in the department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences. Our mission is to create a positive atmosphere wherein professional excellence and moral principles coexist.


Labs, Centers, Research

ITLS Computer Laboratories: The ITLS Department provides two computer labs for its students and instructors. The computer labs are used as classrooms, but when a class is not scheduled, it is an open lab to ITLS students only. Labs are equipped with a wide variety of specialty software and programs, providing students with access to the tools they use in their coursework, such as the latest version Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, and more. Students have access to both Macs and PCs.