Curriculum and Instruction:
Technology, Learning,
and Design, M.Ed.

Become an expert in using technology to design, implement and assess teaching and learning experiences.

As technology becomes more advanced, so does student learning and creativity in the classroom. The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Technology, Learning, and Design program prepares current and future educators and trainers to use technology for teaching and learning, stay up-to-date with digital learning environments, and implement technology best practices to facilitate the student learning experience.

Upon completion of the 30 credit hour M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Technology, Learning, and Design program, educators will utilize various emerging technologies to meet the needs of diverse students, will collaborate with other teachers and administrators to design a technology-infused plan for learning, and will develop and implement lessons for web-based delivery. The M.Ed. in Technology, Learning and Design program is aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for technology coaches.

Format

Classes will be offered in a blended format, meeting in person and online.

Technology

Students will learn a variety of tools and platforms including Google apps, Smartboard Technology, Web 2.0, and Adobe Video Editing. In the final capstone course, each student will create an ePortfolio of all of their projects throughout the program.

Why Choose Lewis?

  • Meets the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards
  • Project-based learning with embedded field experiences
  • Excellent learning environment with current technology
  • Recognized as a Regional Top 25 University by U.S. News & World Report
  • The College of Education is accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Named #1 best college value in Illinois by Great Value Colleges
  • Strong reputation for providing quality graduates to regional school districts

Life After Lewis

Graduates of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Technology, Learning, and Design program can apply their advanced knowledge to their existing professional roles or explore new career options such as:
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Technology Specialist
  • Curriculum Development Specialist
  • eLearning Program Manager
  • Learning Technologist
  • Learning Systems Analyst
  • Healthcare educator
  • Trainer

Curriculum - 30 credit hours

Recommended Course Sequence

Education Core:
RDLT 57500 Practical Research for Learning Communities (3 cr)
EDLD 55700 Curriculum Instruction and Assessment for School Improvement (3 cr)

Technology Phase I:
TLDE 54100 - Learning, Teaching, and Emerging Technologies (3 cr)
TLDE 54500 - Technology Resources and Learning Management Systems in the Schools (3 cr)
TLDE 55100 - Instructional Design Principles and Multimedia (3 cr)
TLDE 56100- Information Access and Assistive Technology (3 cr)
TLDE 56500 - Visual Literacy (3 cr)

Technology Phase II:
TLDE 57100 - Design of Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments (3 cr)
TLDE 58500 - Technology Planning, Professional Development and Leadership (3 cr)
TLDE 59100 - Capstone Project in Educational Technology (3 cr)

Course Descriptions

RDLT 57500 Practical Research for Learning Communities
This course provides an overview of principles of research and the history and practice of research in educational settings as a tool for leadership and change. The candidate selects a topic that addresses an issue or concern affecting the learning community or education professional. Through examination, participation, and application, the graduate candidate will develop a research proposal project that will reflect his or her understanding of how research can be applied in school settings for the improvement of educational practices and processes.

EDLD 55700 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for School Improvement
This course is designed to be a comprehensive study of the process of curriculum development that leads to relevant instruction and assessment of student learning in diverse settings. It is an introduction to the nature of curriculum leadership as it relates to school improvement, instruction, technology, and transformational practice. Theoretical bases and historical perspectives are presented in terms of transmission of cultural values, power, status, and societal norms.

TLDE 54100 Learning, Teaching, and Emerging Technologies
This course focuses on differentiated technology learning experiences emphasizing creativity, critical thinking skills, problem solving processes and collaborations to achieve success for all students. Candidates will learn a variety of research-based, learner-centered instructional and assessment strategies, using various emerging technologies to meet the needs of diverse students. Candidates will model design and implementation of technology-enhanced instruction addressing content and technology standards.

TLDE 54500 Technology Resources and Learning Management Systems in the Schools
This course will discuss key trends and changes in technology-enhanced learning environments to support a digital age education that achieves equitable access for all students. Candidates will explore learning management systems, school technology infrastructure, digital tools and resources including assistive technology, social networks, troubleshooting, and security/safety issues in the schools. Candidates will learn to collaborate with teachers and administrators to design a comprehensive technology-infused strategic plan for learning, as well as evaluate technology implementation at the school and district levels.

TLDE 55100 Instructional Design Principles and Multimedia
This course studies various learning theories, instructional design principles, and ethical uses of digital resources to create interactive and engaging instructional materials. From the perspective of technology coach candidates will explore various instructional design models, key components in instructional design, and instructional strategies emphasizing creativity, higher-order thinking processes and critical thinking. Candidates will model, design and develop learner-centered technology-rich instructional projects applying universal design for learning (UDL) to address the diverse needs and interests of all students.

TLDE 56100 Information Access and Assistive Technology
This course will provide opportunities to learn about various assistive technologies and strategies to enhance the learning success of all students. This course gives an overview of relevant theoretical perspectives as well as a hands-on experience to design and develop interactive digital learning environments. Candidates will learn how to select, evaluate, and implement adaptive and assistive technology to support student learning. Candidates will learn how to effectively coach teachers to promote effective digital age learning environments that improve accessibility and educational equity for all students.

TLDE 56500 Visual Literacy
This course introduces visual design theory and practice in a context of producing instructional and visual presentations, with an emphasis on the mechanics of multimedia authoring and how advanced authoring can be used to enhance instruction. Candidates learn how to effectively coach teachers to interpret, analyze, design, create and integrate visuals in a variety of forms such as digital graphics, icons, metaphoric images, animations, and videos for instructional purposes and effective communication. Candidates will take a critical perspective on visual design, considering diversity, cultural understanding, and global awareness to coach teachers in helping students create products that address real-world problems.

TLDE 57100 Design of Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments
This course examines how to coach teachers to design and deliver instruction in technology-enhanced learning environments that model and promote diversity, cultural understanding and global awareness. Topics include characteristics and uses of online learning delivery systems, effective online and blended learning design strategies, and communication and collaboration tools for local and global collaboration with a variety of audiences. Candidates will plan, develop, implement, evaluate, and revise a lesson/unit of instruction for web-based delivery in their disciplines or instructional contexts.

TLDE 58500 Technology Planning, Professional Development and Leadership
This course is intended to support candidates to become technology coaches/leaders who inspire and participate in the development and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive technology-infused strategic plan at the district and school levels. Candidates will conduct needs assessments, and design, develop, implement and revise small scale projects including a technology plan, budget, technology grants, project management and professional development. The role of the technology coach to develop strategies for evaluating results of professional learning programs will also be emphasized. Candidates will demonstrate understanding of principles of adult learning and ability to evaluate impact on student learning in an environment where they promote digital citizenship.

TLDE 59100 Capstone Project in Educational Technology
This course provides for a research-based capstone experience and an applied practicum experience in the K-12 schools or instructional contexts. This course focuses on service learning, dispositions and performance of effective technology leaders, and social, ethical, legal and security issues in technology-enhanced learning environments. Candidates will be required to submit an electronic portfolio which presents evidence of the candidate’s progress and reflection of their professional growth and a plan for continued professional learning. Each candidate will demonstrate their ability to apply theories, methods and technologies as a technology coach/leader through coaching experiences in school settings.

For more information, contact our Office of Graduate Admission at grad@lewisu.edu or (815) 836-5610.