San Diego State to Offer On-line Educational Technology Masters Program Designed for K-12 Teachers

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High Demand for Technology Skills is Attracting Students for SDSU's Fall 2007 Masters Cohort Featuring Interactive Online Learning and Low In-State Fees for California Students. San Diego State University has just received approval to offer their internationally recognized Educational Technology Masters program on-line with a curriculum targeting the needs of K-12 educators. For the first time the on-line program is available with reduced in-state fees for California residents, but tuition is still quite reasonable for participants from any location worldwide. The program starting this fall will be cohort-based and include extensive opportunities for students to have live interactions with each other and faculty members in a very supportive environment that offers flexibility to accommodate participant schedules. The deadline to apply is May 1.

In response to increasing technology opportunities for K-12 educators, the Educational Technology Department at San Diego State University is offering a new online Masters degree with a standards-based curriculum designed to meet the needs of K-12 educators. Starting in the Fall 2007 Semester, the new program is available entirely online with flexible scheduling and a variety of options for live student-faculty and student-cohort interaction that go well beyond the static web- and e-mail-based formats of many online programs. Interested students must file an application to the university no later than May 1.

"While SDSU's Educational Technology Department has been a leader in online learning and course offerings for more than a decade, this is the first time that we have been able to offer online courses for California residents with the reduced in-state student fee structure," noted department chair Dr. Marcie Bober. "Although this cohort will focus on California standards, teachers from around the world are welcome to participate at our normal online tuition, which is still more affordable than many private online degree programs," added Bober.

The internationally recognized program requires 36 units of course work featuring a project-based curriculum where participants will create materials, lessons and innovative approaches that they can immediately put to use in their classrooms. Participants will learn how to:
· design a solid course, unit or lesson
· integrate podcasts, GPS, blogs, wikis, WebQuests and multimedia into their teaching
· create games and simulations that are both fun and instructionally effective
· design web pages to deliver information to students and their parents
· evaluate educational programs & materials
· use free online databases to create opportunities for inquiry
· evaluate distance education courses and develop their own
· create compelling videos and guide students in video development

The program starts at the end of August with anticipated graduation in the Summer of 2009. More information -- including detailed course information and a downloadable brochure -- is available at: http://edtec.sdsu.edu/comet.htm.

About the SDSU Educational Technology Department
Educational technology is the application of research, learning theory, emergent technologies, and child and adult psychology to solving instructional and performance problems. The purpose of the San Diego State University Department of Educational Technology is to encourage wise use of systems, environments, tools, products, and strategies that can enhance human learning and competence. The Department offers a Master's Degree program as well as graduate-level certificates in Instructional Software Design and Advanced Distance Education for both on-campus and online students.

In addition, undergraduate students may pursue studies in the field with a minor in Educational Technology. The curriculum enables students to prepare for careers as instructional technologists, educational specialists, instructional designers, trainers, and experts in educational computing. State-of-the-art coursework and internships in companies, agencies and schools prepare candidates to analyze performance problems and design, develop and evaluate instructional strategies and products. Students graduate with a portfolio including educational computer software, instructional print materials, video, and interactive multimedia programs. For more information, visit: http://edtec.sdsu.edu.

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