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Department of Career and Technology Education

Grinstead 120
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4452
Dr. Odin Jurkowski, Chair


Education Specialist in Educational Technology

This advanced program is designed for students who have already earned their master’s degree in educational technology, education, or a related field. Founded in 2012 the program prepares teachers, educators, and others within education and training to enhance their understanding of incorporating technology into the educational environment and provide the tools and skills to find, utilize, and conduct research to advance their own use of educational technology. The EdS is the highest degree awarded by UCM.

EdS in Human Services / Educational Technology
(30 hrs minimum)

  • PSY 4520 Stat for Behavioral Sciences (3 hrs)
  • CTE 5900 Intro to Research Methods (3 hrs)
  • INST 6920 Advanced Practicum in Instructional Technology (2 hrs)
  • INST 6950 Seminar in Ed Tech (3 hrs)
  • INST 6960 Research Prob (3 hrs)
  • Graduate Electives (16 hrs) [suggested electives]

*Curriculum changes are implemented year to year. Above is the 2015-16 EdS program. If you are in an older catalog it may look slightly different. Additionally, if you find that you would rather follow the current program instead of an older version we can substitute classes as needed. Contact your advisor if you are interested.

The degree is entirely online assuming you choose online electives. The required INST courses are only offered online. Students can complete the degree from a distance. See the Course Schedules to the right for more details.

EdS students have a research component which includes writing a research paper (INST 6960). As an elective you also have an opportunity to complete a thesis (CTE 6990) if you so choose. The research paper is a literature review of peer reviewed library resources, and the thesis is original research conducted by the student with findings that would be of interest to the development of the field.

For guidance and a suggested plan of study please see the following:
No master's degree or background in educational technology
Master's degree in educational technology already completed

Student Learning Outcomes
The graduate with an Education Specialist degree in Educational Technology will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Inspire and participate in the development and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformational change throughout the instructional environment.

  • Assist teachers in using technology effectively for assessing student learning, differentiating instruction, and providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning experiences for all students.

  • Create and support effective digital-age learning environments to maximize the learning of all students.

  • Conduct needs assessments, develop technology-related professional learning programs, and evaluate the impact on instructional practice and student learning.

  • Model and promote digital citizenship.

  • Demonstrate professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in content, pedagogical, and technological areas as well as adult learning and leadership and are continuously deepening their knowledge and expertise.

  • Interpret, conduct, and contribute to the scholarly research of the field.

Entrance Requirements
Acceptance into the program requires:

  • master's degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.25 or higher cumulative graduate GPA
  • three letters from references who can attest to the applicant's professional and academic abilities

Note: The EdS in Educational Technology does not include teacher certification. Educational technology is not a teacher certification area for k-12 education. Current k-12 teachers may utilize this program to gain credit hours or graduate degree for movement on career ladders, to enhance what they are doing in the classroom. However, if your intent is to teach in a k-12 setting and you do not have teacher certification please talk to our certification office to look at options and additional course work that would be required.

Contact the Graduate School to apply.