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Educational Technology, EdS

Teach in the 21st Century!

The entirely online EdS in Educational Technology is designed for students who have already earned their master’s degree in educational technology, education, or a related field. The program prepares teachers, educators, and others within education and training to enhance their understanding of incorporating technology into the educational environment and provides 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 and will support your growth as an educator:

  • Build upon your prior undergraduate and graduate degrees to integrate technology into your teaching or any educational environment.
  • Stay current with the fast pace of changing educational technology.
  • Improve your teaching, whether it be a k-20 classroom, library, or in the military or corporate training.
  • Become a leader in your school and be prepared to take on roles such as a technology coordinator or instructional coach.
  • Learn the tools and skills to find, utilize, and conduct research to advance your own use of educational technology.

Using Technology to Learn

Entirely Online

Complete your degree from any location. Whether you live in Warrensburg, in Missouri, another state, or even another country, all of the program requirements can be completed from wherever you have an internet connection.


Student Learning Outcomes

As a graduate with an Education Specialist in Educational Technology degree, you 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 a master's degree from an accredited institution and a 3.25 or higher cumulative graduate GPA.

Course Sequencing

PSY 5050: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, INST 5900: Introduction to Research Methods in Educational Technology, and INST 6950: Seminar in Educational Technology should be taken prior to INST 6960: Research Problems in Instructional Technology. INST 6920: Advanced Practicum in Instructional Technology should be taken in your final semester or as close as possible to the end. Your elective choices will vary depending upon your background in educational technology. Other than that, you can take most courses in any order. Contact your advisor for more information and advice.

Program Requirements

We believe that hands-on experience is ideal. At the end of the program, you’ll complete an advanced practicum at your own school or another location of your choice. This gives you the opportunity to tie together everything you learned throughout your courses with local experts and real life scenarios.

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 (INST 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 you with findings that would be of interest to the development of the field.

Throughout the program you’ll also collect assignments and activities that you’ll showcase in an online portfolio. By the time you graduate you’ll have an end product that you can share with others as well as a way to make connections between accreditation standards and what you have learned.


UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


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