Master of Education

Instructional Technology

Library Media Specialist, K-12

Instructional Design and Technology

The Master of Education degree with a specialization in Instructional Technology contains two program options. Each option is detailed below in the Degree Requirements section.

This program may be completed online.

Unconditional Admission

Students are eligible to apply for unconditional admission to the Master of Education degree program in Instructional Technology if they meet the admission requirements for Graduate College.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who fail to meet the minimum requirements for admission have the opportunity for conditional admission if applicant meets the minimum graduate admission standards and upon a successful appeal to the program director. Students admitted under a conditional status must earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA on the first twelve (12) graduate hours in the program.

Program Requirements

Degree Requirements

  1. Candidates for the Master of Education degree with a specialization in instructional technology must complete 36 semester hours of graduate-level course work that includes educational media, library media, or information technology courses noted below in the degree requirements for each option. In addition, the candidate must complete professional education coursework noted below in the degree requirements for each option. Please note the differences in licensure requirements of the two options.

    Degree requirements for the Library Media Specialist K-12 option (36 hours)

    This program may be completed online and requires a valid Arkansas teacher license*

    EDFD 6003 Educational Research
    EDFD 6993 Project in Educational Research
    EDMD 6133 Production of Instructional Materials
    EDMD 6163 Internet Resources
    EDMD 6233 Administration of Media Programs
    EDMD 6303 Survey of Instructional Technology
    EDMD 6433-6 Practicum in Educational Media
    LBMD 6003 Collection Development and Management
    LBMD 6023 Classification and Cataloging
    LBMD 6033 Instructional Role of the School Library
    LBMD 6403 Literature for Children and Young Adults
    LBMD 6503 School Librarian: Leadership and Collaboration

    *In addition to holding a valid Arkansas teaching license, after completing the master's degree, candidates must attain the minimum score as established by the Arkansas Department of Education on the Media Specialist-Library specialty area section of the Praxis Assessment Series to be considered for Arkansas Library Media Specialist, K-12 licensure.

    Degree requirements for Instructional Design and Technology option (36 hours)

    This program does not require an Arkansas teaching license.

    EDFD 6003 Educational Research
    EDFD 6993 Project in Educational Research
    EDFD 6043 Current Issues in Human Learning
    EDFD 6313 Principles of Curriculum Development
    EDMD 5033 Introduction to Instructional Technology
    EDMD 6113 Microcomputers for Education and Training
    EDMD 6133 Production of Instructional Materials
    EDMD 6163 Internet Resources
    EDMD 6303 Survey of Instructional Technology
    EDMD 6313 Instructional Design and Product Development

    Electives: Six (6) hours of additional instructional technology approved graduate-level electives to meet the 36 semester hour degree requirement.

  2. A cumulative grade point average of a 3.00 or better must be achieved in all graduate work attempted at Arkansas Tech University, with a maximum of six (6) hours of "C" grades. A student receiving more than six (6) hours of "C" or grades lower than "C" should refer to the section of the catalog on Academic Probation and Dismissal.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the research project in EDFD 6993.
  4. Completion of all degree requirements within six (6) years of admission to the degree program.
  5. A minimum of 27 semester hours of graduate coursework completed in residence at Arkansas Tech University.

Certificate Requirements

Certification for Online Teaching (12 hours)

This 12-hour program includes coursework in Curriculum and Instruction, specifically educational media, that prepares licensed teachers interested in teaching online.  This program will also provide an additional skillset for graduate students working toward a teacher licensure.

EDFD 5033 / MAT 5703 Introduction to Instructional Technology
EDMD 5043 Foundations of Online Curriculum Design and Evaluation
EDMD 5053 Online Course Development with Multimedia
EDMD 5063 Advanced Curriculum Design for the Online Classroom

Candidacy

Graduate students admitted unconditionally must apply for candidacy to the selected degree program upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours. Students admitted conditionally cannot apply for candidacy until all conditions assigned at the time of admission to graduate study have been removed.

Upon the completion of twelve (12) graduate hours, a hold will be placed on the students' record until a candidacy form has been approved by the Graduate Dean. Failure to apply for candidacy will result in the hold remaining on the students' record, and an inability to register for subsequent coursework.

Students who have filed a candidacy form but do not enroll or receive graduate credit for one (1) academic year must submit a new candidacy form upon being readmitted into the same graduate program. If admitted into a different academic program, students are not required to submit a new candidacy form until twelve (12) graduate credits have been accumulated within the new program.

Application for Graduation

In addition to satisfying all degree requirements, a candidate for a degree must file an Application for Graduation online or at the Registrar's Office. Students must apply for graduation upon completion of twelve (12) graduate credit hours.

Special Conditions of Graduate Credit

Graduate Credit Taken Prior to Admission to Arkansas Tech University

A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit with a grade point average of "B" or better may be transferred from an accredited graduate school if deemed appropriate to the graduate program by the head of the student's major department and the Graduate College Dean. Students must send a written request to the head of their major department to petition an acceptance of the transfer credit prior to requesting admission to candidacy to the graduate program. Graduate credit earned six (6) years prior to the completion date of all degree requirements may not be applied toward the degree without the approval of the appropriate program director and the Graduate College Dean. Credits earned by correspondence courses or for remedial purposes will not apply toward the graduate degree. No undergraduate course may be repeated for graduate credit.

Graduate Credit Taken After Admission to Arkansas Tech University

If after admission to graduate study, a student wishes to take a course at another institution to count toward degree requirements at Arkansas Tech University, the student must (in advance of enrollment) obtain written approval from the program director and the Graduate College Dean.