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Educational Technology MA

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with at least a major or the equivalent in any subject.
  • Average of at least a B in the major or equivalent.
  • Students from the Diploma in Instructional Technology (who have not graduated from the Diploma) may apply for admission with advanced standing. 

Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.

Students from the Diploma in Instructional Technology may transfer a maximum of 15 credits. An interview may be required.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

MA with Thesis

12 credits – Core Courses

ETEC 613 - Learning Theories (3 credits)
ETEC 640 - Research Methods I (3 credits)
ETEC 641 - Research Methods II (3 credits)
ETEC 650 - Fundamentals of Instructional Design (3 credits)

15 credits – Elective Courses

ETEC 607 - Philosophical Issues in Educational Research (3 credits)
ETEC 621 - Educational Cybernetics (3 credits)
ETEC 635 - Principles of Educational Message Design (3 credits)
ETEC 636 - Evaluation in Education and Training (3 credits)
ETEC 637 - Educational Gaming and Modelling (3 credits)
ETEC 652 - Knowledge Management (3 credits)
ETEC 660 - Introduction to Educational Computing (3 credits)
ETEC 662 - Social Technologies and the Sociocultural Aspects of Learning (3 credits)
ETEC 665 - Introduction to Digital Media in Education (3 credits)
ETEC 666 - Comtemporary Use of Simulation in Training and Education (3 credits)
ETEC 669 - Designing and Developing Interactive Instruction (3 credits)
ETEC 676 - Human Resources Development (3 credits)
ETEC 680 - Global Perspectives in E-Learning (3 credits)
ETEC 681 - Fundamentals of Distance Education (3 credits)
ETEC 690 - Field Experience (for Option A-Thesis/Thesis-Equivalent only) (3 credits) 
ETEC 691 - Advanced Readings and Research in Educational Technology I (3 credits)
ETEC 692 - Advanced Readings and Research in Educational Technology II (3 credits)
ETEC 693 - Special Issues in Educational Technology (3 credits)

18 credits – Thesis (Area I) or Thesis-Equivalent (Area II)

ETEC 795 - Thesis Proposal (3 credits)
ETEC 796 - Thesis or Thesis-Equivalent (15 credits)

MA with Internship

15 credits – Core Courses

ETEC 613 - Learning Theories (3 credits)
ETEC 640 - Research Methods I (3 credits)
ETEC 650 - Fundamentals of Instructional Design (3 credits)
ETEC 651 - Fundamentals of Human Performance Technology (3 credits)
ETEC 671 - Administering Educational Technology Groups (3 credits)
ETEC 672 - Project Management (3 credits)
ETEC 673 - Consulting Skills for Educational Technologists (3 credits)

12 credits minimum – Elective Courses

ETEC 607 - Philosophical Issues in Educational Research (3 credits)
ETEC 621 - Educational Cybernetics (3 credits)
ETEC 635 - Principles of Educational Message Design (3 credits)
ETEC 636 - Evaluation in Education and Training (3 credits)
ETEC 637 - Educational Gaming and Modelling (3 credits)
ETEC 652 - Knowledge Management (3 credits)
ETEC 660 - Introduction to Educational Computing (3 credits)
ETEC 662 - Social Technologies and the Sociocultural Aspects of Learning (3 credits)
ETEC 665 - Introduction to Digital Media in Education (3 credits)
ETEC 666 - Comtemporary Use of Simulation in Training and Education (3 credits)
ETEC 669 - Designing and Developing Interactive Instruction (3 credits)
ETEC 676 - Human Resources Development (3 credits)
ETEC 680 - Global Perspectives in E-Learning (3 credits)
ETEC 681 - Fundamentals of Distance Education (3 credits)
ETEC 690 - Field Experience (for Option A-Thesis/Thesis-Equivalent only) (3 credits) 
ETEC 691 - Advanced Readings and Research in Educational Technology I (3 credits)
ETEC 692 - Advanced Readings and Research in Educational Technology II (3 credits)
ETEC 693 - Special Issues in Educational Technology (3 credits)

18 credits – Internship and Internship Report

ETEC 791 - Internship (15 credits)
ETEC 792 - Internship Report (3 credits)

Courses. The individual course of study is decided in consultation with the student's academic advisor, although certain courses are required of all students.

MA with Thesis

This option is divided into two areas: Area I (Research and Development of Educational Technology) and Area II (Production and Evaluation of Educational Materials).

Thesis (Area I). Students must complete ETEC 795 (3 credits) and ETEC 796 (15 credits), comprising a written thesis proposal, a thesis and an oral defence.

Thesis-Equivalent (Area II). Students must complete for ETEC 795 (3 credits) and ETEC 796 (15 credits), comprising a written thesis-equivalent proposal, a thesis-equivalent and an oral defence. Students are required to produce educational materials to achieve specific objectives (e.g., an educational television production or a computer-based instructional program) and their evaluation.

MA with Internship

Internship. ETEC 791 (15 credits). ETEC 791 normally consists of an extensive activity (minimum 675 hours) in the university or in the field. The experience will vary with the interests of the student and the opportunities available. The objectives are: to apply skills acquired in program courses; to obtain more "real world" experience with the actual practice of educational technology; and to undertake a synthesizing process which combines the subjects studied separately within the program in a single undertaking. Students may need to fulfill French or other language training when undertaking an internship or a field experience. Language competencies are determined and assessed by the hosting organization; it is the student's responsibility to attain the competency level required.

Internship Report. ETEC 792 (3 credits). The internship report will address both the scholarly/academic and professional practice aspects of Educational Technology. Typically 10,000 or more words in length, the report should contain at least two parts: 1. A detailed description of the Internship II activities, utilizing a case study format; including relevant references to the literature. 2. A conclusions and recommendations section which outlines what was learned, what one would do differently, and what potentially generalizable principles one might recommend to fellow educational technologists encountering similar circumstances. The student completes the internship by disseminating the experiences detailed in the report in a public presentation.

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is one year (3 terms) of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study.
  3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation page for further details regarding the Time Limit requirements.
  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.
     

Courses

The master’s level courses offered in educational technology fall into the following categories:

ETEC 600-609 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Educational Technology
ETEC 610-619 Psychological Aspects of Educational Technology
ETEC 620-629 Communication Theory
ETEC 630-639 Development and Evaluation of Curriculum and Educational Materials
ETEC 640-649 Research Methodology for Educational Technology

ETEC 650-659 Instructional Design and Performance Technology
ETEC 660-669 Educational Computing

ETEC 670-679 Management of Performance and Improvement
ETEC 680-689 Distance Education and E-Learning
ETEC 690-699 Field Experience and Research in Educational Technology
ETEC 790-799 Thesis and Internship in Educational Technology

Core Courses

Thesis/Thesis-Equivalent: ETEC 613, 640, 641, 650, 795 and 796 (15 credits)

Internship: ETEC 613, 640, 650, 651671672, or 673ETEC 791 (15 credits), 792

ETEC 613 Learning Theories (3 credits)
The primary goal of the course is for students to develop a critical understanding of classic and contemporary theories of learning, such as behaviourism, cognitivism, neo-cognitivism, and socio-constructivism as they inform instructional practice. Secondary course goals include enhancing students' abilities to: a) read and evaluate the primary literature in the area; b) present and write within the discipline; c) evaluate applications of theory to practice; and d) collaborate professionally including via computer conferencing.

ETEC 640 Research Methods I (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to research methodologies germane to the field of educational technology.  Students acquire competencies in analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating empirical research that employ quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies.  Special emphasis is placed on acquiring skills to critique and review literature in educational technology.
Note: Students who have recieved credit for ETEC 548/648 may not take this course for credit.

ETEC 641 Research Methods II (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ETEC 640.
The principal aims of the course are to enable students to evaluate the statistical information provided in reports of empirical research in the social sciences and use statistics in small scale studies. Emphasis is placed upon the logic of statistical tests, the assumptions underlying their use, and the interpretation of the results. The course also includes basic elements of data analysis and synthesis in research employing qualitative methodologies.
Note: Students who have received credit for ETEC 548/648 may not take this course for credit.

ETEC 650 Fundamentals of Instructional Design (3 credits)
This course introduces students to instructional design, which refers to both the systematic process for preparing learning materials as well as to the theories and principles that guide that work. Working on a real-world project, students directly engage in the process and prepare an instructional program.
Note: Students who have received credit for ETEC 512/712 may not take this course for credit.

ETEC 651 Fundamentals of Human Performance Technology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ETEC 650.
Building on the base of instructional design, this course introduces human performance technology (HPT). HPT is a set of principles and methods for identifying and solving problems that cannot be solved through instructional programs alone.  Working on a real-world project, students design a variety of non-instructional interventions.
Note: Students who have received credit for ETEC 512/712 may not take this course for credit.

ETEC 671 Administering Educational Technology Groups (3 credits)
This course prepares students to integrate into the real-world practice of educational technology and to eventually assume leadership positions in organizations.  Through readings, experiential learning activities, and other assignments, this course introduces students to the basic themes of administering educational technology groups:  (a) business management—successfully competing for work and resources needed to complete it; (b) project management—planning work and overseeing its progress; and (c) people management—establishing and managing expectations of, and relationships with, members of the group.
Note: Students who have received credit for ETEC 591/701 may not take this course for credit.

ETEC 672 Project Management (3 credits)
This course focuses on project management and its application to the fields of education and training.  Special attention is placed on the different components of a project, but reviews of project management as a discipline, a process and a system are also undertaken. Following the established methodology proposed by national and international project management organizations, this course introduces the processes, skills, techniques and software tools required to effectively manage a project.  Specific educational examples and cases of real-life projects are included in the course to describe how project management techniques can be used in education and training.
Note: Students who have received credit for ETEC 594/704 may not take this course for credit.

ETEC 673 Consulting Skills for Educational Technologists (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ETEC 650. 
This course prepares educational technologists to adopt the consultative approach that is central to the profession. Specifically, this course develops the key competencies needed in consultative work in schools, higher education, workplace learning groups and non-profit organizations. These competencies include building awareness of the client organization, supporting clients in making effective choices, developing agreements with clients that include the scope, schedule and budget of projects, managing project communications and changes throughout a project, and interacting effectively with clients.
Note: Students who have received credit for ETEC 573 or for this topic under an ETEC 593/693 number may not take this course for credit.

ETEC 791 Internship (Non-Thesis Option) (15 credits)
ETEC 792 Internship Report (Non-Thesis Option) (3 credits)
ETEC 795 Thesis Proposal (3 credits)
ETEC 796 Thesis or Thesis-Equivalent (15 credits)

Elective Courses

The department currently offers the courses listed below. Each course is worth 3 credits unless otherwise indicated. The pattern of courses offered may vary from year to year. Detailed information on the courses offered in a given year is available from the department.

ETEC 607 Philosophical Issues in Educational Research
Note: 
Students who have received credit for ADIP 501 or ESTU 601 or ETEC 507 may not take this course for credit. 
ETEC 621 Educational Cybernetics
Note: 
Students who have received credit for ETEC 506/606 may not take this course for credit.
ETEC 635 Principles of Educational Message Design
ETEC 636 Evaluation in Education and Training
ETEC 637 Educational Gaming and Modelling
ETEC 652 Knowledge Management
Note:
 Students who have received credit for ETEC 567/667 may not take this course for credit.
ETEC 660 Introduction to Educational Computing
ETEC 662 Social Technologies and the Sociocultural Aspects of Learning 
ETEC 665 Introduction to Digital Media in Education
ETEC 666 Comtemporary Use of Simulation in Training and Education
ETEC 669 Designing and Developing Interactive Instruction
ETEC 676 Human Resources Development
ETEC 680 Global Perspectives in E-Learning

Note: Students who have have received credit for ETEC 555/655 may not take this course for credit. 
ETEC 681 Fundamentals of Distance Education 
Note:
 Students who have received credit for ETEC 592/702 may not take this course for credit. 
ETEC 690 Field Experience (for Option A-Thesis/Thesis-Equivalent only)
 
ETEC 691 Advanced Readings and Research in Educational Technology I
ETEC 692 Advanced Readings and Research in Educational Technology II
ETEC 693 Special Issues in Educational Technology

Cognate Courses

Graduate students in educational technology may be permitted to register for up to two elective courses (6 credits) offered in other graduate programs. In all such cases, prior permission of the Graduate Program Director is required.

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