Educational Technology (MA)
Master of Arts (MA)Offered by:
Department of Education, Faculty of Arts & Science
The Department of Education in the Faculty of Arts and Science provides responsible and innovative leadership in the development and dissemination of knowledge about education. Education is an extremely broad and diverse field of study. Departmental epistemologies draw from and contribute to other disciplines in the social science and humanities. They recognize the importance of human learning and performance at the individual (child to adult), defined group (local, cultural and corporate), community and national or global levels.
The department’s teaching and research programs are situated on the continuum that links early childhood to aging adulthood. They incorporate methodologies that range from ethnographic to design research to controlled experimental methodologies.
The department is known nationally and internationally for the exceptional quality of its graduate programs and offers Doctoral, Master’s and diploma level degrees in four disciplines:
These programs focus on many different aspects of education, including history, philosophy, child development, second language learning, as well as fundamental theoretical issues, such as cross-cultural approaches to literacy, issues of differences in gender, class and race, critical theory and pedagogy and feminist critical pedagogy.
Faculty members are a diverse group of educators committed to excellence in teaching, research and community service. Their multidisciplinary pedagogical philosophies inform their teaching practices and their scholarly profiles attract a healthy level of external research funding (averaging $2.5 million annual). This funding provides financial support to many qualified graduate students who have the opportunity to work on groundbreaking research projects as research assistants.
Along with its emphasis on the communication of sound pedagogical principles and research approaches, the department values of equality, diversity and non-discrimination. Class sizes are kept purposefully small because faculty believe in careful mentoring and a constructivist approach to learning.
The retention rate of students is exceptionally high. Many students are enrolled on a part-time basis but complete degree requirements in a timely manner. Graduates enjoy high levels of employment in government service and industry.
- Computer-based learning
- Computer-supported collaborative learning
- Distance learning
- Classroom processes;
- Human performance technology applications
- Program evaluation
- Educational evaluation and new technologies
- Corporate applications of educational technology
- Systemic modeling of educational systems
- Learning styles and strategies
- Multimedia research and development