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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Technology Specialist K-12: Certification, MA

Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program Code: TETS-INIT

Brief Program Description

This is a Master of Arts degree program leading to an initial teaching certificate in New York State. Program goals include preparing individuals to use technology as a set of tools with students and to work effectively with teachers to help them learn to use technology, design curriculum, and implement classroom projects in which technology is well integrated.  Completing the program requires 38 points, as well as, 100 hours of fieldwork and 40 days of student teaching.

Minimum Point Requirement

The program requires 38 points of coursework.  Course points from previous, non-Teachers College work cannot be transferred in to count toward the 38 points required for this M.A. degree. 

Required Courses

The program has five required core courses in the department (18 points)

  • MSTU 4001: Technology and School Change (3 points)
  • MSTU 4005: Equity, Ethics and Social Issues (3 points)
  • MSTU 4029: Managing Educational Technology Resources (3 points)
  • MSTU 4031: Object-Oriented Theory and Programming I (3 points) and MSTU 4032: Object-Oriented Theory and Programming Lab (1 point) or
  • MSTU 5003: Theory and Programming: Interactive Media I (3 points)
  • MSTU 4133: Cognition and Computers (3 points)
  • MSTU 4052: Computers, Problem Solving, and Cooperative Learning (3 points)
  • In addition, 100 hours of Fieldwork in schools will be assigned, as a part of core courses.

A total of 9-10 points chosen from the list of suggested core courses within the department

  • C&T   4052: Designing Curriculum and Instruction
  • HBSE 5910: Problems in Special Education: Policy/Administration
  • C&T   4504: Child Abuse and Substance Abuse Detection and Reporting
    And one of the following two:
  • HUDK 4022:  Developmental Psychology: Childhood
  • HUDK 4029:  Cognition and Learning

Required Practica (6 points)  

  • MSTU 4700: Student Teaching Practicum in Educational Technology
  • Fieldwork Elementary Student Teaching (one semester)
  • Fieldwork Secondary Student Teaching (one semester)

Breadth Requirement (6-9 points)

All [M.A., Ed.D., etc.] students must complete a minimum of three courses, each for at least two credits, at Teachers College and outside the Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design  Program (that is, courses with a prefix other than MSTU).
           
Elective Courses (3-4 points)

Between the Required Courses and the Breadth Requirement Courses (a total of 34-35 points), a total of 3-4 points are left for electives.  Skills courses do not meet this requirement.  “Skills” courses include (this is a sample list):

  • MSTU 5191:  Educational Video Production I
  • MSTU 5199: Database Driven Website Development; Director; 3-D Modeling; Flash Communication Server
  • MSTU 5814: Adobe in Design; Digital video; GIS in Curriculum; Creating Dynamic Websites.

Statement about the Required, Integrative Project
At the conclusion of the program, candidates will prepare a final integrative project. The project may vary considerably from candidate to candidate, depending on her or his particular interests. In general, though, all projects will share these characteristics:

  • They will be deeply informed by readings and research done throughout the program.
  • They will be informed by candidates’ reflections on their experiences during the program, and what they have learned about students’ use of and learning with technologies.
  • They will focus on some aspect of planning for the future, and in this way advance the field by contributing candidates’ ideas on how the use of technology in schools may be improved.
  • They will address the problems and issues involved in using technology fairly and equitably to advance the learning of all children.

Projects may include the development of websites for particular purposes, such as providing information or staff development with teachers, increasing communication between teachers or between any members of the school community, or documenting learning with technology.

Projects may also include the use of other types of media, such as videotapes or audiotapes collected to document or to study students’ use of technologies, or may take the form of traditional papers.

All projects will be presented to other students and faculty in the program, and will be evaluated in terms of the four criteria outlined above. (Integrative projects do not receive formal letter grades. “Evaluation” is meant here only in the sense of feedback to the candidate.)  Project criteria and expectations will be outlined by students’ Masters Advisor.


Student Teaching/fieldwork/practicum/internship requirements and information

Fieldwork consists of 100 hours students must spend in schools prior to student teaching.  Specific fieldwork assignments are required by some core courses.  Fieldwork activities include: observing students at work using technology, observing technology coordinators providing support to teachers, and observing professional development activities. 

Student Teaching placements total 40 days in schools:  20 days in an elementary placement and 20 days in a secondary placement. These placements will, for the most part, occur in local schools that are our program’s partners. It will be possible, in rare cases, to make arrangements with other schools.  Student teaching is organized by Professor Ellen Meier (212.678.3829).

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