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Online Masters in Computing in Education
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Online Masters in Computing in Education

Intensive Program > Requirements and Electives

Requirements and Electives

Intensive M.A. Program in Computing and Education
Program Requirements and Electives

The M.A. Program requires 32 graduate credits, taken through Teachers College. Within the degree, Online M.A. degree students should plan their programs (in consultation with their advisors) according to this breakdown of requirements and guidelines:

Out of department courses: Everyone must take three courses from other departments, and each of the three courses must be offered for 2 or more credits.

Programming: Within our program, each student must take at least one programming course.

Foundational courses: Our program has established four areas of foundational knowledge: Cognitive Issues and Technology; Social Issues and Technology; Cultural Issues and Technology; and Educational Practice and Design. The requirement for all of our students is to take one course in each of three of these areas. Within each area, the program has designated two or three courses, but not all of them are offered online or during July sessions.

Following is a list of core courses that currently are offered online or in July:

Cognitive Issues and Technology:
MSTU4133: Cognition and Computers

Social Issues and Technology:
MSTU4005: Equity, Ethics and Social Issues

Educational Practice and Design:
MSTU4083: Instructional Design of Educational Technology
MSTU4001: Technology and School Change


Electives: The required courses above will probably account for 22 credits out of the 32 required for the M.A. degree. Thus, students in the Online M.A. program will have about 10 credits of elective courses or workshops. Students in both our program concentrations (Teaching and Learning with Technology and Technology Leadership) are welcome to take whichever available courses suit them best. Certain courses, though, are more central to each concentration – for Technology Leadership, the course Technology and School Change is core, and for Teaching and Learning with Technology, the courses Computers, Problem Solving, and Cooperative Learning; and Computers and the Uses of Information in Education are more central. Besides these courses, we offer a variety of other courses online, and, in consultation with advisors, students are welcome to take other courses and occasional one-credit workshops. One-credit workshops are offered every academic semester and are located within the class schedule.