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Technology has taken student learning far beyond the four walls of the classroom, and today's digital learners think and process information differently than previous generations. Because technology has changed how students learn, it also has changed how teachers need to teach and communicate with students. Many of yesterday's instruction strategies will cause students to "power down" in the classroom.
Master digital technology with this online degree program. Start your application, or check admission requirements.
American College of Education helps educators use technology to engage students and help them develop critical 21st century skills. Through the research-based Concentration in Digital Learning and Teaching, educators will gain new ways of thinking about technology, student learning, classroom structure, and teacher and student roles. Learn to use these developments in digital learning to your students' advantage today.
The four-course sequence helps educators:
The concentration courses are taken as part of a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. For stand-alone graduate credit certificate options, please click here.
Denise Steudlein, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, 2011
The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Digital Learning and Teaching is designed to help educators gain new ways of thinking about technology, student learning, classroom structure, and teacher and student roles. The program is built to teach how to design learning environments supported by technology, integrate technology into curriculum to maximize student learning, and evaluate new technologies for personal and professional productivity.
This course examines the impact of technology on learning as well as how today’s student navigates a media-rich world. Topics include the human-computer interface, technology and the brain, diffusion of innovations, and connectivity through social media. The course considers trends and issues in educational technologies as well as research into the effects of technology on society.
This course uses a project-based approach in studying technology in education, best practices for classroom teachers, and strategies for professional development in light of emerging technologies. The course addresses 21st century standards for education, educators’ digital presence, cloud computing, and digital ethics
This course draws from multiple disciplines to explore design and strategies for computer- and web-based learning. Special attention is paid to collaborative learning, interactivity, assessment, and best use of technology tools.
This course addresses development of instructional and learning materials utilizing computer- and web-based technology. In this applications course, educators survey and utilize technology tools for design and creation of learning objects with focus on cost effectiveness.
Through classroom application of course content, this course provides students with substantial practical experience as they master and implement preventive and positive classroom management strategies. In addition, students acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge about the relationships between school-wide systems and behavioral development, learning, and achievement among students with diverse needs.
This course prepares teachers to establish high expectations for all students and to effectively evaluate and implement theories of motivation and cognitive engagement in classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on different theories of motivation and how classroom, school, work, and social environments shape and influence student motivation.
This course explores the critical roles teachers play in decision-making through the perspective of multiple stakeholders. Learners engage in leadership interactions to develop problem-solving skills and the ability to become change agents for continuous school improvement.
This course focuses on the major theories, strategies, and applications utilized in P-12 standards-driven learning environments. Participants review and apply current literature and educational research studies concerning standards-based curriculum and implementation strategies and tools.
This course develops competencies in utilizing formative and summative assessment practices and data to inform and guide curriculum development and instruction. Classroom and school-based assessment tools provide teachers with the knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of diverse learners. Embracing assessment is the first step toward "data-based" decision making in education.
This course enables students to become informed consumers of educational research and to develop skills that prepare them to carry out action research in their schools and classrooms. An emphasis is placed on providing students with knowledge that they can apply in determining whether particular research findings are relevant to their leadership and instructional practices and to distinguish between trustworthy and non-trustworthy research. Throughout the course, students identify the elements that scientifically-based research and action research share. Emphasis is placed on how research can become a vital and relevant tool for teachers and school leaders.
This course assists students in developing rigorous, appropriate curriculum and instruction. Multiculturalism, culturally relevant pedagogy, differentiated instruction, and thematic, interdisciplinary unit planning are emphasized. Using a curricular framework, students plan, evaluate, reflect on, and adapt curricula experiences that build successful learning environments for all learners including English language learners.
The Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout and as a result of the Curriculum and Instruction program.
This course prepares students to implement a school-wide leadership initiative to improve a comprehensive range of literacy skills. Specific principles and theories of reading instruction are evaluated in relation to currently employed practice so teachers can immediately strengthen instruction. Students examine the scientific research base underlying different models of reading instruction. Special attention is given to curriculum mapping, alignment, and the development of an implementation plan to strengthen literacy.
Judy Donovan has taught PK-12 courses (math, English, social studies) in both face-to-face and online settings. She has been a school librarian and holds a doctorate in Instructional Technology from Nova Southeastern University. She has published textbook chapters, journal articles and other works on online learning and educational technology; she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Ukraine. Dr. Donovan teaches educational technology and school library media classes. Her interests include reading and poker. She lives on the river bordering Canada near Detroit and loves watching the freighters go by.
Jason Caudill holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology as well as an MBA and a B.S in Business Administration. His research interests include online education and technology integration. He has received multiple research awards and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society promoting academic excellence in all disciplines of higher education. Jason enjoys outdoor activities, working with his hands, and serving in the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Rebekah McPherson holds a Ph.D. from The University of North Texas in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Educational Computing and an M.S. in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems with an emphasis in Instructional Systems Technology. She earned a BFA in graphic design from Baylor University. She is a Texas certified Master Technology Teacher and also holds standard Texas teaching certificates in technology applications and technology education along with an endorsement for English as a Second Language. Dr. McPherson has six years of teaching experience at the middle school and high school levels and two years of university experience.
2013 total program cost: $8,364. For more information, visit the tuition section.
(3 semester credits each unless noted otherwise)
These Course to be taken at the beginning of program
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