Master’s Degree: Learning, Media and Technology Concentration

...we consider media and technology both as tools and as objects of study in and of themselves...

The concentration in learning, media and technology prepares students to understand, critique, design, and improve technology-and media-based learning and teaching.

The program is structured so that students

  • construct solid knowledge of theories of learning and instruction, as well as theories of the design and use of educational technologies and media, and
  • explore the educational uses and design of a variety of technologies (e.g., robotics systems; computational media, 3D printing, social media, multimedia, open online courses)

Recent graduates have accepted positions in K-12, community college, university, organization, and corporate settings as educational media and online learning developers, instructional designers, higher education technology leadership (e.g., Director of Online Teaching & Learning), and technology integration specialists.

Because the College of Education comprises a vibrant community of learners and scholars, students from a variety of academic backgrounds and work experiences  (mathematics, the sciences, arts and history, business, engineering) are encouraged to apply. In fact, we believe this orientation reflects the complexities and contexts in which technology and media intersect with teaching and learning.

Desired student characteristics include:

  • strong record of academic success, including excellent recommendations
  • interest in and potential for rigorous scholarly activity
  • Interest in and potential for design of educational technology
  • interest in and ability to work in collaborative teams
  • personal commitment, responsibility and reliability
  • sensitivity to issues of equity

Learning, media & technology faculty research and teaching Interests

Florence Sullivan, Ph.D. (LMT Program Coordinator)

Torrey Trust, Ph.D.

Examples of class/student projects

Program of study

Learning, media and technology program requirements for graduation:

  • Completion of 33 credit hours of coursework
  • Completion of culminating Masters project

Learning, media and technology core course requirements:

  • Theories of Learning (EDUC 692K) – Fall Term
  • Designing Digital Media for Teaching & Learning (EDUC 693K) – Spring Term

College of Education Requirements:

  • A total of 21 credit hours must be completed in the College of Education
  • A total of 18 credit hours must be taken at the 600 or above course level
  • Only courses taken at the 500 level or above count towards program requirements.
  • No more than 9 independent study (IS) credits may be applied toward your degree.
  • Three of these IS credit hours must go towards your culminating project.
  • A total of 6 credit hours may be transferred from other universities.
  • A total of 6 credit hours may be transferred from another program at the University of Massachusetts.

List of courses

  • EDUC592A - Online Tools for Learning and Instruction
  • EDUC593A - Teaching & Learning with Technology
  • EDUC595A - Educational Video Production
  • EDUC597S - Service Learning and Teaching with Computational Media
  • EDUC603 - Computer Mediated Communication
  • EDUC612 - Educational Web Design
  • EDUC692K - Theories of Learning*
  • EDUC693K - Designing Digital Media for Teaching & Learning
  • EDUC737 - Educational Media Theory
  • EDUC792F - Computational Literacies
  • EDUC897C - Seminar in Digital Media Learning

(*) Required courses

Other courses of Interest to LMT students:
  • EDUC694G - Theories of Interest and Motivation
  • COMM791Q - Technology and Society
  • CMPSCI691O - Tools and Explanatory Tutoring Systems

Apply to the learning, media and technology concentration

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you have any questions about the Learning, Media and Technology program, please contact Dr. Florence Sullivan. To apply to the program, please visit the UMass Amherst Graduate School website: https://www.umass.edu/gradschool/admissions

Program Faculty

Florence R. Sullivan
413-577-1950
fsullivan@educ.umass.edu

Torrey Trust
413-545-1574
torrey@umass.edu