Learning, Media, & Technology M.Ed.

The learning, media, and technology master’s program prepares students to understand, critique, design, and improve technology- and media-based learning and teaching. Our students develop a thorough knowledge of learning and instruction theories, as well as theories of the design and use of educational technologies and media. They also explore the educational uses and design of a variety of technologies (e.g., robotics systems, computational media, 3D printing, social media, multimedia, and open online courses). Recent graduates have gone on to 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.

Course of Study

Learning, media, and technology program requirements for graduation:

  • Completion of 33 credit hours of coursework
  • Completion of culminating master's project

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
Course Description Credits
  Core Courses  
EDUC 692K Theories of Learning (fall semester) 3
EDUC 693K Designing Digital Media for Teaching and Learning (spring semester) 3
  Elective Courses  
EDUC 592A Online Tools for Learning and Instruction 3
EDUC 593A Teaching and Learning with Technology 3
EDUC 595A Educational Video Production 3
EDUC 597S Service Learning and Teaching Computational Media 3
EDUC 603 Computer Mediated Communication 3
EDUC 612 Educational Web Design 3
EDUC 737 Educational Media Theory 3
EDUC 792F Computational Literacies 3
EDUC 897C Seminar in Digital Media Learning 3
  Other Courses of Interest to Learning, Media, and Technology Students   
EDUC 694G Theories of Interest and Motivation 3
COMM 791Q Technology and Society 3
CMPSCI 691O Tools and Explanatory Tutoring Systems 3

Examples of class/student projects

Admissions

Applications to the Learning, Media, and Technology master's program can be submitted to the Graduate School

Application Timeline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Prerequisites

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

Required Materials

Contact

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