Program Description

M.A. :Educational Technology and Leadership

The M.A. program in Educational Technology and Leadership at California State University, Los Angeles, is designed to prepare computer/technology specialists for schools, school districts, and non-traditional education and training settings. People completing the program might work as computer literacy teachers and lab coordinators, computer coordinators for a school or school district, computer-based trainers, or they may opt to stay in their regular classroom but use their knowledge to thoroughly integrate technology into their teaching.

In order to prepare well-rounded computer specialists, the program provides instruction in several areas: authoring tools, media design and development, computer applications in schools, leadership in computer/technology education, and educational foundations and research. Note : A Level 1 California Administrative Credential is required for the position of district-level computer coordinator. A valid California teaching credential is required for teaching positions in public K-12 schools.

Requirements for the Degree (45 units)

A total of 45 or more units is required, with at least 23 units in 500-level courses.  A comprehensive examination or a thesis or project is required. 

Prerequisites:

  • EDIT   430      Information Technologies in the Classroom (4)

Required Courses (29 units)

  • EDFN 500      Evaluation of Educational Research (4)
  • EDIT   435      Computer Systems in Education (4)
  • EDIT   451      Survey of Instructional Media and Technology (4)
  • EDIT   484      Computer Authoring Tools (4)
  • EDIT   502      Fundamentals of Computer Education (4)
  • EDIT   556      Technology Leadership in Schools (5)
  • EDIT   580      Applied Experience in Instructional Technology (4)

Electives (9, 16 or more units in Instructional Technology)
Select from the following, depending on the choice of thesis, project orcomprehensive examination—total units in the program must be 45 or more with 23 units or more at 500-level.

  • EDIT   472      World Builders (5)
  • EDIT   490      Special Topics in Instructional Technology (2-5)
  • EDIT   540      Instructional Graphics Design and Production (5)
  • EDIT   550      Multimedia Design and Production (5)
  • EDIT   554      Video Technology in Education (4)
  • EDIT   557      Computer Assisted and Managed Instruction (5)
  • EDIT   560      Internet and the World Wide Web in Education (4)
  • EDIT   565      Distance Learning (5)
  • EDIT   594      Selected Studies in Instructional Technology (1-5)
  • Electives offered in other departments (with advisor approval)

Comprehensive Examination or Thesis or Project (0 or 7 units)

  • EDFN       596            Comprehensive Examination (0) or
  • EDFN       599A         Thesis* or Project Planning (3) and
  • EDFN       599B         Thesis* or Project  (2) and
  • EDFN       599C         Thesis* or Project (2)

Students should expect to take the comprehensive examination (EDFN 596) during the Fall or Spring Quarter and must comply with College and division requirements.