EdM in Educational Media & Technology

Please note: This program is on a moratorium for the 2014-2015 academic year. We are not accepting new students into the program at this time.

The program in Educational Media & Technology prepares students to design, produce, implement, manage, and evaluate technology-based resources that support teaching, learning, and training in a variety of environments including K–12 schools, higher education, and adult learning and training in corporate and health-related fields. This program also includes a licensure program for Instructional Technologist. Courses open to undergraduates include: EM 523 Children’s Literature and EM 570 Introduction to Interactive Software Development.

The program in Educational Media & Technology prepares graduates for professional careers through a carefully blended curriculum of core courses, electives, and field experiences. Graduates develop competencies in analyzing needs, designing and developing technology-based resources that support diverse learning experiences, and evaluating the effectiveness of technology-supported teaching and learning.

Through thinking holistically about learning experiences that include technology-based resources, we leverage technology to support, enhance, and improve education consistent with what history and research tell us about effectiveness.

In core courses, students learn research and history of the field, relevant theories, instructional design, evaluation of learning experiences that include technology-based resources, and advanced technology skills they can apply to the goals and objectives of educators and learning organizations. In the elective courses, students have the option of specializing in the use of technology in one of three general areas:

  • Pre-K–12 schools—where graduates find careers as instructional technology specialists, technology directors, and as teachers who want to improve their ability to teach with technology;
  • Higher education—where graduates find careers as professors or work with professors and others designing, developing, and evaluating technology-based resources, and in administrative positions;
  • Adult learning and training—where graduates find careers as instructional designers, training directors, workplace performance analysts, researchers, and educational technology specialists in medicine, public health, publishing, government, or across business and industry.

Because virtually every field must employ the educational use of technology, we encourage students to apply what they are learning to their area of interest both in the program and in independent study, practica, and/or internships.

Opportunities for field-based experiences in internships and independent study in some of the most respected and diverse settings in the world round out our comprehensive program. Our extensive alumni network and the diverse opportunities for internships available at Boston University and in the Boston area provide world-class field experiences.

EdM Requirements

Twenty-six credits of required courses comprise the core program and 10 credits of elected courses allow for specialization. Six Educational Media & Technology courses and one research course make up the program’s core requirement. Master’s degree candidates focus on preparing for roles as educational technologists, expert teachers using technology in schools, instructional designers, multimedia designers in publishing and higher education, training developers, and a variety of other professional positions.

Required Courses (26 cr)

4 cr unless otherwise specified

  • SED EM 550 Introduction to Educational Media & Technology
  • SED EM 570 Introduction to Interactive Software Development (2 cr)
  • SED EM 601 Instructional Design
  • SED EM 610 Internet and WWW for Educators or
  • SED EM 680 Distance Education Research and Design
  • SED EM 713 Digital Video Production for Education and Training
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research
  • SED EM 690 Designing Educational Multimedia (Prereqs: SED EM 570, 701, and 713; best taken in conjunction with EM 670) or
  • SED EM 731 Developing E-Learning Courseware

EdM Electives (10 cr)

Electives may also be drawn from Curriculum & Teaching, computer-assisted language learning, and other courses.

  • SED EM 523 Children’s Literature (4 cr)
  • SED EM 560 Technology and Curriculum Integration (summers only) (4 cr)
  • SED EM 565 Technology Operations and Management (4 cr)
  • SED EM 585 Using Web 2.0 in Teaching and Learning (4 cr)
  • SED EM 590 Software for Curriculum (4 cr)
  • SED EM 630 Cyberethics and Policies for Technology Use (4 cr)
  • SED EM 670 Advanced Interactive Software Development (2 cr)
  • SED EM 680 Distance Education Research and Design (4 cr)
  • SED EM 705 Advanced Internet for Educators (2 cr)
  • SED EM 750 Research on Computer-Based Instruction (4 cr)

Internships and Independent Study (credits vary)

  • SED CT 900 G1 Independent Study
  • SED EM 810 Practicum in Instructional Technology
  • SED EM 812 Internship in Educational Media

Public School Licensure in Instructional Technology

Graduates may earn Massachusetts licensure as an Instructional Technology Teacher through any of the EdM, CAGS, or doctoral programs. Licensure typically includes earning a master’s degree of 36 credits and 16 additional credits, including 6 credits in Foundations of Education (ED 100 or ED 500) and 8 credits of student teaching. Teachers with another public school license may earn their instructional technology license by completing a limited set of specific subject matter courses. For licensing information, visit www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs.

Required Courses (for Public School Licensure) (42 cr)

  • SED ED 500 Foundations of Educational Practices (6 cr)
  • SED EM 550 Introduction to Educational Media & Technology (4 cr)
  • SED EM 570 Introduction to Interactive Software Development (2 cr)
  • SED EM 590 Software for Curriculum (4 cr)
  • SED EM 670 Advanced Interactive Software Development (2 cr)
  • SED EM 680 Distance Education Research and Design (4 cr)
  • SED EM 690 Designing Educational Multimedia (Prereqs: SED EM 570, 701, and 713; best taken in conjunction with EM 670)
  • SED EM 601 Instructional Design
  • SED EM 705 Advanced Internet for Educators (2 cr)
  • SED EM 713 Digital Video Production for Education and Training
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research
  • SED CT 900 Independent Study (2 cr)

Student Teaching (8 cr)

Select two of three 150-hour half-practica for a total of 300 hours.

  • SED EM 760 Pre-K–6, five-week, min. 150-hour practicum (4 cr)
  • SED EM 770 5–8, five-week, min. 150-hour practicum (4 cr)
  • SED EM 780 8–12, five week, min. 150-hour practicum (4 cr)

Courses Open to Undergraduates

  • SED EM 523 Children’s Literature
  • SED EM 570 Introduction to Interactive Software Development
  • SED EM 590 Software for Curriculum