CAGS 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 Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program in Educational Media & Technology prepares graduates for a variety of professional careers through a carefully blended curriculum of core courses, electives, and field experiences.

Graduates go on to professional careers as teachers, professors, and researchers; instructional designers in higher education, publishing, health-related fields, and business; independent designers and developers of educational software; pre-K–12 technology directors and instructional technologists; and managers of the human and technology-based resources necessary to support education and training with technology.

Boston University, the rich resources of the Boston area, and our extensive alumni network allow us to offer many attractive opportunities for students to gain experience through practica, internships, and independent study.

The CAGS program is designed for students who have already earned a master’s degree and who wish to pursue coursework in educational media and technology. You may enroll in this program without previous coursework in the area. The program is comprehensive and allows for specialization. Students take coursework in educational media and technology, research, curriculum and teaching, and specialization courses. Coursework is selected in conjunction with your advisor. Previous coursework in the field may substitute for required courses and create more options for electives.

CAGS Requirements

Core Coursework (28 credits):

  • SED EM 550 Introduction to Educational Media and Technology (4 cr)
  • SED EM 570 Introduction to Interactive Software Development (2 cr)
  • SED EM 680 Distance Education Research and Design (4 cr)
  • SED EM 601 Instructional Design (4 cr)
  • SED EM 713 Digital Video Production for Education and Training (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)
  • SED EM 670 Advanced Interactive Software Development (2 cr)
  • SED EM 731 Developing E-Learning Courseware (4 cr) or
  • SED EM 690 Designing Educational Multimedia (4 cr)

Elective Coursework (4 credits):

Students are required to take four credits of elective coursework. Elective coursework is chosen in consultation with an advisor. With advisor approval, electives may be chosen from other programs and departments at the School of Education and/or other graduate schools and colleges at Boston University. Courses or credits taken outside of the School of Education must be approved by the department to apply to the degree. Students may elect to take more than the minimum requirement of credits by enrolling in elective coursework. Below are some elective course offerings at the School of Education.

Independent Study, Practica, and Internships (variable credit):

  • SED EM 810 Practicum: Instructional Technology
  • SED EM 812 Internship: Educational Technology

Additional Requirement(s):

Comprehensive Examination: CAGS candidates must file a formal application for a departmental comprehensive examination with the department chair and faculty advisor. The examination must be completed successfully.