MEd in Information Science and Learning Technologies with Emphasis in Online Educator
In the Online Educator emphasis area you will develop the knowledge and skills in eLearning offerings. You will prepare for jobs in an expanding field where online education is used in schools, universities, industry, health care, museums, and other learning settings. Your work will culminate in an authentic capstone project that documents your learning and accomplishments.
Working with a faculty advisor, each student develops a customized program of study. You pick the professional goal that makes sense to you, and our faculty will help you transform your goal into reality.
Your degree will open an array of career options. Some graduates work in K-12 schools, others work in corporations, and still others apply their skills in government, healthcare, higher education, and other settings. For example, some of our recent graduates are Software Designers and Developers, Learning Strategy Managers, Adaptive Technology Specialists, Training Designers, School Technology Coordinators, and Online Instructors. Whatever the setting, you will graduate with a skill set that will serve you well in the future.
The MEd consists of 30 graduate credit hours, with a minimum of 15 at the 9000 level or above. The Online Educator curriculum allows you to customize your course work by focusing on technology design and development or technology implementation.
Sample Plan of Study
|IS_LT 7361||Introduction to Digital Media||3|
|IS_LT 9484||Teaching Online Courses||3|
|IS_LT 9485||Designing Online Learning||3|
|IS_LT 9471||Instructional Systems Design||3|
|IS_LT 9455||Formative and Summative Evaluation||3|
|IS_LT 7310||Seminar in Information Science and Learning Technology (Exploring Sakai)||1|
|IS_LT 7310||Seminar in Information Science and Learning Technology (Exploring Blackboard)||1|
|IS_LT 9483||Capstone: Online Educator Emphasis Area||1|
|IS_LT 9440||Learning with the Internet||3|
|IS_LT 9474||Needs Assessment for Learning and Performance||3|
|IS_LT 9475||Diffusion of Educational Innovations||3|
Comprehensive Examination Process
In your final semester, you will develop and present a portfolio of your work to demonstrate your mastery of the competencies specific to your focus area. The portfolio contains descriptions of competencies and what they mean to you, explanations of artifacts, and reflections. You should start on your portfolio early in your coursework.
Portfolios can be submitted spring, fall, and summer semesters. Portfolios must be submitted to the assigned portfolio coach for review no later than three (3) weeks prior to the last day of classes; you will be notified by the SISLT Student Services Office of the specific date at the beginning of your final semester.
The student will work with the portfolio coach who will provide feedback and support to the student as she/he prepares the portfolio for review.
The review process asks three basic questions:
- Does the portfolio demonstrate the student's knowledge of what the competencies mean?
- Does the portfolio demonstrate the student's mastery of the competencies?
- Does the portfolio present the student in a positive and professional manner?
Once a portfolio is deemed acceptable or unacceptable by the portfolio coach, the coach will notify the student and the SISLT Student Services Office. Should the portfolio be deemed unacceptable by the portfolio coach, the student may appeal this decision by petitioning the Director of SISLT and requesting that two other faculty review the portfolio.
Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the MEd in Information Science and Learning Technologies program and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School. Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process. Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.