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Overview

The Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Technology online program offered by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is a 36-credit program designed to prepare persons in K-12, higher education, corporate, and military settings to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for the classrooms of tomorrow. Graduates of this program will have a much better understanding of the uses of technology and how they can be applied in instructional/training settings.

The program focuses on the theory, research and applications related to the field of educational technology and is intended to help individuals;

  • use instructional technology (computers, telecommunications and related technologies) as resources for the delivery of instruction;
  • serve as facilitators or directors of instructional technology in educational settings and/or be developers of instructional programs and materials for new technologies; and
  • design instructional materials in a variety of media.

In addition to earning an MEd in Educational Technology, students working in K-12 environments also have the opportunity to complete the Technology Leadership in Education (TLE) Certificate program.

An E-Learning Certificate is also available for individuals working in higher education or e-learning industries.

*Note: The GRE is no longer a requirement for admission to this program.

NCATE and AECT logosThe MEd in Educational Technology program has been nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through their Specialized Professional Association (SPA) program, the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). -August 1, 2011

 

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Degree Plan

To earn an MEd in Educational Technology from UTRGV, students must complete 36 credits according to the following degree plan:

  • Curriculum and Instruction: 9 credits
  • Educational Technology: 18 credits
  • Electives: 9 credits
  • Total Required for Degree: 36 credits

Degree Options

The MEd in Educational Technology is a 36-credit program. Students must complete the 27-credit required courses plus nine credits of electives. With Faculty Advisor approval, students can customize their Program of Study to meet their specific needs. We offer the following options:

  • Traditional
    This program of study allows students to select nine credits of electives in a specific content area such as educational technology, reading, mathematics, or science.
  • MEd + E-Learning Certificate
    This program of study allows students interested in teaching online in higher education or at e-learning industries the opportunity to earn an E-Learning Certificate.
  • MEd + Technology Leadership in Education (TLE) Certificate
    This program of study offers candidates the opportunity to earn the Technology Leadership in Education (TLE) Certificate.
  • MEd + E-Learning/Technology Leadership in Education Certificates
    This program of study allows you to earn the E-Learning and Technology Leadership in Education (TLE) Certifications without having to take additional coursework beyond the 36 credits.
  • Thesis
    This program of study is for students who are interested in research or intend to pursue a doctoral degree in the future.

The Program of Study (POS)

The Program of Study should be developed in consultation with the Faculty Advisor during the first semester of graduate work and must contain the following elements:

  • A brief narrative statement giving the overall objectives of the program and special certification desired.
  • Methods for achieving these objectives, i.e., courses listed in the degree plan, experiences, thesis and tentative research problems.
  • The proposed method and anticipated date of the final evaluation.

Use the following links to download a Program of Study (POS) form for your degree option:

Admission Requirements

Apply to the UTRGV Graduate College:

  1. Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.ApplyTexas.org. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.
  2. Register on the UTRGV Recommenders and Document Upload Webpage. This is where you will request recommenders and upload program requirement documents, and where the graduate office will upload your transcripts. If you do not complete this step, we will not be able to process your application.
  3. Request your transcripts and other supporting documentation to be mailed to:
    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Online application at www.ApplyTexas.org. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are non-refundable.
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. If applicant does not meet minimum undergraduate GPA criterion, GRE general test with minimum scores of 150 Verbal, 141 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical are required for conditional admission. GRE test scores are valid for five years.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Personal statement detailing professional goals and reasons for pursuing the graduate degree.
  • Resume including educational background and work experience.

Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. Link to Graduate Studies TOEFL/IELTS for additional information.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). Link to Graduate Studies Credentials Evaluation for additional information.

Additional requirements for international applicants:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. Link to Graduate Studies TOEFL/IELTS for additional information.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). Link to Graduate Studies Credentials Evaluation for additional information.
  • Financial Documentation showing sufficient funds (minimum of $25,000) to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. Link to Graduate Studies Financial Documentation for additional information.
  • Immigration documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. Link to Graduate Studies Current Immigration Documents for additional information.

Application Deadlines

  Fall Spring Summer I
Domestic Jul 1 Nov 15 May 1
International Jun 1 Oct 1 Mar 1

Courses

Link to a list of the courses required for the degree plan. To find out when the courses will be offered, link to the Course Schedule, select UT Rio Grande Valley from the Host Campus menu, and Educational Technology (MEd) from the UTOC Program menu, and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

Participating Institution and Advisor

UT Rio Grande Valley

Dr. Rene Corbeil

Program Director, Associate Professor
(956) 882-7540
rene.corbeil@utrgv.edu

Admissions
Degree Awarded: Master of Education in Educational Technology
Campus Program Information

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the time requirements for a course?
    The online courses in this program will require approximately the same time as a traditionally offered course. Students should plan on committing approximately 10 hours per week. All courses will follow the regular semester schedule.
  • How much will it cost?
    Students are billed by UTRGV for courses. Links to estimated tuition and fees and campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost and Financial Aid page.
  • What types of courses can be used to fulfill the nine credits of electives in the degree plan?
    Students can either take Educational Technology Online electives or they can transfer credits from other universities (graduate advisor approval required). Students can use these electives to customize their degrees to meet personal and professional goals. Electives can be in subject areas other than educational technology, such as English, math or science.
  • Can I get credit for technology training I have already completed?
    The best way to answer this question is discuss the matter with your academic advisor. Some courses may be able to transfer over without difficulty while others may require special approval In order to be considered, the courses must be graduate level from an accredited institution.
  • What kind of certification will I receive?
    Receiving an MEd in Educational Technology will NOT confer teacher certification to you from the State of Texas. To receive Texas Teacher Certification you must complete other requirements outside the scope of this program. The Texas Education Agency does provide an endorsement in Information Processing Technologies. The information processing technologies endorsement may be added to valid teacher certificates, special education certificates, or vocational education certificates that require a college degree. Some school districts require their teachers to be certified in information or communications technology in order to teach a technology-related course. This degree may satisfy the district's certification requirements. It is recommended that you consult with the school district's certification office to make sure that this degree does satisfy your district's specific requirements. The three required courses in the online Technology Leadership in Education Certificate program fit directly into the online MEd in Educational Technology degree.
  • Can courses from a previous Master's degree apply toward this degree?
    You are allowed to transfer up to nine credits from an existing Masters degree into the Educational Technology Program with approval from your advisor. These courses must have been taken from an accredited university within the past seven years in order to be considered.
  • Do I have to take the GRE?
    No, the GRE is no longer a requirement for admission to the MEd in Educational Technology program.