College of Education2018-2019

Department of Educational Specialties

Educational Technology, Master of Education

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Adult Learning and Training - Emphasis
  • Assistive Technology - Emphasis (beginning Fall 2020)
  • K-12 Teacher - Emphasis

We designed this plan for graduates who are educators and would like to become educational technology leaders within their school, district, or other professional setting. Our goals are to help you develop expertise and skill integrating educational technologies within any learning environment: from pre-kindergarten to college and from in-person classes to distant-learning ones.

Candidates in this program of study move from educational technology facilitators to educational technology leaders. To successfully complete this master program of study, candidates must demonstrate their understandings of content, pedagogy, and professional knowledge and skills through their performance on key assessments-which are embedded in all ETC courses and presented within the Capstone Portfolio.  

This program  is nationally recognized by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).


What Can I Do with a Master of Education in Educational Technology?

Globalization demands new skills from PK-20 teachers; critical thinking, problem solving, communication, creativity, and innovation are skills that the US citizenry need to acquire to be able to compete in the global market. Come and acquire, update, and hone these skills to improve your marketability as a Technology Director.

Through the Educational Technology program, you will be equipped to plan and design online and in-person instruction, organize, teach, and direct effective uses of technology in educational settings, being these in-person or online. Based on the standards for Administrators Technology Director (NETS-D) set by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), you will learn concepts, skills, and attitudes for applying technology on the job.

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • School/District technology coordinator
  • Educational technology consultant
  • Military/Corporate professional developer
  • Community college instructor

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 30
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Emphasis, Minor, or Certificate Required

An emphasis, minor, or certificate is required for this major. 

Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link View Program of Study
Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Master of Education in Education Technology is to provide students with the expertise and skills to integrate technology into their own teaching, model effective use of current technologies in diverse learning environments, and assist instructors in designing technology-enhanced learning experiences.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes align with Standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC).

For learning outcomes, see the International Society for Technology Education Standards for Administrators

K-12  Teacher Emphasis

For student learning outcomes for this emphasis, see the International Society for Technical Education Standards for Administrators

Adult Learning & Training Emphasis

  • Students will develop foundational knowledge related to adult learning theory & methods such as coaching, training, professional development, performance improvement, online and mobile learning.
  • Students will stay abreast of educational research and emerging trends regarding effective use of technology in adult education settings.
  • Students will learn how to plan, facilitate, and participate in learning communities that stimulate, nurture, support and coach adult educators in the study and use of technology related to adult learning methods.
  • Students will describe characteristics, based on research, of effective teaching and learning.
  • Students will create a syllabus for a class to be taught that includes learning objectives, appropriate instructional activities and methods, and assessment.
  • Students will discover key concepts about learning in higher education from diverse information resources.
  • Students will identify compelling issues in college teaching and learning.
  • Students will develop a teaching and learning philosophy.


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • Resume or curriculum vitae
    • Letter of application
Master's Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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