School for Graduate Studies

Master of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technologies

Technology will never stop evolving. Neither will its applications to education and training. This graduate program not only covers the most promising tools in virtual learning today, but also prepares students to identify and adopt new trends as long as they continue to emerge. Students learn how to enhance instructional design with immersive environments (Kitely and Second Life), social media, simulations, games, bookmarking, wikis and numerous other tools.

Ideal for

  • Educators—K-12 teachers, instructional designers, college faculty and others—who must design curricula for and teach media-savvy students
  • Trainers who seek to re-energize their practice and position themselves for future competitive advantage
  • Anyone whose aims require integrating virtual technology with instructional design

Advantages

  • Study anytime, anywhere. All courses take place online.
  • Tailor your studies to your goals. Students shape their experience in each course to align with their own projects, objectives and vision. Course formats frequently change to accommodate the unique needs of each class.
  • Connect with accomplished peers. In a virtual environment, students continually draw on one another’s feedback to hone their own projects, even collaborating on joint efforts. Peers have included notable architects, artists, executives, even scuba instructors, as well as longtime educators.  
  • Earn an elite degree. The degree program is renowned for its relentless emphasis on emerging breakthroughs. Students graduate not just with a firm grasp of the latest platforms, but with the capacity to evaluate future innovations, enabling them to adapt easily to new technologies in the years to come.

Program Design

This 36 credit hour program is taught through online instruction. Students and faculty spend the first year collaboratively exploring foundational concepts and skills, culminating in a showcase of current work, plans for four electives and a proposed final project (either a research thesis or capstone project).

Required Courses

  • Learning with Emerging Technologies: Theory and Practice
  • New Media and New Literacies
  • Social and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era
  • Designing Online Learning Environments
  • Assessing Learning in Digital Environments
  • Advanced Design Seminar: Portfolio Project

Elective Courses and Final Project

You choose 4 elective courses (12 credits) to reflect your interests and to reinforce the individual focus of your degree. You are encouraged to use your electives to build a concentration around your final project topic.  Many students choose to incorporate one of the advanced certificates into their master’s degree as their focus area.

The final project can be a research thesis or a capstone project.

Advanced Certificate Options

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Have Questions?

If you are unsure which graduate program is most appropriate for your educational goals, please contact the School for Graduate Studies at 800-847-3000, ext. 2429 or grad@esc.edu, or attend one of our online or in-person information sessions