2024-2025 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Educational Technology M.S.

Program Rationale:

The educational technology program is an applied curriculum based on a balanced approach of theory (knowledge) and hands-on experience. The goal of this program is to provide leadership in ET for teachers in the public schools. Graduate students will gain knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • instructional design process;
  • visual design;
  • visual literacy;
  • working with a range of software programs;
  • working with a range of interactive delivery systems (video, audio, print, Web, multimedia, animation, etc.);
  • applying design and production skills to various instructional outcomes;
  • applying assessment rubrics (formative and summative evaluation) to completed instructional-based projects; and
  • troubleshooting technology problems.

A unique feature of the educational technology program is that all courses build on one another to provide maximum relevance, linkage, and unity. The master's program in educational technology underscores the need for competency and mastery for each course to be based on knowledge and performance. Students are assessed on how well they are able to apply their skills and knowledge to course projects. The performance criteria are as follows:

  • Content design: Does the project content reflect sound instructional strategies?
  • Visual design: Does the overall look and appearance of the project capture the learners' attention and interest?
  • Technical considerations: Are technical decisions such as programming and visual and audio manipulation functional? Does the project work?
  • Evaluation: Does the program teach? Is there change in behavior?

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students are expected to:

  • apply technology skills in the development of instruction;
  • understand and apply instructional design process;
  • apply production skills in the development of instruction;
  • apply evaluation standards to various instructional programs;
  • understand and apply the technology integration process;
  • understand and apply inquiry skills in educational technology research; and
  • demonstrate leadership skills in applying instructional technology in the work environments.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work.

The graduate application, application fee, and official transcripts are to be submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office from each institution attended except Central Connecticut State University.

Contact: 860-832-2130


Course and Capstone Requirements: 30 credits

Core Courses

EDT 502Design Tools


EDT 505Inquiry in Educational Technology


EDT 515Instructional Design


EDT 517Message Design and Production


EDT 520E-Learning


EDT 525Instructional Video and Audio


EDT 530Online Instruction


EDT 535Interactive Multimedia I


EDT 536Interactive Multimedia II


Total Credit Hours:27

Research and Capstone Requirements (Plan E: Special Project)

In the capstone final project (EDT 597), a graduate student completes a comprehensive instructional project that is larger and different from a classroom project. In this culminating experience the graduate student demonstrates the ability to apply and integrate the skills acquired in the program as they independently design, develop, implement and assess the final project. The faculty serve as sounding boards throughout the final project.

Students begin the final project by submitting a comprehensive proposal. Before beginning EDT 597 Final Project, students must have completed at least 21 credits in the program including EDT 505 and EDT 525. Completion of the project requires use of a personal computer, an email account, and a current CCSU BlueNet account. 

EDT 597Final Project


Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 30