Master's in Education Technology

Master of Science
Classroom, Field
Main Campus - Melbourne
2017-2018 Catalog
Major Code: 8115 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom, Field Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
Admission Materials: résumé, objectives  

Program Chair
Scott R. Tilley, Ph.D.

The master's degree in educational technology is designed for all teachers and others who want to further their education in the use of computers and related technology in schools or other instructional settings. It is appropriate for teachers at any grade level and for any subject matter area. The curricula are designed for students with minimal background in computers.

The degree is intended for students interested in teaching with technology and computers, and teaching computer applications and computer literacy.

The master's degree in educational technology can be earned either on a full-time or part-time basis. All courses are available in the late afternoon or evening. Students can select either a thesis or non-thesis option.

The goal of the program is to prepare graduates to teach computer literacy; use technology and computers in a wide variety of educational settings; and evaluate and create educational software materials.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree. General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section.

Degree Requirements

The master's degree in educational technology is conferred on students who have successfully completed 30 credit hours including six credit hours of thesis (thesis option), or six credit hours of restricted electives that may include three credit hours of research chosen with the approval of the student's advisor and department head (nonthesis option). The thesis option concludes with an oral thesis presentation/defense. The nonthesis option concludes with an oral final program examination. Up to 12 credit hours of appropriate transfer credit may be applied.

It is the responsibility of the student to follow all master's degree policies governed by the graduate programs office. This includes arranging for the final program examination committee and scheduling the examination within the required time frame.


The following courses are required:

  • EDS 5051 Methods and Management of Middle and Secondary School Teaching
    Credit Hours: 3

    Students demonstrate methods of classroom management that constitute effective teaching practice as defined by the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices.

  • EDS 5070 Educational Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes sampling procedures, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, estimation of variability, the normal distribution, differences between two groups, analysis of variance and correlation. Also includes nonparametric techniques, multivariate techniques and computer analysis of educational data.

  • EDS 5095 Essentials of Educational Research
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes research skills and related competencies involved in the planning, conducting and reporting of applied research studies of the type required for a graduate degree.

  • EDS 5203 Theories and Trends in Education
    Credit Hours: 3

    Provides an overview of human development and learning. Topics include behavioral, social and cognitive learning theories. Emphasizes the application and implications of these theories to educational practice. Includes student review of research articles and other publications that relate to human development and learning theories.

  • EDS 5226 Introduction to Computers in Education
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introductory review of various uses for microcomputers in schools. Includes a review of current hardware available, computer application software, use of the World Wide Web, computer assisted instruction software, networking and legal/ethical issues.

  • EDS 5227 Educational Software Evaluation and Design
    Credit Hours: 3

    Proper design and appropriate evaluation of education software. Students write programs using established design techniques and procedures. Covers crash-proofing programs, user help menu methods, documentation techniques and screen formatting.


    EDS 5226

*These three courses must be taken at Florida Tech. Exceptions may be considered only through a written petition to be reviewed by the department's graduate faculty.

Additional Information

Students selecting the option with thesis take the six core courses plus six credit hours of EDS 5999 Thesis, EDS 5299 Current Topics in Computer Education and one computer science or education technology elective, for a total of 30 credit hours.

Students selecting the nonthesis option take the six core courses plus a current topics in computer education course (EDS 5299), one computer science or education technology elective, and six semester credit hours of restricted electives that may include three credit hours of EDS 5081 Research 1, for a total of 30 credit hours.

Any schedule that meets the above requirements within a seven-year period is acceptable. Any combination of part-time and/or full-time semesters can be used, as well as any combination of evening and summer courses.

Total Credits Required: 30