This is an Education Specialist degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies with an emphasis in Online Educator.
This is part of the EdTech program, housed in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT).
The online educator program area will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to design and provide effective online learning experiences in a variety of settings.
The online educator program focuses on the following competencies:
- Designing online learning environments, activities and assessments for meaningful learning
- Selecting appropriate technology tools and learning objects to support online learners
- Designing, facilitating and evaluating online discussions
- Investigating uses of learning management systems to support and deliver online learning
- Promoting student engagement and building an online community
- Locating and evaluating Internet-based resources that can be used to enhance online learning
- Developing methods and strategies to measure effectiveness of course designs
- Organizing course materials in an online format
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- For questions about the admission process, particularly for SISLT, contact SISLT@missouri.edu and Brooke Hartman in the SISLT Student Services Office.
- View Learning Technologies Tentative Course Rotation.
- See descriptions of all SISLT classes.
- View all Educational Technology Specialist degree forms and planners.
- Students may apply for Conference Travel Support.
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You will take 18 credit hours of required courses and select 12 credit hours from approved elective courses. Plan ahead by checking the searchable schedule for all SISLT courses for course availability.
The specialist degree curriculum reflects the dynamic nature of the field. Your program of study consists of 30 graduate credit hours. The overall program structure includes course work in two categories:
- Required (18 credit hours)
- Recommended electives (nine credit hours)
- Introduction to Applied Statistics (required for specialist degree) (three credit hours)
Credit hour limitations:
- A maximum of six hours of transfer credits
- A maximum of 12 hours of Problems courses (ISLT 7085 or ISLT 9085)
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Use the Educational Technology Advising Aid for the Online Educator Emphasis Area for Current Students or Educational Technology Advising Aid for the Online Educator Emphasis Area for Students Admitted SP17 and later to guide your program planning throughout your program. This aid provides information on the steps you go through in your program: getting started, planning your program of study and capstone. It also lists required and elective courses.
For the specialist degree, students need to file these forms:
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You must enroll in the one credit hour 9483: Capstone: Design and Evaluation of Online Course. The capstone is designed as the means for you to synthesize your learning and demonstrate mastery of the competencies for the selected focus area.
Although each capstone project will be as unique as the individuals in the educational technology program, all share the following elements:
- Design and development of an online course (or redesign/development of an existing online course)
- Evaluation of the course by two external reviewers
- Report including evaluation results, your reflection and critique
How Is the Capstone Project Created?
After enrolling in 9483: Capstone: Design and Evaluation of Online Course, immediately notify your adviser about the online learning environment you will use for your project. Most students will require that a course be set up on a learning management system such as Blackboard, Sakai or Moodle. After creating your online course, you are responsible for finding two reviewers who will provide feedback you should use to improve your course before submitting for faculty review.
How Is the Capstone Evaluated?
Three SISLT faculty members evaluate a student’s capstone project. The review process asks two basic questions:
- Has the student fulfilled the requirements of the capstone course?
- Has the student demonstrated adequate mastery of the competencies?
Faculty reviewers do not consider your evaluators’ data, only the online course and your report. Additionally, consideration is given to the entry knowledge and skills of the student and the student’s professional goals. If a capstone project is found to be lacking, the student is given the opportunity to make the necessary adjustments (e.g., make improvements to the online course, enhance the instructional products or innovations).
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Before you apply
You may take up to nine hours of SISLT course work prior to being admitted, but:
- Taking courses prior to applying does not guarantee admission;
- Be sure to take courses that will be included in your program of study — check with the student coordinator office before enrolling;
- No more than nine hours will count toward your degree before you are officially accepted into the program.
We have rolling admissions, so you can apply to our graduate program whenever you are ready.
Course enrollment dates vary from semester to semester. For the most current information, visit the MU academic calendar for dates to remember.
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher (A=4.0) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work
- Some types of relevant experience
- GRE scores are not required.
- TOEFL scores (if applicable): at least 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based)
If you don’t meet one of the above standards, you could possibly be admitted on probation status. If this happens, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during your first 12 hours of graduate course work, with no grade lower than a B.
How to Apply
- Prepare electronic versions (e.g., Word files) of your resume and statement of purpose (what you hope your degree will do for you), as well as two letters of recommendation. If you have electronic versions of your two letters of recommendation, you should have these ready as well.
- Apply using our convenient online Graduate Application system. Be sure to upload your resume, statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation.
- Provide an official copy of your transcript from the college or university where you received your bachelor’s degree and your TOEFL scores if English is not your first language.
- Official transcripts should be sent to Graduate Admissions, 210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211
Once all your application materials are in place, we will review your credentials and notify you of the decision. Most decisions are made within a month.
If you must have your admission decision by a certain date, please notify our student coordinator, providing the date and rationale. We will do our best to meet your deadline.