This is an Education Specialist degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies with an emphasis in Technology in Schools.
This is part of the EdTech program, housed in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT).
The technology in schools emphasis area prepares you to use plan and implement advanced technologies in classrooms and other learning environments.
In this emphasis area you will engage in professional growth and leadership to:
- Understand theories and perspectives in using technology to support teaching and learning;
- Use technology planning, management and integration in an educational setting;
- Build strategies that advance teaching and learning with technology.
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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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The specialist degree is a 30-hour program of specialization built upon the master’s degree. It requires 27 credit hours of course work relevant to the technology in schools competencies plus three credit hours in ESC_PS 7170: Introduction to Applied Statistics. Use specialist degree forms in the Forms section. At least 15 credit hours must be at the 8000 and 9000 level.
The curriculum reflects the dynamic nature of the field. Your technology in schools program of study consists of 30 graduate credit hours. The overall program structure includes course work in two categories:
- Required courses (12 credit hours)
- Recommended electives (nine credit hours)
- Required for specialist degree (three credit hours): Introduction to Applied Statistics
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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The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) created standards for teachers to use when creating, implementing, and assessing learning experiences for students. All required courses in the Technology in Schools emphasis area are designed to meet the ISTE Standards, found at http://www.iste.org/standards/standards/standards-for-teachers.
- ISTE Standard 1 (Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity): Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.
- ISTE Standard 2 (Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments): Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS.
- ISTE Standard 3 (Model Digital-Age Work and Learning): Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.
- ISTE Standard 4 (Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility): Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.
- ISTE Standard 5 (Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership): Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.
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Use the Technology in Schools Design & Development Advising Aid to guide your program planning. This aid provides information on the steps you go through in your program: getting started, planning your program of study and portfolio preparation. It also lists required and elective courses.
Develop your program using the S-2 Program of Study Form, available on the Educational Technology Specialist Degree Forms page. This form establishes the courses required for you to earn your degree. It must be approved by your advisor. The S-2 form should be filed with the student coordinator by the end of your second semester in the program.
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Your performance in the technology in schools focus area will be assessed through a portfolio process. You should start on your portfolio early in your course work.
In your online portfolio, you will document your mastery of the ISTE standards through narratives and supporting examples of work. You will work with a faculty adviser to ensure that your portfolio meets all requirements.
Each portfolio includes:
- Professional resume, including a list of technology in schools-related skills and experiences
- Documentation of ISTE standards mastery using the ISTE template
- Self-assessment narrative of your mastery of the ISTE standards with special attention given to the terms learning, evaluation and leadership
- Reflection paper linking program content to classroom practice
- Educational technology concept map
A portfolio is a website consisting of products and artifacts demonstrating mastery of the technology in schools focus area competencies and ISTE standards. There might be a few elements that are not actually included in the website (e.g., video clips of needs assessment interviews, a network solution you designed), but there is some representation of these products (e.g., a slide show about the interviews, blueprints or design documents for the network). Larger documents can be included as PDF files.
Ideally, products and artifacts are added to the portfolio as the work is completed rather than waiting until the last minute to assemble the portfolio. Creating the portfolio is just like creating any other website: Design it, build it, test it and revise it. Periodically, you will probably add something to the website. If you don’t have easy access to a server to host your portfolio web site, SISLT will create an account for you on one of our servers.
In addition, a three-credit-hour seminar is offered to assist students in portfolio development (7378: Portfolio Development). The seminar is designed to be taken after completion of at least 12 credits (including 7377 and either 7360 or 7370) and admission to the program.
The University of Missouri will provide you with server space to house your portfolio and projects for other classes. If you have questions regarding technical issues with your server space, you should contact the MU Help Desk.
A SISLT adviser will examine the portfolio before it is presented for formal review and make suggestions for improvement when warranted.
Presenting and Evaluating Your Portfolio
Portfolios are presented completely online. The portfolio must be available for faculty review on the date given. The portfolio and its presentation are considered collectively. Consideration is given to the entry knowledge and skills of the student and the student’s professional goals. The SISLT review committee examines your portfolio and either passes it or suggests revisions.
The review process asks:
- Does the student know what the competencies mean?
- Has the student demonstrated adequate mastery of the competencies?
If a portfolio or presentation is found to be lacking, the student is given the opportunity to make the necessary adjustments (e.g., add elements to the portfolio, enhance the presentation, enhance the products or innovations). A conference call or email correspondence will be used to get the portfolio back on track. The review committee will offer suggestions for additional work or changes to the portfolio. Once the committee is satisfied the competencies are adequately addressed, the portfolio is accepted.
You must be a registered student the semester in which you plan to graduate. Simply put: You cannot finish all of your course work and present your portfolio the following semester without being enrolled in something. This means you must register for at least one course, or there is an exam-only option available for students who have completed all required course work.
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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 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 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.