Thomas Edison State College, a pioneer in the use of educational technologies to create learning opportunities for adults, will be grooming some of its students to carry the heritage forward.
The College’s Heavin School of Arts and Sciences has recently launched a Master of Arts in Educational Technology and Online Learning, which will prepare graduates to become leaders in educational technology and to develop and administer online programs for learners, from preschool to higher education, including adult learners.
The 36-credit degree program is offered completely online and infuses a series of applied professional studies in educational technology, online learning, educational leadership and curriculum development.
“The curriculum provides a solid grounding in both relevant academic theory and applied practice,” said Dr. Adrian Zappala, assistant dean for Educational Leadership. “As part of their course work, students complete a research-based capstone project and applied practicum experience in the field.”
Graduates of the program will be positioned to respond to a growing alternative to campus-based study.
According to a 2011 study conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board, 65 percent of the 2,500 academic leaders surveyed said that online learning is a critical part of their long-term strategy.
The program also provides ample opportunities for the personalization of curriculum sequence to meet students’ individual career goals.
“Graduates will be prepared as educational technology leaders who are able to articulate and apply best practices in the creation and delivery of online courses for a variety of students, from pre-K and college through corporate training and continuing education,” said Zappala.