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Explore our EdS in Educational Technology

With an EdS in Educational Technology, you can develop and lead technology-supported solutions to learning challenges in the PreK–12 classroom.

Educational technology is changing the way we learn everywhere—from traditional kindergarten to graduate classrooms, major corporations, small businesses, and hospitals. With an Education Specialist (EdS) degree in Educational Technology, you can initiate change in your classroom, at your school, or in your district.

In this online Education Specialist degree program, you will:

  • Learn to apply the latest technologies to improve instruction and learning across a wide range of learning environments.
  • Integrate the latest technologies and instructional design principles to bring about transformative change.
  • Benefit from program outcomes informed by Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) standards.
  • Prepare to conduct research on local problems in a rapidly changing field.

An innovative approach

An EdS degree can dramatically impact your salary and career as an educator-leader in less time, and at a lower cost, than it takes to earn a Doctor of Education (EdD) or PhD in Education. However, the innovative structure of our Lifelong Learner Pathway allows you to lay the groundwork for your doctorate if you later choose to pursue it. As an EdS student, you will take the same initial courses as EdD and PhD in Education students, where you exchange ideas and engage in advanced graduate coursework. If you are inspired to earn your doctorate, you can transfer seamlessly into the EdD program with a specialization in Educational Technology without starting over, saving you time and money.

Highlights

Like all of our Education Specialist degree programs, Walden’s EdS in Educational Technology program is designed to empower busy educators like you to pursue a specialized post-master’s degree while continuing to work full time. Our program offers unprecedented flexibility that lets you tailor your studies to your needs and goals, and even change direction midstream without losing time or money.

  • You can switch degree paths even after starting your program. Students in the Doctor of Education (EdD) and PhD in Education programs with a specialization in Educational Technology take the same four initial courses as students in this Education Specialist (EdS) post-master’s program. With our Lifelong Learner Pathway, you can switch degree paths without having to start over.
  • Increase your impact as an educator-leader in less time. With an EdS in Educational Technology, you can make a greater impact on your salary and career trajectory—not to mention your community—in significantly less time, and at a lower cost, than it takes to earn an EdD or PhD in Education.
  • Learn from highly qualified and diverse faculty mentors, who blend academic theory with real-world insights to enrich your learning and broaden your perspectives on the latest trends.

Save Time and Money on Your Degree

The ability to transfer credit at Walden can give you a more seamless, effective, and cost-efficient way to continue your education. Complete your required coursework sooner by transferring applicable required graduate credits into a Walden degree program.

Program Savings

Receive your first course at no cost if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

limited-time-savings

Curriculum

Completion Requirements

  • 45 quarter credits*

*Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Time to degree completion assumes it takes 2 years and 3 months to complete the 9 courses.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits

Choose one course from the following two courses:

EDSD 7002

Leading the Future of Education

As an advanced graduate student, you are about to embark on one of the most exciting journeys of your life. This practical course provides meaningful skills you will need to select your path, complete your degree, and become a successful leader of educational change in the 21st century. Networking and research skills, scholarly writing, critical thinking, use of Walden resources, and the three advanced graduate paths (e.g., PhD, EdD, EdS)—this course addresses all of these in a manner that provides a solid foundation of skill sets upon which to base your journey. You will find a balance of assignments (e.g., case studies, discussions, application assignments) that will ignite your passion for learning, allow you to collaborate with others, and guide your current and future work. This course is designed to reflect Walden's social change mission and provide you with meaningful tools for success as an advanced graduate student.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7006

Leading the Future of Education

As an advanced graduate student, you are about to embark on one of the most exciting journeys of your life. This practical course provides meaningful skills you will need to select your path, complete your degree, and become a successful leader of educational change in the 21st century. Networking and research skills, scholarly writing, critical thinking, use of Walden resources, and the three advanced graduate paths (e.g., PhD, EdD, EdS)—this course addresses all of these in a manner that provides a solid foundation of skill sets upon which to base your journey. You will find a balance of assignments (e.g., case studies, discussions, application assignments) that will ignite your passion for learning, allow you to collaborate with others, and guide your current and future work. This course is designed to reflect Walden's social change mission and provide you with meaningful tools for success as an advanced graduate student.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7090

Trends and Issues in Educational Technology

Using new technologies in new ways sparks learning, creativity, and innovation. Trends and issues in educational technology are examined to discover how they influence learning and creativity in the workplace. Learners collaborate to demonstrate the evolution of a current technological trend, analyze its impact on learning and society, and evaluate the societal issues and problems caused by that trend.  

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7091

Creating Digital Media

The effective use of digital media in learning environments requires leaders in the field to be both consumers and creators of multimedia. Learners become knowledgeable developers of digital media by applying principles of instructional design and pedagogy to multimedia. Learners collaborate in the design and creation of digital and interactive media based on visual design principles.

(5 cr.)
RSCH 7110

Research Theory, Design, and Methods

Students in this research course are provided with the opportunity to develop core knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing, and designing research at the doctoral level. Students explore the philosophy of science, the importance of theory in research, and research processes. The course also introduces students to the quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method research designs and methods. Students devote special attention to understanding the ethical and social change implications of conducting research and engaging in scholarship. They apply their knowledge and skills by developing elements of simple research plans for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7092

Innovations and the Diffusion of Learning Technologies

Social change resulting from the integration and adoption of technological innovations is the focus of this course. Learners explore Rogers' Diffusion of Innovations Theory through first-hand experience in a simulation. Learners explore research regarding the integration of technology in the workplace or education setting to determine strategies for becoming catalysts for change. Strategies for overcoming resistance and barriers to change are analyzed.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7103

eLearning

Educators explore the theories, paradigms, trends, and issues in the field of eLearning. Research on eLearning is critiqued and analyzed as an ecosystem, including an examination of K–12, higher education, corporate, and personal learning communities. Current social and geopolitical trends and their impact on eLearning are analyzed. Delivery methods, human presence, and sustainability of eLearning design are investigated. Through this course, educators are provided with design and development experience through the creation of multimedia presentations in an eLearning environment.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7093

Leading Change

Education professionals explore topics related to leading technological change in an organizational setting. Human performance concerns are examined utilizing a variety of leadership approaches. Learners identify a performance gap, develop technological interventions, consider social change issues, and design assessments in order to develop a plan for improving performance.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7107

Designing Instruction for eLearning

Instructional design for eLearning involves understanding effective learning experiences in digital spaces. Educators apply the principles of the community of inquiry and the engagement of the digital learner as they design an eLearning course. Mobile technologies, collaborative learning, assessment, academic integrity, and meeting the needs of diverse and global students are addressed. Educators collaborate in the design and development of eLearning products and explore social change through eLearning.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7900

EdS Capstone Project: Creating and Supporting Effective Educational Practices

Effective education leaders promote meaningful change for all students, foster the use of effective practices, and sustain long-term program viability in diverse educational settings. Throughout the program course sequence, educators examine critical components to create and support continuous improvement. These skill sets are applied in this capstone course as educators create a project that promotes meaningful education and social change. Working in a consultative role as a school or district professional, the educator engages in a project to identify a problem within his or her academic and/or work environment and propose a solution in the form of draft recommendations for the school, district, or educational setting. Additionally, the educator projects how the proposed recommendations, if implemented, would be evaluated and sustained. A Capstone Project Rubric is used to guide in project development and evaluation.

(5 cr.)
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Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 45 total quarter credit hours $615 per semester hour $27,675
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $1,440


TOTAL $29,115


Transfer up to 22 credits $14,170


Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $14,945

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

Receive your first course at no cost if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

limited-time-savings

Admission Requirements

Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply.

More information for international applicants.


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