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2013-2014 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2013-2014 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Technology for Learning, M.A.

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Associate Professor Joseph, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-5086

About the Program

The Master of Arts in Technology for Learning is intended for individuals with diverse professional goals and interests who are aspiring to become leaders in educational technology and want to gain in-depth understanding of the field. Many of the educational technology courses are offered online, providing students with a blended learning experience — a mixture of online and face-to-face classroom learning. The program provides advanced studies in the analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation of educational technologies. The program is based on the foundation of research and practice concerned with the development and use of educational technology for meaningful learning. Consistent with this mission, special emphasis is placed on designing innovative ways of using technology to help students relate new experiences and ideas to what they already know.

The mission of the program is to:

  • Prepare students to use technology to transform teaching, learning and the curriculum.
  • Help students develop the expertise needed to identify, analyze, and solve learning problems with the use of educational technology in a variety of settings.
  • Help students develop the expertise to design educational technology tools that can be implemented in a classroom environment.
  • Help students gain hands-on experience with emerging technologies in state-of-the-art facilities.

The program is designed for students seeking professional certification who would like to “specialize” in educational technology. The degree offers 12 to 15 credits of content-pedagogy linkage for those holding initial certification in initial certification in one of the following certification areas: early childhood; childhood; adolescence education titles of English, mathematics, social studies, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, Spanish, French, German, and Russian; and special subject education titles of music and visual arts. Additionally, each student must complete an electronic portfolio illustrating their course work and professional accomplishments.

The Master of Arts in Technology for Learning conforms to the recommendation for teacher preparation by the International Society for Technology in Education and the National Educational Technology Standards.

Admission Requirements

Application for admission to the Master of Arts in Technology for Learning program is made to the Graduate Admissions Office. A committee of full-time members of the program bases its decision to accept or reject a candidate on a comprehensive review of the following criteria:

  1. B.A. or B.S. degree, with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher may be accepted into the program on a probationary status if relevant considerations warrant such an exception.
  2. A recent writing sample.
  3. Statement of purpose for pursuing technology for learning studies.
  4. Interview with a faculty member in the technology for learning program.
  5. Valid New York state initial certification in one of the following certification areas: early childhood, childhood, adolescence 7-12, or special subjects (fine arts, music).

Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 33-36

Electives - Semester Hours: 6

Selected under advisement

Electives may be chosen from the following courses or other courses within the School of Education , or selected graduate 200-level courses in specified departments within Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences .

Content-Pedagogy Linkage - Semester Hours: 12-15

Students must complete the content-pedagogy linkage for their appropriate area of initial certification.

E. Languages Other Than English (French, German, Russian, Spanish) - Semester Hours: 12

Complete only the requirements below for the target language of initial certification.

F. Mathematics - Semester Hours: 12

H. Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics) - Semester Hours: 12

I. Social Studies - Semester Hours: 12


In order to complete the Technology for Learning program, each student must develop an electronic portfolio illustrating the student’s educational technology course work and professional accomplishments. Students are required to submit and present the portfolio at the Educational Technology Showcase held at Hofstra University annually.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation from the program requires:

  • Satisfaction of all outstanding course requirements according to the student’s individual program of study (33-36 s.h.).
  • Completion of all course work with an overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Satisfactory completion of a department approved curriculum project, to be completed in CT 212 .
  • Electronic Portfolio (see above).
  • Completion of all required Education Law seminars.
  • All course work taken in satisfaction of the degree requirements must be completed within a five-year period.

Teacher Certification Requirements

Upon successful completion of degree requirements, students will be eligible to apply for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. Contact the Office of Educational Support Services, 129 Hagedorn Hall, for information regarding any required Educational Law seminars* and other certification requirements. Forms for applying for certification can be found at the Office of Educational Support Services Web page under the certification tab.

*Please note, as of July 1, 2013, the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education now require a new six-hour seminar for Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention, required under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA): http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/news/newsitem05162013.html.

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