University of Vermont

The Curriculum & Instruction Program

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Educational Technology

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Specialization Description

This 18 credit Educational Technology Specialization provides a base of courses that leads to endorsement as Technology Integration Specialist in Vermont schools for those educators that are already licensed to teach in the state. All six courses are available online and therefore provide easy access for busy professionals. This series of courses can also lead to a Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction in Education and offer one an opportunity to become a technology literate educator.

Requisite Skills

Because of the online delivery of these courses, one must have access to the Internet, understand file and folder organization, the ability to upload document files and graphics, and a basic understanding of how to use a word processor.

Program of Study

These courses can be taken in any order and are offered on a regular basis each semester.

Fall 2015 & 2016

Technology and Inquiry-Based Learning (EDCI 323)
This course engages educators in a student-centered, active learning experience using technology resources and tools to promote questioning, critical thinking and problem solving skills. During this inquiry-based course, educators will have an opportunity to learn about technology resources & tools that support inquiry-based learning in all disciplines and design an activity for the students or teachers they teach.

Contact the instructor of this course, Lucie deLabruere for information.

Fall 2015 & 2016

Differentiated Instruction with Technology (EDCI 322)
This course explores ways that technologies can support learner-centered strategies that address the diverse needs of students. With an emphasis on differentiating instruction to ensure appropriate educational opportunities for all learners, this course introduces universal design and the use of adaptive and assistive technologies.

Contact the instructor of this course, Tim Fox for information.

Spring 2015 & 2016
Technology, Schooling, and Society (EDFS 320)
This course explores the influences of technology on schooling and society. Using sociological, historical, and philosophical frameworks, course participants will consider ways that the proliferation and use of information technologies presents both challenges and opportunities for teachers, learners, and community members. With a particular focus on changing roles due to information access, this course examines issues of equity, cultural diversity, student empowerment, community relationships, and the transformation of traditional schooling practices.

Contact the instructor of this course, Colleen MacKinnon for information.

Please note that if you are in the Masters Degree Program, this course can count as one of your foundation courses.

Summer 2015 & 2016

Learning Theory, Instructional Design, and Technology (EDCI 321)
This course explores learning-theory research and its applications for technology-enriched, standards-based units of study. Students will study theories of constructivism, multiple intelligences, and other research related to how people learn. Participants will learn how technology applications can be used to create learning environments that strengthen problem-solving skills, and encourage communication, collaboration, and reflection. Using instructional design strategies explored in this course, participants will develop a standards-based unit of study that strategically integrates technology and meets national and state educational technology standards and assessments.

Contact the instructor of this course, Maureen Neumann for information.

Summer 2015 & 2016

Current Topics in Assessment & Technology (EDCI 324)
This course investigates current topics of assessment & technology in the PreK-16 environment. Students will cover assessment basics, the role of technology in education, information and knowledge management, and methods for integrating technology into assessment practice. Students will learn about specific cases of technology and assessment and will interact as an online community. As part of the course, students will conduct an action research project that investigates the use of technology in an educational environment.

Contact the instructor of this course, Carol Vallett for information.

Upon Request The following course, "ePortfolios for Learning and Assessment", is also a required course for a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in the Educational Technology Specialization:

ePortfolios for Learning and Assessment
In this course students work independently to learn how to create an electronic portfolio to demonstrate and assess their knowledge and proficiency in the field of educational technology.  As a final product, participants will build an ePortfolio in a tool of their choice.

Contact the instructor of this course, Sandra Lathem for information.

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Application Information

Individual or a series of courses can be taken. One does not need to be enrolled in a specific program of study. However, for those interested in applying to a degree program, please contact Alan Tinkler for advisement information. For an application to the Masters Degree you must apply through the graduate college website.

To register for any of the educational technology courses go to the Division of Continuing Education website.

To register for C&I graduate courses go to the Office of the Registrar.

Integration with M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction Program

For an application to the Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction you must apply through the graduate college. You can find an application and other relevant information on their website.

Downloadable Resources

Contact Information:

C&I Program Support

Department of Education
University of Vermont
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Burlington, Vermont 05405


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