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Master of Education (MEd) in Digital Education Leadership

Digital Education

As today’s educators, you are well aware of technology’s promise — how it can impact not only the way you teach but also the way your students learn. There is a difference between promise and delivery, however, and, as new technologies find their way into the classroom, often you find you need additional support.

In addition, SPU’s MEd in Digital Education Leadership is aligned with ISTE standards for coaches as well as relevant NETP goals and recommendations.

Who Should Pursue This Degree

If you are an educator with an undergraduate degree and a strong interest in educational technology, and you want to earn a master's degree that can lead to a position as a technology coach or digital education leader, this is the degree for you. Designed for working professionals, all courses in this program are online, with weekly real-time web conferences.


As a student in the MEd in Digital Education Leadership degree program at SPU, you can:

  • Explore research, theories, and successful strategies for putting emerging technology to use in the classroom. Examples include blended learning, the flipped classroom, and bring your own device (BYOD).
  • Learn from full-time SPU faculty members and expert practitioners in the field. Courses are team-taught and delivered asynchronously using a project-based learning model. You decide where and when to learn. Teaching and social presence are enhanced with weekly real-time web conferences between you and your instructors.
  • Take advantage of free open educational resources (OERs) for course content, and eliminate the high cost of textbooks. Free open software is used whenever possible, and you can implement similar software in your own school (which may lack funding for technology). And, as a digital program, the use of paper is kept to a minimum.
  • Combine service learning and project-based learning. You choose a school to work with, and throughout the program you complete real-world projects that help teachers and students improve their use of educational technology. When you complete the program you will have a portfolio demonstrating your expertise as a digital education leader.
  • Complete the 45-credit program in eight (or even seven) quarters, with a cohort beginning each Autumn Quarter. Course requirements include seven 5-credit courses, taken sequentially, and six 1-credit elective courses. To finish the program in 20 months, you may apply to take the 3-credit practicum early.
  • Apply in your own classroom what you learn in the program, or support other teachers and administrators as a technology coach.

Program Outline

The program outline includes a description of program components. Official degree requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you are accepted into the program.

Admission Information

You may find more information about admission requirements and procedures online, though the official admission requirements for this program are also stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you apply.


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