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Master of Education (MEd) in Digital Education Leadership 

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About the program

The Master of Education (MEd) in Digital Education Leadership is designed for educators and staff who would like to specialize in helping teachers and administrators explore how technology can be used to enhance teaching, learning, and professional productivity.

This degree is specifically designed for those who wish to become

  • Technology coaches
  • Technology facilitators
  • Instructional technology coordinators
  • Educational technologists

The Digital Education Leadership master’s degree is aligned with ISTE standards for coaches and with the relevant NETP goals and recommendations.

Program design

This 45-credit program, which can be completed in eight quarters, uses a cohort model beginning each Autumn Quarter. The course requirements include seven 5-credit courses and six elective credits. The program begins with an orientation course and concludes with a practicum that provides you with practical, on-the-job experience, applying what you have learned in the program with real teachers, learners, and administrators.

Each course is team-taught by a full-time SPU faculty member and an experienced practitioner in the field. Courses are delivered asynchronously using a project-based learning model with weekly synchronous interactions between instructors and students. A strong emphasis is placed on using only open educational resources (OERs) for course content. Open access and free tools are used where possible. As a digital program, the use of paper is kept to a minimum.

Elective component

The cohort model program includes a total of 6 elective credits that are built into the course requirements each quarter. Electives are offered through the Center for Professional Education and can be tailored to your interests.

Possible elective topics include:

  • Virtual labs
  • Wearable technology
  • Blended learning
  • Flipped classroom
  • BYOD
  • Computational thinking
  • Robotics
  • Computer-supported collaborative learning
  • Cloud computing
  • Mobile learning
  • Tablet computing
  • MOOCs
  • Open content
  • Learning analytics
  • Gamification of education
  • 3D printing 

Admission requirements

To apply for admission, submit the following items to Graduate Admissions:

  • Graduate application and $50 processing fee.
  • A transcript from each college/university where a degree was obtained, a professional certification program was completed, and any graduate coursework was taken. These must be official transcripts and remain sealed in the original envelopes. Transcripts may be mailed directly to Graduate Admissions at SPU.
  • Scores from either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Official results must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions at SPU. Test scores must be less than five years old to be valid. However, if the applicant has a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (or 3.0 or higher on the most recent 45 quarter credits), MAT or GRE scores are waived.
  • Copy of front and back of current teaching certificate (if applicable).
  • Two letters of recommendation. These letters should provide a current assessment of qualifications relative to past and future service in the professional setting, and capability for graduate study. Recommendations should come from present principals, supervisors, colleagues, or former professors.
  • A personal statement (1–2 pages, Word or PDF). Include a statement of your personal academic and professional goals.
  • A professional résumé or CV.

Enrollment policy

  • You must be continuously enrolled in required SPU courses to earn this master’s degree, or until you officially withdraw from the program. Exceptions to continuous enrollment must be approved by the program chair.
  • You may be granted a leave of absence for up to four quarters by the program chair. Once the leave of absence has expired, you will either enroll in graduate coursework or be dropped from the program.
  • SPU’s Student Academic Services requires continuous enrollment to remain admitted in a graduate program. After four quarters of non-enrollment, students will be placed in “inactive status” and will need to reapply for admission.
  • If you decide to no longer pursue a master’s degree, you may officially withdraw from the program and SPU by notifying the program chair and the graduate programs manager.

Questions

Admissions materials should be directed to Graduate Admissions. If you have questions about graduate education or certification programs: