Leadership in Instructional Technology is one of four concentrations within the Master of Science in Education - Instructional Technology online degree. This concentration is for students interested in pursuing a management and/or training position in business or education.
The Leadership in Instructional Technology track leads to a supplemental endorsement for the Nebraska Department of Education. It is designed to provide administrative and leadership skills in the use of technology in school settings. In addition to developing instructional technology skills, students develop technology administration abilities, manage professional development resources and will be able to provide instructional technology leadership for their school building or district.
For certified teachers, this track will lead to a Nebraska Department of Education supplemental endorsement in Leadership in Instructional Technology. Students outside Nebraska should check with their state's department of education for endorsement requirements. For non-teachers, this track does not lead to the initial teaching certificate but it does allow for flexibility in course selection and inclusion of additional management and administrative technology courses.
University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.
Program of Study
|Client-Side Web Application Development||3|
Course Number: CSIT 840P
This course covers the wide range of state-of-the-art computer technologies that are used to present information in a multimedia context. Students will use current tools and strategies for the interfacing of text, graphics, sound, and additional multimedia objects. Students will also learn the current techniques for creating hypertext documents as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium. Finally the students will learn an appropriate state-of-the-art scripting language to allow for dynamic content in their hypertext documents. Prereq: CSIT 130 or CSIT 834P or instructor permission AND graduate standing
Course Number: TE 800
This introductory web-based course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice. The course will provide opportunities for students to (a) define and differentiate between and among basic, applied, and action research and explain how each contributes to practice; (b) conduct and interpret preliminary, primary, and secondary sources of research in both online and hard copy formats; (c) compare and contrast various research designs, and (d) analyze qualitative and quantitative research methodology. This will include the use of statistical techniques and conditions to describe educational phenomena and to determine the validity and reliability of research methods, case studies, critical-theory, historical, and ethnographical methodology.
|Design & Development of Instruction||3|
Course Number: TE 810
|Copyright, Fair Use & Ethics||3|
Course Number: TE 868
This course focuses on the ethical use of copyrighted material and Fair Use Guidelines as they relate to education and business training.
|Developing Web-Based Portfolios||3|
Course Number: TE 870
This course will focus on planning, revising, and developing web-based working and academic portfolios. Tools such as web editors and image editing software will be used. Student will create a working portfolio to use during their academic programs.
|Developing Web-Based Educational Environments||3|
Course Number: TE 877
This course is for teachers and instructional technologists who wish to design, implement and evaluate learner-centered instructional environments. Students will create, implement and evaluate nonlinear, student-centered interactive web-based projects, based upon their students' assessed learning needs.
|Technology Tools for Teachers||3|
Course Number: TE 886P
This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments, and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources, and curricula for integrating technology.
|Field Experiences in Instructional Technology||3|
Course Number: TE 891
This course will provide field experiences for students pursuing the instructional technology program. Basis of the experience will be decided upon between the student and the adviser.
|Motivating the 21st Century Learner||3|
Course Number: TE 866
This course focuses on exploring research-based principles for motivating PK-12 students with the aim of fostering in them a disposition of lifelong learning. Topics include: strategies for fostering intrinsic motivation, using technology to stimulate learning, strategies for motivating the reluctant learner, and maintaining your own motivation as an educator. The course emphasis is on the practical application of strategies customized to the graduate student’s own field of educational interest.
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.