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Master of Arts in Education - Option in Educational Technology and Media Leadership

Candidates for degrees in Master of Arts programs must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time. Program application deadlines may vary. Visit the College of Education website for program details, application guidelines and materials, and application deadlines ( All university regulations governing the master's degree apply to college programs. Program requirements published in the university Catalog in effect during the year a candidate advances to candidacy are the requirements the candidate will be held to (catalog rights).

Serving the mission of enhancing learning through the use of technology, this program provides theoretical foundations and practical skills for individuals seeking career growth in educational, corporate, and public service settings. This option prepares academic leaders, information professionals, educators and trainers to access, evaluate, use, design, and effectively manage information and communication technologies for educational and training purposes. This program also prepares those planning to pursue doctoral degrees. Visit the program website for program details (


The following are required for admission to the program:

1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

2. Minimum 3.00 overall grade point average in last degree (not credential or certificate) earned from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants whose overall GPA is less than 3.00 but meet the University minimum GPA requirement and who present compelling evidence of academic and professional potential either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background, may be considered for admission at the discretion of the program admission committee.

3. International applicants have additional university application requirements including meeting the English language proficiency requirement. Please visit The Center for International Education (CIE) website at for more information.

A working knowledge of word processing, databases, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, presentation software, Internet searching and email usage is expected.


Candidates must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time.

The application for Graduate Admission to the University is available online through CSUMentor ( One complete set of official transcripts must be submitted with the university application. This set of transcripts will be used to determine grade point average eligibility. Failure to submit transcripts in a timely manner will result in a delayed review of the application.

A separate application to the Educational Technology and Media Leadership program must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (EED-7). An application and directions can be downloaded at The program application does not require a set of transcripts.

Conditional Admission

Successful applicants are admitted to the program with classified admission status.

Advancement to Candidacy - Clear Admission

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. For advancement to candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

2. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all course work.

3. Resolve all incomplete grades.

4. Complete all prerequisites and at least 6 units of the program in residence.

5. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.


Students must complete a minimum of 30 units of upper-division and graduate courses, of which at least 21 units must be at the 500/600 level taken at this university.

1. Program core courses (18 units):

Take all of the following:

  • ETEC 510 Foundations of Educational Technology and Media (3)
    Prerequisite: Either ETEC 411, ETEC 444, equivalent experience satisfying the California Level I computer technology standard, or consent of instructor.
  • ETEC 523 Information and Digital Literacies (3)
    Prerequisites: ETEC 444 or equivalent experience satisfying California Level I computer technology standard.
  • ETEC 525 Digital Culture and Society (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • ETEC 530 Leadership in Technology and Media (3)
    Prerequisites: ETEC 523 or consent of the instructor.
  • ETEC 551 Education and the Internet (3)
    Prerequisites: Either ETEC 411, ETEC 444, equivalent experience satisfying the California Level I computer technology standard, or consent of instructor.
  • ETEC 570 E-Learning Design and Development (3)
    Prerequisite: ETEC 523 or consent of instructor.

2. Research methods (3 units):

Take one of the following:

  • EDP 520 Quantitative Research Methods in Education (3)
    Prerequisites: For majors in MA in Educational Psychology: ED P 419 or equivalent. For other majors: ED P 400 or equivalent.


  • EDP 595 Qualitative Research Methods in Education (3)
    Prerequisites: EDP 400 or equivalent.

3. Electives (3-6 units): In consultation with program advisor, students will select 3-6 additional units to reach 30 unit minimum. Options include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A. Advanced Technology: ETEC 535, ETEC 580;
  • B. Library and Information Science: ELIB 530A, ETEC 540;
  • C. Other courses, including those outside the College of Education (e.g., Business, Communications Studies), chosen in consultation with program advisor.

4. Exit requirement (3-6 units): Electronic portfolio with interview, and one of the following chosen in consultation with the program advisor:

  • A. ETEC 695 (3 units) plus pass a comprehensive examination
  • B. EDP 699 Project (6 units) with written Project Report
  • C. EDP 698 Thesis (6 units)

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