MEd Learning and Technology Areas of Study

The WGU Master of Education program content is based on research on effective instruction, as well as national and state standards. It provides the knowledge and skills that enable teachers and trainers to teach effectively in diverse classrooms. The degree program is focused on preparing highly qualified teachers and trainers. The hallmarks of our program include (a) appropriate and rigorous subject matter preparation, (b) technology integration using proven instructional design principles, (c) fundamentals of research, and (d) real-life application of projects designed for the practitioner.

Instructional Design

The Instructional Design area of study prepares students to identify an instructional problem and design the blueprint for solving that problem using various principles of instructional design.

Instructional Design Theories
This course focuses on creating effective and efficient instruction.

Analysis
This course focuses on using analysis of needs, learners, and tasks in order to define the instructional problem.

Issues in Instructional Design
This course focuses on learning theories, cultural sensitivity, task analysis and design theories for creating effective, well-articulated, and efficient instruction.

Instructional Design Production
This course focuses on the application of a systematic process of instructional design, namely the concepts and procedure for analyzing, designing, developing, and evaluating successful instruction.

Research Fundamentals

The research fundamentals area of study prepares students to conduct research and also to become informed consumers of research.

Foundations of Research
Focuses on differentiating between different research paradigms, including qualitative, quantitative, and action research.

Literature Reviews for Educational Research
Focuses on selecting an appropriate research topic, evaluating the reliability of primary and secondary source information, and conducting a literature review.

Research Proposal
Focuses on developing a research proposal that includes the literature review, research questions, methodology, and data analysis.

Issues in Research Fundamentals
Focuses on developing a research strategy that clarifies what data to collect and how to analyze it using descriptive and inferential statistics.

Technology Integration

The Technology Integration area of study prepares students to produce exportable instruction related to the curriculum of their choice. Students will demonstrate understanding of multimedia and technology integration in the instructional process.

Legal and Ethical Use and Practice
Focuses on ethical and legal decisions regarding the implementation and use of technology into the instructional environment.

Technology Foundations, Tools, and Integration
Focuses on the use of media and technology for learning, including the use of a variety of technology tools for development.

Technology-Supported Learning Environments
Focuses on technology supported learning environments and communities including distance learning and special populations.