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Educational Technology

Study on campus, through Zoom, or online: It's Your Choice

Our Master of Science in Educational Technology program trains graduates in the effective use of educational technology in schools (K-12), colleges, and universities.

There has never been a better time to obtain your Master of Science in Educational Technology. Touro GST’s Educational Technology program is a flexible, NYSED-approved teacher education program designed to advance your NYS teacher professional certification in the educational technology field.

Unable to study on campus? No problem! For your health and convenience, we live-stream all classes so you can learn from the comfort and safety of your home.

Want more insight into our program? Click HERE for the recording of Professor Holly Owens’s latest GST webinar on Innovative EdTech Tools and Activities to Motivate K-12 Learners Online, where she gives a quick overview of the state of EdTech in the post-COVID world and then covers the use of Canva, Parlay, and Yellowdig in the classroom.
Sign up for our next EdTech professional development workshop HERE.

It gets better! Many New York State teachers who complete a second master’s degree or 30 credits past their first master’s will be eligible for a salary differential—a salary increase throughout their teaching career including retirement benefits. NYC teachers for example are eligible for the NYC Department of Education salary differential.

Become a:

  • Computer Lab Teacher / Technology Teacher
  • Computer Cluster Teacher
  • Professional Staff Developer
  • Instructional Technology Coordinator
  • Director of Technology

Program Requirements


Required Courses
27 credits



Elective Courses
6 credits



Total Courses
33 credits

Required Courses

EDSE 600

History and Philosophy of Education and Special Education

Explores the historical and philosophical underpinnings of modern educational theory and practice, dating back to ancient Greek, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim writings on education and tracking developments into the present. It specifically examines the forces that have shaped educational policies in the United States, highlighting the current debate around meeting the educational and social-emotional needs of students from diverse communities. The role of technology in education and society at large, critical thinking skills, information literacy, and research-based instruction are also featured.
Offered by the Graduate School of Education.
3 Credits

EDIN 601

Foundations of Computers

Introduces the technological underpinnings of information technology in the educational environment. Students become proficient in integrating word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software into educational settings, learning about the general operations of computer hardware, telecommunications, and operating systems. Students gain a general appreciation of the complexity of modern information and of information literacy.
3 Credits

EDIN 617

Foundations of Instructional Technology - Teaching with Computers

Based on discussions of theory and research, this course examines the transition from the oral/aural classroom to the written/visual learning environment introduced through various forms of instructional technology, including the computer. Students explore many forms of instructional and educational technology, copyright and intellectual property laws, learning theories in reference to technology, assistive technologies, technology planning, theories of distance education, and the national educational technology standard (ISTE).
3 Credits

EDIN 622

Networking in the Education Environment

Introduces students to the fundamentals of data communications in the classroom and the school district environment. Students learn how to design, support, and troubleshoot Local Area Networks (LAN). Students also learn the complex details of network information security.
Prerequisite: EDIN 601
3 Credits

EDIN 623

Foundations of Instructional Design

Teaches students to design instructional activities that are consistent with curriculum goals, based on accepted pedagogy and effective in helping students synthesize information in a meaningful way. Students explore the foundational theories of learning and investigate models of instructional design. The focus is on the process of learning, the instructional plan, the technologies that support this process, and the many ways that teaching and learning effectiveness can be assessed.
3 Credits

EDIN 651

Internet Technology in the Classroom

Examines the Internet and World Wide Web as technology integration tools for collaborative learning activities, data collection and exchange, virtual field trips, Web Quests, and online mentoring. Students also develop a more comprehensive understanding of how to carry out successful Internet research.
Prerequisite: EDIN 601
3 Credits

EDIN 653

Technology Integration for School Leaders

Because educational technologies change and update constantly, this course teaches the necessary skills to evaluate and select the appropriate software and hardware to integrate into the curriculum and the classroom. Students learn how to use specific technologies to support general education students and students with special needs. A primary objective is to empower our students with the skills and knowledge they need to become agents of change for school reform.
Prerequisite: EDIN 601
3 Credits

EDIN 670

The Educational Technology Specialist

This course is required for professional certification track students. In the course, The Educational Technology Specialist as School Leader, students explore the role of the Educational Technology Specialist, a school or district-based resource and support person and leader. The course prepares students to assess needs and plan, implement, and assess best practices in the use of Educational Technology. The course explores: 1) how to mentor and support colleagues in using technologies to improve teaching and learning, and 2) how to select and implement appropriate technology resources to assure that students receive the most appropriate and effective educational experience possible.
Prerequisite: EDIN 601, EDIN 617, EDIN 651
3 Credits

EDIN 692

Projects in the Educational Technology (Pedagogical)

This capstone course requires certification track candidates to synthesize their theoretical and practical learning by designing a substantial, innovative educational technology project and integrating it into an active classroom in real time. Candidates meet together once as a class at the beginning of the semester. Then each candidate works independently with the support of the professor to first define a real-world problem in their classroom or school and then draw from theory and their varied teaching experiences to apply a new and emerging set of technologies to facilitate learning, communication, and mobility in the classroom, while meeting local, state, and/or federal standards in a particular curriculum area. The project includes a research component which supports the idea that graduate candidates are scholar-practitioners who conduct appropriate research and apply the locally-relevant results to improve professional practice. Candidates are especially encouraged to innovate in the area of special education and pay close attention to the needs of diverse learners, although the project may focus on any curriculum area in the K-12 realm. A minimum of 120 hours of work is required for successful completion of the course. The 120 hours includes a practicum of supervised field experience of at least 50 hours, with two observed and assessed class lessons.
Prerequisites: EDIN 651 and EDIN 670
3 Credits

Elective Courses

EDIN 621

Advanced Web Applications in the Classroom

Social networking environments have had a profound impact on how students communicate, collaborate and publish materials. This course explores web applications such as a portfolio-based Wiki that allows for collaboration through shared calendars, collaborative websites, shared online documents, and discussion forums. In addition, the course presents such technological innovations as Webspiration, Google Apps, Blogger, Voki, and VoiceThread. Because new technologies are always being introduced, students learn to create differentiated learning experiences at all grade levels by leveraging many tools that are free and accessible to all.
Prerequisite: EDIN 601
3 Credits

EDIN 626

Teaching Computer Applications in the Classroom

Introduces students to a variety of computer applications and how to integrate them into lessons across the curriculum. Students develop lesson plans that incorporate each of the tools in line with ISTE standards. Students also develop effective techniques to teach computer tools and applications at all grade levels.
Prerequisite: EDIN 601
3 Credits

EDIN 641

Programming in the Classroom

Introduces programming using the Java programming language. Students learn to design and implement Java programs, develop and select appropriate algorithms and data structures to solve problems, code fluently in an object-oriented paradigm, and understand large programs consisting of several classes with interacting objects. These skills form the framework for teaching the new AP Java course available to high school students.
Prerequisite: EDIN 601
3 Credits

EDIN 642

Multimedia Education Applications in Software Development

Students develop computer-based educational software using hypermedia, and either an authoring language or programming language. Some background in instructional design is recommended.
Prerequisite: EDIN 601
3 Credits

EDIN 643

Children, Technology and Media Literacy

Grounded in social science theory and research, this course examines the complicated effects of mass media on children. Students learn to analyze and evaluate images and electronic forms of communication in such major contested areas as the effects of media violence, pro-social programming and its impact, cognitive processing of media content, the effects of advertising, and the impact of media consumption on children's emotional health. Beyond theory, the course examines appropriate intervention strategies for countering negative impacts on students.
3 Credits

EDIN 646

Distance Learning Applications

Explores various technologies that are used to provide platforms for distance learning. Students produce and evaluate materials for the delivery of online instruction and learn instructional design concepts that uniquely apply to learning outside the classroom.
Prerequisite: EDIN 601
3 Credits

EDIN 652

Assistive and Special Needs Technology

Designed to expand the knowledge base of educational leaders who specialize in providing assistive and special needs technology. In addition to knowledge of specific hardware and software solutions that aid students with disabilities, the course provides theoretical and practical knowledge on how to conduct assistive technology evaluations and identify a variety of funding sources to support assistive technology for students with disabilities.
Prerequisite: EDIN 601
3 Credits

EDIN 654

21st Century Instructional Technology Models

Focuses on the use of technology as a vehicle to transform the learning environment from an outdated teacher-centered model to one that is student-centered and more personalized. Participants will study the problems facing our schools, while looking at emerging innovations aiming to better meet the needs of our students through exploration of: The National Education Technology Plan, 21st century pedagogy, models, frameworks, and tools of innovation. Learning experiences align to four main topic areas: Model technology schools and programs, innovations in instructional technologies, problem-based learning, and, school leadership and strategic planning.
3 Credits

EDIN 673

Designing Online Instruction

This course is required for Corporate Track students and can be used as an elective for Certification Students. It teaches instructional design as a creative process that uses a variety of strategies to address the unique needs of learners. To architect highly effective online learning experiences, participants will focus on such topics as project planning, content expertise, communication skills, and current technologies to design relevant learning experiences. Students will synthesize content, evaluate new technologies, and develop learning solutions that best meet the needs of a diverse audience. As a culminating project, students will create, implement and evaluate a short online course about an engaging topic of their choice.
3 Credits

Special Requirements

Degree candidates must already hold New York State initial teacher certification in any subject area. If you do not hold initial certification let’s talk about our Instructional Technology Program.

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