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UCF - Graduate Program Handbooks 2016-2017

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Last Updated 2016-03-02

Educational Technology

Together, the Graduate Student Handbook and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.

The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.

Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:


Educational Technology is a program for educators in PreK-12 and Higher Education looking for ways to increase their satisfaction and become highly skilled at successfully integrating technology into the curriculum. The skills and knowledge gained through this program allow educators to enhance their current job as well as seek new career paths in the field of education. Educators who graduate from this program have the skills to become: technology coordinators, instructors at the community college and university level, computer teachers and more. The Educational Technology program is exciting and applicable to your current teaching situation. The program provides an opportunity for study, research and professional training. It requires a great deal of independent thinking, and emphasis placed on the cultivation of scholarly attitudes and methods.


The Educational Technology track in the Instructional Design and Technology MA program requires a minimum of 39 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. The curriculum includes 15 credit hours of instructional technology core courses, 15 credit hours of professional specialization, six credit hours of electives, and three credit hours of practicum.

Required  Courses—30 Credit Hours

Core—15 Credit Hours

  • EME 6055 Current Trends in Instructional Technology (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6062 Research in Instructional Technology (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6432 Measurement & Evaluation or EDF 6401 Statistics for Educational Data (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6613 Instructional System Design (3 credit hours)

 Professional Specialization Courses—15 Credit Hours

  • EME 5050 Fundamentals of Technology for Educators* (3 credit hours)
  • EME 5053 Electronic Resources for Education** (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6405 Application Software for Educational Settings** (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6507 Multimedia in the Classroom* (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6602 Integration of Technology into the Curriculum*** (3 credit hours)

*Online delivery course.
**Online delivery course with blended flexible schedule, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
***25-35 percent of the course delivered online.

Elective Courses—6 Credit Hours

Students must choose at least 6 credit hours of electives.  Electives in current certification area, technology, or other as approved by adviser. Courses not listed below require adviser approval. All ENC courses require approval from English Department.

  • EME 6209 Multimedia Instructional Systems II (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6457 Distance Education: Technology Process Product (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6607 Planned Change in Instructional Technology (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6601 Instructional Simulation Design for Training and Education (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6614 Instructional Game Design for Training and Education (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 5875C Introduction to Modeling and Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6504 Adult Learning (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6216 Editing Professional Writing (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 5225 Theory and Practice of Document Usability (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6261 Technical Writing, Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6296 Computer Documentation (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6432 Transmedia Story Creation (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6635 Capstone: Action Research in Teacher Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6884 Education as a Cultural Process (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6886 Multicultural Education (3 credit hours)
  • EGI 6051 Understanding the Gifted/Talented Student (3 credit hours)
  • ESE 6217 Curriculum Design (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 5345 Methods of ESOL Teaching (3 credit hours)

Practicum—3 Credit Hours

Practica are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program.

  • EME 6940 Theory into Practice in Educational Technology (3 credit hours)

Examination Requirements

Comprehensive Exams

All master's and doctoral degree candidates are required to take a comprehensive exam. If you are Masters degree candidate, you must pass the exam during the final semester of coursework and/or internship. If you are a Doctoral degree candidate, you must pass the exam to qualify for dissertation hours.

Comprehensive exams consist of summative open book essay questions that are customized for your individual plan of study. You should interact with your program advisor to prepare a study guide before the exam. You may use any resource to study for exam using your guide.The exam will be sent to you via email on a designated date (typically on a Friday before 5pm) for you to work on over a weekend. You are to then submit your written answers to the faculty member who sent you the exam via email by midnight on a designated date.

At least one faculty member (for master's degree seeking students) or two faculty members (for doctoral degree seeking students) will review your answers to determine if you (a) pass as is with no condition, (b) pass with conditions, or (c) not pass.
If you pass with no conditions, no further action is required. If you pass with conditions, you will have to address the conditions specified in feedback given to you by program faculty (e.g., address comments and follow-up questions about your answers in either written or oral format). If you do not pass, you must register for and retake the exam the following term.

To take the comprehensive exam, you must:

Successfully complete all required core and required specialization courses.

Register to take comprehensive exam immediately before or at the beginning of the semester you plan to take the exam (the form is available from the College of Education Academic Advising Office or from program assistant, Lillian Ramos.

For Master's degree students pursuing the e-Learning or the Educational Technology track, please contact Dr. Glenda Gunter to discuss your comprehensive exam.

For all doctoral candidates and master's degree students pursuing the Instructional Systems track, please schedule a meeting with Dr. Atsusi Hirumi to generate a exam study guide (typically, 9-10 questions) at the beginning of the term in which you are to take exam.

Study for exam using guide to focus your efforts.

Take exam on specified date and follow directions to submit as discussed with your program advisor.

Financial Support

College, department and program assistantships depend on grant/project funding. Some assistantships come with tuition waivers, others do not. The best way to earn such a graduate assistant position is to meet with faculty across the college in person. Typically, faculty like to get to know students (e.g., in class) before hiring them for such positions. However, you may complete the Graduate Assistantship Application Form and submit it to Erica Mendoza ( who will keep you application and resume on file for consideration as Assistantships become available.

Graduate Student Associations

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is UCF's graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students' personal, educational and professional experience. To learn more or get involved, please For individual department or graduate program organizations, please see program advisor.

Professional Development

Pathways to Success Workshops

Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success program offers free development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to register, please visit

Job Search

Career Services

UCF’s Career Services department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website


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