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Information Technology

This is a graduate program in education offered on-line through a partnership between Memorial University of Newfoundland, Faculty of Education and Cape Breton University, Institute for Education. 

Rationale and Goals

The graduate programme in Information Technology is offered in partnership with the Cape Breton University (CBU). It is designed to facilitate the educational use of information technology in a wide variety of settings. The programme will be of interest to educators at all levels including K-12 teachers, school administrators, those in the post-secondary system, business and industry, as well as those in most other adult learning situations.

Information technology in this Master of Education programme encompasses computer, communications, networking and multi-media applications. The overall intent of the programme is to:

provide educators with skill sets and pedagogical expertise that will enable them to address computer and related information technology in a teaching/learning situation;

develop potential information technology leaders for the educational system;

develop instructional designers, for a variety of educational settings, who are able to combine information technology with learning theory to enhance curriculum development and delivery;

provide a basis for the continued professional development of educators in the area of information technology;

develop an awareness of the applications of information technology in a wide variety of educational contexts; and

develop research expertise and potential in the use and application of information technology for teaching and learning purposes.

Candidates for the programme will have attained, prior to acceptance, some fundamental knowledge and skills with respect to information technology through prerequisite experiences, and have attained a recognised undergraduate degree in an appropriate discipline with at least a second class standing (see specific regulations for details). The programme components are designed to enable candidates to build on their prior experience through the development of pedagogical links and information technology applications. It is intended that the programme be offered primarily as a part-time programme through distance delivered courses, with other delivery formats to be considered/utilised where feasible. Access to specific computer hardware, software, and the internet is required and will be the responsibility of each candidate.

Program Highlights

  • Application deadlines are September 15 and February 1

  • All courses offered on-line by CBU and Memorial

  • Full- and part-time students welcome

  • Both thesis and comprehensive course routes available.

Note: For the convenience of many of our students this program is delivered by distance; therefore, attendance on campus is not required. Students who are studying full time and meet the academic credentials are eligible for fellowships.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive and selective. In addition to meeting the requirements in the School of Graduate Studies General Regulations, Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland, candidates must have successfully completed:

one of a diploma or certificate in information technology from an accredited institution; CBU EDU 530; Memorial University of Newfoundland 2751 and 3751; or equivalent as determined by the program steering committee.

Selection into the program is determined by an applicant’s profile which would normally include such criteria as previous academic performance, related work experience, and relevant information technology experience.

Program Requirements

All candidates for the Master of Education (Information Technology) must complete 6100 Research Designs and Methods in Education.

candidates on the thesis route must complete:

three credit hours from:

  • 6610 Research on Computers in the Curriculum
  • 6615 Educational Software Prototyping and Evaluation
  • 6620 Issues and Trends in Educational Technology

nine credit hours selected from the core elective CBU courses approved for this program:

  • CBU EDU 5101 Assessment of Software and Information Technology Applications for Education
  • CBU EDU 5103 Integration of Instructional Design and Information Technology
  • CBU EDU 5104 Applications of Learning Theory in Educational Multi-media Design
  • CBU EDU 5105 Designing Web-based Learning
  • CBU EDU 5106 Technology Planning for Educational Environments
  • CBU EDU 5107 Information Management for Educational Environments
  • three credit hours from: 6822, 6823, 6802, 6426, 6927 or from other Memorial University of Newfoundland, Faculty of Education graduate course offerings as deemed appropriate for each candidate's program and approved by the program steering committee.

candidates on the comprehensive-course route must complete:

  • six credit hours selected from 6610, 6615, 6620
  • twelve credit hours selected from CBU EDU 5101, EDU 5103, EDU 5104, EDU 5105, EDU 5106, EDU 5107
  • E6590 Research and Development Seminar in Information Technology in Education
  • three credit hours from 6822, 6823, 6802, 6426, 6927 or from other Memorial University of Newfoundland, Faculty of Education graduate course offerings as deemed appropriate for each candidate's program and approved by the program steering committee
  • additional credit hours appropriate to a candidate's program, and approved by the program steering committee, to be chosen from graduate course offerings at Memorial University of Newfoundland, CBU, or any other university to complete the required 30 credit hours for the comprehensive-course route

Normally, candidates will be permitted to register for 6590 only after all other course requirements have been met.

Candidates who have successfully completed the CBU graduate level Certificate in Education (Technology) will be given advanced standing credit for the 9 CBU EDU course credit requirements for the thesis route or 12 CBU EDU course credit requirements for the comprehensive course-route on this program.

Candidates who have successfully completed the former CBU EDU 534 and/or EDU 543 with at least a CBU grade of B (70%) toward the CBU graduate level Certificate in Education (Technology) prior to September 2000, will receive up to 12 advanced standing credit hours appropriate to their Degree option (EDU 534 will be considered equivalent to EDU 5101 and EDU 5103, and EDU 543 equivalent to EDU 5104 and EDU 5105).

Thesis-route candidates will be subject to Theses and Reports of the School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland, supervised by a faculty member at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and where feasible co-supervised by a CBU faculty member. 

Pre-Requisite Technology Competencies

There are several minimum technological competencies that are required in this program. These are normally acquired through self-instruction or in non-credit courses offered outside the program. In this regard you herein attest with your signature that you are able, or will be able before the end of the third week of your first semester of the program, to demonstrate the following competencies:

create and upload a slidecast (e.g., PowerPoint) create and upload a Webpage with photos and soundrecord and upload a podcast (e.g., .wav, .mp3, .mid) create and upload a text-to-speech movie (e.g., xtranormal) set-up and maintain a new account on a blog website (e.g., Blogger) set-up and maintain a Feed Reader or News Aggregator (e.g., Bloglines) set-up and maintain a new account on a social networking website (e.g., Facebook)create and upload a Webpage that displays a talking MicroSoft Agent (e.g., MASS, MASH)

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Application Forms & Deadlines

Online Applications

Applications may be submitted online by following the process outlined at School of Graduate Studies-Application Package.

Should you have any specific questions about the programme do not hesitate to contact us at one of the following:

Memorial University
Phone: 709-864-8553
Fax: 709-864-4379

Cape Breton University
Phone: 902-563-1307
Fax: 902-563-1449

Samples of Student Work

Education 6610 with Dr. Elizabeth Murphy.

Education 6620 with Dr. Elizabeth Murphy.