MA in Education (Educational Technology)

Total units required for MA: 30

Program Description

This Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Educational Technology program uses a combination of face-to-face and online meetings. It is a rigorous 18-24 month program focusing on technical, curricular, and leadership skills. Instruction is centered on the learner and on what is required of educators in today's technologically-rich learning environment. Coursework is project-oriented, utilizing innovative electronic portfolios focusing on reflective learning practices and review by peers and colleagues. The Master of Arts in Education, Educational Technology encompasses a wide variety of academic, technical, and practical exposures, certifying that holders of the degree are highly competent teaching strategists, leaders, and presenters. Participants in the program not only learn to integrate relevant teaching strategies with current technologies, but are expected to develop new procedures that augment learning through the use of technology. Students focus on developing multimedia and web-based delivery skills as a means for teaching and learning, as well as on building a practical understanding of hardware, software and network applications. This program is offered only in cohort groups. Check with the Department (online or (916) 278-6155) for the next start date.

Admission Requirements

Admission as a classified graduate student requires:

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • two years of teaching experience or its functional equivalent;
  • a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 units;
  • proficiency in written English composition as demonstrated by either passing the Sacramento State Writing Placement for Juniors exam or equivalent, or enrolling in ENGL 109W passing with a grade of C or better; and
  • an interview with a student/practicing administrator/faculty team; interviews will be scheduled at the close of the application period, (the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test scores are NOT required; however, these test scores may be included with the admission application).

Applicants who have deficiencies in admission requirements that can be removed by specified additional preparation may be admitted with conditionally classified graduate status. Any deficiencies will be noted on a written response to the student's admission application.

Admission Procedures

Prospective graduate students, including Sacramento State graduates, must file the following with the Office of Graduate Studies, Riverfront Center 215, (916) 278-6470:

  • an online application for admission; and
  • one set of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State.

For more admissions information and application deadlines, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website.

The graduate degree program is subject to general University and Departmental requirements. These requirements are explained in the Graduate Degree Requirements section of the University Catalog.

Specific Additional Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements/Procedures for MA in Education apply, plus:

  • a minimum 3.0 overall GPA in the last 60 units attempted;
  • a valid teaching credential or Educational Technology Program Coordinator and Department approval for waiving this requirement;
  • an approved statement of purpose that addresses:
    1. why the applicant wants to enter this particular program;
    2. career objectives which will coincide with program goals; and
  • applicants must be proficient in using the Internet for e-mail, downloads, and web searches. Applicants must have demonstrated successful use of computer technology within the classroom and must be familiar with installing software, navigating through a hard drive, choosing printers, and logging on to a network.

The Department of Teacher Education requires each student download the Department of Teacher Education Graduate Student Handbook, available on the Department website.

Minimum Units and Grade Requirement for the Degree

Units required for the MA:  30

Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0; no units with a grade lower than "C" may apply toward the degree.

Note:  Effective Fall 2006 there is a Distance Learning Technology Fee of $40 per unit to be paid by the end of the third week of instruction of each term of enrollment in the Educational Technology program. Failure to pay this fee will result in students being dropped from their classes for the term.

General Advancement to Candidacy Procedures

Each student must file an application for Advancement to Candidacy indicating a proposed program of graduate study. This procedure should begin as soon as the classified graduate student has:

  • removed any deficiencies in admission;
  • completed at least 12 units of courses in the graduate program (see Degree Requirements) with a minimum 3.0 GPA; and
  • taken the Writing Placement for Graduate Students (WPG) or taken a Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course in their discipline within the first two semesters of coursework at California State University, Sacramento or secured approval for a WPG waiver.

Advancement to Candidacy forms are available online through the Office of Graduate Studies website. The student fills out the form after planning a degree program in consultation with the appropriate M.A. Program Coordinator. The form must be submitted to the Teacher Education Department Office and the Office of Graduate Studies for approval.

Approved Master's Thesis/Project Format: American Psychological Association (APA) - Latest edition. Before beginning a 500-level course to complete a Project, Action Research, or Thesis, students are required to have an approved Culminating Experience Proposal on file in the Department office. The reservation form for a Culminating Experience Chair for fall semester is due March 10; for spring the form is due October 15. Note: A completed Proposal requires the approval of the Culminating Experience Chair as well as Human Subjects approval. The proposal and accompanying Protection of Human Subject forms must be reviewed by the EDTE Graduate Coordinator and the Department or University Human Subjects Review Committee.

Enrollment in the 500 series Culminating Experience is for one semester. The expectation is that students will complete the thesis/project during the 500-level course.  One semester of continuous enrollment is allowed if the Culminating Experience Chair deems a reasonable amount of progress has been made as per the timeline in the Proposal and assigns a grade of "RP" for the 500 series. If students fail to make adequate progress according to their Proposal timeline and there are no mitigating circumstances (e.g., illness), a grade of "no credit" is given, and the student must re-enroll in the appropriate 500 series Culminating Experience.

Note: The Department of Teacher Education requires each student download the Department of Teacher Education Graduate Student Handbook, available on the Department website.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (24 Units)
EDTE 250IEducational Research for IMET 13
EDTE 251IEducation in Democratic, Pluralistic Society for Educational Technology 13
EDTE 280
EDTE 281Tools and the Curriculum 23
EDTE 282Strategies for Application and Presentation 23
EDTE 283Staff Development and Presentation Applications 23
EDTE 284Problem Solving and Project Development 23
EDTE 285Technology and Modern Practices 23
EDTE 286Special Topics in Educational Technology 23
Culminating Requirement (3 Units)
EDTE 507Culminating Experience: Educational Technology 33
Total Units27

These courses must be taken as part of the Educational Technology cohort. The Educational Technology coursework is integrated into these courses.


Requires acceptance into Master of Arts (Educational Technology); not open to students who have not been admitted to the program:


Credit is given upon completion of a thesis, project or other approved culminating experience for the Master of Arts in Education (Educational Technology). Open only to the graduate student who has been advanced to candidacy for the master's degree and has secured the permission of the Educational Technology Program Coordinator