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Denton, TX 76203-1335
Web site: www.lt.unt.edu
Graduate Faculty: Allen, Ennis-Cole, Jones, Knezek, Li, Lin, Norris, Poirot, Warren, J. Wircenski, M. Wircenski.
The Department of Learning Technologies offers course work in applied technology, training and development; and computer education, instructional technology and cognitive systems.
Certification and degree programs in the department focus on such areas as technological solutions in education, non-traditional education and applied technology.
Financial support may be available on a limited basis for research, teaching and internships. Funds vary depending on grants and other activities of the faculty in the department.
Faculty in the department have extensive research interests that include the examination of the development, delivery and evaluation of instruction in education and industrial training environments, and issues related to providing appropriate services to persons with disabilities and who are gifted, and the study of individual and family development.
Faculty interests include but are not limited to academic, social and behavioral assessment; designing effective instructional environments for exceptional learners; behavioral management systems for special populations, parent and professional communication and collaboration; establishment of partnerships to facilitate services for exceptional individuals; programs and procedures for gifted learners; identification of gifted and talented learners; academic acceleration; early entrance to school for college; social and emotional aspects of giftedness; microcomputer applications; networks; telecommunications; artificial intelligence; multimedia; computer-assisted and managed instructional environments; human-computer interfaces; cognitive development and information processing of traditional and special populations; utilization of technology in assessment; ethical considerations of the application of technology; statistical modeling; program evaluation; strategies for working with adult populations; and the study of developmental norms and family relationships.
Grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Texas Education Agency, Job Training Partnership Program and other sources provide financial support to graduate students, depending on program needs. Tuition and stipend support is available for both full- and part-time students in the areas of emotional and behavior disorders, autism and autism intervention, and transition and correctional special education.
The Institute for the Integration of Technology into Teaching and Learning (IITTL) promotes the infusion of information technologies into daily teaching/learning practices. IITTL conducts research in the field of teaching and learning at the local, national and international levels.
The Texas Center for Educational Technology (TCET) is designed to promote research and development collaboration among universities, school districts, the Educational Service Centers and the technology industry for the purpose of integrating the use of technology into Texas schools. Educational technology information and products are disseminated statewide via monthly publications transmitted in print and electronically. Research projects focusing on technology development, use and quality are supported.
The department offers the following degrees at the master's and doctoral level:
Further specialization at the master's level is offered in applied technology and performance improvement for cognitive systems, educational media, health science technology, marketing education, trade and industrial education, training and development.
The department also supports an interdisciplinary master's degree in corporate training and development and an interdisciplinary doctorate with a major in information science. Additional information on these programs is available from the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies and from the School of Library and Information Sciences respectively.
Depending on the degree attained, graduates of these programs normally seek employment in business, education, industry, military, as teachers, trainers, program administrators, supervisory personnel, guidance counselors, training technologists, curriculum development specialists, research and evaluation specialists, and community college and university faculty members.
Applicants must meet requirements for admission to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies and meet all requirements of the College of Education. For admission to any of the programs in this department, the applicant should file an application portfolio with the program area in which the student is interested in entering and schedule an interview with a representative of the program area. Contact the individual program or visit their web sites for details about the specific admission requirements for each program.
The Master of Education with a major in applied technology and performance improvement is a 36-hour program. Admission to candidacy is contingent upon submission of program specific admission materials. Contact the ATPI program for information or visit their web site: www.lt.unt.edu.
Required for major: ATTD 5110, 5120, 5130, 5140, 5160, 5440, 5480, 5530 and 5720; EPSY 5210.
Required for minor: 6 hours of courses outside the department. This is the recommended degree for those seeking certification in trade and industrial education, business/office education, marketing education, career investigation and health science technology education.
The Master of Science with a major in applied technology and performance improvement is a 36-semester-hour program that includes 6 hours credit for thesis or problems in lieu of thesis. Admission to candidacy is contingent upon submission of program specific admission materials. Contact the ATPI program for information or visit their web site at www.lt.unt.edu.
Required courses for the major are: ATTD 5010, 5100, 5160, 5440, 5480, 5490, 5500, 5530, 5720 and 6470; EPSY 5210; and 3 semester hours of applied technology, training and development courses determined in consultation with the advisor. A comprehensive research project covering the student's field of specialization is required. This is the recommended degree for those seeking careers in the field of training and development.
The purpose of this program is to prepare administrative and supervisory personnel, community college faculty and curriculum development specialists. Admission to the program is contingent upon submission of program specific admission materials and passing a written admission exam. Contact the ATPI program for information or visit their web site at www.lt.unt.edu. Required for the major: ATTD 5430, 6030, 6100, 6200, 6210, 6450, 6460 and 6470; and 9 hours of ATTD courses. The 12 hours of research, statistics and computer requirements include ATTD 6480, EPSY 6010 and 6020; and 3 hours from EPSY 6230 or 6240. Dissertation credit is earned through ATTD 6950.
Required for minor: 12 hours in a field outside the major.
The purpose of this program is to prepare potential university faculty and researchers and corporate training specialists. Admission to the program is contingent upon submission of program specific admission materials, passing a written admission exam and a personal interview with the faculty. Contact the ATPI program for information or visit their web site at www.lt.unt.edu. Required for major: ATTD 5100, 6100, 6200, 6210, 6450, 6460 and 6470; and 3 hours of ATTD courses and 6 hours of support courses outside the College of Education. The 18 hours of research and statistics requirements include ATTD 6480, EPSY 6010, 6020, 6230 and 6240; and 3 hours from EPSY 6210 or EPSY 5350. Dissertation credit is earned through ATTD 6950.
Required for minor: 12 hours of course work outside the College of Education.
Additional information is available on the program web site (www.lt.unt.edu).
Web site: www.lt.unt.edu
This degree is a comprehensive program with options to prepare individuals for positions in both education and industry related to teaching with technology. Options include design and production of technology-based instructional systems, coordination of technology programs, and development and management of instructional systems. Theoretical foundations in cognition and systems processes are expanded through applications in computer-based training, web-based training, distance education and multimedia development.
This degree is a 36-hour program. Requirements include a core of 12 hours: CECS 5210, 5310, 5610 and 5580 (which is to be taken during the last 6 hours of course work). Also required is completion of one of the program tracks and approved electives to reach a total of 36 credit hours.
Computer Education and Cognitive Systems: Instructional Systems Technology. This program track requires the completion of CECS 5200, 5260 5300 and 5420.
Computer Education and Cognitive Systems: Teaching and Learning with Technology. This program track offers preparatory courses for the following State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) technology certification exams. To receive a barcode for these exams though the University of North Texas College of Education Student Advising Office, students must successfully complete the courses listed for each test:
Only teachers who already have initial teacher certification are eligible for the above technology certifications. See the College of Education section of this catalog for information about initial teacher certification.
1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
2. Bachelor's grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or higher overall, or bachelor's GPA of 3.0 or higher on the last 60 hours, or completed master's degree GPA of 3.4 or higher.
3. Submission of GRE scores is required: verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. The program views high GRE scores as positive indicators of potential success in the program; however, low GRE scores need not exclude a candidate who shows positive indicators in other areas.
4. At least two letters of recommendation from individuals who can give evidence of the candidate's critical thinking ability to engage in graduate studies. The recommendations should also address the candidate's ability to work independently and in groups.
5. Resume or curriculum vitae that includes the candidate's previous work or educational experiences.
6. A personal statement from the candidate stating his or her goals and rationale for applying to the computer education program and a brief description of his or her career and research expectations with regard to work and further education.
Admission to doctoral study in educational computing is competitive within the capacity of the program faculty to mentor doctoral students. Each prospective student will be subjected to a competitive evaluation conducted by the computer education and cognitive systems (CECS) graduate faculty. The admission process is competitive each term/semester for a limited number of openings. The number of openings depends upon the availability of faculty to mentor doctoral students. The minimum requirements for admission include the following:
1. Master's degree from an accredited college or university. If a candidate already holds a doctorate, the applicant should contact the program advisor. Under unusual circumstances a student may be admitted without a master's degree.
2. Master's degree GPA of at least a 3.4 on a 4.0 grading system.
3. Submission of GRE scores is required: verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. The program views high GRE scores as indicators of potential success in the program; however, low GRE scores need not exclude a candidate who shows positive indicators in other areas.
4. Personal resume or curriculum vitae that includes a summary of the candidate's previous work or educational experiences and/or training in teaching and administrating.
5. A personal statement from the candidate stating his or her goals and rationale for applying to the computer education program and a brief description of his or her career and research expectations with regard to work and further education.
6. One of the following: (a) an acceptable score on the verbal section of the GRE or (b) first or second author on an article in a respected, peer-reviewed professional journal or on a book published by a major publisher.
7. One of the following: (a) an acceptable score on the quantitative section of the GRE or (b) completion of 9 hours of graduate course work in mathematics or statistics with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 grading system).
8. One of the following: (a) an acceptable score on the analytical writing section of the GRE or (b) written response to a problem provided by the educational computing program admissions committee.
9. Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member at an academic institution directed toward the applicant's potential to successfully complete a doctoral program.
This program includes formal course work, including a qualifying examination, independent study and research (including but not limited to a dissertation). The student will spend a substantial portion of time in independent research and collaborative efforts with the faculty related to the dissertation and other projects. The doctoral degree will require a total of at least 60 semester credit hours past the master's degree.
1. Core, 15 hours from the following: CECS 6000, Philosophy of Computing in Education; CECS 6010, Theories of Instructional Technology; CECS 6020, Advanced Instructional Design: Models and Strategies; CECS 6030, Emerging Technologies in Education; CECS 6100, Theory and Practice of Distributed Learning.
2. Electives, 21-27 hours from the following: CECS 6200, Message Design in Education; CECS 6210, Interactive Video; CECS 6220, Theory of Educational Technology Implementation; CECS 6230, Advanced Educational Production Design; CECS 6320, Creating Technology-Based Learning Environments; CECS 6400, Educational Technology Systems Design and Management; CECS 6600, Developing Educational Funding Opportunities; CECS 6510, Analysis of Research in Educational Computing; ATTD 5010, Performance Assessment; CECS 6050, Practicum/Internship; CECS 6900, Special Problems.
3. Research, 12 hours: EPSY 6010, Statistics for Educational Research; EPSY 6020, Research Methods in Education; and 6 hours from: EPSY 6210, Multiple Regression Analysis and Related Methods; EPSY 6220, Classical and Modern Educational Measurement Theory; EPSY 6230, Advanced Research Design; EPSY 6240, Technology in Research; EPSY 6250, Advanced Educational Measurement Applications; or EPSY 6280, Qualitative Research in Education.
4. Minor: May be included on the degree plan with 6 hours taken as electives and an additional 6 hours from outside the program. This will increase the total number of hours for the degree to 66 semester hours.
5. Dissertation, 12 hours: CECS 6950, Doctoral Dissertation.
Candidates for the PhD in educational computing must additionally complete a tool subject consisting of 9 hours of graduate computer education or 9 hours of educational research.
CECS 5020 and CECS 5030 or the equivalent skills are minimally required for leveling. Additional classes or experiences may be required depending on applicant ability.
CECS 5210, 5310, 5570 or the equivalent skills are considered prerequisite to this degree. These courses may be counted as electives.
No student will count more than 9 hours for this degree from independent studies, practicum or internship.
The doctoral committee is composed of a major professor or co-major professor, a minor professor (where the 12-hour minor option is selected) and an additional committee member. The minor professor must come from the academic unit of the minor. At least two members of the committee must be computer education and cognitive systems (CECS) faculty members.
The selection of the doctoral committee is a collaborative process between the doctoral student and the graduate faculty who will serve on the committee. Generally, the process begins with the identification of a major professor who will chair the committee. In establishing the committee, it is important to bring together a diverse group of faculty who have expertise in the various facets of the student's research agenda.
Additional information is available on the program web site (www.lt.unt.edu).
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