MEd Cohort Schedule and Course Load

The LTEC Master’s program is cohort-based and has been designed to encourage intellectual excellence and participation in a scholarly community. Students in both delivery options begin with a mandatory New Student Orientation, then complete 4 core courses in the fall and spring of the first year, as well as 2 capstone courses in the fall and spring during the final year. These may not be waived or substitutions made. 

Course Load: Full-time students typically carry three courses per semester (9 credits), allowing for one elective in each of the first two semesters. Students planning to enroll full-time are encouraged to take one summer elective course prior to the start of the program. This not only gives the student a head start with the program requirements, but it also gives them a sense of the workload of a typical LTEC course to better help them plan for the following semesters. It is recommended that in the first year, students with full-time employment not take electives limiting enrollment to required cohort courses in fall and spring. International and scholarship students must have a minimum of eight credits for full-time status; graduate assistants require six credits.

Typical Course Sequence: All LTEC courses are three credits each. Core courses must be taken in sequence. All students follow the same sequence in their first year. Students are required to take two core courses each in their initial fall and spring semesters; these typically meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Courses for the second year depend on whether students are attending full-time, with those on a part-time basis typically completing core requirements in year 3. Elective courses are offered in every semester and may be taken online or on campus. LTEC Master’s students may choose from LTEC 400-level and 600-level courses. However, at least three electives must be at the graduate 600-level and taken after admission to the program. Students develop a plan for electives with their program coordinator based on individual interests and goals. The program culminates with student presentations of their final LTEC Master’s project completed in a fall-spring course sequence. A typical two-year program might look like the following table.

Sequence LTEC Required Courses Semester
1 LTEC 600: Theory & Practice in Educational Technology  Fall (first semester in program)
2 LTEC 602: Innovations in Educational Technology Fall (first semester in program)
3 LTEC 611: ET Research & Evaluation  Spring (second semester in program)
4 LTEC 613: Instructional Design & Development Spring (second semester in program)
5 LTEC 687: Learning Design Studio Fall (final year)
6 LTEC 690: Seminar in ET Leadership Spring (exit course, final semester)

For your reference, a list of past OTEC mandatory on-campus meetings is provided below (NOTE: since the pandemic in 2020, all orientations have been made completely online for all cohorts).

Fall 2019: 

  • Initial Retreat: August 23 – August 25 (Friday – Sunday)
  • Second Meeting: October 12 – October 13 (Saturday – Sunday)

Fall 2018: 

  • Initial Retreat: August 17 – August 19 (Friday – Sunday)
  • Second Meeting: October 13 – October 14 (Saturday – Sunday)

Fall 2016: 

  • Initial Retreat: August 19 – August 21 (Friday – Sunday)
  • Second Meeting: October 8 – October 9 (Saturday – Sunday)

After completing the required courses, students must complete a Culminating Experience (see below).