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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Educational Technology Program Information

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To complete the 100% online program you must earn 34 credits. The following 13 credits are required:

  • 665 Professional Teacher, Leader, Scholar
  • 689 Introduction to Technology
  • 609 Research Methodology
  • 610 Scholarly Writing
  • 1 credit of Capstone Project

Program Design

  • 100% online active-asynchronous learning in a digital learning environment
  • Technology integrated, research-based, ISTE, BOT, and QM standards-aligned courses
  • Courses designed by trained faculty, using the Quality Matters approach to online learning
  • Online student advising, mentoring, and evaluation
  • Flexible options to meet the diverse needs of individuals and organizations

Program Options

Complete a single class Complete a certificate Complete a Master's Degree

Choose a course to increase your skills in a single area.

  • Course descriptions
  • Each course is 3 credits
  • Typical course is length 10 weeks each semester.
  • You may transfer up to 9 credits from an accredited program.
  • Summer courses are typically 5 ~ 6 weeks.

Develop expertise as a teacher leader in a specific area

  • Choose 1 certificate.
  • Each certificate is composed of about 9-10 credits.
  • Typically it takes one year to complete a certificate.

Earn a Master of Science in Education Technology

  • Complete two introductory courses (6 credits):
    • 689 & 665
  • Complete 7 elective courses (21 credits)
    • 3 courses may be from other COE programs (Check with your advisor before you enroll).
  • Complete required research courses (7 credits)
  • Develop and complete a paper, project, or thesis as a capstone for the degree.
  • Full time students can complete the degree in 2 years.
  • Part time students must complete the degree within 6 years.

Course Descriptions

Note: In order to avoid late registration fees, please register before the start of the first week of each semester, even though MSET courses begin later in the semester. 


KSP 689 - Introduction to Technology (Required, 3 credits)

  • Students will evaluate practices, current trends, and assumptions about web-based technology and the educational strategies that guide contemporary pedagogical integration practice. Through inquiry-based, hands-on approach into various topics and issues, students will develop a historical social context in which to view and think about technology in education, as well as critically analyze the integration, utilization, and adoption of technology in education. Students will work with web-based tools for integrating digital technologies into their own pedagogies.
  • Counted towards Endorsement in Computer and Keyboarding (8710.4525)
  • Counted towards Ed Tech Graduate Certificate:


KSP 624 - Differentiation Through Technology (3 credits)

  • Students will explore the philosophical, professional, and practical framework for the integration of computer technology into differentiated instruction in the K-12 classroom using integrated instruction and web-based software. Students will examine learner characteristics, student needs and elements of differentiated instruction and will design and implement differentiated technology-integrated lesson plans and teaching strategies.
  • Counted towards Ed Tech Graduate Certificate:


KSP 619 - Using Technology in the Classroom (3 credits) - Prerequisite is KSP 689

  • Students will design and create integrated technology learning events/lesson plans, digital learning objects, and interactive learning experiences supported by technology integration strategies. Web-based software applications will be explored to assess the strengths and weaknesses. Students will develop strategies for all digital product integrationStudent products will adhere to multimedia learning principles. integrating the Multimedia Learning Principles. This course establishes the theretical, and practical application and integration of technology into the classroom.
  • Students must successfully complete KSP 689 before taking KSP 619.
  • Counted towards Endorsement in Computer and Keyboarding (8710.4525)
  • Counted towards Ed Tech Graduate Certificates:


KSP 667 - Social Media Tools (3 credits)

  • Students will analyze and design effective utilization of media and computers to support teaching and learning into the K-12 classroom. Through research and hands-on application, students will learn about various strategies in which educational technologies can be used as a tool to enhance and support curriculum.
  • Counted towards Ed Tech Graduate Certificate:


KSP 680 - Developing the Online Learning Environment (3 credits)

  • Students will evaluate and analyze formats of informational technology for online learning environments used in educational settings (traditional and distance), including: the theory, research, and history of digital learning, the exploration of new technologies and web-based software, internet protocols, social media tools, and the effect on learning transfer in digital learning environments. Students will create a digital online learning environment.
  • Counted towards Ed Tech Graduate Certificate:


KSP 643 - Introduction to Instructional Design (3 credits)

  • Students will be introduced to the analysis, synthesis, and definitions of the systems design approach to structuring learning environments. Students will learn the ADDIE process and the history of Instructional design and instructional models used in educational and training-based modules. Students will describe the origins and history of the field, discuss the leading research and researchers in the field, analyze at least one ID model for its strength, weaknesses, and application.
  • Counted towards Ed Tech Graduate Certificate:


KSP 687 -Instructional Design II: Computer-based Learning (3 credits)

  • Students will learn the theoretical base and practical skills necessary for the design and development of basic interactive computer-based instruction (CBI). Students will review and analyze theoretical models and processes for the design and development of computer-based instruction, including: prototype development, storyboarding, and  evaluating software development tools. Students will design and create plans for  interactive CBI lessons. KSP 643 is a pre-requisite for this course.
  • Counted towards Ed Tech Graduate Certificate:


KSP 684 - Instructional Games and Simulations (3 credits)

  • Students will identify, evaluate, and create game-based learning projects (gamification) for thematic units, lessons, and other technology-rich, inquiry-based learning opportunities. Students will explore the history of game theory and its role in learning. KSP 619 is a suggested pre-requisite to this course.
  • Counted towards Ed Tech Graduate Certificate:


KSP 693 - Developing Online Training Resources (3 credits)

  • K-12 technologist, teachers and trainers with interests in assisting learning through integrative technology lesson plan development will evaluate, analyze, and develop web-based tools, instructional design strategies, and multimedia learning principles in order to educate and train K-12 teachers and staff. Through research and hands-on application, students will evaluate and implement various training strategies which can be used to enhance and support technology integrated pedagogies.
  • Counted towards Ed Tech Graduate Certificate:


KSP 639 - Educational Technology Leadership (3 credits)

  • Students will define the many aspects of technology leadership within a school system. Students will identify, analyze, and evaluate the processes and strategies necessary for creating and maintaining technology system administration, including: documentation, financial planning, hardware and software, roles... necessary for successful implementation. Students will research, design, and create technology plans using data driven decision making strategies, processes, and procedures.
  • Counted towards Endorsement in Computer and Keyboarding (8710.4525)
  • Counted towards Ed Tech Graduate Certificate:


KSP 673 - Technology Funding (3 credits)

  • Students will focus on researching and applying for grants for technology programs within schools and/or non-profit organizations. The student will explore and evaluate potential grant opportunities before deciding on the grant which best fits their needs. The entire grant writing process--letter, abstract, budget, dissemination, timeline, proposal--will be examined and defined for each student's grant proposal.
  • Counted towards Ed Tech Graduate Certificate


KSP 665 - Professional Teacher, Leader Scholar (Required, 3 credits)

  • Students will examine the roles of the professional teacher as leader and scholar. Students analyze professional standards and theories for teaching, and leading scholarship in the 21st Century and assess themselves and their school settings for areas of strength and improvements. Students develop plans for professional growth as well plans to implement changes in schools. All assessments will include integrative technologies.


Research Courses

KSP 609 - Research Methods (Required, 3 credits)

  • In this course, students will learn principles and practices of effective qualitative and quantitative research design. They will apply qualitative and quantitative research designs to investigate educational issues and develop a proposal for research of a selected educational issue. Permission to register is required and students must complete KSP 609 prior to taking KSP 610.

KSP 610 - Scholarly Writing (Required, 3 credits)

  • In this course, students will learn the principles and practices for effective scholarly work, demonstrate scholarly research and writing skills, and express research findings in a scholarly paper that includes a complete literature review, methods, discussion, and conclusion for an applied paper, creative project, or thesis. Permission to register is required and student must complete KSP 609 prior to taking KSP 610.

KSP 694, 695, or 699 - Applied Paper, Creative Project, or Thesis (1 credit)

  • This course permits the learner to complete their final capstone paper or project.


Practicum Course

KSP 662 Practicum in the K-12 Environment (1 credit)

[NEW] Endorsement in Computer, Keyboarding and Related Technology (8710.4525)


Each certificate consists of about 3 courses. Please see course descriptions above for more information on each course.

Educational Technologies in the Classroom

Digital Educator

Instructional Technology & Design


Computer, Keyboard, and Related Technology



Course Rotation Schedules






KSP 689, 624, 665, 687

KSP 619, 667, 673

KSP 639, 684, 665


KSP 689, 624, 665, 680

KSP 619, 643, 693

KSP 639, 624, 684, 667, 665


KSP 689, 680, 687

KSP 619, 643, 673

KSP 639, 624, 684, 667, 665


KSP 689, 680, 687

KSP 619, 643, 693

KSP 639, 624, 684, 667, 665

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