The Master of Arts Instructional Technology & E-Learning (MAITEL) degree offers two cognates of study. The Instructional Technology cognate is available for classroom teachers interested in integrating technology into their curriculum, school administrators or teachers charged with decision-making and administration of technology, and business or government personnel involved in the development and administration of technology based training.
The E-Learning cognate is designed for experienced educators who are interested in enhancing their professional practice through the study and application of online knowledge related to teaching, learning and leadership in P-12 schools via distance education technologies. The online format provides optimum flexibility for educators to learn exemplary educational practice in E-Learning. Topics include: understanding knowledge management and the reuse of knowledge; applying universal design; developing techniques for distance education; and developing appropriate materials for online learning environments.
The Educational Technology (NP) Endorsement consists of 21 credits and prepares teachers to use technology resources for classroom instruction. This endorsement will also qualify teachers in other computer-related classes for which no specific endorsement is needed such as Computer Literacy, Word Processing and Key Boarding, Computer Applications, Web Design, and Introduction to the Internet.
Courses for this endorsement are offered on-line and as hybrids (combination of in-class and online). Additionally, these seven courses fit into a 36 hour (12 courses) Master of Arts Instructional Technology degree.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Saginaw Valley State University is approved as a teacher preparation institution by action of the Michigan State Board of Education.