Full or part-time cohort program

Our 36 credit program can be completed as early as one year (fall, spring, summer semesters) by participating in our full-time intensive cohort program. We also offer the option to enroll part-time, two courses per semester on average, giving you flexibility to maintain employment while pursuing the degree. We admit students twice per year (fall and spring), however, thesis projects are completed in the summer.

During a full-time academic year, each semester includes 12 credit hours of coursework (four courses) and 3 credit hours of internship, which are earned by spending eight hours a week (one day) throughout the entire semester. The program concludes with two 8-week summer sessions.

The program of studies includes:

Core Courses

  • EDUC 767: Educational Innovation & Technology, Integrative Seminar I, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 789: Educational Innovation & Technology, Integrative Seminar II, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 790: Special Topics (Design of Emerging Technologies for Education), 3 hrs
  • A “Learning Sciences” course (e.g.: EDUC 825 or EDUC 915), 3 hrs

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Specialized Tracks

You will choose one of the following specialized tracks. Each track has a different set of course recommendations based on the focus areas that make up each track. The design of your internship and thesis project will also depend on which track you choose.

The Edupreneur

The Edupreneur utilizes the core concepts for design thinking to develop and prepare for the launching of unique, innovative ventures in the field of educational technology. This track is ideal for students who wish to begin their own startup or join an early-stage startup.

Internship Placements:

The internship course is EDUC 701: Practica Student Internship, 6 hrs

  • Technology Startup
  • Business Accelerator or Incubator
  • App Developer

More about the MEITE internship.

Core Focus Areas & Course Recommendations

Business & Entrepreneurship – choose 6 credit hours
  • MBA 848 A, B, C, and D – Startup UNC
  • MBA 846 C: StartUp Consulting
  • MBA 835: Intro to Entrepreneurship
  • MBA 846J: Business Plan Analysis
  • MBA 849A: Entrepreneurs Lab
Marketing – choose 3 credit hours
  • MEJO 475: Concepts of Marketing, 3 hrs
  • MEJO 477: New Media Technologies: Their Impact on the Future of Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations, 3 hrs
  • MEJO 550: Business and the Media, 3 hrs
  • BUSI 558: Digital Marketing, 3 hrs
  • BUSI 566: Marketing Strategy, 3 hrs
Learning Analytics – choose 3 credit hours
  • EDUC 790: Special Topics (Learning Analytics w/ Dr. Bernacki), 3 hrs

Final Project: Venture Plan and Prototype

The final project course is EDUC 933: Thesis, 6 hrs

For this project, you will identify and define a problem that exists and its impacts on specific populations. You will then use design thinking principles to develop a venture plan and prototype that is feasible, desirable, and scalable. The venture plan is a combination of a business plan and marketing plan. The prototype is a website, wireframe, or device that has been tested by target users and revised based on their feedback.

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The Innovative Officer

The Innovative Officer gains a deep understanding of the trends, research, and budgetary issues related to leadership, business, and innovation in educational organizations. This track prepares you to work in innovative roles within departments of educational organizations, including companies, schools, districts, and non-profits.

Internship Placements:

The internship course is EDUC 701: Practica Student Internship, 6 hrs

  • EdTech Company
  • Digital Marketing Firm
  • Departments of Innovation

More about the MEITE internship.

Core Focus Areas & Course Recommendations

Choose one course from each of the following four focus areas.

Business Finance – choose 3 credit hours
  • BUSI 407: Financial Accounting and Analysis, 3 hrs
  • BUSI 408: Corporate Finance, 3 hrs
  • BUSI 584: Financial Modeling, 3 hrs
School Structure – choose 3 credit hours
  • EDUC 740: Cultural Leadership for the School Executive, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 741: School Inquiry and Reform for the School Executive, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 742: Law for the School Executive, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 750: Empowerment Strategies for the School Executive, 3 hrs
Innovation – choose 3 credit hours
  • BUSI 521: Design Thinking: The Innovation Process for Complex Problems, 3 hrs
  • BUSI 552: Strategic Innovation, 1.5 hrs
  • BUSI 564: New Product Development, 3 hrs
  • BUSI 623: Global Entrepreneurship I, 1.5 hrs
Current Issues in Education – choose 3 credit hours
  • EDUC 533: Social Justice in Education, 3 hrs
  • INLS 534: Youth and Technology in Libraries, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 535: Teachers and Schools, 3 hrs
  • INLS 539: Going the Last Mile: Information Access for Underserved Populations, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 574: Representations of Education in Documentaries, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 764: Current Issues in Literacy, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 765: Global Child: Development and Education, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 776: Gender, Race, and Class Issues in Education, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 867: Issues in Educational Policy and Research, 3 hrs

Final Project: Industry Analysis & Business Profile

The final project course is EDUC 933: Thesis, 6 hrs

For this project, you will identify an industry within the field of educational technology (e.g., eLearning, textbooks, AR/VR, psychometrics, etc.). You will then complete an analysis of that industry, which consists of a history of the industry, trends taking place within it, high performing entities within the industry, and predictions for the future. Next, you will select a current business for your profile. The profile will provide an overview of the business and contextualize it within the industry. Next, you will evaluate the business based on its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities for growth, and threats to its potential success. You will conclude the profile with innovative recommendations for the business that will advance its market share.

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The Learning Engineer

The Learning Engineer uses learning and design principles along with learning data and analytics to improve designers’ choices, instructors’ practices, and learners’ experiences and outcomes. This track builds the knowledge and skills needed to work in school districts, universities, textbook companies, eLearning providers, training departments, and non-profit organizations.

Internship Placements:

The internship course is EDUC 701: Practica Student Internship, 6 hrs

  • Learning Management Companies
  • Corporate Training Departments
  • Offices of Innovation
  • Digital Curriculum Developers

More about the MEITE internship.

Core Focus Areas & Course Recommendations

Learning Analytics – choose 3 credit hours
  • EDUC 790: Special Topics (Learning Analytics w/ Dr. Bernacki), 3 hrs
Digital Design – choose 6 credit hours
  • MEJO 487: Intermediate Interactive Media, 3 hrs
    (Prerequisite: MEJO 187)
  • MEJO 583: Advanced Interactive Media, 3 hrs
    (Prerequisite: MEJO 487)
  • MEJO 588: Emerging Technologies, 3 hrs
  • MEJO 782: Multimedia Storytelling, 3 hrs
Instructional Methods – choose 3 credit hours
  • EDUC 614: Innovative and Engaging Teaching, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 617: Teaching in the Middle School, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 628: Teaching English Language Learners, 3 hrs
  • EDUC 760: Methods and Materials for Teaching Secondary/K-12 Subjects I, 4 hrs

Final Project: Framework for Instructional Design & Full Online Course

The final project course is EDUC 933: Thesis, 6 hrs

For this project, you will put forward your own instructional designed framework based on previously published scholarly works in the learning sciences, your own experience, and best practices employed by instructional designers. You will need to provide a written and visual explanation of your framework. Second, you will select a topic for your online course, then develop a full course (a minimum of 15 modules). In addition, you must complete a model response for each assignment and activity.

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The Human-Machine Interactionist

The Human-Machine Interactionist learns the attributes necessary for effective human-machine interaction from an end-user perspective, which includes the visual aesthetics, intuitive design, technical knowledge, and text transactions. This track prepares students to join firms developing digital products for teaching, learning, productivity, and efficiency.

Internship Placements:

The internship course is EDUC 701: Practica Student Internship, 6 hrs

  • Learning Management Companies
  • Corporate Training Departments
  • Offices of Innovation
  • Digital Curriculum Developers
  • Textbook Companies

More about the MEITE internship.

Core Focus Areas & Course Recommendations

User Interface – choose 3 credit hours
  • INLS 418: Human Factors in System Design, 3 hrs
    (Prerequisite: INLS 382)
  • INLS 718: User Interface Design, 3 hrs
    (Prerequisite: INLS 582)
  • INLS 818: Seminar in Human-Computer Interaction, 3 hrs
    (Prerequisite: INLS 718)
Computer Science – choose 6 credit hours
  • COMP 401: Foundation of Programming, 4 hrs
    (Prerequisite: MATH 231 or MATH 241)
  • COMP 410: Data Structures, 3 hrs
    (Prerequisites: MATH 231 or 241, and COMP 401)
  • COMP 455: Models of Languages and Computation, 3 hrs
    (Prerequisites, COMP 110, 166, or 401; and COMP 283 or MATH 381)
  • MEJO 487: Intermediate Interactive Media, 3 hrs
    (Prerequisite: MEJO 187)
Intermediate Computer Science – choose 3 credit hours
  • COMP 524: Programming Language Concepts, 3 hrs
    (Prerequisites, COMP 401, 410, 411 & 455)
  • INLS 560: Programming for Information Science, 3 hrs
  • COMP 560: Artificial Intelligence, 3hrs
    (Prerequisites: COMP 401, 410 & MATH 231 or 241)
  • COMP 562: Introduction to Machine Learning, 3 hrs
    (Prerequisites: COMP 401, 410, MATH 233 & STOR 435)

Final Project: Product Analysis, Wireframe & User Support Manual

The final project course is EDUC 933: Thesis, 6 hrs

For this project, you will select a digital tool (e.g., app, website, plug-in, Chrome extension), evaluate its functionality, design, analytics, and user base and recommend improvements and adoption strategies. You are also required to develop a detailed wireframe of the improvements you would make to the tool and a multimedia support manual for users to maximize their engagement with the wireframed version of the tool.

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