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Master of Science
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Master of Science in Computer Education

The master’s degree in computer education is designed for all teachers and others who want to further their education in the use of computers and related technology in schools or other instructional settings. It is appropriate for teachers at any grade level and for any subject matter area. The curricula are designed for students with minimal background in computers.

The degree is intended for students interested in teaching with technology and computers, and teaching computer applications and computer literacy.

The master’s degree in computer education can be earned either on a full-time or part-time basis. All courses are available in the late afternoon or evening. Students can select either a thesis or nonthesis option.

The goal of the program is to prepare graduates to teach computer literacy; use technology and computers in a wide variety of educational settings; and evaluate and create educational software materials.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree. General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section of the university catalog.

Degree Requirements

The master’s degree in computer education is conferred on students who have successfully completed 30 credit hours including six credit hours of thesis (thesis option), or six credit hours of restricted electives that may include three credit hours of research chosen with the approval of the student’s advisor and department head (nonthesis option). The thesis option concludes with an oral thesis presentation/defense. The nonthesis option concludes with an oral final program examination. Up to 12 credit hours of appropriate transfer credit may be applied.

Curriculum

The following core courses are required:

EDS 5051 Methods and Management of Middle and Secondary School Teaching 3
EDS 5070 Educational Statistics* 3
EDS 5095 Essentials of Educational Research* 3
EDS 5203 Theories and Trends in Education* 3
EDS 5226 Introduction to Computers in Education 3
EDS 5227 Educational Software Evaluation and Design 3

*These three courses must be taken at Florida Tech. Exceptions may be considered only through a written petition to be reviewed by the department’s graduate faculty.

Students selecting the option with thesis take the six core courses plus six credit hours of thesis (EDS 5999), a current topics in computer education course (EDS 5299) and one computer science or computer education elective, for a total of 30 credit hours.

Students selecting the nonthesis option take the six core courses plus a current topics in computer education course (EDS 5299), one computer science or computer education elective, and six semester credit hours of restricted electives that may include three credit hours of research (EDS 5081), for a total of 30 credit hours.

Any schedule that meets the above requirements within a seven-year period is acceptable. Any combination of part-time and/or full-time semesters can be used, as well as any combination of evening and summer courses.