MA Education with Technology

Postgraduate degree


Master your understanding of technology within education and develop the knowledge and skills to advance your career with our 100% online ed tech MA from THE University of the Year.

  • Study 100% online to allow for maximum flexibility
  • Learn from experienced and passionate professionals, and expand your professional network
  • Ideal if you work in a teaching or professional role within the ed tech sector
  • Apply your learning directly to your practice and support your professional development
  • Be part of the University of the Year (THE)

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About your master's in educational technology

Our 100% online MA Education with Technology is designed to deepen your understanding of the key role technology plays within education. You’ll explore your passion for edtech whilst developing your professional skills and knowledge to make a real impact in your workplace.

This course is ideal for anyone working or aspiring to work in the ed tech sector, or who has a strong interest in the role technology plays within education, or who works in education provision where the provision relies on technology. This may include teachers, lecturers, curriculum designers, technology integration specialists, eLearning developers & trainers, education advisors, administrators or education managers.

The course has been designed to be completely asynchronous giving you the flexibility to study, learn and grow, around your other commitments.

Course highlights

  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of the role technology plays within education
  • Examine whether digital technology can transform the process and purpose of education
  • Analyse the latest technological developments, such as AI, and how it can be harnessed for education
  • Optional module allows for additional development in an area of your specific interest
  • Receive support every step of the way from our dedicated distance learning team

How you'll study

This course is studied 100% online
Course lengthChoose to study over 1 or 2 years
Start datesStart in January or September
Application deadlineOur next deadline is

28th June 2024

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Course overview

The use of digital technology has become fundamental to education provision and practice. Our ed tech master’s will introduce you to the important topics and address some key issues about the ever-expanding use of digital technologies in education. You’ll look at the application of technology within education and be encouraged to conduct and apply research to better support learning with technology.

Our MA Education with Technology course will enhance your curriculum development skills, improve your knowledge on the latest educational technology products and policies and how they relate to your area of speciality. You’ll also learn about using technology in a better-informed way, while developing independent learning strategies to enable you to evaluate and inform your own practice. You'll improve on your educational research skills in educational technology and thereby enhance critical thinking around developments in both education and educational technology.

You’ll engage with current theory and research around the subject to develop a deep and methodical appraisal of the key concepts, issues, developments and theories associated with the application of education technology.

You’ll participate in critical reflection upon value systems and practices in education technology, informed by a variety of philosophical, technical and ideological viewpoints and explore its sociological, historical, and even pedagogical influences in education theory and practice.

Our MA Education with Technology will also build the knowledge and skills to promote education for sustainability including global citizenship, human rights, equality and diversity.

As part of the MA, you will also be required to choose an optional module, giving you the opportunity, to further your understanding in an area of specific interest such as educational leadership, early years, Montessori or SEND.

The successful completion of this distance learning technology and education degree can support a wide range of career opportunities in the education and technology field, enhancing your existing role, and supporting your future career aspirations.

Studying online gives you the flexibility to learn around your other commitments and apply your learning directly to your professional practice.

You may also be interested in the following courses:

MA Education

MA Education with Early Childhood Studies

MA Education with Leadership and Management

MA Education with Special Educational Needs and Disability

MA Education with Montessori

Our advisers will be happy to answer any questions you have about the MA Education with Technology course, studying online or any other aspect of distance learning.

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Modules

Due to the structure of this course, there will be instances where you will study two modules simultaneously during a trimester. You will be supported by your tutors to help manage your workload and assessment deadlines.

Please contact one of our advisers to discuss the pacing of this course and the options available to match your circumstances.

Core modules

Education Technology: Design, Policy and Practice

The use of digital technology has become fundamental to education provision and practice. In this module you’l be introduced to important topics within the field and addresses some key and often little considered issues about the ever-expanding use of digital technologies in education. Youl’l explore the use of digital technologies in diverse educational settings and consider crucial inquiries regarding education and technology. The module questions whether digital technology can transform the process and purpose of education. You’ll investigate whether there is adequate evidence to support the purported benefits of digital technology in education, with the latest technological developments, such as AI, analysed from an educational context. With digital technology being more ubiquitous than ever, you’ll also explore its sociological, historical, and even pedagogical influences in education theory and practice. You'll also look at whether there is a need for new theories to help explain the effects of it all.

Specialist Studies in Learning and Teaching

This module will enable you to explore a subject that is relevant to your role as a teacher in compulsory or post compulsory education. You’ll be required to focus on one of the specialist areas provided by the course team and to work with other students to successfully achieve the learning outcomes. You’ll choose from a range of subject specialisms which will include but not necessarily be limited to: Developing Assessment for Learning in the classroom context; Enhancing learning and teaching using learning technologies; Supporting students with Special Educational Needs; Outdoor Learning; Critical Education and Social Justice.

Into ARU

Entering third level education is exciting; but it can also be a daunting experience. At ARU, we want all students to make the most of the opportunities Higher Education provides, so they reach their potential, become lifelong learners, and find fulfilling careers. However, we appreciate that the shift from secondary education, or a return to formal education is, in itself, quite a journey. This module is designed to ease that transition. You'll be enrolled on it as soon as you receive an offer from ARU so you can begin to learn about university life before your course starts. Through Into ARU, you will explore a virtual land modelled around ARU values: Courage, Innovation, Community, Integrity, Responsibility, and Ambition. This innovative module is designed as a game, where you collect knowledge and complete various mini tasks. You will proceed at your own pace, though we expect all students to have completed their ‘Into ARU’ exploration by week 6. Students who, for whatever reason, are unable to complete by that date, will be signposted to existing services so that we can be confident that they are supported.

Developing Educational Research

You’ll be supported to develop a high-quality research proposal to implement for your postgraduate major project. A workbook approach will guide you through the various elements that need to be considered during the process of planning and preparation for a small-scale educational research study. There will be opportunities to discuss your ideas with your tutor and peers and to present your developing research proposal for feedback. You’ll also learn by giving constructive feedback to your peers. By the end of the module, you’ll be prepared to submit an application for ethical review, to the appropriate research ethics panel, and to embark upon research for the postgraduate major project.

Postgraduate Major Project

The Major Project enables you to demonstrate your ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to your specialism which may involve working at the current limits of theoretical and/or research understanding. It’ll involve the ability to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in your research or professional practice. Gaining an understanding of an appropriate methodology, appropriate methods, and an ability to draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions from information that may be complex or contradictory. Expand or redefine your existing knowledge, to develop new approaches to changing workplace situations and/or to contribute to the development of best practice. You’ll communicate these processes in a clear and elegant fashion and evaluate your work from the perspective of an autonomous reflective learner. Research topics will be negotiated with your appointed supervisor. The project may take the form of a written dissertation, a formal presentation and full research paper, an exhibition, a performance, an artefact, or the development of software, or other written, aural, or visual material. The project may be formed from a combination of these modes but will normally include a written component.

Optional modules
You must also successfully complete one of the following optional modules (subject to availability).

Exploring Educational Research

Designed to familiarise you with the various research approaches that you may read about, critique and use during your master’s course and beyond. It’ll provide a forum for exploring, discussing, and evaluating different types of educational research. You’ll have the opportunity to: look at a range of research methodologies; to find, read and review research studies; and to discuss the relevance of research for practice in education across different sectors (from birth to life-long learning). You’ll be encouraged to learn about research methodologies and methods through critical reflection on published work.

Montessori Method: Child, Adult and Environment

Gain further insight in the Montessori method which is a widely recognised pedagogical approach around the world. The approach is inspired by ‘integral humanism’, which considers children as unique individuals fully able to act with freedom, dignity, and intelligence. It considers Montessori from a historical perspective, her contributions to early childhood and offers the opportunity of exploration of Montessori through contemporary perspectives. Mindful of the importance of the child as an agent of change, you’ll consider the role of the adult and the environment in supporting children in reaching their full potential. Montessori considered leadership at different social levels, literature is considered through the lens of leadership and reflecting on these ideas, encouraging you to develop a personal philosophy of professionalism, that blends individual strengths and interests with the needs of colleagues, parents/families, and the children in their care. Together, these strands will support you, as a Montessori practitioner, to develop a firm but broad foundation for reflective and reflexive practice in Montessori education.

Intervention for Special Educational Needs and Disability

This module explores main areas of special educational need and disability, and personalised intervention that is inclusive of stakeholders, underpinned by the principle of equality of opportunity. You’ll consider the tension between identification of need and the philosophy of inclusion, and implications of Quality First Teaching within new frameworks and for sustaining children/young adults in the 0-25 years age range in their communities. Areas of need explored will include communication and interaction, cognition and learning, emotional, social and mental health, and sensory and physical needs. Implications will be considered for children/young adults with some specific conditions, for example autism, dyslexia, and ADHD, with critical consideration of implications for the child and family, and approaches to intervention.

Leading Education

This module is designed to deepen your understanding of educational leadership both nationally and internationally. Students will engage in theory and wider research with relation to leadership and management, including change management, performance evaluation and improvement planning. You’ll be expected to use key indicators and knowledge and understanding of benchmarking performance in order to identify an area of practice that would benefit from improvement. However, this practice does not necessarily need to be within your own organisation and can be linked to education in a broader sense. By the end of the module, you’ll have a rooted understanding of key principles within educational leadership, leadership for social justice and the importance of context within leadership.

Early Childhood: Principles, Practice and Professionalism

This module encourages you to view your experiences of early childhood education and care through different lenses in order to extend the insights they may bring to the workplace. It considers childhood from a range of historical and contemporary perspectives, including ideas and principles from pioneer early educators and from more recent theories and approaches. Different curricula and pedagogies are explored to support better understandings of the foundations and development of present-day practices, mindful of the importance of the role of educators and of indoor and outdoor play experiences. The dynamics of leadership are studied, in light of these ideas, encouraging you to develop a personal philosophy of professionalism that blends individual strengths and interests with the needs of co leagues, parents/families, and the children in their care. Together, these three strands will support the practitioner, or intending practitioner, to develop a firm but broad foundation for reflective and reflexive practice in early childhood education.

Key Issues and Themes in Education

This module examines current key issues and themes in education. It explores principles of teaching and learning, the derivation and design of the curriculum and the role of schools and other education settings within the wider community. Youi’ll engage with national strategies, frameworks and international dimensions and explore the processes and complexities of teaching and learning. The module will cover the following broad themes and will prepare you for the negotiated study module and the postgraduate major project. Learning and teaching, leadership, mentoring and coaching, learning and knowledge technology, social justice and equality in education.

Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed via coursework only. This will take the form of patchwork text, presentations, a reflective journal, research workbook and written reports.

How you'll study

Our MA Education with Technology course is studied 100% online.

You’ll study through Canvas, our world-class online Learning Management System (LMS), which can be accessed from your phone, pc or tablet at home or on the move. Canvas provides instant access to study materials, forums, and support from tutors and classmates, as well as enabling easy submission of your assignments.

You can choose to study our MA Education with Technology over 1 or 2 years. Please note that if you choose the 1-year option this is the equivalent of full-time study and may be a challenge if you’re employed full-time or have other life commitments. Our advisers will be happy to talk through your options in more detail.

On successful completion of your studies, you’ll be invited to attend a graduation ceremony on campus. If attending the ceremony in person is not possible then we’ll arrange to have your certificate sent to you.

97% of our alumni surveyed found studying via distance learning either very or quite accessible*

Supported distance learning

We understand that distance learning is different to traditional campus study and if you’re new to online study you may have concerns or apprehensions about studying your MA Education with Technology course, and that’s natural.

To help put your mind at ease we have a dedicated Distance Learning Support Team to help and support you throughout your time at ARU, starting with your first online induction and staying with you right through to graduation. In addition, you’ll also be supported by specialist online tutors who are experienced in supporting distance learning students.

Once you start your online MA Education with Technology, we encourage the creation of online communities and many of our learners find these connections with others invaluable, helping them to stay motivated, share concerns or make new friendships.

Contact us to talk through any questions or concerns or visit our support page for more information about the support services available.

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Careers

What could an education with technology masters do for my career?

As well as gaining an in-depth understanding of the role technology plays within education, you’ll also develop a range of new academic skills and fine tune your master’s level research skills. The course will support your continuing professional development, and the skills and knowledge you develop can be applied directly to a wide range of roles within the edtech sector.

The course could potentially lead to career progression and new opportunities such as management, mentoring, lecturing and consultancy. Early career teachers who take the course may progress to become specialist coordinators.

What job roles can I consider with an MA Education with Technology?

The MA will further develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of the role technology plays in education. This learning can be applied to wide range of roles within the ed tech sector. Job roles may include:

  • Curriculum Designers
  • Educational Technologist
  • Technology Integration Specialists
  • Teacher
  • Lecturer
  • Education Advisor
  • Education Administrator
  • Education Manager
  • eLearning Developer
  • eLearning Trainer
  • Instructional Designer

If you are looking for more information about these job profiles and potential salary earnings see Prospects.ac.uk. It’s important to note that salaries can vary widely depending on the job role, employer, industry sector and location.

What skills will I get from an online education master’s to help my career?

Choosing to study an MA Education with Technology online will give you many transferable skills. Here are just some of them:

  • You’ll develop critical awareness and creative thinking skills
  • You’ll enhance your analytical and research skills to master’s level
  • Improve your verbal and written communication skills
  • Boost your ability to work independently and manage projects
  • You’ll increase your self-confidence, and team working skills

What can I study after an online education with technology masters?

Depending on your long-term goals and interests you may decide to explore other postgraduate courses, such as a doctorate qualification. Having a master’s degree is a key entry requirement for this higher-level postgraduate programme.

Careers Advice Service

Once you become an ARU student you’ll be able to access our Employability service to help you at whatever stage of your career, whether that’s landing your dream job or the next progression step.

We offer:

  • careers advice, including one-to-one online and telephone appointments with our experienced advisers
  • help with your CV, job searches, applications and interview preparation
  • an online portal packed with useful careers resources
  • our Employability Programme, which helps you hone the skills employers say they want in graduates.

Entry requirements

  • You’re expected to have a first degree, with honours, at a minimum final classification of a Lower Second (2:2) or equivalent.
  • You will be required to obtain a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University.
  • If you have lived outside of the UK for 6 months or more within the last 5 years, then you will need to provide a police check from the country/countries previously resided in.
  • If you are completing placements overseas you will be required to obtain a police check/certificate of good conduct from the relevant country
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by ARU.
  • As a distance learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.

    Please note: Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please contact us for further information.

    Fees & funding

    Fees

    The full tuition fee for our MA Education course is £8,200.

    The tuition fees you pay each year will be between £4,100 and £8,200 depending on how long you take to complete the course. You can choose to study our MA Education with Technology in either 1 or 2 years.

    Accredited Prior Learning may reduce the tuition fees. This will be confirmed once your application has been submitted.

    Funding

    Your MA Education degree can be fully funded by the Postgraduate Student Loans now available (subject to eligibility).

    We offer payment by instalments, so you can spread the cost of studying with us.

    For military students: You can use your ELCs towards this course. ARU is a recognised ELCAS provider (number 1007). Please contact your Learning Centre for details of ELC, eligibility and how to apply.

    For more information on how you fund your studies please see our funding page.

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