About the Program

The M.A. in Educational Leadership: Educational Technology program offers a dynamic degree designed to equip graduates with a highly marketable specialty as comprehensively prepared administrators who understand how to integrate technology into student learning.

Program Format

At APU, we understand the challenges of earning your degree while juggling work, family, and other commitments. Our programs are designed to make attending Azusa Pacific simple, so you can reach your educational goals.

The M.A. in Education Leadership with an emphasis in Educational Technology offers students a sequenced course design designed to be completed through nine-week terms. Candidates take courses with the same peers throughout the program. Classes are scheduled just one night a week, with each session lasting approximately four hours.

Educational Technology Emphasis

The 9-unit emphasis in educational technology is offered in a blended hybrid format, with coursework completed on-campus and online. Students complete the master's degree courses entirely on campus, and transition to a hybrid program format to complete the emphasis. For many, this flexible format is the easiest, most convenient way to balance work, school, and family.

Program Goals

Faculty members strive to challenge students to develop visionary leadership, scholarly practice, and exemplary character and engage in the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching to prepare students who are:

  • Identified as being competent, innovative, visionary leaders able to create technologically integrated educational environments within their organizations wholly conducive to educational programs that help connect students with schooling and their professional careers.
  • Recognized as scholarly practitioners who integrate theoretical knowledge with practical decision making, who are grounded in relevant technologies and substantive professional content, trained in skills of inquiry, capable of independent and critical thought, and who are dedicated to improving their own professional practice, as well as that of other educators.
  • Respected as individuals of high moral and ethical character who probe the deeper questions regarding the meaning of human existence and who dedicate themselves to a perpetual quest for truth as they face the contradictions inherent in the world.

Field Experience

Highlighted within the Field Experience Handbook, which is distributed within the first course, EDL 580 Leadership Induction, coursework and field experiences are immediately applicable as resources for curriculum planning, assessment of student achievement, decision-making, and program improvement.

The candidate assumes leadership responsibilities at a local school or district setting under the guidance of a site supervisor and university mentor throughout the program. Field experiences include intensive activities both in the day-to-day functions of administrators and in longer-term policy design and implementation. These experiences are closely related to the job performance requirements of administrators.

Coursework and field experiences work together to expand the candidate’s leadership capacity. While field experience activities are embedded into coursework through the alignment of Benchmark Assessments for Tier I Field Experience, candidates complete all requirements of the Tier I field experience by the completion of their final course EDL 586 Leadership Performance Assessment.

Note: This information is current for the 2014–15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.