Feb 27, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Educational Technology, M.S.Ed.


The 1881 Dakota Territorial Legislature established Dakota State University to prepare teachers to help meet the needs of an emerging society - that of the western frontier. Today, South Dakota again faces a new frontier - the Information Age - and Dakota State University now prepares educators to meet the new challenges and to lead the process of change in schools. Our graduates have the will, the expertise, and the vision to lead the technological revolution that will be required of schools in the 21st century.

The mission of the College of Education is to guide undergraduate and graduate students through the process of acquiring and applying professional knowledge, skills and attitudes with emphasis on integrating technology in the teaching and learning process.

Program Description

The Masters of Science in Education in Educational Technology (MSET) is an instructional technology program designed to meet the rapidly increasing demand for educators who are trained to integrate computer technologies into the curriculum and instruction. As computers and technology have become a significant part of the teaching and learning process, addressing the information needs of teachers and technology support personnel has become the key to integrating technology into the classroom and increasing student learning. The primary emphasis of the master’s program is to prepare educators so that they can create learning environments that effectively integrate technology into the teaching and learning process.

Teacher Certification

It is not necessary to have either an undergraduate degree in education or teacher certification to enter the MSET program. However, students without teaching degrees and/or certification should be aware that the MSET program does not lead to teacher certification in South Dakota in educational technology unless the individual holds or is eligible for a basic elementary, secondary, or K-12 teaching certification. The degree does prepare individuals for technology support positions in K-12 schools that do not require teacher certification (i.e., facilitator, integrationist).

MSET graduates may also be eligible for certification/endorsement in other states, but because teacher certification/licensure requirements vary among states, Dakota State University cannot guarantee the graduate will be immediately certified/endorsed in a particular state. To obtain specific requirements, contact the Certification Officer in the College of Education.

The MSET degree does have special benefits for individuals who hold or are eligible for teaching certification. These students may earn the K-12 Educational Technology Endorsement by completing specified courses within the MSET program.

Goals and Objectives

Graduates of the program will:

  • understand the capabilities of the computer, its impact on education, business, industry and government; and will be able to adapt to, understand, evaluate, and make use of new and emerging innovations in computer and information technology;
  • be proficient in the use and application of computer software;
  • be proficient with a programming language;
  • use systematic problem-solving and research-based human/computer interaction practices in the development of computer-assisted instructional programs;
  • develop the skills needed to maintain computer programs, computer systems and networks;
  • be aware of professional organizations in the field of computer education and technology and their impact on the field of education;
  • be aware of current trends and issues in computer education, distance education, electronic communications, computer hardware and software;
  • use telecommunications-based tools to integrate information into the classroom and the curriculum;
  • be proficient in finding, evaluating, and using current educational research to support continuous improvement in their profession;
  • manage instructional, computer technology systems;
  • apply learning theory and the principles of instructional design in curricular and instructional decision-making;
  • integrate computer software, authoring tools, programming languages, the Internet, and multimedia into curriculum design and instruction;
  • demonstrate proficiency using computers and related technologies in instruction;
  • demonstrate proficiency in teaching and assessing others in the use of computers and related technologies in a variety of educational settings.

The MSET degree is an advanced degree designed to equip educators to be:

  • leaders in educational technology;
  • current in teaching and learning processes and practices;
  • current in research technologies and instructional programming skills;
  • knowledgeable of emerging technologies; and
  • knowledgeable of current, technology-based educational tools and products.

Specifically by the end of the program MSET graduates will understand the capabilities of the computer (in all its forms) and its potential impact upon education. They will be proficient in an instructional programming language and in the use and application of computer software and will be able to demonstrate proficiency in using computers and related technologies to improve their own and their students’ learning needs.

The program integrates a highly technological environment with a project-based curriculum. Its focus is supported by an institutionally systemic belief that there is a substantial role for technology in teaching and learning in all educational environments.

Program Completion

The program can be taken on a full or part-time basis, with classes offered in three academic terms, fall, spring, and summer. The time it takes students to complete their degree depends upon the number of credit hours they have taken per semester. Full-time students (6 credit hours per semester) will probably complete the 30-credit hour requirement in 3-4 semesters. Students must complete the program within 5 years of the semester of their admission.

Admission Requirements Specific to the MSET

The Dakota State University Masters of Science in Education in Educational Technology program seeks highly motivated individuals with educational and professional credentials that will enable them to be successful graduate students. Admission to the program is based upon a combination of the following requirements:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education with full regional accreditation for that degree.
  2. Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on an alternative grading system).

  3. Demonstrated basic knowledge of computers and their applications for educational purposes. Basic knowledge can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
    • Technology endorsement from an accredited university;
    • In-service position as full or part-time technology coordinator, integrationist, or facilitator in a public school;
    • Instructional designer/trainer, or distance education support specialist in higher education or business/industry, or
    • Personal or professional development experiences that indicate computer experiences.
  4. Personal/Professional Statement of Educational Goals: Please attach a personal/professional statement describing your educational and personal goals in applying to the MSET program. This can include what you hope to achieve in the program, your educational objectives, skills and experiences using educational/instructional technology in the classroom, and your long-range career objectives as they relate to technology application for learning, training and instruction. The essay should be 250 to 400 words and should not exceed two pages.

Program Faculty:

Program Coordinator:  Kevin Smith
Katie Anderson, Tom Farrell, Mark Hawkes, and Jennifer Nash

Program Requirements


The program requires a total of 30 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. All students must take the following:

  • Five common core courses (15 credit hours) shared between DSU and USD required of all students;
  • Three DSU required courses (8 credit hours) required of all DSU students; and
  • Seven credit hours of elective courses.

A Collaborative Program

Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota have collaborated in the development of their respective master’s degree programs. The two programs share a common core of five courses (15 credit hours). DSU and USD each teaching two of those five core courses to the students at their partner institution.  These five required core courses have the same course prefix (LT=Learning Technology), number, title, course description, objectives, and syllabus for each institution. Faculties from both campuses have collaborated to design and develop these common courses and continue to collaborate to ensure continued improvement in these courses. Students receive similar instruction allowing them to start the program at either campus or to enroll in core courses from anywhere in the state and nation via distance education technologies.

Courses Supporting the MSET program

Common Core (15 credits)

The common core is required of all students in the program. DSU and USD each teach two of the courses and share in the delivery of the fifth course.

The five courses that have been identified as common to both programs have the same course prefix, number, title, course description, objectives, and syllabus.

DSU Required Courses (8 credits)

All DSU students take three courses, totaling eight credit hours. Students take CET 720, CET 756 and then take either CET 751 or CET 753.

DSU Elective Courses (7 credits)

DSU students must take a minimum of seven credit hours of elective courses, choosing either the thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option, CET 798 , counts for four elective credit hours. Students may not take both the thesis option (CET 798 ) and the Educational Computing Research Project (CET 788 ). Nor can they choose both the thesis option and the practicum (CET 795 ). Students registering for the practicum (CET 795 ) must obtain permission from their academic advisor.

Assessment/Evaluation Activities

Students will be evaluated at specific phases throughout the program. Assessment will include:

  • course grades;
  • a midpoint review of portfolio and program progress;
  • evaluation of the exit portfolio by a committee of faculty and external reviewers.

Exit Portfolio

The MSET Exit Portfolio is the final student project of the program. The portfolio should cause students to reflect on how courses and project experiences have applied to their professional work. It provides an opportunity for students to display artifacts demonstrating their developing competency and progress over the course of the program. It will also be used as a tool for presentations to co-workers, employers, and future employers. The portfolios are also important to the MSET program as dynamic documents, which can be used to determine the quality of the program.

Exit Portfolio Expectations

Students are required to construct a web-based portfolio that exhibits key elements of their work. The portfolio should begin with a self-introduction and biographical information. It should include a guiding or organizational structure, table of contents, or an overview that gives context to the portfolio layout. Portfolios will include: a philosophy statement that introduces their beliefs regarding technology’s role in teaching and learning; key themes that reflect their philosophies and exemplify the program objectives; and selected products developed in their courses.

Students must also provide a 20-30 minute presentation of their portfolio, highlighting their philosophy of professional technology application for student learning, accomplishments, and/or significant products. This presentation may be made via interactive video, or at DSU. Questions from the review panel will follow the presentation.

Students should review the portfolio guidelines early in their program. There is also a mid-program review of students’ Plans of Study to ensure they are continuously developing their portfolio products. The guidelines and the evaluation rubric used by the committee are available on-line. The Registrar’s Office will conduct a program audit and qualify students for portfolio review once the student has applied for graduation. The MSET Program Coordinator will schedule presentation dates for portfolio reviews and contact the students.

Course Grades

Course grades are used as an indirect measure of student attainment of specific program goals and objectives. The program’s goals, objectives, and student outcomes have been mapped to specific program courses. DSU Policy requires students to maintain a 3.0 student GPA in the program, receive no grades below a C, and have no more than 2 grades of a C. If students do not maintain the required “B” average students will be placed on academic probation and given the opportunity to raise their GPA to 3.0 within the next nine credit hours. If students do not raise their GPA to 3.0 they will be suspended from the program. If they receive more than 6 credits of “C” or any grade lower than a “C” students are suspended from the program. Students may appeal the suspension. If students have questions regarding grading, they should review the “Satisfactory Progression” Program Guidelines or speak with their advisor.

Course Rotation

Course Rotation Schedule