Technology Integration in K-16 Education

The Technology Integration in K-16 Education specialization in the Doctor of Education program is designed to develop innovative educational leaders who can identify future trends and lead system change related to emerging technology as well as nurture a digital-age learning environment that fosters critical thinking and self-regulated learners through the application of inquiry-based instruction. This innovative specialization offers a unique opportunity for educational leaders to expand and effectively apply their knowledge and skills as well as to also learn new skills that will support students’ ability to examine educational issues and make empirically-informed decisions. It also affords them the opportunity to become part of a highly connected world of educators who recognize the impact of disruptive and adaptive technology in the digital age. This specialization combines rigorous empirical research and evidence-based practices to present state-of-the-art courses that support the development of inventive and advanced theoretical and technological approaches to teaching and learning in a school-based environment. The courses incorporate and examine innovations in technology and diffusion of ideas that promote and improve student learning outcomes in the digital classroom. Graduates emerge ready to support a visionary transformation in a technology-enhanced educational environment. Participants in this specialization develop their knowledge and skills within a global, diverse community of learners that affords them the opportunity to promote effective technology-enhanced instructional practices and program.


This course explores theories, research, and strategies related to the diffusion and adoption of scalable and sustainable instructional technology innovations in education. It targets the diffusion of technologies and the transition from experimentation and research to adoption and implementation. Participants review contemporary theoretical developments in the science of implementation through evidence-based educational examples and are introduced to current technologies and anticipated future trends and ubiquitous practices in the field. Participants apply these processes and strategies to their literature review to inform the implementation of their solution or intervention related to their Problem of Practice project.


This course explores pedagogical shifts in education that have arisen as a result of the integration of advanced digital tools and considers how these shifts and tools impact leadership, organization, instructional delivery, and student learning in today’s schools. Participants learn essential principles and practices for building 21st century content and technology-rich learning environments for all students including those with disabilities and other special needs. Learners are afforded opportunities to connect new understandings of 21st century technology applications in teaching and learning to their solution or intervention related to their Problem of Practice project.


This course provides opportunities for participants to explore integration of technology within the K-16 classroom environment. First, students will examine barriers to technology integration in the K-16 context with implications for professional development. Students will examine theoretical perspectives and research to investigate the advantages and challenges of effectively integrating technology to support learning. Specifically, students will be engaged in critically examining “evaluation practices” related to effective application of digital technology in the classroom from an informed theoretical, empirical, and pedagogical perspectives. Examples from research that examines evaluation practices can be related to classroom connectivity technology, mobile technologies, one-to-one computing, and video use. Participants will also be engaged in considering measurement to examine the effectiveness of the technology integration in instruction and gauge the capacity of their school organization in implementing digital age technology successfully. Participants draw upon relevant instructional theories, conceptual frameworks, and effective best practices as criteria for selection, implementation, and integration of technology.


This course provides participants the opportunity to determine how digital-age technologies improve critical thinking and achievement in the k-12 classroom. Topics include evaluating the effectiveness and application of learning technologies to improve student-learning outcomes, using learning analytics to determine instruction effectiveness, online and computer-assisted testing and strategies to maximize results, federal and state reporting practices, as well as formative and summative program and performance evaluation. Participants in this course analyze technology mediated education and learning environments as they relate to instruction and learning.

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Camille Bryant, PhD

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Cathy Cao
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