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Athabasca University

Master of Education in Distance Education Program Plans

Focus Areas

Leadership in Education

Instructional Design

Mobile Learning

K-12 Blended and Online Learning

Focus Area: Leadership in Education

Course-Based Route

Core Requirements

MDDE 601 Introduction to Distance Education and Training
(3)
MDDE 602 Research Methods in Distance Education
(3)
MDDE 603 Foundations of Instructional Design: Systems Analysis and Learning Theory
(3)
MDDE 604 Instructional Design in Distance Education
(3)
  or
 
MDDE 605* Planning and Management in Distance Education and Training
 
MDDE 610 Survey of Current Educational Technology Applications
(3)
  or
 
MDDE 620* Technology in Education and Training
 
MDDE 694 Capstone e-Portfolio Project
(3)
  Total core:
18 credits

Electives

MDDE 617 Program Evaluation in Distance Education
(3)
MDDE 631 Inclusive Leadership and Practice in Education
(3)
MDDE 632 Leadership in Education Innovation
(3)
MDDE 690 Independent Study
(3)
MDDE 691 Independent Study
(3)
  or
 
extra elective (see recommendation below**)
 
  Total elective: 15 credits
  Total core + electives:
33 credits

* MDDE 605 and MDDE 620 are recommended to fulfill core requirements for this focus area.

** The following courses are recommended as extra electives:

MDDE 611 Foundations of Adult Learning
 
MDDE 612 Experiential Learning
 
MDDE 613 Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
 
MDDE 650 Tutoring and Student Support in Distance Education and Training
 
MDDE 651 Gender Issues in Distance Education  

Focus Area: Leadership in Education

Thesis Route

Core Requirements

MDDE 601 Introduction to Distance Education and Training
(3)
MDDE 602 Research Methods in Distance Education
(3)
MDDE 603 Foundations of Instructional Design: Systems Analysis and Learning Theory
(3)
MDDE 604* Instructional Design in Distance Education
(3)
  or
 
MDDE 605 Planning and Management in Distance Education and Training
 
MDDE 610* Survey of Current Educational Technology Applications
(3)
  or
 
MDDE 620 Technology in Education and Training
 
  Total core:
15 credits

Electives

MDDE 617 Program Evaluation in Distance Education
(3)
MDDE 618** Instructional Project Management (3)
  or
 
MDDE 619 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
 
  Total electives:
6 credits

Thesis

MDDE 701 Quantitative Research Methods
(3)
MDDE 702 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
MDDE 703 Research Proposal Writing
(3)
MDDE 704 Thesis Completion and Oral Defense
(3)
  Total thesis: 12 credits
  Total core + electives + thesis:
33 credits

* MDDE 604 and MDDE 610 are recommended to fulfill core requirements for this focus area.

** MDDE 604 is a prerequisite for MDDE 618.

Focus Area: Instructional Design

Course-Based Route

Core Requirements

MDDE 601 Introduction to Distance Education and Training
(3)
MDDE 602 Research Methods in Distance Education
(3)
MDDE 603 Foundations of Instructional Design: Systems Analysis and Learning Theory
(3)
MDDE 604* Instructional Design in Distance Education
(3)
  or
 
MDDE 605 Planning and Management in Distance Education and Training
 
MDDE 610* Survey of Current Educational Technology Applications
(3)
  or
 
MDDE 620 Technology in Education and Training
 
MDDE 694 Capstone e-Portfolio Project
(3)
  Total core:
18 credits

Electives

MDDE 617 Program Evaluation in Distance Education
(3)
MDDE 618** Instructional Project Management (3)
MDDE 619 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design (3)
MDDE 690 Independent Study
(3)
MDDE 691 Independent Study
(3)
  or
 
extra elective (see recommendation below***)
 
  Total elective: 15 credits
  Total core + electives:
33 credits

* MDDE 604 and MDDE 610 are recommended to fulfill core requirements for this focus area.

** MDDE 604 is a prerequisite for MDDE 618.

*** The following courses are recommended as extra electives:

MDDE 611 Foundations of Adult Learning
 
MDDE 612 Experiential Learning
 
MDDE 613 Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
 
MDDE 622 Openness in Education  
MDDE 623 Introduction to Mobile Learning  

Focus Area: Instructional Design

Thesis Route

Core Requirements

Electives

MDDE 617 Program Evaluation in Distance Education
(3)
MDDE 618** Instructional Project Management (3)
  or
 
MDDE 619 Trends & Issues in Instructional Design
 
  Total electives:
6 credits

Thesis

MDDE 701 Quantitative Research Methods
(3)
MDDE 702 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
MDDE 703 Research Proposal Writing
(3)
MDDE 704 Thesis Completion and Oral Defense
(3)
  Total thesis: 12 credits
  Total core + electives + thesis:
33 credits

* MDDE 604 and MDDE 610 are recommended to fulfill core requirements for this focus area.

** MDDE 604 is a prerequisite for MDDE 618.

Focus Area: Mobile Learning

Course-Based Route

Core Requirements

Electives

MDDE 618** Instructional Project Management (3)
MDDE 621 Online Teaching in Distance Education and Training
(3)
MDDE 623 Introduction to Mobile Learning
(3)
MDDE 690 Independent Study
(3)
MDDE 691 Independent Study
(3)
  or
 
extra elective (see recommendation below**)
 
  Total elective: 15 credits
  Total core + electives:
33 credits

* MDDE 604 and MDDE 610 are recommended to fulfill core requirements for this focus area.

** MDDE 604 is a prerequisite for MDDE 618.

*** The following courses are recommended as extra electives:

MDDE 611 Foundations of Adult Learning
 
MDDE 612 Experiential Learning
 
MDDE 613 Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
 
MDDE 619 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design  

Focus Area: Mobile Learning

Thesis Route

Core Requirements

Electives

MDDE 621 Online Teaching in Distance Education and Training (3)
MDDE 623 Introduction to Mobile Learning (3)
  Total electives:
6 credits

Thesis

MDDE 701 Quantitative Research Methods
(3)
MDDE 702 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
MDDE 703 Research Proposal Writing
(3)
MDDE 704 Thesis Completion and Oral Defense
(3)
  Total thesis: 12 credits
  Total core + electives + thesis:
33 credits

* MDDE 604 and MDDE 610 are recommended to fulfill core requirements for this focus area.

Focus Area: K-12 Blended and Online Learning

Course-Based Route

Core Requirements

Electives

MDDE 621 Online Teaching in Distance Education and Training (3)
MDDE 630 Trends and Issues in K-12 Online and Blended Learning (3)
MDDE 650 Tutoring and Student Support in Distance Education and Training (3)
MDDE 690 Independent Study
(3)
MDDE 691 Independent Study
(3)
  or
 
extra elective (see recommendation below***)
 
  Total elective: 15 credits
  Total core + electives:
33 credits

* MDDE 604 and MDDE 610 are recommended to fulfill core requirements for this focus area.

** MDDE 604 is a prerequisite for MDDE 618.

*** The following courses are recommended as extra electives:

MDDE 623 Introduction to Mobile Learning  
MDDE 631 Inclusive Leadership and Practice in Education  
MDDE 651 Gender Issues in Distance Education  
MDDE 665 Collaboration and Mentoring in Educational Environments  

Focus Area: K-12 Blended and Online Learning

Thesis Route

Core Requirements

Electives

MDDE 621 Online Teaching in Distance Education and Training (3)
MDDE 630 Trends and Issues in K-12 Online and Blended Learning (3)
  Total electives:
6 credits

Thesis

MDDE 701 Quantitative Research Methods
(3)
MDDE 702 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
MDDE 703 Research Proposal Writing
(3)
MDDE 704 Thesis Completion and Oral Defense
(3)
  Total thesis: 12 credits
  Total core + electives + thesis:
33 credits

* MDDE 604 and MDDE 610 are recommended to fulfill core requirements for this focus area.

 

Information effective Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.

Updated January 04 2017 by laurab

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