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Fielding Graduate University is the only MA-ED program with a concentration in social media and education

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Oct 03, 2012

describe the imageFielding Graduate University is the only program in the US that offers a Master of Arts in Education (MA-ED) program with a concentration focused on the integration of social media and education. 

There are many programs that look at how social media can be used for marketing purposes, but none that explore the important topic of how it can be effectively used in education. 

The dramatic growth of online courses, the use of mobile technologies, and the impact of social networking in education is undeniable. Increasingly, educators in schools, colleges, and workplaces are being called upon to merge technology and teaching. With this comes a demand for high quality instructors who can provide effective, technology-driven education to a growing number of students at all levels.

Fielding faculty are all well published and recognized in the field of education and particularly in the integration of technology in education, and in online teaching and learning.  Fielding faculty are not only scholars in the area, but they practice what they preach.  Rena M Palloff, PhD, expalins: “We all teach online and take great joy in helping others become highly effective online teachers as well as effective users of cutting edge technology. Our graduates are uniquely situated to address technology in education in many ways and at many levels. “

Fielding MA-ED graduate Jessica Ward states “Fielding completely prepared me for the fast-paced and adult-centered world of online learning and teaching. The skills I have gained have provided me with the confidence I needed to go out and teach in the digital world.”

At Fielding, students focus in high-demand areas: online teaching and learning, emerging technologies, and the impact of social media on education. Graduates leave with advanced knowledge and specialized skills including: effective instruction either online or through the use of technology in the classroom; course and curriculum design; assessment; and the effective use of social media and social networking.

Interested in learning more about the program or know of someone who is?

Information session dates and times are listed below:

General MA-ED Webinar Information Session Schedule

Thursday, October 11 4PM PST
Thursday, October 18 4PM PST
Saturday, October 27 10:00AM PST
Wednesday, October 31 4PM PST
Thursday, November 8 4PM PST
Thursday, November 15 4PM PST
Tuesday, December 4 4PM PST
Tuesday, December 18 4PM PST

General MA-ED Lunchtime Informational Webinars

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 9:00-9:45AM, 10:00-10:45AM
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 11:00-11:45AM, 12:00-12:45PM
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 9:00-9:45AM, 10:00-10:45AM
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 11:00-11:45AM, 12:00-12:45PM

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Register for the webinar at

Contact Chrystie Lewis | | 805.898.4039

To view the program brochure: MA-ED Brochure

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