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Educational Technology and New Literacies, AGC

Are you an educator interested in learning about the latest technology tools and how to effectively implement them into the classroom? Or are you a technology professional looking to explore your options as an educational professional? If so, then the Educational Technology and New Literacies AGC program is for you!

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Program Overview

The 15 credit-hour Educational Technology and New Literacies AGC program is delivered part-time and completely online. The program can be completed in one year; however, students may choose to register for only one course per semester and complete the program over a two-year period.

This program is appropriate for teachers, administrators, educational technologists, or technology professionals exploring their options as an educational professional. As a graduate of this program, you will be able to meet the educational challenges of the 21 century relating to technology and literacies by:

  • Adapting technology use to fit latest educational research and reform
  • Integrating emerging technology to meet state/national/international standards
  • Utilizing digital resources for curricular/professional needs
  • Designing and evaluating multimodal virtual learning environments
  • Assessing student learning in a technology rich environment

The program is comprised of a total of 15 credit hours including a 3-credit culminating capstone course. The program can be completed fully online on a part-time basis within one year. Students may also take one course per semester to help manage a life/school balance.

Why Educational Technology and New Literacies?

Technology, over the last decade, has revolutionized the face of education. Learning environments around the globe are adapting and changing to include these emerging technologies in order to better accommodate the 21st century student. As a graduate of this program,you will be able to successfully incorporate the following technologies into yoru classroom:

  • Multimodal composition
  • Interactive web tools
  • Social networking
  • Mobile devices
  • Online learning communities

The use of these technologies will provide you with a framework through which to view learning, enhance teaching, and better serve the next generation of learners.  Come join us and learn to create positive, interactive, and technology-enriched learning environments for your students.

Application Requirements

Students are admitted on a rolling basis and may start coursework in either the fall or spring semester.

You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as we have a limited number of spaces available. Once spaces are filled, the remaining applicants who are accepted into the program will be placed on a waiting list.

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and must submit:

  • An online application
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system
  • Transcripts of previous academic work. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.
  • A personal statement addressing the applicant’s professional goals

Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name.  If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.

You should apply if you are a master’s, post-master’s, and non degree student who is interested solely in earning an Advanced Graduate certificate in Educational Technology and New Literacies. Students are accepted into the program and may start coursework in either the fall or spring semester.


Supporting Documentation

All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.


Recommendation Letters:

If your program requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" the application.

Program Requirements

To earn the AGC in ETNL, students must complete at least one course in each of the following five categories: Introductory courses; Sociological, Sociopolitical, and Philosophical Issues; Using Technology in a Discipline Area of Interest; Design and Development; Capstone. 

Course Number

Course Title

Semester Offered


CEP 506

Introduction to Educational Technology


LAI 508

Educational Uses of the Internet


LAI 599

Technology and Curriculum Integration



LAI 671

Philosophy of Technology


LAI 573

Technology as Social Practice


LAI 673

New Literacies Seminar



LAI 577

Technology in Special Education

(odd years only)

LAI 529

Computers (ICTS) in Early and Primary Education


LAI 532

Technology and Science Teaching


LAI 510

Technology in Childhood Mathematics Education


LAI 553

Technology in Secondary Mathematics Education

(even years only)

LAI 561

Technology and Music Education


LAI 576

Literacy and Technology


LAI 590

Technologies and the Second Language Classroom



LAI 678

Digital Media in Education


CSE 503

Computer Science for Non-Majors I


CSE 504

Computer Science for Non-Majors II



LAI 700

Curriculum and/or Research Project in Educational Technology and/or New Literacies

Fall, Spring, Summer

What is the Time Commitment?

Online courses traditionally require a minimum of 9 to 12 hours of dedicated study outside of participation in the virtual classroom, so it is important that you take into consideration other personal and professional commitments as you pursue your coursework.

Learn More

The Educational Technology and New Literacies AGC program is just one of many programs within the Department of Learning and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo.

University Computing Standards

All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband  connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.