The Educational Technology programme is a 1-year online programme designed to provide an opportunity for professional development to people who are working or plan to work in positions that involve teaching and wish to use educational technology more effectively in their work.
The programme may prove to be especially useful to people currently working at educational institutions (schools, universities, etc.) who did not have a chance to gain digital technology skills and knowledge during their studies (whether because such technological solutions did not exist yet or were only beginning to emerge).
The flexibility of the programme and major focus on e-learning make it especially well-suited to those who work – whether it be outside of Tartu or in another country. There are two sessions in Tartu: 16–28 August 2021 and one week in June 2022.
Watch this 2019 intake's online info session (webinar) and students talk about the programme.
Educational technology is an interdisciplinary field of study which focuses on facilitating learning and improving teaching practices by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources and providing corresponding training to educators.
In the Educational Technology MA programme, students will be working together in groups of 2–4, supported by their lecturers and mentors, to find solutions to specific problems in their workplace or improve some other aspect of their work (or the work of the teams they are leading in their workplace).
For example, lecturers might want to learn how to effectively implement the flipped classroom approach; school teachers might aim at creating fun and beneficial learning activities where students use their smart devices; heads of schools may want to increase their teachers’ digital competence; and trainers in companies might be interested in developing trainings in the form of e-learning that allow the employees to study at home.
Graduates are prepared to work as lecturers in universities or teachers in schools (depending on their previous studies and positions); as specialists in the field of education; or in various institutions or companies focused on educational research, development or innovation. Continuing in the PhD programme is also possible.
*Students are required to be present in Tartu twice: 2 weeks at the beginning of studies (16–28 August, 2021) and 1 week at the end of the studies (June, 2022).
The tuition fee is 3,800 EUR/year. Altogether 19 student places are available on the programme. On the basis of the admission results, 10 best applicants (regardless of citizenship) will be given a tuition waiver. Applicants do not have to apply for the tuition waiver separately, as they will be considered automatically for the competition.
NB! Applicants who are not citizens of the member states of the EU, EEA or Switzerland and do not hold a long-term residence permit in any of these countries are required to pay half of the semester fee after they have been informed of the admission decision (offer) via DreamApply. The official admission letter (necessary for visa application) will only be issued once the University of Tartu has received this payment. The second half of the semester fee is to be paid after the studies have started, by 20 September.
Information about the rules and conditions for tuition waiver as well as tuition fee payments is given here. Information about other scholarships is available here.
“The programme offers students the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from different countries in seeking innovative solutions of harnessing digital technologies for the benefit of teaching in school or university.
On the way to such solutions, top researchers from several European universities will be supporting our students through state-of-the-art e-learning environments.”
Dr Emanuele Bardone, Programme Director
Educational Technology, University of Tartu