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Teachers Gain Edge with LIU Post's M.S. in Educational Technology


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

Amanda KavanaughA few years ago, local school teacher Amanda Kavanagh realized she needed to advance her studies in order to stay on top of the latest developments in the field of technology.

"With teaching jobs being scarce and standards constantly changing and becoming more complex, I think one of the most important things for educators today is to be ahead of the curve," said the 26-year-old middle school teacher from the Bellmore-Merrick district.

To gain an edge, she enrolled in LIU Post's M.S. in Educational Technology program, which offers courses in cloud technology, interactive web systems, multi-media teaching formats and the building of virtual learning communities.

Tangible results came quickly for Kavanagh, who graduated with the master's degree in 2010. "It wasn't long after I started the program that I was able to take the ideas and concepts and apply them on a daily basis in my classes," she recalls. "And I began to meet with my colleagues to assist them in integrating
technology into their classes. Now my colleagues regularly come to me for ideas and guidance when they are looking to add something new to their repertoire or to help them troubleshoot a specific technology."

"The next two-to-three decades are poised to be the most exciting and change-filled times in the history of education," said Dr. Bette Schneiderman, associate professor and co-developer of the M.S. program. "Just as technology has forever altered non-school communications in the past two decades, it is now
in position to, and will, alter education, the largest communications business we know, in similar ways."

The 30-credit program, which is offered on the premises of the Herricks Union Free School District in New Hyde Park and the Half Hollow Hills School District in Dix Hills, allows K-12 teachers to immediately implement new knowledge into their classrooms and schools. Courses are offered in a "blended" format, which combines online and in-person instruction methods.

"The program represents and uses many of the changes that are beginning to occur in the field," said Dr. Michael Byrne, associate professor and co-developer of the M.S. program.

Any New York State-certified teacher who meets admission requirements can enroll at a one-third tuition discount. The program prepares teachers for New York State certification as an Educational Technology Specialist.

To learn more, attend an Open House at LIU Post (formerly the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) at 720 Northern Boulevard in Brookville: Wednesday, July 25 and Monday, August 6 – 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 122 of Kahn Discovery Center, or Tuesday, August 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in LIU Tilles Center.

For more information visit or call Dr. Bette Schneiderman at 516-299-2655 or email

Posted 07/09/2012

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