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What is Educational Technology?

  • the study and practice of facilitating learning and improving educational outcomes by developing, implementing, and managing technology in educational experiences. 

Why should I consider theming my degree in Educational Technology?

Educational technology is a rapidly growing profession where knowledge of how theory and practice intersect is being leveraged in both public and private sectors


What will I learn?

By studying Educational Technology, you will:

  • develop a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of educational technology with the design of educational experiences
  • be better equipped to implement and engage in the application of educational technologies in a world where technology is ubiquitous

Degree Earned: Master of Education in Developmental Psychology & Education

Program Length: Usually 1.5 years, with a maximum of 3 years

Degree Elements: 10 courses (two are required courses). There are a variety of face-to-face, flex-mode, and fully online classes to choose from.


While students may organize their study of Educational Technology from any department, there are good reasons to enter through the MEd DPE program in the Department of APHD.

  • Many of the educational technologies used today are developed using psychological and developmental theories
  • Approaching educational technology from a psychology perspective allows you to better understand how technologies are designed to engage us
  • Understanding psychological theory serves as an underpinning for the implementation of appropriate educational technologies
  • APHD provides you with an array of practical experiences to better equip you with transferrable skills needed to better navigate our technology-rich world
  • Mobilizing theory on psychology and human development in the design of educational experiences with technology can better serve the ways we learn in both traditional and special education contexts


No background in psychology is needed to apply for the this degree theme. The two required courses for the DPE MEd program will provide substantive psychological theory content.

For your 8 elective courses, you may take relevant courses in APHD as well as methods courses offered in OISE’s three other departments.


In addition to your two required courses, you may take relevant elective courses in APHD as well as courses offered in other OISE departments or in other University of Toronto departments (e.g. in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering).

Educational technology and relevant courses in APHD may include:

APD1294H: Technology, Psychology and Play
This course examines psychological theories of play and has a focus on the role of technology in play across the life span (e.g., Vygotsky, Huizinga, Brown) in relation to the role of technology in play (e.g., Resnick, Gee, Squires) from both human developmental and educational perspectives. Topics addressing play include: gamification, trust, collaboration and passion to learn.  In addition, we will address the growing role of technology in 'eduplay' and emerging social implications (e.g., concerns of addiction to gaming, social media, and networked connectedness). 

APD2275H: Technology for Adaptive Instruction and Special Education
This course will examine the potential of microcomputer-based technology in various types of learning environments. The focus is on the use of adaptive and assistive technology as a tool to increase the teacher's ability to handle a wide range of student learning needs in mainstreamed classrooms.


APD5017 Special Topics: Technology, Play and Social Media in Adolescence
This course examines the intersection of technology, social media and play during adolescence from a developmental and educational perspective.  Topics include: social interaction, emotional development, gamification, collaboration, social media, and the role of technology in education. This course is designed to have students critically examine contemporary research to better understand the implications of technology on social emotional development, interaction, and learning in adolescence.

APD5017 Special Topics: Technology and Universal Design for Learning
This course examines how technology can aid in the implementation of universal design within classrooms.  The course will focus on student needs and the emerging technologies that teachers can employ.  Specific topics will vary from year to year as technologies emerge and adapt.

Additional Educational Technology courses at OISE


There is also an opportunity to learn outside of OISE:

From the the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: 

ECE1778 Creative Mobile Applications 
In this course you come in with an idea that mobilizes educational theory. You will work with a team of programmers to develop a mobile application prototype based on these ideas. Courses like this, and others, are a great way to understand how the theory, practice and design of educational technology is leveraged in learning.





All applicants to the MEd in Developmental Psychology & Education program are eligible to apply to theme their degree in Educational Technology.

Application Requirements:

To be considered for the Program Evaluation theme, applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements for the MEd DPE degree.

Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the DPE MEd program or the Program Evaluation theme.

How to Apply:

In your application to the DPE MEd program, please state your interest in the Educational Technology theme in the letter of intent. 


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