New Media and New Literacies

Degree: Master of Arts in Educational Studies

Technological advances—mobile computing, augmented reality, blogs, social networks, and other modes of connectivity—are producing new media well beyond conventional print and broadcast. People have increased access to information, and opportunities to express ideas, communicate, and to make sense of their worlds through these new media. In classrooms and informal learning environments, these new media are expanding and challenging notions of learning and literacy.

The New Media and New Literacies (NMNL) thread prepares professionals to work in schools and non-formal contexts like museums and libraries to develop and to study the possibilities and challenges of these new media and new literacies. The thread provides access the academic and professional resources at the University within the context of an intimate and supportive master's program. Core faculty include tenured, clinical, and adjunct practitioner professors who are committed to teaching and to offering one-on-one advising and mentoring support.

The thread is distinctive in several ways:

1. Students examine contemporary research on learning technologies as well as the cognitive processes and social practices through which people produce, understand, and use information. They examine the application of technologies and new media to educational issues, by designing, assessing, applying, new media in formal and informal educational settings.

2. With the support and one-on-one mentorship of a faculty advisor, students design a plan of study to address their goals and interests. The plan includes a core of knowledge and skills, combined cross-disciplinary and elective courses in educational research, business and nonprofit management, social work and other fields.

3. Students practice their skills through a supervised, sustained internship experience in the university of local area, gaining knowledge and skills to develop, implement, and assess the impact of new media on learning and teaching.

Career Preparation

This thread prepares students for a variety of career paths, including entry- or mid-level professional positions in schools and educational organizations such as:

Graduates also pursue doctoral degrees in education, psychology, and related fields at institutions such as Michigan State University and Georgetown University.

Plan of Study

Please view the Course Planning Guide for details on course and credit requirements, including information about electives and the internship. We also invite you to review this list of Course Descriptions to become familiar with the types of master's-level courses offered in Educational Studies. It is important to note that course availability varies from year to year. This list is intended as a starting point for working with your faculty advisor to develop your program.

Courses are offered fall term (September-December), winter term (January-April) and spring half term (May-June). Full-time students typically complete the program in 10 months. Part-time students, including University of Michigan employees, are welcome. Please be aware that all courses are offered in person on the U-M Ann Arbor campus and at present, we are not able to accommodate students who are only available for evening, weekend, or summer courses.

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