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Master's Degree Program

Technology, Innovation, and Education

The program information below is for academic year 2020-2021. This program has enrolled their final cohort. We are dedicated to helping you prepare for an impactful career in education by offering powerful learning experiences and field-based opportunities that will develop critical professional skills. We encourage you learn more about our reimagined Master's in Education.

The Technology, Innovation, and Education (TIE) Program nurtures creative leaders in education toward researching and designing new technologies and media that promote powerful teaching and engaged learning.

TIE asks you to consider, "Who are the users, and what educational challenges are they grappling with?" — choosing the medium or technology that delivers the most effective learning experience for your specific goal. Technology is the means, not the mission, for harnessing innovation and creativity to improve educational outcomes for all learners.

Whether it's a course on designing cutting-edge technologies, a practicum on large-scale distance learning, or a course on evaluating the impact of educational apps, we concentrate on the cognitive, affective, and social dimensions of learning, not on the bit rate.

Senior Lecturer Joe Blatt, faculty director

TIE is for people from a wide variety of academic, professional, and personal backgrounds. No previous computer science or technology experience is required to apply to the program. The strengths of the program include:

  • Cohort and Community – During your time at HGSE, you will have the opportunity to learn alongside a diverse group of peers who have a shared passion for education and an intellectual curiosity that will help transform the field. You will develop strong bonds and a supportive learning community through participation in various cohort and community-building, virtual activities hosted by your program, student organizations, and HGSE faculty and staff.

  • Internships and Field Work – Internships provide a lot of value to your academic experience while providing you excellent knowledge to build your resume and experiment with jobs to test your interests. While Field Experiences will continue to be an important part of the HGSE learning experience, logistical and other program details are subject to modification for academic year 2020-21. 

Curriculum Information

HGSE and its faculty are launching a series of schoolwide courses, designed to take advantage of active learning and the latest research findings about how to nurture powerful learning experiences online. These schoolwide courses address a range of critical topics that respond to today’s societal circumstances, including leadership and organizations, inclusive and effective teaching, education policy, and more. Your courses are being redesigned to provide the best that digital learning has to offer, combining asynchronous and synchronous learning experiences and an unparalleled curriculum. Program-specific courses will be offered in a variety of formats: seminars, tutorials, classes of varying sizes and models for collaboration and learning, field-based experiences, and more. 

HGSE Requirements 

  • All HGSE students must complete a minimum of  eight courses (32 credits) in order to graduate
  • At least  four courses (16 credits) must be HGSE courses

Program Requirements

  • Four Technology related courses (16 credits)
  • TIE internship *can be replaced with TIE course (4 credits)
  • Three elective courses (12 credits)
    • One course must focus on issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (4 credits)

The TIE curriculum will address three critical areas — design, implementation, and research — and we will offer courses across all of these areas of TIE strength. Our goal is to help you prepare for a dynamic leadership career in technology development, entrepreneurship, and policy; online, mobile, and social media design; research and evaluation; teaching and administration; or in any of the many other education and technology fields in which TIE graduates are now working. 

See my.harvard for a complete list of courses.

Program Faculty

HGSE consists of a faculty of the whole and students can work with and take courses with faculty throughout HGSE and Harvard. The faculty that TIE students most often work with include:

Where Alumni Work

  • Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
  • Disney
  • Edutopia
  • Google
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • LeapFrog Enterprises
  • Microsoft
  • MIT
  • PBS Kids
  • Sesame Workshop
  • Schools and school systems all over the world

Alumni & Student Profiles

TIE graduates are leaders in the creative development of education and technology. They launch start-ups that are part of the entrepreneurial wave driving educational innovation today. They design games and build apps that teach reading and math concepts to schoolchildren in Latin America. They evaluate new products and conduct the research that will inform the next generation of educational technology. They lead the integration of technology into teaching at every level of school, in workplaces, hospitals, and government offices. And they produce TV programs and interactive websites that provide informal learning to kids and their families, teens and their peers, and teachers and other professionals.

Eric Brown and family

A Deeper Look at Education: Eric Brown, TIE'22

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Technology, Innovation, and Education reflects on his time at HGSE and looks toward the future.

Vincent Bish

Crossing the Digital Threshold: Vincent Bish, TIE'21

The Intellectual Contribution Award recipient for Technology, Innovation, and Education reflects on his time at HGSE and looks toward the future.

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