This certificate program is designed for educators who want to learn more about visual storytelling—including video, film, television, radio, music and the nearly infinite incarnations of these forms of online media—in order to make visual stories for teaching impact and to help students tell their own stories.
The program also features a signature critical thinking unit on how to understand, analyze, present and reinvent media with educational purpose and impact.
Students in the program will expand their visual storytelling skills in order to find their expressive voice and style and better help their students with issues and ideas they care about. Because assumptions about education, identity and difference are always visible in the media-making process, the program will also work with students on the assumptions they bring to the stories they tell.
The Media and Education Certificate Program Experience
The media and education certificate program is a four-part program built around the standard primary and secondary school year in order to be most convenient for practicing educators, with most coursework taking place in individual educational settings.
Part 1: Syracuse Summer Institute (first 2 weeks following July 4 holiday) The focus of the Summer Institute is to strengthen and integrate the foundations of storytelling and critical thinking as they relate to the convergence of media and education. In this two-week residency session, students engage in intensive, face-to-face courses, lab work and screenings. Students will also work on their final projects, which they will deliver digitally after they return home.
Parts 2 and 3: Practicum, Project Development & Project Production (Sept.-May, online) Following the Summer Institute, students return to their own educational settings to begin the applied practice phase of the certificate program, allowing them to connect their studies to the everyday practices of your educational environment.
Part 4: Syracuse Summer Institute 2 (first week following July 4 holiday) Students return to Syracuse for a one-week conference culminating in the presentation of their final projects for public review. Students will receive constructive feedback from their educational peers, professors and visiting educators; understand what constitutes effective educational media; improve and polish existing skills and knowledge of the media production process through rigorous review and revision; and generate educational media with measureable impact. Certificates will be awarded in a closing ceremony. For more information about required courses and other curricular details, see the Syracuse University Course Catalog.
Busy teachers deserve simple pathways to professional development. Our application process is simple.
Résumé Submit a résumé that details your experiences to date. Note that there is no requirement for media experience; our only requirement is a teacher with curiosity about media.
Transcript Submit a transcript of your education to date. A bachelor’s degree or above is required.
Personal Statement Submit a short personal statement (1-2 pages) outlining your overall goals as an educator and how you feel this program would support those goals.
Applications must be submitted online. If your application includes supplemental support material, please use the following addresses:
Via US Postal Service: Enrollment Management Processing Center Syracuse University Graduate Admissions Processing P.O. Box 35060 Syracuse New York 13235-5060
Via package delivery company (UPS, FedEx, DHL): Enrollment Management Processing Center Syracuse University Graduate Admissions Processing 716 East Washington Street, Suite 200 Syracuse New York 13202
The media and education master of arts program combines the faculty, resources, and exceptional legacies of two renowned Syracuse University schools: the School of Education and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Media and Education Master’s Program Schedule
Summer Session II – 6 credits (July)
EDU 603 Introduction to Research
M&E 610 Media & Education Master’s Colloquium I
TRF 655 Screenwriting and Production Workshop
Fall Semester (13 credits):
M&E 610 Media & Education Master’s Colloquium II
Cultural Foundations Elective*
Public Communications Elective*
Visual Media Elective I*
Spring Semester (13 credits):
CFE 662 Youth, Schooling and Popular Culture
M&E 610 Media & Education Master’s Colloquium III
M&E 611 Proseminar in Media and Education
Culture Study Elective*
Visual Media Elective II*
First Summer Session (3 credits):
M&E 689 Media & Education Capstone
Total credits in program: 36
*Electives are chosen from the following list:
Cultural Foundations Electives
CFE 605 Race, Philosophy and Education
CFE 614 Critical Issues in Dis/ability and Inclusion
CFE 631 Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology of Education
CFE 776 Gender, Education & Culture
Visual Media Electives
COM 628 Social Media Strategy and Practice
ICC 565 Designing Interactivity
TRF 642 Multicamera Television Production
TRF 648 Audio Storytelling
TRF 651 Directing
TRF 653 Shortform Production
TRF 654 Music Recording
TRF 656 Sound for Picture
TRF 659 Documentary Production
CFE 621 History of Education in the United States
CFE 640 Inequality and Intergroup Relations in Education
CFE 775 Gender, Sexuality, and Disability
DSP 930 Sociology and Anthropology of Education: Seminar in Special Topics
EDU 610 The American School
EDU 778 Narrative Inquiry in Research and Creative Practice
IDE 631 Instructional Design and Development I
IDE 652 Assistive Technologies for Integrating Students with Special Needs
RED 547 Children’s Literature
RED 607 Issues in Multicultural Literacy
Public Communications Electives
COM 646 Media and Diversity
COM 755 Communications Theory
TRF 640 Topics in Critical and Historical Perspectives
TRF 683 Communications Industry Frontiers
*Students are invited to petition public communications electives not on this list along with a rationale for using them in their program of study.
Culture Study Elective
ANT 553 Women and Social Change
ANT 672 Language, Culture and Society
PSC 753 International Political Economy
TRF 530 Popular Culture Studies
WGS 652 Feminism & Postcolonial Studies
Visual Media Elective II
TRF 662 Advanced TV Production
TRF 668 Advanced Audio
TRF 669 Advanced Filmmaking
*For this elective students may choose from this list if they have the required prerequisite or from the visual media electives I list.
What careers does a media and education master’s lead me to?
Students in 21st century schools do not learn without mass media tools or content. It is imperative that education professionals have a high degree of media literacy in order to connect with today’s learners, and that media professionals have an understanding of the power media tools have in education.
An M.A. in media and education can shape a career for:
students interested in media production, the development of media literacy programs, or enhancing their classroom teaching.
content producers and media directors for educational television, not-for-profit organizations, or charitable foundations.
directors or media integration specialists for after-school programs, libraries, social service agencies, and non-profits.
curriculum development and consultant positions in publishing, television, or higher education.
The media and education master’s program joins the multimedia storytelling focus of the Newhouse School with the cultural foundations of education focus of Syracuse University’s School of Education.
Media and Education
Multimedia skills combined with an educational focus allows this one-of-a-kind program to help you bring next-level education to your classroom.
The media and education master’s program combines the multimedia storytelling focus of the Newhouse School with the cultural foundations of education focus of Syracuse University’s School of Education to give you the knowledge and expertise you need to bring your media to your classroom.