Program in Digital Media and Learning


The Master of Arts in Digital Media and Learning (DML) optimizes innovative technology and real world connections to prepare dynamic instructional leaders and technology professionals who envision the future of education and learning. Students are trained to become sophisticated technology-using professionals who can provide leadership for integrating technology to achieve the goals of local and extended learning communities.

Courses are offered in the university's modern Center for Instruction and Technology (CIT), conveniently located in the School of Education Building on the University of San Francisco's main campus. Class meetings are scheduled to meet the needs of working educators and other professionals. Many DML courses employ online learning tools to supplement coursework outside of class.

Through a combination of pedagogy, skill, thought, and leadership theory, the Digital Media and Learning program seeks to develop understanding, innovative techniques, and insight among students with the potential for leadership in the fast changing field of technology-enhanced learning.

The program can be tailored to each student's needs. It includes core coursework in the theoretical foundations of education, DML research and learning, application of current software and hardware, coursework in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of existing technology, and in resource identification for new projects. Students are required to complete a fieldwork project in an educational setting using technology or a technology-related professional development training program.

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Digital Media and Learning (DML) is a 30 credit Master of Arts program. There are 21 credits of required curriculum (*) and 9 credits of elective coursework. A student's plan of study is chosen in cooperation with one's faculty advisor from among the courses listed below so as to maximize student learning. All students are required to construct a digital portfolio to demonstrate their accomplishments during their time in the program.

The courses below are grouped for conceptual convenience. Included within the required courses (21 credits) is a choice of one's culminating activity. A student either designs, produces, and implements a professional development training program or a student conducts research and develops a field project or thesis (**).

Education and Digital Media Foundations

  • DML - 601 Digital Media Literacy **
  • DML - 640 Human-Technological Interface Design


  • DML - 650 Digital Storytelling & Communications Media
  • DML - 641 Cybercuture: Building Online Learning Communities

Design and Development

  • DML - 644 Website Design

Curriculum and Pedagogy

  • DML - 631 Instructional Design, Curricula, and Learning Theory **
  • DML - 635 DML Practicum I **
  • DML - 636 DML Practicum II

Management and Leadership

  • DML - 615 Information Systems in Educational Management
  • DML - 675 Planning, Leading and Evaluating with Technology

Research and Current Issues

  • DML - 633 Technology and Diverse Learners **
  • DML - 670 Issues, Trends & Research in DML **
  • DML - 643 Constructivism and Technology **


  • DML - 680 DML Field Experience/Internship
  • DML - 645 Professional Development Design ** OR
  • DML - 691 Field Project/Thesis in Educational Technology **

Contemporary Topics

  • DML - 697 Directed Study
  • DML - 698 Special Topic

Due to the rapidly changing nature of technology and digital media, faculty continuously review Digital Media and Learning courses for needed revisions. New courses introduced into the program start out as "Special Topic" classes. Recent and upcoming Special Topic offerings include: "International Multicultural Educational Technology," "Vision Instruction," and "Gaming and Simulation for Learning."

Certificate in Advanced Study in Digital Media and Learning

The Certificate in Advanced Study in Digital Media and Learning is a 12-credit program that offers selected graduate level courses that provide students with a foundation in teaching with technology both in the classroom and online.  The Certificate program is also an opportunity for those who are considering an MA or doctorate to evaluate their readiness to pursue a graduate degree in education from USF.  Required courses include:

• DML - 601 Digital Media and Literacy

And three courses from the following:

• DML – 631 Instructional Design, Curricula and Learning Theory

• DML – 633 Technology and Diverse Learners

• DML – 635 Digital Media and Learning Practicum

• DML – 670 Issues, Trends and Research in Digital Media and Learning