ETEC Advisement Guide

This guide is created with the assumption that you have been admitted to CSUSB and have been admitted to the ETEC Masters Degree program. If you haven't, please refer to the ETEC program website for more information. Remember!  This guide is NOT authoritative and should be considered a secondary information source.

Course work | ETEC 692 |Advancement to Candidacy | Master's Proposal Acceptance | Graduation   | ETEC 699 | Completion of Project/Thesis | Presentation Guidelines | Comprehensive Exam

Course work

You will be taking a number of classes in this program. These classes should help you prepare to complete this program by creating a project or thesis. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of these classes.

1. Anytime you have to write a paper try to choose a topic that informs your ultimate project or thesis. This way you will be learning about your topic and gathering sources for your final project/thesis at the same time.

2. Create a notebook (or digital analog) and put a copy of every article that you read in every class. This way you will have a number of sources for your literature review or future papers and you will be able to get your hands on them when you need them without going back to the library.

3. When you take ETEC 544 and  543 try to already know the general area or topic for your thesis or project topic to by. This way you can use this class to begin helping  you get read for your project.

4. When you take ETEC 644 or 643 you MUST know what you want your project or thesis to be. In fact, try to have your first two chapters in draft form by this point in your program. This way you can use the activities in these classes to help you write the method section of your paper.

ETEC 692

ETEC 692 is an opportunity for you to serve in a consultant capacity. This class is only offered in the Spring quarter but you may work on the required tasks during any quarter of the year you are or have taken the class (work with the instructor of the class). You must find a client that needs your services as a technician, trainer or advisor. You must develop a memo of agreement between yourself and that client that clearly stipulates what you are to do in your capacity as a consultant to your client (signed by you and your client then submitted to the instructor), Then you must log 80 hours in activities as a consultant with that client. After completing the 80 hours you must have your client sign off on your log and then you must make a 10 minute presentation.

ETEC 692 Presentation

You should plan on attending the presentations at the end of the quarter in which you take ETEC 692, even if you did not complete your hours and are not making the presentation.

When you complete your hours you must make a presentation to report on your activities in ETEC 692. It is usual and customary to prepare a presentation aide (PowerPoint, KeyNote, Web) to guide and accompany your presentation. In the past students have even created a short video that was their entire presentation.

Presentation Guidelines:

Time: 10 minutes or less.
Audience: ETEC program faculty and peers.
Purpose: To summarize your 692 activities and highlight what you learned or accomplished.


1 Minute - Slide 1: Introduce yourself and the party sentence for your project.*

1 Minute - Slide 2: Explain the context of the project you undertook. How did you find this project; why was it important; who was your client; what challenges did you anticipate?

2 Minutes - Slide 3: Explain your consulting process and activities. Discuss challenges and how you met those challenges.

2 Minutes - Slide 4: (and other materials): Share some of your product, highlighting the best of the best.

2 Minutes - Slide 5: Reflect on your process and your learning.

2 Minutes - Slide 6: End Credits and take questions comments.


* A party sentence is a one sentence high level summary of a project. This is what you say when someone asks you at a party, "What are you working on?" Example: I'm developing a database driven dynamic website that will present online math homework for students, track their progress in that homework and automatically notify parents of their child's progress on that homework.


Advancement to Candidacy

When you have completed EDUC 603, EDUC 605, EDUC 607, ETEC 500, ETEC 543, and ETEC 544, you should apply for advancement to candidacy. If you haven't met with your advisor before this point you really need to do it now! You can't take ETEC 699 until you have advanced to candidacy.

Master's Proposal

Think about the structure of your thesis and follow that basic structure to provide a snapshot of what you will do. Here is an outline:

Here is an example:

The study of Social Studies is an important part of the middle school curriculum. In an ideal world the study of Social Studies should provide students in the middle school a chance to connect world events to their life experiences and should provide students a chance to better understand their role as citizens of the United States and the World.

The curriculum used in Thirsten Middle school is designed to accomplish these things and is based upon the Jossey Bass Social Studies series, Living in the Western World. This course of study is comprehensive, rigorous and effective in most ways, however it fails to present role models and historical perspectives that might be important to students from Hispanic and Native American backgrounds (Faux, 1999). Thirsten Middle school is situated in an area of California than is in fact, largely Hispanic and Native American (School Data Citation).

It is certainly possible to develop locally based materials to provide these contexts and role models that are so essential to  our students. However the school schedule is full and there remains little time to present additional materials. However it may be possible to develop materials that can be used outside of the regular school day as an enrichment to the Social Studies Curriculum. Because 78% of our students families report having Internet connectivity in the home (survey citation) it might be feasible to develop these materials to be access online.

This project will seek to develop these online materials using an instructional design process and will attempt to measure the effectiveness of these materials.

Literature Review
Three areas of literature that will inform this investigation are, Social Studies instructional research, Learning theory research, and multimedia/online material development research.

The analysis phase of this project will use focus group and survey methods. Focus groups consisting of Social Studies teachers and cultural leaders in the district will seek to determine the nature of the content that might be presented and the types of student-content interaction that might be effective in this implementation.

Parent surveys will be developed to determine the interest of parents in the community in helping their students use the types of materials proposed here. Student surveys will be used to determine the technical proficiencies of students in grades six, seven and eight at Thirston Middle School.

This information, along with the research reviewed in chapter 2 will inform the development process. A delivery decision (online) has been made but the technologies that will be employed will be investigated. At least two rapid prototypes using different instructional models will be developed and tested by samples of middle school students. Because the researcher is a middle school Social Studies teacher a  sample of existing students will be used for this purpose.

After determining what delivery models and interaction methods work best, an alpha version of the resources will be developed. This will include content development templates that will facilitate the creation of the content that will be presented. In addition the online resource will begin to mature through ongoing testing and modification. At this stage subject matter experts will be asked to review the content and it's presentation. Improvements will be made as needed. Online education experts will be asked to review the navigation, structuring and technology implementations. Improvements will be made as needed.

When the alpha prototype has been tested and improved to the point that the developer is confident of it's potential effectiveness the resource will emerge into it's beta test stage. At this stage the content and structure of the resource will be held and testing by a sample of middle school students will again be used to test the reliability of the resource.

An implementation and evaluation plan will be discussed, but due to time constraints the actual implementation of this project will occur after the completion of the thesis.

This project will seek to develop an online Social Studies enrichment resource to be used by students at Thirston Middle School. The population is largely Hispanic and Native American and efforts will be made to ensure that the resource adds to these student's understanding of and interest in the study of Social Studies.

The ADDIE instructional design model, along with rapid prototyping will be used for this project. The project is expected to commence in March of 2003 and conclude in May of 2003.

Please add the following statement to your proposal:

I understand, affirm and agree that it is my responsibility to transfer my completed thesis to my first reader no later than 60 days prior to the format review deadline as established by Graduate Studies in order to avoid delays which might lead to my missing the format review deadline.

Graduation Application

I've been told that it is a good idea to apply for graduation two quarters before the quarter in which you want to graduate. The worst that will happen is that you will need to pay a minimal reapplication fee. You don't want to wait until the last minute to discover that you have some sort of  problem that will prevent you from graduating!


Early Participation in Graduation Ceremonies

The ETEC program policy is to permit students to walk in graduation ceremonies during the quarter they complete all program courses and are scheduled to take the comprehensive exam, or during the quarter the student's thesis is submitted to format review.

We do take into consideration special circumstances such as the travel for families of international students and may permit students to participate in an earlier graduation ceremony.

To request permission to participate in an earlier graduation ceremony you need to do the following:

1. Send a written (email) request to participate in an earlier graduation ceremony to your advisor. Include the following:

a) Request (including the quarter you wish to participate in graduation
b) Reason for request (for example travel arrangements for family)
c) Quarter your program plan indicates that you will be done.

Please understand that you must still be advanced to candidacy to participate in the graduation ceremony and you must file a grad check. Also, participation in a graduation ceremony is not a guarantee that you will in fact graduate from the program. All normal graduation requirements apply.

ETEC 699

ETEC 699 is a culminating class that is designed to help you complete the master's project or thesis. In ETEC 699 you will complete any data collection, complete data analysis, do final product development and testing, and complete the writing of your thesis. There are two programmatic pre-requisites that must be satisfied before you may enroll in ETEC 699.

1. You must have been advanced to candidacy.

2. You must have had your proposal approved.

In order to advance to candidacy you must have completed the core classes in the program.

In addition to the programmatic pre-requisites there are some practical pre-requisites that you need to satisfy to be ready to take ETEC 699. These are my suggestions.

1. Have drafts of your first three chapters complete. This would include the introduction, the literature review and the method section. 

2. Successful completion of ETEC 643 or 644. In either of these classes you will develop what is essentially the third chapter of your paper, the methodology section.

3. Have data collected or be in the process of data collection if you are doing a research project and have your development project well underway if you are doing the design and development option for your degree.

After you complete all of the research, or development and have completed the writing of your thesis you must have both your first reader and your second reader approve your work before you can go to the next step.

Completion of Project/Thesis

To complete your degree you must submit your written thesis to the Graduate Studies Office for format review. Pay close attention to the deadline that the Graduate Studies Office provides. In reality you need to be DONE at least one month prior to the first format review deadline for your first and second readers to have time to make comments and suggestions. You will also need the time to make changes to your thesis based on their suggestions prior to the first format review.



In a thesis, with few exceptions I discourage use of other people's works in a thesis project. Ours is an instructional technology program. Part of the program is learning how to create media in many forms including graphics. This experience is important so that our you can really appreciate a good graphic designer and can begin to communicate with them about quality images to be used in the instructional designs that you will work on post graduation. If you happen to know a graphic designer that you could work with in the production of images for your project that is even better as this would be excellent experience that would serve you well in a career in Instructional Design.

While the thesis in non-commercial, and use of other people's images might very well fall under "fair use", I expect/hope that my you will soon be working on commercial projects and I want you to have the ability to move beyond use of other people's images, especially those which might cause you grief when used in a commercial project!

In situations where appropriate, I do permit students to make limited use of images that they pay a royalty for or for which they seek and obtain specific approval from the original creator (especially in cases where the original image is especially relevant, important or amazing). Again, these are experiences that I think will help you in a career devoted to instructional design.


About the Thesis Presentation


Here are my recommendation for presenting your thesis.

1. Introduce yourself and your research interests/focus/inspiration. (30 seconds)

2. Outline the research/development task including one or two literature citations that were key to your work. (2 minutes)

3. Detail your method (research or development). (3 minutes)

4. Present your results and conclusions. (3 minutes)

5. Questions. (1 minute 30 seconds).


Comprehensive Exam

The ETEC program is, as of Winter 2008,offering a comprehensive exam option for completing the Master's degree. The comprehensive exam is a one day written test that allows the student to demonstrate a depth of knowledge and understanding related to the Instructional Technology field of study. This option is recommended for students who don't want to continue their studies with a Ph.D. or Ed .D. degree, and who don't want to be able to demonstrate their ability to undertake a large-scale development project for job seeking purposes. The exam is to cover topics in the following areas:

I recommend that you take ETEC 542 the quarter before taking the comprehensive exam and work with the instructor of ETEC 542 that quarter to prepare for the exam. Preparation is simple, write a paper on each of the four topics that the test covers.

You must pass all four questions to pass the exam.

If you fail to pass one or more of the exam questions you are allowed to re-attempt the items you missed one time only.

If you fail to pass all four topics you will not receive a degree and as I understand it you have no further options for earning the degree. PLEASE STUDY!

History of Instructional Technology and/or Instructional Design. Examples include:

Instructional Design. Examples include:

Research in Instructional Technology. Examples include:

Technology skills, Technology in Teaching and Learning. Examples include:

Instead of taking ETEC 699, students who want to use the comprehensive exam option will be required to take an additional elective and a class specific to the exam, EDUC 999.