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The Bachelor of Science in Digital Education degree at St. Thomas University is designed to prepare students to teach in a digital environment. It is offered in response to an ever growing and current need for a wide range of digital skills in virtually all educational and training systems. The recent demands on educational and training systems brought on by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic have dramatically emphasized the need for educators, professionals and experts across many disciplines to be, at a minimum, well grounded in technology-mediated education, teaching and training.
Sometimes referred to as Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and E-Learning, the undergraduate degree in Digital Education at St. Thomas University encompasses elements of both, to focus on a broad spectrum of digital tools and platforms, as well as offline formats to provide a holistic view of digital learning in a variety settings and environments. Specifically, it is the contemporary and inventive use of digital tools and technologies in teaching, training and learning.
The degree program is grounded in scientific and experimental information and experience, and aims to provide a learning connection between education and the advancement of society. Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to perform adequately and effectively in digital education and training environments, including distance education, multimedia production and a variety of digital interfaces for continuing education needs. The program will also focus on digital citizenship education and re-education as a necessary part of the global social and economic future. A unifying feature is the special emphasis on the use of new technologies for learning, an appropriate methodological design and a didactic content framework for training. The program is open to traditional, adult and non-traditional students.

Major - Instructional Designer in Digital Contexts
A major in Instructional Design in Digital Contexts will provide students with a broad-based understanding of instructional design theory and principles. It will provide a comprehensive introduction and direct experience with a variety of digital tools and technologies used in training and education such as multimedia software, authoring tools, and Learning Management Systems. Graduates will be able to apply and support the theoretical aspects of a variety of disciplines to the use of digital technologies. They will be able to evaluate teaching and training needs in order to propose solutions and digital content. They will gain the skills and knowledge to design, implement and evaluate effective and engaging learning experiences across a variety of settings and industries.
Major - Psychosocial Educator in Digital Settings
A Psychosocial Educator in Digital Settings combines the knowledge of psychology and education with digital technology. A major in this field of study will provide students with an understanding of how digital tools can be used to enhance learning and support the psychosocial development of individuals in different contexts. Its content is aimed at providing students with the knowledge and skills to implement educational interventions that use digital technologies for designing, implementing and evaluating digital tools and programs that facilitate learning and socio-emotional growth. These might include, creating online courses, educational apps and other digital resources that support different aspects of psychosocial development, such as emotional regulation, social skills and selfesteem. A major in Psychosocial Educator in Digital Settings prepares graduates for a career in the rapidly growing field of digital education where they can make a positive impact on the psychosocial development of individuals and communities.
In addition, this course of study will provide the foundation for and emphasize the importance of developing a deep understanding of how to create safe and inclusive digital education and training environments that promote positive social interactions and prevent risky behaviors such as digital addictions, cyberbullying and other negative online behaviors.
Educational objectives and methodology

The Education Objectives of the B.S. in Digital Education are to equip graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for professional employment in digital education and training programs.
The Methodology used by the program will include a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical exercises with an emphasis on providing hands-on experience with digital technologies. Its goal is to prepare graduates for careers where they can use their knowledge and skills to create effective training methods, design education programs, and implement projects that utilize digital technologies and multimedia content. An overarching approach of the program is the development of analytical and problem-solving skills.
The program seeks to prepare professionals with the following:

  • Ability to analyze and evaluate training interventions, identify learners’ needs and design effective training
  • Ability to manage and review educational and training programs to ensure continuous improvement.
  • Ability to design and implement education and re-education projects utilizing digital technologies and multimedia
  • Ability to develop critical thinking skills, teamwork skills and effective communication skills.
Job opportunities
The Bachelor of Science in Digital Education will prepare graduates for a wide range of career and job opportunities such as instructional design, curriculum development, e-learning development, educational technology and multimedia production in a number of settings both public and private. These include, for example, vocational training centers, and the training and education programs and settings found in Business, the Humanities, Natural and Applied Sciences and the Social Sciences.
Career and job options for majors in Psychosocial Education include employment opportunities in education, social work, counseling and other related fields. Employment may be found in various social service sectors including non-profit organizations and government agencies.
Some typical jobs in this field of work are career counselor, psychiatric technician, rehabilitation specialist, and case manager.
Curricular programs

Students must meet the following degree requirements:


    Humanities and Fine Arts
    ENG/110 – English Composition III
    ENG/390 – Public Speaking
    One course in English Literature

    Social and Behavioral Sciences/Business
    LAW/100 – International Law
    SOC/300 – Sociology of Media and Communication

    Mathematics, Natural Science and Computer Science
    COM/105 – Introduction to Computer Science
    One course in Mathematics
    One course in Natural Science

    Writing Intensive
    ENG/320 – Digital Linguistics and Technical Writing (W)

    Global Perspectives/Diversity
    POL/200 – Global Poverty and International Responsibility (G)

    COM/275 – Environments and Technologies for Education
    COM/445 – Multimedia Database
    LAW/150 – Law in Digital Contexts
    MAT/150 – Foundations of Probability and Statistics
    PED/100 – Social History of Education
    PED/200 – Didactics and General Pedagogy
    PED/300 – Innovative Teaching Methodologies
    PED/250 – General Teaching and Special Education
    PED/360 – Digital Inclusion Processes and Open Educational Resources
    PED/400 – Research and Evaluation in Digital Educational Contexts
    PSY/150 – General Psychology
    PSY/310 – Neurocognitive Bases of Learning.
    PSY/250 – Development and Educational Psychology
    PSY/320 – Psychology of Innovation
    SOC/200 – Sociology of Digital Contexts
    PED/495 – Senior project (6 CH)
  3. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (18 CH) – Students must choose one of the following areas of concentration:
    Instructional Designers in Digital Contexts
    COM/120 – Introduction to Web Design
    COM/150 – New Media
    COM/250 – Introduction to Digital Imaging and Visualization
    COM/298 – Technologies for the production of Multimedia Content for Education
    COM/410 – Learning Analytics
    PSY/430 – Neural Learning and Deep Learning

    Psychosocial Educators in Digital Settings
    PED/350 – Digital Citizenship: Educational and Training Elements
    PSY/350 – Psychology of Interactions in Digital Contexts
    PSY/400 – Digital Technologies and Psychological Development
    PSY/450 – Risk Behaviors and Conduct and Psychopathologies in Digital Contexts
    SOC/220 – Sociopsychological Foundations of Digital Communities
    SOC/350 – Digital Communities: Educational and Formative Elements

  4. GENERAL ELECTIVES: All Students must select additional elective courses to complete an overall total of 120 CH.
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