Education Studies, EdM: Focus Area in Education Informatics

The Education Informatics focus area is designed for students who are interested in studying how information can be used to inform our knowledge of learning and education. Students in this focus area will develop the understanding and skills necessary to become leaders in applying information to address the needs of both formal and informal learners. The Education Informatics program prepares students to organize, analyze, and disseminate information to facilitate educational and organizational objectives. Students will also learn the pedagogy of information use and how to improve people's use of information.

Focus Area Prospective Students Format
Education Informatics

Anyone interested in the study of information in educational contexts including those aspiring to be a successful professional or academic in education. Careers include but are not limited to the following:
• Faculty and researchers of Education, Library and Information Sciences, and other fields related to the Learning Sciences
• District Coaches and Administrators in K-12 schools
• Informal Education Designers and Instructors
• Policy Makers and Analysts in Government and Non-Governmental Agencies
• Educational Technology Developers
• Institutional Assessment Specialists


Successful graduates will be prepared for jobs in:

  • Colleges/Universities—as Faculty/Scholars or Administrators specializing in the use of Information
  • School Districts—as Instructional/Curriculum Coaches or School Administrators
  • National Educational Organizations—as Researchers and Analysts
  • Informal Education Groups—as Designers and Policy Makers
  • Educational Technology—as Developers and Implementers

Program of Study

The integration of expertise from the Learning and Instruction (LAI) and Library and Information Studies (LIS) departments is a key strength of the EI focus area. Additionally, individualized programs of study are built according to the dynamic needs and interests of a student and optimized in continuous consultation with a student’s academic advisers.

The following sample program guide lists courses that a student could take during their studies. Consider the program guide below only as a guiding reference, instead of a pre-determined program universal to all students. See Course Descriptions online at:

Sample Core Courses

  • LAI 615 Introduction to Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning (CISL)
  • LAI 645 Special Topics: Educational Design
  • LAI 657 Analysis of Quantitative Research I
  • LAI 698 Instructional Strategies
  • LIS 500 Information Uses/Users/Practices
  • LIS 561 Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • LIS 569 Database Systems
  • LIS 571 Information Representation and Organization

Sample Elective Courses

  • LAI 534 Measurement & Evaluation
  • LAI 573 Technology as Social Practice
  • LAI 669 Introduction to Qualitative Field Methods
  • LAI 626 Advanced Qualitative Research Field Methods
  • LAI 648 Equity, Diversity & Epistemological Issues in Technology
  • LAI 658 Analysis of Quantitative Research II
  • LAI 671 Philosophy of Technology
  • LAI 683 Select Topic: Learning Technologies and Research
  • LIS 559 System Administration
  • LIS 562 Networking Technology
  • LIS 566 Digital Information Retrieval

Culminating event (Selected from the following)

  • Master’s Capstone Exam or Project
  • Master’s Thesis
  • Practicum
  • Directed Study

Education Informatics Focus Area Program Procedure

Initial Program

  • Upon admission to the Education Informatics focus area program, the student designs his or her initial program in consultation with their initial advisor and begins coursework.
  • Transfer courses, if any, should be approved by the initial advisor and the department before the end of the 2nd semester. A maximum of 6 graduate-level credit hours may be transferred into the EI focus area program with the advisor’s approval.

Application to Candidacy

  • After completion of 12 credit hours and before completion of 24 credit hours, the permanent advisor should sign the Application to Candidacy (ATC) for the Ed.M. in Education Studies, and it should be filed with the department for submission to the GSE Graduate Degrees Committee.

Contact Us

For questions regarding Admissions:

Ms. LuAnn Zak
Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1000
Phone: 716-645-2110

For questions regarding the Education Informatics focus area:

Dr. Samuel Abramovich
Department of Learning and Instruction and Department of Library and Information Studies
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
475 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1000
Phone: 716-645-1094