The basic tenet of the Teacher Leader Master of Arts Program at Georgetown College is to empower teachers to become educational leaders so that they can build capacity within their schools and districts. The overall goal of the Teacher Leader Master of Arts with Instructional Technology endorsement is the better integration of technology into the personal and professional lives of graduates, leading to better integration of technology into the curricula of their schools and districts. This will be accomplished by meeting NCATE standards and KERA initiatives (ISTE-TF) through the mastery of Kentucky’s Teacher Standards, in particular, Standard 6 for Implementation of Technology.
The Instructional Technology endorsement is a fully online program designed to help candidates gain the necessary knowledge and skills to use technology to enhance student learning, as well as to provide leadership in schools and school systems in order to nurture and expand these abilities in others. In this program, the teacher candidate uses technology to support instruction; access and manipulate data; enhance professional growth and productivity; communicate and collaborate with colleagues, parents, and the community; and conduct research (EPSB, revised February 2008). Educators with special preparation in instructional technology are often in demand as regular classroom teachers, school technology resource teachers, and as computer lab/applications teachers. They are also permitted to teach certain computer science courses. Our current and former students hold leadership positions at both the district and school levels, as well as at multiple universities.
Throughout Georgetown’s graduate education programs, technology is viewed as an enabling tool to help Kentucky students learn Common Core content. This particular program will take graduate students well beyond the minimum guidelines for all teachers, in order to help establish them as leaders in the use and integration of technology to achieve statewide education reform.
A PRAXIS exam is not required to be recommended to the state for this endorsement.
Dr. Harold Peach – IT