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. The Teacher Leader MA with Instructional Computer Technology endorsement program is designed to help teachers gain knowledge and skills needed to use technology to enhance 21st century student learning, professional productivity, and to provide leadership in schools and school systems in order to nurture and expand these abilities in others. Our current and former students hold leadership positions at the school, district, state, and university levels.
This P-12 endorsement program involves 15-18 credit hours of graduate work that can lead to an endorsement only or be considered as a component of the TLMA or Rank 1, School Improvement full masterÔÇÖs degree programs. There is provision for 6 credit hours of electives in instructional technology which allows candidates to customize their programs. There is no required PRAXIS exam.
Core courses in this endorsement program include: EDU 527 or EDU 606; EDU 557; EDU 560; and EDU 595 or 609 or completion of approved final action research/school improvement project. Students taking this endorsement program will have slightly different coursework based on their participation in either the TLMA or Rank 1, School Improvement. Core courses help candidates to think about the application of technology to pedagogical principles and curriculum design; the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data analysis; principles of universal design of learning; the planning and management of technology systems in a school, district, or community;┬á the reasons why students who have grown up in the digital age are differently motivated; how to engage todayÔÇÖs student; how to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners; the planning and implementation of a Capstone Research project in schools┬áandparticipation in a technology-related practicum. Candidates are asked to present the data that comes out of their technology-related research to their school and district community.
Electives are available in developing web-based resources, working with digital learners, universal design, and implementing technology in STEM and in arts and humanities.
Dr. Harold Peach – IT