The Technology Specialist K-12 Endorsement is for licensed teachers desiring a career path towards being a technology specialist, technology director, or technology coach. The program prepares teacher-leaders with the competencies required to improve the quality and effectiveness of instructional programs at a departmental, school, or district level. As learners develop skills that are aligned with the national educational standards and performance indicators as set forth by International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE-C, 2012), they develop and assess the impact of technology-based learning experiences.
The Technology Specialist K-12 Endorsement Only program enables each student to qualify for the Technology Specialist Endorsement for the State of Illinois by entitlement upon successful completion of the program. Although not required, students who take this program may also wish to complete the MA Education Technology: Leadership program for an additional two classes: Research in Education and the Master’s Capstone Experience.
This program provides candidates with coursework aimed at mastering the following:
The Technology Specialist K-12 Endorsement program is offered in cohorts that are either fully online or in a blended format. In the Hybrid or blended format, each course will provide some classroom instruction as well as Internet-based instruction. Each course meets face-to-face for three class sessions and all other coursework is completed online. The three face-to-face sessions are supplemented by daily online log-ins which will allow the student to interact with classmates and instructors.