Technology Specialist K-12 Endorsement

Study Format Online, Hybrid
Program Length 24 credits, 18 months


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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.

Program Objectives

This program provides candidates with coursework aimed at mastering the following:

  • Develop a vision for the comprehensive integration of technology within an educational setting.
  • Demonstrate professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in content, pedagogical, and technological areas.
  • Utilize professional development approaches for faculty through the lens of adult learning and leadership theory regarding the socio-technical implications of contemporary, online instructional practices.
  • Deliberate and choose appropriate pedagogical strategies using technology to enhance instruction and improve learning outcomes.
  • Evaluate the impact on instructional practice through precise program evaluation techniques.
    • Synthesize technology in professional settings to build learning communities.
    • Recognize, develop, and use image-rich technology tools and curriculum to enhance instruction.
    • Troubleshoot technical hardware and software issues encompassed within emerging trends of the industry.
    • Recognize and evaluate trends in educational technology.

 Technology Specialist only (non-degree program) Requirements

  • 24 graduate-credit hours/ 8 specified courses.              
  • Must have a valid teaching license.
  • Upon successful completion of all state required tests (see ISBE website and Tech Specialist FAQ),  students will be eligible to earn the Technology Specialist Endorsement.

Study Format

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.

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