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 seeking a career path towards becoming 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 classroom, departmental, school, or district level. These competencies include skills to develop technology-enhanced learning experiences, assess their impact, and design appropriate professional development. The endorsement program’s content is aligned with national educational technology standards and performance indicators as set forth by International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE-C, 2012).

The Technology Specialist K-12 Endorsement Only program enables each student who is a licensed teacher, to qualify for the Technology Specialist Endorsement for the State of Illinois by entitlement upon successful completion of the program. Although not required, students considering this program may also wish to complete the Master of Arts in 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, as they relate to the socio-technical implications of contemporary, online instructional practices.
  • Deliberate and choose appropriate pedagogical strategies using technology to enhance instruction and improve learning outcomes.
  • Recognize, develop, and use image-rich technology tools and curriculum to enhance instruction.
  • Synthesize technology-enhanced practices in professional settings to build learning communities.
  • Evaluate the impact of instructional practices through precise program evaluation techniques in a data-driven decision-making environment.
  • Troubleshoot technical hardware and software issues in common educational settings.
  • 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.
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