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In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Technology Specialist K-12: For Certified Teachers, MA

Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program Code: TETT-INIT

Brief Program Description 

The M.A. program for Educational Technology Specialist K-12 Certification: TETT Track, is a 38-point program.  This track is designed for certified teachers and places more emphasis on leadership and research as it relates to the use of technology in schools.  Candidates are prepared to take on a variety of roles in schools, including but not limited to: individuals who want to work with technology in the classroom, technology coaches who support K-12 teachers in the design and implementation of technology-related curriculum and projects, technology directors, and professional developers.  Some candidates also return to teaching positions where they work directly with students in STEM or STEAM Labs, and also support schools in developing and implementing classes related to coding and computational thinking. Completing the program requires 38 points, as well as, 50 hours of fieldwork/observation and 100 hours (or 20 days) of student teaching.


Minimum Point Requirement

The program requires 38 points of coursework. Course points from previous, non-Teachers College work cannot be transferred in to count toward the 38 points required for this M.A. degree. 

Required Courses
The program has five required core courses in the department (15 points)

  • MSTU 4001: Technology and School Change (3 points)
  • MSTU 4005: Equity, Ethics and Social Issues (3 points)
  • MSTU 4029: Managing Educational Technology Resources (3 points)
  • MSTU 4052: Computers, Problem Solving, and Cooperative Learning (3 points)
  • MSTU 5199: Technology Leadership for School Improvement (3 points)

A total of 6 points chosen from the list of suggested core courses within the department:

  • MSTU 4020: Social Aspects of the Internet and ICTs (3 points)
  • MSTU 4049: Technologies and Literacies (3 points)
  • MSTU 4050: Online Schools and Online Schooling K-12 (3 points)
  • MSTU 4083: Instructional Design of Educational Technology (3 points)
  • MSTU 4133: Cognition and Computers (3 points)
  • MSTU 5002: Culture, Media, and Education (3 points)
  • MSTU 5005: Case-Based Teaching in Electronic Environments (3 points)

A total of 8 points chosen from the following or similar courses from outside CMLTD. If these courses are not available, others similar to them can satisfy the requirement. NOTE: Courses from this category can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement (see below).

  • ORLA 4044: Transforming Schools and Transforming Education
  • C&T 4052: Designing Curriculum and Instruction 
  • C&T 5053: Staff Development Processes and Procedures
  • HBSE 4005- Computer Applications in Special Education
  • HBSE 5910: Problems in Special Education: Policy/Administration
  • HUDK 4022: Developmental Psychology: Childhood
  • HUDK 4029: Cognition and Learning 

Required Practica (6 points)  

  • MSTU 4700: Student Teaching Practicum in Educational Technology (Elementary - one semester)
  • MSTU 4700: Student Teaching Practicum in Educational Technology (Secondary - one semester)

Required Research (3 points)

Choose one of the following two:

  • MSTU 5001: Assessing the Impact of Technology (3 points)
  • MSTU 5025: Researching Technology in Educational Environments (3 points)

Breadth Requirement (6-9 points)
All [M.A., Ed.D., etc.] students must complete a minimum of three courses, each for at least two credits, at Teachers College and outside the Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design Program (that is, courses with a prefix other than MSTU). This can be fulfilled as part of course requirements above.
           
Statement about the Required, Integrative Project
Candidates for the M.A. degree will prepare a final integrative project. The project may vary considerably from candidate to candidate, depending on her or his particular interests. In general, all projects will share these characteristics:

  • They will be deeply informed by readings and research done throughout the program.
  • They will be informed by candidates’ reflections on their experiences during the program, and what they have learned about students’ use of and learning with technologies.
  • They will focus on some aspect of planning for the future, and in this way advance the field by contributing candidates’ ideas on how the use of technology in schools may be improved.
  • They will address the problems and issues involved in using technology fairly and equitably to advance the learning of all children.

Student Teaching/fieldwork/practicum/internship requirements and information

Fieldwork consists of 50 hours students must spend in schools prior to student teaching. Fieldwork activities include: observing technology coordinators and directors provide support to teachers, observing students at work using technology, and observing technology-related professional development workshops. Students may also observe technology integrators planning with teachers, facilitating the use of a makerspace or teaching coding and computational thinking.
Fieldwork is organized and supervised by course instructors, together with the program advisor. Cooperating classroom teachers and technology coordinators invite students to use their classes as field sites and assist students in their work.
Student Teaching placements total 20 days (or 100 hours) in schools. These placements will, for the most part, occur in local schools that are our program’s partners. It will be possible, in rare cases, to make arrangements with other schools.
Student teaching placements will, for the most part, occur in local schools that are our program’s partners. Cooperating teachers may be technology coaches, technology integrators, directors of technology, or tech-savvy classroom teachers. Students already working full-time in the role of an Educational Technology Specialist, who would like to use their employment to fulfill student teaching requirements, must receive approval under guidelines set forth by the College and Office of Teacher Education. Depending upon availability, summer student teaching placements may also be arranged in consultation with the program advisor.

Student teaching is organized and supervised by Professor Ellen Meier (212-678-3829).

Fieldwork consists of 50 hours students must spend in schools prior to student teaching. Specific fieldwork assignments are required by some core courses. Fieldwork activities include: observing students at work using technology, working in classes with individual children or groups of students, researching and examining software. 

Fieldwork is organized and supervised by course instructors, together with the program advisor. Cooperating classroom teachers and technology coordinators invite students to use their classes as field sites and assist students in their work.

Some of our courses are offered online. Students are welcome to take a limited number of these; however, any fieldwork associated with them must be done in our partner schools.

Student Teaching placements total 20 days in schools. These placements will, for the most part, occur in local schools that are our program’s partners. It will be possible, in rare cases, to make arrangements with other schools. 

Student teaching is organized and supervised by Professor Ellen Meier (212-678-3829).

Additional Requirements for Graduation:
Students will submit a school technology plan (on a real or fictitious school), curriculum unit, student teaching journals, and observation projects. These will be completed as part of coursework in the program.

Additional Requirements for Certification:
Students may obtain the Educational Technology Specialist K-12 Certification by fulfilling New York State Education Department (NYSED) teacher certification requirements, many of which may already be fulfilled from holding an existing teacher certification:

  • Successful completion of MA degree for Educational Technology Specialist K-12 Certification
  • Pass the NYSTCE Educating All Students Test (EAS)
  • Pass the NYSTCE Content Speciality Test (CST - Educational Technology Specialist)
  • Complete three workshops: 1) child abuse and identification reporting; 2) school violence prevention and intervention; and 3) Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Fulfilling Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirement (required for graduation and NYS certification)
  • Transcripts will be reviewed as part of the admissions process. Students will be notified by Office of Teacher Education if any courses are required to meet this requirement.
  • When the M.A. degree is awarded; file an Institutional Recommendation Data Form with the Office of Teacher Education.