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Technology Specialist K-12: For Non-Certified Teachers, MA

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

Brief Program Description

This Master of Arts degree program leads to an initial K-12 teaching certificate in New York State as an Educational Technology Specialist. This program is designed for individuals who do not hold any current teaching certifications.  Candidates are prepared to take on a variety of roles in schools, including but not limited to: coaching and supporting K-12 teachers in the design and implementation of technology-related curriculum and projects, designing and leading professional development sessions, working directly with students in STEM or STEAM Labs, as well as supporting schools in developing and implementing classes related to coding and computational thinking. Completing the program requires 38 points, and involves two semesters fieldwork/observation (a year-long total of 100 hours) and student teaching (a year-long total of 200 hours or 40 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 six required core courses in the department (18 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 4031: Object-Oriented Theory and Programming I (3 points) or MSTU 5003: Theory and Programming: Interactive Media I (3 points)
  • MSTU 4133: Cognition and Computers (3 points)
  • MSTU 4052: Computers, Problem Solving, and Cooperative Learning (3 points)

A total of 9-10 points chosen from the list of suggested core courses within the department

  • C&T 4052: Designing Curriculum and Instruction
  • HBSE 4000 Introduction to Special Education 

And one of the following two:

  • HUDK 4022: Developmental Psychology: Childhood
  • HUDK 4029: Cognition and Learning

Required Practica (6 points)  

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

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.


Elective Courses (3-4 points)
Between the Required Courses and the Breadth Requirement Courses (a total of 34-35 points), a total of 3-4 points are left for electives.  Skills courses do not meet this requirement.  “Skills” courses include (this is a sample list):

  • MSTU 5191: Educational Video Production I
  • MSTU 5199: Database Driven Website Development; Director; 3-D Modeling; Flash Communication Server
  • MSTU 5814: Adobe in Design; Digital video; GIS in Curriculum; Creating Dynamic Websites.

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 100 hours students must spend in schools prior to student teaching: 50 hours in elementary schools and 50 hours in secondary schools. 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 40 days in schools: 20 days in an elementary placement and 20 days in a secondary placement. These 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. 

It will be possible, in rare cases, to make arrangements with other schools. Student teaching is organized 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.