The Technology Specialist Endorsement is designed to prepare teachers who aspire to assume expanded technology leadership roles in their schools. At this time, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) allows teachers who already hold a Professional Educator License (PEL) to earn the Technology Specialist endorsement by completing 24 hours of course work as well as passing the Technology Specialist (178) test. The endorsement will be applied to the candidate's PEL and will qualify the candidate for work in the grades that are included in the candidate's original PEL.
The following courses will prepare candidates for roles as technology leaders in schools.
Course Requirements (24 credit hours)
- EDGET 531: Foundations of Educational Technology (3)
- EDGET 532: Instructional Design Foundations (3)
- EDGET 533: Computers, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in the Content Area (3)
- EDGET 534: Emerging Technology Trends in Education (3)
- EDGET 535: Administration and Management of Educational Technology (3)
- EDGET 536: 21st Century Literacies and Professional Development (3)
- EDGET 537: Educational Computers and Network Applications (3)
- EDGCC 514: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Finalizing the Inquiry Process (3)
Requirements for this program are subject to change within the time span of one's University career due to changing requirements at national, state, and local levels.