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Computer/Technology Endorsement

The Computer/Technology Endorsement program is intended for teachers who plan to teach computer applications or who want to assume technology coordinator positions in a school or at the district level. This Endorsement can only be added to an existing teaching license and cannot be obtained independently as a separate licensure. You may work toward both a Masters Degree and the Computer/Technology Endorsement (36 credit hours).  If you already have a Masters Degree in Education, you can obtain the Endorsement by taking 26 credit hours of Instructional Technology coursework (see this "Endorsement-only" program listed below). This is an entirely online degree program, and there is no need to appear in person at the Kent State University campus.  In August of 2014, Kent State Universitiy's Computer/Technology Endorsement program was given complete accreditation (at a level described as "nationally recogniized") by the prestigious National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

There is an Ohio Assessment Exam (OAE) that you must pass in order to obtain this licensure (Computer/Technology Endorsement #111770).  This exam contains two subtests, which are described in the following two handouts (mouse click on the names to view this material). The OAE Standards handout  lists a set of standards addressed by the exam, both those developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the state of Ohio.  The second handout, OAE Content, describes the contents of each part of the Ohio Assessment Exam.  Here is link to the Ohio Board of Education Website about state assessments www.oh.nesinc.com/  By going there, you should be able to find out how to apply to take the exam, how much it costs, exactly when it will be offered, etc.

Early in the final semester of your coursework, you must apply for graduation by submitting this this form to the Graduate Office of Education, White Hall 418, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242. For details about how and when to apply for graduation go to this website: www.kent.edu/ehhs/ogs/graduation-applications.cfm

After passing the Ohio Assessment Exam, you apply for the endorsement itself by completing the Initial Ohio Teaching License Application, listed as item 2, at this Ohio Department of Education Website.  The Computer/Technology Endorsement program is listed on p.5 of the application (#111770).  Submit the completed application to Kathy Zarges (kmzarges@kent.edu or 330-672-2862) in the college's Office of Student Services in White Hall 304, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242.

Admissions Requirements:

In addition to possessing a valid state of Ohio teaching certificate, degree candidates must submit the following materials for admission to the Endorsement program.  Candidates for the Endorsement-Only Program complete the non-degree application form. The application will not be considered by the faculty until all related forms have been received.

  • A goal statement provided by the candidate.
  • Transcripts documenting an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably with an overall undergraduate grade-point average of 3.00 or better.  GPA's below 3.00 will be considered, but the candidate may be placed on probation, with their first 3 course grades needing to be B or better.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Masters Degree with Computer/Technology Endorsement

The Masters Degree in Instructional Technology with a Computer/Technology Endorsement includes 36 credit hours of required courses listed below.  There are no electives in this program. It includes the development of an online portfolio and a one hundred hour internship experience (practicum).   A program of study form, can be downloaded from here.  This form must be completed and signed by you and your adviser before your third semester of taking coursework (or your course registration will be blocked).  This program of study will be compared with your transcript of courses taken, when you apply for graduation.  

Instructional Technology Core Requirements (18 credit hours)

  • EPSY 65524 Learning Theories  (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 67403 Instructional Design  (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 57430 Computer Applications in Education  (3 hrs)
  • ITEC 67411 Designing Visuals for Instruction  (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 67420 Researching Current Issues in Instructional Technology  (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 67438 Instructional Applications of the Internet  (3 hrs.)

Other Instructional Technology Requirements (15 credit hours)

  • ITEC 67425 Managing Technological Change  (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 67426 Networking Basics for Educators  (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 67432 Designing Multimedia Instruction  (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 67436 Distance Education  (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 67437 Web Development For Educators  (3 hrs.)

Required Culminating Experiences (3 credit hours)

  • ITEC 67439 Portfolio Review  (1 hr.)
  • ITEC 67492 Advanced Practicum and Internship in Instructional Technology  (2 hrs.)

Computer/Technology Endorsement-Only Program

  • ITEC 57430 Computer Applications in Education  (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 67411 Designing Visuals for Instruction  (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 67420 Researching Current Issues in Instructional Technology  (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 67425 Managing Technological Change  (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 67426 Networking Basics for Educators (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 67432 Designing Multimedia Instruction  (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 67437 Web Development For Educators  (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 67438 Instructional Applications of the Internet  (3 hrs.)
  • ITEC 67492 Advanced Practicum and Internship in Instructional Technology  (2 hrs.)

Program Objectives:

After successful completion of the Computer/Technology Endorsement program graduates are able to:

  • Read, interpret, and evaluate research about Instructional Technology.
  • Apply systematic design principles including instructional analysis, design, development, and evaluation to a variety of instructional problems and settings.
  • Develop web-based instructional materials with computer software applications including word processing, Web development, spreadsheet, database, presentation, multimedia, and graphics programs.
  • Apply principles of visual design to the development of instructional materials.
  • Demonstrate sophisticated understanding of important issues in the field of Instructional Technology.
  • Describe major types of distance learning technologies and how instruction can best be designed and delivered at a distance.
  • Develop multimedia instructional materials.
  • Distinguish network topologies and describe basic operating principles of computer networks.
  • Set up and maintain computer networks at a basic level.
  • Describe  various change management models, and apply change models to implementing technological change in schools.
  • Design Websites which take full advantage of the capabilities of the Web to engage learners and facilitate learning.