ITEC FAQs

The program is built on the International Society for Technology in Education’s Technology Coach standards (NETS-C) and the Georgia Professional Standards (PSC) Commissions’ Standards for Instructional Technology. These standards will: Help you use technology in your classroom to improve student learning Help you help other educators use technology to improve student learning. Initial certification in Instructional Technology is designed to create technology teacher leaders who stay in the classroom, but use technology effectively and serve as a resource for their schools and grade-level or content-area teams. This certification can also lead to part-time or full-time education-related leadership positions at the school/district level or in educational service agencies. Some of these positions may be technology related, such as technology coaches or technology integration specialists. With instructional technology expertise, some students become more marketable to assume content-related leadership positions, such as math/science coordinators, ELL coordinators, professional development specialists, etc.
Since schools and districts often have policies that do not apply to other schools and districts, it is always best to check with your school/district Human Resources Department and/or the GaPSC with this type of question. Starting with students enrolling in the Summer of 2013, degree programs in Instructional Technology will lead to an S-5, S-6, or S-7 (Service) certificate level upgrade. A service certificate is a P-12 certification spanning ALL grade levels. This is different from a teaching certificate that often only spans a few grade levels. If your salary is based on your Georgia certificate level, you should receive a salary increase. While compensation should be reviewed with your school/district, under current Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) regulations educators are paid on their highest certificate level (4, 5, 6, or 7). You do not have to hold an Instructional Technology position to receive the salary increase. However, candidates must pass the GACE for Instructional Technology. If you have questions regarding your individual certification status and your eligibility for a salary increase, you should check with your Human Resources Department and the GaPSC at http://www.gapsc.com.
The GRE is NOT required for admission to the Masters (M.Ed.) or Specialist (Ed.S.) Degrees in Instructional Technology. The GRE is only required if you are applying to the Ed.D. in Instructional Technology.
The Masters Degree program is 2 years or 6 semesters long. The Specialist Degree program is typically 4-5 semesters long.
Yes, the Masters and Specialist Degree programs are fully online. No visits to campus are required. However, each class does include one or two live synchronous sessions. These sessions are typically archived in case a student has a conflict and cannot attend. A new Ed.D. cohort will launch Summer 2015 and it will also be fully online.
For Spring 2014, the graduate e-tuition rate is $392 per credit hour + $315 in student fees. Therefore, if you take 2 classes (6 credit hours total), the cost will be calculated as follows: $392 * 6 + $315 = $2,667 for the semester. E-tuition rates and student fees are subject to change each semester. Please check the following website for updated rates - http://learnonline.kennesaw.edu/costs/tuition.php.
No, you do not have to be working in an Instructional Technology position to receive an upgrade to your Georgia certificate. However, you must pass the GACE for Instructional Technology. Since schools and districts often have policies that do not apply to other schools and districts, it is always best to check with your school/district Human Resources Department with this type of question.
A degree program in Instructional Technology will lead to an S-5, S-6, or S-7 certification (service field) in Instructional Technology AND will also increase your Teaching Certification to a T-5, T-6, or T-7, depending on the degree level. However, you must pass the GACE in Instructional Technology BEFORE your certification can be upgraded.