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ITEC

Instructional Technology

Ed.S. Certification Track (Technology Coach)

Program Description (Fully Online)

The Certification Track in Instructional Technology prepares candidates to effectively integrate technology into their own teaching practice and assist other educators in utilizing technology to improve the teaching and learning process. It also prepares candidates to model best practices in the use of instructional technologies and to provide high-quality professional learning experiences for others. Candidates will be prepared to serve in the role of a Technology Coach for a school or district.

At the state level, the Certification Track is aligned to the GaPSC standards for Instructional Technology. Nationally, the Certification Track is aligned to ISTE's standards for Technology Coaches developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

The Certification Track is designed for educators who are not currently certified in Instructional Technology. The Certification Track leads to the new S-6 certification (service field) in Instructional Technology and increases a Georgia T-5 certification to a T-6. To qualify for a certificate upgrade and salary increase (based upon the salary structure of your employing school system), you must pass the GACE assessment in Instructional Technology and add the new field to your certificate.

*NOTE - Please check with the GaPSC to ensure you will receive an upgrade upon graduation. You should also check with your school/district to determine if you will receive a pay increase.

*NOTE - You do NOT need to be working in an Instructional Technology position to receive the upgrade! You can remain in the classroom.

*NOTE -You must PASS the GACE in order to add the new ITEC certification and upgrade your existing Georgia teaching certificate.

LENGTH of the program - Students will complete the Ed.S. program in 5 semesters - 2 classes per semester. (updated 8/16/2014)

Candidates must either be working in a classroom or have access to a classroom in order to implement class projects, and complete the field experiences and capstone project. There will be a few ONLINE synchronous sessions per class each semester.

All students must purchase a Chalk & Wire account (~$82) online from the KSU Bookstore if they do not already have an active account.

Prerequisites
  1. An earned master’s degree in professional education or a related field;
  2. A clear and renewable Georgia Teaching (T), Service (S), Technical Specialist, or Leadership (L or PL) Certificate or departmentally-approved equivalent (for non-Georgia or non-certified individuals). The Department of Instructional Technology recognizes and appreciates that many independent schools and 21st century learning environments do not require educators to hold traditional state teaching certification. In such instances, the Department will make a case-by-case determination as to whether the educator's qualifications are sufficiently equivalent to a traditional teaching certificate and/or whether the educator has the background necessary to ensure successful completion of the program.
  3. At least three years of professional teaching or administrative experience or both in P-12 education (current full-time employment as a professional educator is preferred);
Program of Study

Certification Track (30 Hours)

Ed.S. Core (9 Hours)
EDUC 8100 Advanced Study of Learning
EDRS 8000 Applied Qualitative & Quantitative Research
ITEC 8500 Issues, Trends & Research in Instructional Technology

Instructional Technology Courses (21 Hours)
ITEC 7400 21st Century Teaching & Learning
ITEC 7410 Instructional Technology Leadership
ITEC 7430 Internet Tools in the Classroom
ITEC 7445 Multimedia and Web Design in Education
ITEC 7460 Professional Learning & Technology Innovation
ITEC 7305 Data Analysis & School Improvement
ITEC 7500 Capstone Experience & Portfolio

Total - 30 hours

How do I Apply

Please gather your teaching certificate, evaluation form, mentor form, and resume before applying so you can upload these documents before submitting your application.

  1. Complete the Online Graduate Application
    Please note that GRE is NOT an admission requirement for this program. The application above is general to all graduate programs, some of which do require GRE. This program is not one of them.
  2. Obtain and submit official transcripts from EACH college attended, including those institutions where degrees were NOT earned. Official transcripts are those in a university sealed envelope. Your transcripts should reflect at least a Bachelor's degree with at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

    Official transcripts can be e-mailed directly from the institution to KSU at ksugrad@kennesaw.edu or mailed directly from the institution to KSU at the address below:

    Kennesaw State University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3391 Town Point Drive
    Mailbox #9109
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

  3. Obtain and submit a copy of your Georgia Teaching Certificate or a departmentally-approved equivalent. To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto www.gapsc.com. The Department of IT recognizes and appreciates that many independent schools and 21st century learning environments do not require educators to hold traditional state teaching certification.  In such instances, the Department will make a case-by-case determination as to whether the educator's qualifications are sufficiently equivalent to a traditional teaching certificate and/or whether the educator has the background necessary to ensure successful completion of the program.
  4. Obtain and submit ONE Evaluation Form
    This should be from a school level administrator (form provided above).
  5. Obtain and submit ONE Mentor Form
    This should be from a current administrator, Instructional Lead Teacher, Instructional Technology Specialist, media specialist, teacher, etc. at the building or district levels with instructional technology knowledge and experience.
    (form provided above).  
  6. Obtain and submit a Professional Resume documenting statement of purpose for wanting the degree, education, teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities. Your resume MUST reflect, at least, three years of teaching and/or administrative experience.
  7. Submit a copy of the Transfer Credit Request Form if applicable.
  8. International Applicants Only: Please contact 770-499-3002 for all international admission requirements related to your citizenship or visa status OR link to the Graduate International Admissions page: http://www.kennesaw.edu/graduate/admissions/international_admissions.php

If you do not upload your teaching certificate, evaluation form, mentor form and/or resume before submitting your application, please e-mail them to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu or mail them to the address below:

Kennesaw State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
3391 Town Point Drive
Mailbox #9109
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Deadline

Spring, November 1  |  Summer, April 1  |  Fall, July 1

Contact Us

For more information please email the Ed.S. Program Coordinator, Dr. Jo Williamson at jwill157@kennesaw.edu or call the Department office at (470) 578-3262.

*The Ed.S. in Instructional Technology is a highly competitive program. There is a limited number of applicants that we can accept per semester.  Once we meet our capacity for the enrolling semester, you may be asked to update your application to a future semester at no charge.