Ed.S. ITEC Advanced Track Courses


Core Courses:

  • The course deepens experienced educators’ knowledge of research-based best practices in diverse classrooms. This is an advanced course with in-depth study of classic and current research on learning theories and related topics in educational psychology as they relate to teaching and learning in schools. Focus is on those theories and research which have transformed and are reforming educational practice.

  • Candidates will develop a functional understanding of quantitative and qualitative research as applied to educational arena. Emphasis is placed on candidates acquisition of analytical and interpretive skills.

Instructional Technology (ITEC) - Advanced Track Courses:

  • This course introduces candidates to technology supported instructional models and strategies to maximize student learning. Candidates will develop digital-age learning experiences for students that incorporate research-based best practices, assessment, differentiation, diversity, and cultural understanding while advancing student technology literacy.

  • An important part of becoming a school district technology leader is a solid understanding of the academic and administrative technology that is so common in today’s educational setting. Further, appropriate skills related to project management, negotiation, and day-to-day management of staff and operations are critical. This course focuses on excellence in professional practice, systemic improvement, knowledge of certain technologies, and professional growth. Further, students will read, write, and collaborate about technology planning, implementation, operation, security, and disaster recovery specific to a school or district context. We’ll make special effort to examine communications technologies that are part of a modern school and school district.

  • This course prepares candidates to lead the development and implementation of a shared vision and a strategic plan for comprehensive integration of technology into instruction and business practices in their school district, state, region, or nation.

  • This course prepares aspiring technology leaders to manage large-scale budgets and address issues of recurring costs, ongoing maintenance, human resource management, and accountability pressures that are uniquely associated with managing district technology programs. Topics include (1) hiring, training, retaining, and evaluating technical staff; and (2) calculating total cost of ownership, value of investment, and return on investment models for technology purchases/programs.

  • This course prepares candidates to implement best practices that support planning and implementation of effective professional learning for key stakeholders in the K12 environment. Candidates will apply knowledge of professional standards and current research in professional learning, assessment, and evaluation to support continuous improvement in the effective use of technology in K12 schools and districts.

  • This course prepares technology leaders to create a culture of technology use marked by positive, ethical, and responsible digital citizenship in their school districts. Topics will include (1) fostering diversity, cultural understanding, and global awareness; (2) ensuring digital equity; and (3) promoting the safe, legal, healthy, and ethical uses of technology among all system members. The course will also address the high standards of integrity and professional conduct expected of technology leaders.

  • Data management is an increasingly important part of the job description of a technology director. This course is designed to explore and elaborate on the various aspects of a modern K12 environment and the role data management plays. We will examine administrative and academic uses of data and how that data is gathered, filtered, stored, protected, interpreted, and made available to appropriate individuals. Particular emphasis will be given to data driven decision making at all levels of the school district.

  • This course will provide candidates an overview of the field of instructional technology including history, research and current trends and issues. Candidates will develop strategies for keeping abreast of instructional technology issues and trends, engage in the professional literature of the field and research a current trend or issue in the field. Additionally, candidates will develop a proposal for their Capstone Project for the program.