Ed.S. ITEC Certification Track FAQs

OVERVIEW GA CERTIFICATION COURSES FAQS KSU CATALOG

 

  • The Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Instructional Technology satisfies requirements for an S-6 (Service) certification and an upgrade from a T-5 to a T-6. Candidates must pass the GACE for Instructional Technology to be eligible for the new S-6 certification and the upgrade to a T-6. While compensation should be reviewed with your school/district, under current regulations educators are paid on their highest certificate level (4, 5, 6, or 7). If your salary is based on your Georgia certificate level, you should receive a salary increase. According to the GaPSC, you do not have to hold an Instructional Technology position to receive the salary increase. Please check with your school/district on any policies that may be contrary to this information. If you have questions regarding your individual certification status, you should check with the GaPSC at http://www.gapsc.comor email them at mail@gapsc.com.

  • No. You do not have to take the GRE for the Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree in Instructional Technology.

  • The Ed.S. program takes 5 semesters to complete.

    • Unfortunately, the legislature has discontinued Hope Scholarship for Teachers, but there may be other financial aid options for you. KSU has a financial aid office to assist you. Please, visit following website describing the financial aid options for graduate students: http://financialaid.kennesaw.edu/
    • If you are seeking financial aid and have questions or need assistance, please contact our Graduate Financial Aid Coordinator, Donna Tuitt. She can be reached at 678-797-2044 or dtuitt@kennesaw.edu.
    • If you find you are not eligible for financial aid, remember there are tax credits for continuing education, a salary increase following your graduation, and deferred payment on some student loans while still in school.
    • If you are paying your own way, you will find Kennesaw’s public university tuition and fees are quite reasonable compared to private institutions. You also will find that paying over the course of a two-year program is more financially feasible than one-year, accelerated programs.
    • Paying for the rising costs of a college education is a concern for nearly every student and family. To help you meet your educational expenses, Kennesaw State University is pleased to offer Nelnet Business Solutions’ (NBS) convenient budget plan. This is not a loan program. There are no interest or finance charges, and there is no credit check. Enrollment in this plan is easy and available online. To enroll, please visit http://www.mycollegepaymentplan.com/kennesaw
  • The fully online program costs $2,653 per semester for two online classes. This e-tuition rate applies for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. The e-tuition rate is $383 per credit hour + $355 in student fees. The student fees include a $55 technology fee and a $300 institutional fee. Students typically take 2 classes per semester or 6 credit hours. Therefore, the total cost is $383 x 6 (credit hours) + $355 (fees) = $2,653 per semester for 2 online classes. Please keep in mind that tuition rates are subject to change without notice. To see the latest cost per credit hour (Graduate e-tuition rate), please go to http://finance.kennesaw.edu/bursar/tuitionfees.php.

    • Our faculty members and instructors are typically former K-12 teachers, who are still active in partnerships with K-12 schools. Many have also held key leadership positions at the school, district, state, and national levels. We are familiar with schools. We use the tools you have in schools and help you understand district policies and planning processes related to technology.
    • Our faculty have excellent academic credentials and are actively pursuing research in their fields of study.
    • You will become part of a regional and national network of technology leaders.
    • Our curriculum is practical—based on projects you will complete in your own schools.
    • Our program will prepare you for advanced study, should you decide to pursue an Ed.D. or Ph.D. program in the future. 
    • Applications do NOT require GRE scores, but do require the following:
      • Transcripts from each college attended
      • Bachelor's degree - 2.75 GPA
      • Clear Renewable Teaching Certificate or equivalent certificate and/or experience
      • Professional Resume
      • One Statement of Support Form
      • Mentor Form
  • The mentor operates as part of a learning team with the candidate and university faculty, ensuring the candidate has an opportunity to complete his or her field experiences and/or working with university faculty and candidates to identify appropriate alternative experiences. The candidate selects a mentor at the building or district level with instructional technology knowledge and experience and other qualifications listed below:

    • Teaching Certificate or Service Certificate
    • Minimum of 3 years teaching experience
    • Knowledge or experience in instructional technology
    • Previous experience with mentoring
    • Master’s Degree or Technology Certifications
    • Provide access to a wide range of instructional technology experiences required by the candidate’s degree program (such as participating on school data teams, serving on the school technology committee, and conducting a technology inventory).
    • Facilitate, as necessary, the candidate’s access to school and/or district resources necessary to complete his or her field experiences.
    • If the candidate is unable to complete field experiences assigned by university faculty due to district or school constraints, working with the candidate and university faculty to identify appropriate alternative experiences.
    • Provide time for meaningful reflection on field experiences with the candidate.
    • Provide, as necessary, feedback to the candidate and/or university faculty on the mentor’s perceptions of the candidate’s growth as a technology facilitator in the school.
    • Complete university-required assessments of the candidate’s progress by completing the Candidate Performance Instrument (CPI) and Candidate Disposition Assessment (CDA) during the 3rd and 6th semesters.
    • The Ed.S. fully online program enrolls each semester, Spring, Summer, and Fall.
    • Admission deadlines will be posted on the website.
    • Typically, admission deadlines are in November 1 for Spring; April 1 for Summer; and July 1 for Fall.
  • Visit the following web site and begin your online application! Online Application
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