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Minor in Educational Technology
Minor in Educational Technology
Technology is permeating all aspects of our lives and has stimulated the demand for employees who have the ability to generate, process, and manage enormous amounts of digital information. In addition to seeking employees with competent technology skills, nearly every organization in education, business, and industry is engaged in the integration of technology through ongoing instruction and training in technological areas.
Schools rely heavily on the web and other forms of digital technologies to improve teaching and learning. Mobile technologies and online courses have revolutionized the way information is delivered. A tremendous need still exists in the public schools for new teachers who will become technology "teacher-leaders" and role models for integrating meaningful 21st century technology practices into the curriculum. Future graduates who are able to apply teaching and learning pedagogies to web-based and multimedia technologies will develop a competitive edge in the job market.
Undergraduate Education majors at Bloomsburg University are required to take one technology class. Many colleges and universities do not require their Education majors to take ANY technology courses when in reality, one course is not enough to prepare future teachers to deal with the myriad of emerging technologies in a meaningful manner.
The purpose of the “Educational Technology” minor at Bloomsburg University is to provide our preservice teachers with the opportunity to learn about the various educational technologies and how to use them to improve teaching and learning. This program provides our students with the necessary technological skills and practices that will empower them as future teachers and strengthen their career interests and goals.
The program is designed to encompass the following areas:
- Instructional Design
- Multimedia and web-based technologies
- Mobile technologies
- Design and production of instructional programs
- Media production including digital video technologies and audio and graphic production
- Technology-based delivery systems such as computer-based instruction, multimedia, and video-conferencing
- Online teaching and learning
How the minor works
The Educational Technology minor consist of a series of courses for a total of 18 credits. Since all Education majors are normally required to take "EDFOUND 204: Educational Technology Applications for the Classroom" or "SPECED 202: Technology for Individuals with Disabilities", they will have 15 credits of electives left to complete the minor.
Many students in the minor take the "EDFOUND 325 Educational Technology Field Experience" during student teaching where they integrate what they learned during the minor. These students would have 12 credits of electives left before student teaching to complete the minor.
With the new K to 12 Online Teaching Endorsement Program, students will have to complete 12 credits that can be applied towards the minor. In order to meet requirements for the Educational Technology Minor, these students would have to take one more 3-credit elective. These students would NOT take the "EDFOUND 325 Educational Technology Field Experience" as an elective since "EDFOUND 448: Practicum for K to 12 Online Teaching" in the endorsement program is a field experience course taken during student teaching.