The Ohio State Computer/Technology Endorsement is a fully online, four-course program that can be completed in one year taking classes part time. If you are certified or licensed educators and want to develop your capacity to better plan for and utilize technology to improve student learning and lead other teachers in this work, a Computer/Technology Endorsement is for you.
The endorsement is appropriate for:
- Classroom teachers who wish to develop their practice to support students in mastering 21st century tools and skills
- Educators who plan to assume technology support positions, including curriculum integration specialists at the school and district levels
- School administrators who are committed to leading their schools in better supporting student academic achievement using technology
- District personnel who aspire to plan, implement, manage, and assess educational technology efforts across multiple schools
The Endorsement Program is designed to be completed through cohort registration only with students taking one class each term for one year. Because of the nature of the program, applicants are only admitted in autumn semester and classes may not be taken out of sequence. Unless otherwise approved by faculty, all coursework must be completed within five years of applying for the Technology Endorsement. The four required courses are:
ESLTECH 6273: Improving Professional Practice of Teaching with Technology
This first course will provide you with foundational knowledge in the area of teaching with technology. You will assess your technology skills and your understanding of Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPaCK), both of which are needed to be effective technology coaches in classroom, school, and district contexts. Building on the ISTE standards for teachers, students, and coaches, this course addresses foundational topics, including: adult education and coaching, content curation, classroom management and technology, educational games, and mobile learning. Another important theme throughout the program is diversity and technology. So in this course, you will gain a basic understanding of how technology can help to differentiate the curriculum and better address the needs of students with cognitive and physical disabilities. Finally, you will explore teaching K12 classes exclusively online and in blended formats (e.g., the flipped classroom).
ESLTECH 6274: Instructional Design for K12 Technology Integration
In this course, you will apply instructional design, coaching/adult learning, and technology integration practices to design a coaching/PD experience that supports the use of technology for earning at the school or classroom levels. Topics include finding and synthesizing educational research, data-driven decision-making, needs assessment for instructional design, application of instructional design models, technology-based assessment for learning, technology-mediated communication, technology to support higher-order learning outcomes, and differentiating using technology. You will continue to build your technology-integration and coaching skills through practical application, peer review, and discussion.
ESLTECH 7289: Practicum in Educational Technology
This course, taken in the short interim term between the Spring and Summer terms, builds on ESETEC 6274 by allowing you to continue refining the coaching/PD module designed during that course. Through peer review, revision, and presentation, you will continue practical application to solidify your coaching and technology integration skills.
ESEADM 6372: Educational Technology Leadership and Supervision
This last course, taken in the summer term, helps to further build technology leadership skills through the intensive study of “larger impact” topics such as: research on professional development; safe/ethical use of technology; and district-wide technology implementation.
You also will compile an electronic portfolio with artifacts developed in each course. Instructors will guide you on which artifacts are to be included, but overall these artifacts will demonstrate that students have developed their capacity to:
- Evaluate the learning potential, implementation requirements, and ongoing support needs for existing and emerging educational technologies.
- Align a variety of technology interventions to student learning goals.
- Explain the various social and cultural factors that influence how students learn with technology.
- Plan, implement, and evaluate classroom, school, district, and state educational technology efforts.
- Utilize technology-based tools to support authentic assessment of student learning.
- Apply Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK), in a variety of settings.
- Assess and develop an ongoing plan to improve their technical skills.
- Apply technology to enhance communication between teachers, students, families and broader communities.
- Coach/lead colleagues in the effective integration of technology for learning
All students will be required to purchase a subscription to Tk20, a comprehensive electronic educational assessment platform that will allow you to store your educational artifacts and create an electronic portfolio for your professional use. This can be accessed for up to ten (10) years after completion of your coursework or graduation from Ohio State.