Education Specialist in Instructional Technology

 

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Kennesaw State University offers two tracks for the Ed.S. in Instructional Technology:

Certification or Initial Track

The Certification or Initial 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 integrate technology effectively into their own classrooms and 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 the ISTE Standards for Educators (ISTE-E) developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Effective for Cohorts Starting FALL 2021:
The School of Instructional Technology & Innovation at KSU has been recognized by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as an ISTE Certification Provider.  KSU is the first higher education program in Georgia to be awarded this distinction. What does this mean? Students enrolled in our Instructional Technology MED, EDS, and EDD certification programs will develop a portfolio based on the ISTE Standards for Educators (ISTE-E). Upon graduation, students may choose to submit their portfolio for $250 to ISTE for ISTE Certification.  KSU will be the only institution in Georgia offering the opportunity to become certified by both the *GaPSC and ISTE!

 LENGTH of the program - Students will complete the Ed.S. program in 5 semesters - 2 classes per semester.

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.

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.

Advanced Track

The Ed.S. in Instructional Technology is fully online and designed for educators who currently hold or aspire to hold a technology leadership position at the school, district, or state level.  The Ed.S. is intended to deepen and broaden the educational technology leadership knowledge and skills of candidates. The program is based on the ISTE Standards for Technology Directors and the CoSN Framework of Essential Skills for K-12 CTOs.

Today's educational technology leaders are known by many different titles such as Technology Director, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO). No matter the title, educational technology leaders have dual leadership roles--both instructional and technical--and according to CoSN, these roles encompass a broad range of skills including:

  • creating a vision for the role of technology;
  • implementing strategic planning and policy development;
  • having an understanding of teaching and learning, assessment, and professional development;
  • managing technology and support resources; and
  • possessing the political and interpersonal skills to effectively work with all stakeholders.

The Ed.S. in Instructional Technology will prepare you for these roles and challenge you to grow as an educational technology leader!

Note to Georgia Educators

Georgia educators who wish to upgrade their Georgia certificate must already possess initial Georgia certification in Instructional Technology to improve their certificate level (5 to 6). The Ed.S. increases a Georgia T-5 to a T-6 and an S-5 to an S-6 IF you already have certification in Instructional Technology. 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.

Candidates must either be working in a classroom/school/district or have access to a classroom/school/district 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.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
    • Please note the 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.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be sent electronically from the institution directly to ksugrad@kennesaw.edu or mailed directly from the institution in a sealed envelope to KSU at the address below:
    • Kennesaw State University
    • Office of Graduate Admissions
    • 3391 Town Point Drive,
    • MD9109 Kennesaw, Georgia 30144.5591
  • Education Requirement:  Earned master’s degree in professional education or a related field. Minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Official transcripts for all degrees must be provided. 
  • Clear Renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate or Departmentally Approved Equivalent - To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto www.gapsc.com. The School of Instructional Technology & Innovation recognizes and appreciates that many independent and 21st century learning environments do not require educators to hold traditional status teaching certification. In such instances, the School 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.
  • Mentor Form - If seeking GaPSC certification, applicants must obtain and submit a Mentor form indicating support from a qualified mentor who meets the GaPSC Mentor Requirements. Mentor requirements can be found on the ITEC Mentor form on the Graduate Admissions website for this program.  You can find the mentor form here. This should be from a current administrator at the building or district level with instructional technology knowledge and experience. 
  • Professional Resume - Can be uploaded into the online application. A professional resume documenting statement of purpose for wanting the degree, education, and teaching experiences. Other information such as volunteer and service accomplishments and record of educational leadership activities are also welcome. Two years teaching experience is preferred  but not required. Current full-time employment as a K-12 professional educator or access to a K-12 educational setting is required to complete field-based assessments and experiences.

Please submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Their contact information, including mailing address, can be found here.

APPLICATION AND DOCUMENT DEADLINES

The Certification or Initial Track of the Ed.S. program in ITEC reviews applications for Fall, Spring and Summer.

  • Term
    Date
  • Fall
    July 1
  • Spring
    November 1
  • Summer
    April 1

The Advanced Track of the Ed.S. program in ITEC reviews applications for Fall only.

See the list of available start terms and document deadlines here. Please note that completed applications and all required credentials must be submitted by the posted deadline.

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

Graduate Programs in Education
Program Office: 470-578-6043 or educ_grad@kennesaw.edu
Program Website: https://bagwell.kennesaw.edu/degrees-programs/

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