TAMIU Adds Master Technology Teacher Certification Program
As students become computer savvy at younger ages, traditional teaching
methods must adapt to a generation accustomed to technology such as mobile
phones and the Internet. Starting Fall 2005, Texas A&M International
University will make it easier for area teachers to incorporate technology
into their lesson plans.
"Last week the State Board of Educators Certification unanimously
approved our proposal to offer a Master Technology Teacher Certification
Program (MTCCP). This will allow us to certify teachers to do educational
technology in public schools. It's an addition to the certifications we
currently offer. We're currently certified to deliver all certificates
for educators," explained Dr. Humberto Gonzalez, dean of the TAMIU
College of Education.
"More and more teachers are using technology and now there are
pilot schools where every student has a laptop. Teachers need to know
how to effectively implement technology. This program will help teachers
develop those skills. It brings them up to par with technology and they
will be able to accomplish the same goals they would normally accomplish
without technology, but with technology. It's a different approach to
teaching," added Dr. Gonzalez.
Currently, Laredo Independent School District (LISD) has someone full-time
at every campus assisting other teachers implement technology in the curriculum.
With TAMIU's new certification program, the teachers will know software,
hardware and also instructional strategies that need to be applied in
the classroom. They will be certified to deliver that service. About 40
faculty members at LISD have expressed a desire to enroll in the MTTCP.
"We presented the proposal as a joint venture with the school districts.
The University can only offer the certificate. They're the ones who need
to utilize it. I think that says something about developing programs where
you already have the people who are going to use it and support it. It's
not as if we're offering something and hope someone will come and use
it," said Dr. Gonzalez.
The program incorporates 18 hours of college work at the master's level.
Candidates must be teachers and will take a certification test at the
end of the 18 hours. If they choose to continue with a curriculum and
instruction degree, those 18 hours can be applied as a resource or a minor
within the master's degree.
Gonzalez said it will take about a year to get through the program.
The first cohort will consist of 20 people and they will start Fall 2005.
When the first cohort completes the program, another group will start.
Then it will become part of the normal offerings once they build the capacity.
"We want to have a master's degree in educational technology in
the future. If we are successful with this program and we are able to
deliver and train people that can go out and work, then we have established
a very successful track record and that will reflect on what we're trying
to do," said Gonzalez.
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