Technology Education (ETS)
Offered through the Department of Environmental and Technological
in the School of Computing, Engineering and Environment
with cooperation from the School of Education
216 Headley Hall
Web site: www.stcloudstate.edu/ets
Department Chairperson: Dr. Christopher Kvaal
Department Secretary: Ms. Ann Hudson
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Charles Rose
COSE Graduate Faculty: Akubue, Bender, Kasi, Nicholson, Rose
Master of Science — Technology Education
Fully available online or on-campus the graduate program in technology education provides students with a sound philosophy and contemporary teaching strategies for the teaching of technology. The program prepares a student for a profession in teaching environmental courses and technology instruction at the 7-12 level, and technical college level. Technology instruction can range from courses in woods, metals, CAD design and much more. The program also is designed to allow students to obtain the necessary skills to conduct both basic and applied research related to social, cultural, environmental, or technical concerns involving the implementation of technology. This program in itself will not provide licensure for secondary school technology education teaching.
Accreditation Specific to the Program
- Technology Specialists of the World Trade Association
- Educational Association of the Americas
- International Technology Education Association (ITEA)
- Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education (CTETE)
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
- Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
- Minnesota Board of Teaching
Degrees and Plans Offered
- Master of Science in Technology Education: Plan A (Thesis) at 30 credits.
Length of M.S. Program — Measured by Semesters
- Part-time student: five semesters taking six credits per semester.
- Part-time education track student: seven semesters for those taking six credits per semester.
- Full-time student: three semesters taking 12 credits per semester.
- The on-campus and online program are designed for both full-time and part-time students.
- Most on-campus courses are offered evenings and as summer workshops to accommodate working students.
- Full-time students in the on-campus program must expect to complete a majority of their course load in evening classes.
Admission Requirements Specific to the Program
- For admission consideration to the program, a candidate must first meet the minimum GPA admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies at St. Cloud State University.
- The GRE is not required.
- Specific pre-requisite courses are required consisting of two classes in the environmental sciences at the 300-400 level.
- Undergraduate GPA is closely reviewed. A large emphasis is placed on scholarship within the undergraduate education core and the GPA in the major.
- Individual interviews are required and scheduled throughout the academic year and summer as application files are completed. Applicants will generally interview with three to four faculty members in a conversational setting.
- Applicants will be requested to bring their senior teaching portfolio to the interview.
- An admission or denial letter will usually be sent within two weeks of the interview.
Application Deadlines Specific to the Program
Graduate Assistantship Overview
- One or two graduate assistantship positions are generally sponsored each year, and are available both fall and spring semesters. Hourly wages are paid for summer employment.
- An ETS graduate assistant will find a challenging assistantship through assisting in undergraduate laboratory sections and providing research assistance to professors.
Currently there is high demand nationally for people who are prepared with master's degrees of this type. They teach or work in a variety of industrial/technological positions in industry, business, or governmental agencies. Many graduates teach technology education at all levels from elementary to post-secondary levels.
TEACH Grant Program
The federal government is sponsoring a TEACH Grant program for up to $4,000 a year for graduate students seeking to become technology educators. To explore this opportunity visit SCSU's Financial Aid Office Web site at: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/financialaid/grants.asp. Access additional details from the federal government at: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/TEACH.jsp.
Students wishing to enroll in the online Technology Education program without having to attend on the St. Cloud campus can take courses from almost anywhere in the world. Students from other countries can pursue online programs while in their home country or while in the U.S. on a different visa type than F-1 and J-1. International students in the United States on the F-1 and J-1 visas are not eligible to enroll in online academic programs at SCSU due to the requirements set by the Department of Homeland Security.
Master of Science —Technology Education
Plan A, 30 credits
- ETS 505. Foundational Tech Developments, 3 credits, Fall odd years
- ETS 601. Technology, Environment and Society, 3 credits, Spring odd years
- ETS 604. Innovation/Contemporary Problems in Technology, 3 credits, Fall even years
- ETS 668. Current Literature and Research, 3 credits, Spring even years
ED 699. Thesis, 6 credits
- ETS 650. Contemporary Instructional Strategies, 3 credits
- ETS 673. Foundations of Technology Education, 3 credits
- ETS electives or other graduate courses approved by the advisor, 6 credits