The Computer/Technology Endorsement program is intended for teachers who plan to teach computer applications or who want to assume technology coordinator positions in a school or at the district level. This Endorsement can only be added to an existing teaching license and cannot be obtained independently as a separate licensure. You may work toward both a Masters Degree and the Computer/Technology Endorsement (36 credit hours). If you already have a Masters Degree in Education, you can obtain the Endorsement by taking 26 credit hours of Instructional Technology coursework (see this "Endorsement-only" program listed at the very bottom of this page). This is an entirely online degree program, and there is no need to appear in person at the Kent State University campus.Beginning this September, there will be an Ohio Assessment Exam (OAE) that you must pass in order to obtain this licensure (Computer/Technology Endorsement #111770). This exam contains two subtests, which are described in the following two handouts (mouse click on the names to view this material). The OAE Standards handout lists a set of standards addressed by the exam, both those developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the state of Ohio. The second handout, OAE Content, describes the contents of each part of the Ohio Assessment Exam. Here is link to the Ohio Board of Education Website about state assessments www.oh.nesinc.com/ By going there, you should be able to find out how to apply to take the exam, how much it costs, exactly when it will be offered, etc.
Early in the final semester of your coursework, you must apply for graduation by submitting this this form to the Graduate Office of Education, White Hall 418, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242. For details about how and when to apply for graduation go to this website: www.kent.edu/ehhs/ogs/graduation-applications.cfm
After passing the Ohio Assessment Exam, you apply for the endorsement itself by completing the Initial Ohio Teaching License Application, listed as item 2, at this Ohio Department of Education Website. The Computer/Technology Endorsement program is listed on p.5 of the application (#111770). Submit the completed application to Kathy Zarges (firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-672-2862) in the college's Office of Student Services in White Hall 304, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242.
In addition to possessing a valid state of Ohio teaching certificate, degree candidates must submit the following materials for admission to the Endorsement program. Candidates for the Endorsement-Only Program complete the non-degree application form. The application will not be considered by the faculty until all related forms have been received.
After successful completion of the Computer/Technology Endorsement program graduates are able to:
The Masters Degree in Instructional Technology with a Computer/Technology Endorsement includes 36 credit hours of required courses listed below. There are no electives in this program. It includes the development of an online portfolio and a one hundred hour internship experience (practicum). A program of study form, can be downloaded from here. This form must be completed and signed by you and your adviser before your third semester of taking coursework (or your course registration will be blocked). This program of study will be compared with your transcript of courses taken, when you apply for graduation.
Instructional Technology Core Requirements (18 credit hours)
Other Instructional Technology Requirements (15 credit hours)
Required Culminating Experiences (3 credit hours)
If you already have both teaching certification and a Masters Degree in Education, you can add the Computing/Technology endorsement by taking the following courses, totaling 26 credit hours. This is an entirely online degree program, and there is no need to appear in person at the Kent State University campus. It includes a one hundred hour internship experience (practicum). Apply as a non-degree student and contact the Instructional Technology Program Coordinator if you have any questions. The Endorsement-Only Program of Study can be downloaded from here. This form must be completed and signed by you and your adviser before your third semester of taking coursework (or your course registration will be blocked).