Technology & Engineering Education (Certifiable for PK-12 Teaching)

This program is offered by the Technology & Engineering Education Department

Program Description

The Technology & Engineering Education K-12 program prepares graduates to teach in elementary, middle, secondary, and adult technology & engineering education programs in Connecticut and throughout the US. Current teacher shortages in the discipline have prompted many school systems throughout the country to offer financial incentives in a bid to attract qualified Technology & Engineering Education instructors to their systems. Technology & Engineering Education graduates may also obtain positions as teachers in foreign countries, instructors/supervisors in human resource programs in industry or government agencies, and as industry professionals. The program is accredited by Council on Technology Teacher Education as a specialty area accreditation, recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Possess and be able to teach and assess basic knowledge and skills in technology and engineering education, as outlined in the Standards for Technological Literacy, the Framework for K-12 Science Standards, and applicable state standards.
  2. Understand and be able to foster and assess student acquisition of age-appropriate technology and engineering concepts, as outlined.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to plan and maintain a safe, flexible, and age-appropriate learning environment which promotes inquiry and problem-based learning; and demonstrate the skills and knowledge to operate equipment and handle materials safely.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to design and adapt rigorous, appealing, standards-based student challenges which require students to research, design, test, and redesign solutions to ill-defined problems, and which meaningfully integrate studies of mathematics, science, engineering, technology, and other subjects.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to adjust instructional approaches in response to differing learning styles; to manage multiple, disparate student activities simultaneously; and to design and administer assessments which promote continuous reflection and improvement of teaching and learning.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to critically assess technological and educational tends, and when appropriate, promote change in technology and engineering education.