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Programs in Instructional Technology for Educators

As technology development moves at breakneck speeds, you need to be adept at choosing, using, and applying technology in your elementary and secondary school curricula. Our program gives you the knowledge and hands-on experience to become a master teacher, school or district instructional technology leader, coach, professional developer, or instructional designer.

You'll learn to adapt and apply technology to enhance the teaching of P–12 curriculum for diverse learners. You will also gain theoretical knowledge and leadership perspectives to provide of leadership to guide long-term strategies for technology adoption design and implementation.

Upon successful completion of the nationally recognized and NYSED-approved NYIT program, you'll be eligible for New York State certification as an Educational Technology Specialist and for permanent or professional certification in your initial certification area. An option for non-certified educators and others interested in technology in teaching and learning is also available.

NYIT offers programs in various areas of Instructional Technology for Educators, including:

Master of Science in Instructional Technology for Educators

The 33-credit Master of Science in Instructional Technology for Educators enables teachers to effectively integrate advanced technology into their classroom practices to enhance learning for all students. There are two options in this program: Educational Technology Specialist Certification and No Certification. The Educational Technology Specialist option is open only to New York State-certified teachers. It leads to permanent or professional certification in the candidate's first area of certification and as an Educational Technology Specialist if the candidate has a minimum of three years teaching experience. The No Certification option is open to educators who are not certified in New York State and others who have a bachelor's degree and interest in instructional technology in K–12 education. It does not lead to Educational Technology Specialist certification.

Coursework focuses on the evolving uses of technology in the classroom, sound pedagogy, and applications in K–12 curriculum. Candidates develop expertise in the use and development of leading-edge technology and applications for teaching and learning. Field experience is required to expand the candidates' knowledge of the field of instructional technology and to develop skills to meet certification requirements.

NYIT is a leader in the development of technology-assisted discovery learning and has received major grants from several foundations and from the New York State Department of Education for the development of such programs.

The Instructional Technology program aligns with the professional standards of the International Society for Technology in Education.

Candidate Profile
Most candidates for the Educational Technology Specialist program are provisionally or initially certified in elementary education or in a secondary subject area. They are pursuing graduate study for permanent or professional certification in their initial area and an additional area of certification as an Educational Technology Specialist.

Candidates in the No Certification option are often teachers in private or nonpublic schools or persons who work in education-related positions such as curriculum developers, library media specialists, children's media developers, or teachers in for-profit or not-for-profit educational support centers.

Prerequisites
Candidates in both options must have a baccalaureate degree and 3.0 GPA to qualify for admission to the program. In addition, they must demonstrate proficiency in basic uses of classroom technology. In the event they do not have these skills, program faculty will recommend appropriate prerequisite courses to be taken before beginning the program of study.

Advanced Certification in Computers in Education

The 18-credit Advanced Certificate in Computers in Education is an 18-credit post-baccalaureate program that develops educators' competencies in using a wide range of computer applications in classroom settings. The program provides introductory, intermediate and advanced coursework and addresses candidates' range of knowledge and skills through individualized projects and options.

Unique Program Features
Candidates who begin the Advanced Certificate in Computer Education program may later apply to the Master of Science in Instructional Technology. If accepted, successfully completed certificate courses will be applied to fulfill the master's degree requirements.

Candidate Profile
Candidates are generally experienced public and nonpublic school teachers (certified or non-certified) who want to develop advanced knowledge and skills in classroom computer applications incorporating instructional technology into the classroom teaching and learning. Non-certified candidates may be required to take additional coursework in curriculum design or pedagogy as a foundation for the certificate program based on a case-by-case review of the applicant's academic and work background.

Advanced Certificate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

The 18-credit Advanced Certificate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education, developed and delivered in collaboration with NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, is a program that directly addresses federal and state priorities for STEM programs in K–12 schools. The STEM certificate provides extensive background information to prepare K–12 teachers in pedagogy for integrated inquiry-based teaching and learning of STEM concepts. The STEM content is aligned with New York state standards and is differentiated for appropriate grade levels and to meet diverse K–12 student learning needs. The technology content includes the use of tools for enhancing teaching and learning science, engineering, and mathematics, including probeware, coding, simulations, GPS applications, research tools, and data collection instruments. Engineering concepts are included in the STEM content and instructional resources to focus on designing authentic projects. Inquiry-based, project-based instruction relates to the effects and issues requisite to developing knowledgeable citizens and consumers of STEM innovations, inventions, and applications. Assessments used in courses will determine the increase in STEM knowledge and skills for applying the concepts learned. The courses in the program are designed according to a scope and sequence beginning in elementary school with increasing complexity as students proceed through the K–12 system in preparation for college and careers in STEM-related fields. This advanced certificate in STEM education provides educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources for effective STEM teaching and learning.

Features Unique to This Program
The Advanced Certificate is an interdisciplinary approach to STEM education between faculty in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education, Instructional Technology program, and the NYIT School of Engineering and Computer Science. Faculty of each school collaboratively coordinates course offerings to provide a customized and appropriate instructional program in STEM education for candidates who are K–12 teachers. All courses are offered fully online or in a blended format.The primary impact is to better prepare teachers for teaching STEM content in K–12 schools and students' to become more knowledgeable and interested in STEM-related fields. The 18-credit STEM certificate may be applied to the 33-credit Master of Science in Instructional Technology.

Candidate Profile
The typical candidate will have a baccalaureate degree, 3.0 GPA, and New York state certification. The candidate should also have some experience with technology.

Program Chair

Dr. Melda Yildiz
516.686.1053
myildiz@nyit.edu

Office Contact

Elizabeth Pirri
516.686.4931
epirri@nyit.edu


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Admission Requirements for M.S. Programs

  • B.S. degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Students who have a GPA between 2.85 and 2.99 may be considered for conditional admission by the program chair. If students are admitted conditionally, they must achieve a 3.0 GPA in the first six graduate credits to continue in the M.S. program.
  • In accordance with New York State's regulation and accreditation agency's requirements, applicants should submit official report of a national standardized exam (GRE or MAT) with a competitive score. Please contact the admissions office or department for details.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic uses of instructional technology at the beginning of the program. If students not have requisite skills, program faculty will work with them to determine appropriate prerequisite courses to address the deficits. This is done on an individual basis.
  • Initial/provisional or permanent/professional New York state certification in any teaching area
  • Achieve a passing score on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) Content Specialty Test (CST) for the area of initial certification

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Submit a personal statement of why you want to become an educational technology specialist
  • Copies of undergraduate transcripts for all schools attended. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Official exam score (NYIT GRE Code: 2561, NYIT MAT Score: 1487)
  • Copy of college diploma or proof of degree
  • Copies of teaching certificates you currently hold if you are seeking New York State certification
  • International student requirements: English proficiency, I-20, and transcript evaluation

Special Note
New York education law now permits nonresident aliens to qualify for an initial license. Individuals with U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status may qualify for a permanent or professional New York State Teaching Certificate.

Read more at NYSED


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Admission Requirements for Certificate Programs

  • B.S. degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field
  • Initial, permanent, or professional New York State teaching certification
  • In accordance with New York State's regulation and accreditation agency's requirements, applicants should submit official report of a national standardized exam with a competitive score. Please contact the admissions office or department for details.
  • Candidates meeting the above requirements will participate in an interview with the program chair prior to a final admission decision.

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Copies of undergraduate transcripts for all schools attended. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Copy of college diploma or proof of degree
  • Copies of teaching certificates you currently hold if you are seeking New York State certification
  • Official GRE scores, if required (NYIT GRE Code: 2561)
  • International student requirements: English proficiency, I-20, and transcript evaluation

Special Note
New York education law now permits nonresident aliens to qualify for an initial license. Individuals with U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status may qualify for a permanent or professional New York State Teaching Certificate.

Read more at NYSED