June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
26.16.1 - 26.16.8
5th Year Master’s Degree Program for Engineers: Preparing the NextGeneration of K-12 Technology, Engineering and Design Education Teachers (Work in Progress) A new non-thesis, project-based 5th year Master’s program in Technology Education hasbeen created at ___________ University in response to a growing state and national need formore qualified Technology, Engineering and Design education teachers in K-12. This uniqueprogram is a collaborative effort between the Colleges of Education (CED) and Engineering(COE) and targets undergraduate students in COE that have an interest in teaching at the K-12level. As a part of the program, students first earn a B.S. degree in an engineering discipline andthen complete an additional year of pedagogy-focused coursework and student teaching in CEDto earn the M.S. in Technology Education and a license to teach Technology, Engineering andDesign Education in middle and high school. The purpose of this project was to develop aprogram that would best prepare and train pre-service teachers to translate their technicalknowledge in engineering to middle and high school audiences. COE undergraduates weresurveyed in Fall 2013 to determine their level of interest in such a program and there was anoverwhelmingly positive response. Of the 1465 students that responded to the survey, nearly halfof them indicated an interest in teaching in K-12. Among interested students, approximately 80%responded that they would be willing to complete an additional year of coursework to obtain theM.S. degree and licensure. When asked to identify the areas they would be most interested inreceiving a teaching license, Technology, Engineering and Design education received 84% ofresponses. Based on the survey results, faculty from both colleges collaborated to develop thecurriculum for the M.S. degree program. The first cohort is expected to begin in Summer 2015.
Baldwin, T. B., & DeLuca, V. W., & Clark, A. C. (2015, June), 5th Year Master’s Degree Program for Engineers: Preparing the Next Generation of K-12 Technology, Engineering, and Design Education Teachers (Work in Progress) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23355
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