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5th Year Master’s Degree Program for Engineers: Preparing the Next Generation of K-12 Technology, Engineering, and Design Education Teachers (Work in Progress)

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

K-12 & Pre- College Engineering Division Poster Session

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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26.16.1 - 26.16.8



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Tameshia Ballard Baldwin North Carolina State University

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Dr. Tameshia Ballard is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of STEM Education within the College of Education, as well as Director of Engineering Education within the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. She earned a B.S. in Biological Engineering from North Carolina State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Ballard's primary focus is bridging the gap between the Colleges of Engineering and Education by providing leadership in engineering education initiatives across both colleges. She teaches undergraduate courses in the First Year Engineering Program and in the Department of STEM Education. Dr. Ballard's research interests include self-efficacy, motivation and persistence of underrepresented populations in STEM and engineering design in K-12.

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Vincent William DeLuca North Carolina State University

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Dr. DeLuca taught middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate level technology education in his 30-year career as a teacher and researcher. He has extensive research and curriculum development experience in STEM disciplines. His research includes the study of thinking processes, teaching methods, and activities that improve technological problem-solving performance and creativity. He has expertise in developing technology and engineering education curriculum that integrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts. Dr. Deluca is Co-PI on NSF project Transforming Teaching through Implementing Inquiry. This project focuses on developing research-proven professional development resources that integrate teacher learning with assessment practice. The end product will constitute a professional development and research-proven cyber infrastructure for technology, engineering and design educators.

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Aaron C. Clark North Carolina State University

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Aaron C. Clark is a Professor of Technology, Design, and Engineering Education within the College of Education, as well as the Director of Graduate Programs and Associate Department Head for the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education. He has worked in both industry and education. Dr. Clark's teaching specialties are in visual theory, 3-D modeling, technical animation, and STEM-based pedagogy. Research areas include graphics education, game art and design, scientific/technical visualization and professional development for technology and engineering education. He is a Principle Investigator on a variety of grants related to visualization and education and has focused his research in areas related to STEM curricula integration.

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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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