Teach the next generation of technology trailblazers when you earn a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a technology education endorsement at Kansas State Polytechnic.
In collaboration with K-State’s College of Education, this technology education degree option is designed to serve individuals interested in instructing technology at the high school level. Currently, there is a nationwide initiative to prepare more people to become STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, educators, and this degree helps you make a contribution to that need.
Enrolled students study a combination of technology content focused on mechanical, electronic and computer systems curriculum. Many of the courses – which cover topics such as basic electronics, computing principles, hardware and software fundamentals, machine design and manufacturing methods – include lab time and project-based assignments, so students have a better understanding of the material and can use hands-on demonstrations in their own classrooms.
The secondary education pedagogy is taught through video conferencing by professors from the College of Education. Students get the opportunity to create and implement technology education lessons while teaching at a local high school for one semester. An official licensure will be earned upon completion of the bachelor’s degree and the passing of the state Praxis test.
Technology touches many aspects of our everyday life, from communication methods to building and manufacturing to medicine and more. Because of technology’s relevance and continued advancement, the pressing need to produce more high school graduates with advanced technology skills cannot be overstated.
In the past several years, national initiatives and jobs reports have outlined the necessity for more STEM education. K-State’s College of Education is a partner in the 100Kin10network, which was created in 2011 after President Barack Obama issued a call to add 100,000 STEM teachers across the country over the next 10 years. The group is comprised of more than 280 academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies and government agencies in the United States that have committed to help lead the charge.
Most recently, the Trump administration echoed this urgency by directing the Education Department in September to invest a minimum of $200 million annually in grant funding to further develop STEM and computer science education.
The state of Kansas added technology education to its list of approved teaching endorsements a few years ago as a pathway to achieving the state’s STEM education needs.