These certificate programs in technology applications may be completed in 12-18 months, but can also be combined with a master's degree in education, which would take a couple of years to earn. Graduates of these certificate programs become prepared to take the state-administered licensing exam for teachers of either grades K-12 or 8-12. Courses and programs are available online.
Applicants can qualify for admission by being currently enrolled in an accelerated teaching certification program or a graduate degree program for teaching. They may also already be initially certified as a teacher. In addition, applicants who've earned a bachelor's degree must take a Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) and submit their scores (www.texes.ets.org).
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Certificate in Technology Applications for Teachers in Texas
Participants will be required to take a total of 12-15 semester hours of prescribed coursework on the integration of technology into the classroom. The classes also cover teaching methods for entry-level skills in commonly used applications. Some possible course topics include:
- Instruction with small computers
- Web design
- Multimedia educational software
- Visual design for presentations
- Online course curriculum design
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
Students who complete this certificate program in addition to general teaching requirements qualify to teach students at elementary through high school grades. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment growth from 2014 to 2024 is projected to be 6% for kindergarten and elementary, middle school, and high school teachers (www.bls.gov). The BLS also reported that secondary school teachers (except special and career/technical education) in the 25th-75th percentiles earned an annual salary between $45,520 and $73,050 as of May 2015.
Continuing Education and Certification Information
Teachers must pass the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) in order to earn their certification to teach technology applications (www.texes.ets.org). The TExES covers four domains, including digital graphics/animation and desktop publishing, video technology and multimedia, web mastering and technology applications core. Some certification graduates choose to continue their studies with master's degree programs in educational or instructional technology. State-certified teachers may also pursue further secondary certifications.
Students interested in teaching technology in the classroom can earn a certificate in technology applications. In this program, students will learn how to integrate technology in the classroom through courses like web design, visual design for presentations, and online course curriculum design.