VCSU has designed this concentration for teachers at either primary or secondary levels wishing to pursue a Master's degree. The curriculum focuses on preparing the next generation of Technology Education teachers to better meet the demand for this shortage area. The International Technology Education Association estimated a Technology Teacher shortage of 13,000 by the year 2006. Curriculum in this concentration provides students with an understanding of the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and meets the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) state standards.
Technological literacy can provide a tool for dealing with rapid change. The Standards of Technological Literacy are endorsed by these professional agencies: NASA
, National Science Foundation
, Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers
, National Academy of Engineering
, and the National Research Council
All students in Master of Education Degree are required to complete four core courses. In addition to the core courses, students in the Technology Education Concentration complete 15 hours of courses in the Technology Education concentration, 6 hours of electives, 3 hours of Special Program Requirements, a written examination and an oral presentation of a comprehensive portfolio.