UND & VCSU Partner to offer Technology Education Masters

Dec 1st, 2003 @ 11:50 am | Author: Presidents Office
The State Board of Higher Education made history when it approved a request from the University of North Dakota for a master's degree in technology education. The new twist is that faculty at Valley City State University developed and will teach a significant portion of the coursework.

With a $1.7 million grant in 1998-2003, VCSU faculty developed an online technology education program. At the same time, a consortium of national science and engineering groups, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) published new standards for teaching and learning about technology in elementary and secondary schools. By building the VCSU program around those standards, VCSU now has the only online standards-based technology education undergraduate program in the nation. Grant funding significantly increased both the pace and the quality of curriculum development.

The University of North Dakota has long offered programs in industrial and technology education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. UND's technology education faculty members have designed a graduate curriculum that incorporates and expands upon the VCSU courses to provide teachers with the only online standards-based graduate program in the nation.

The nation will need at least 25,000 technology education teachers by the year 2006, yet there are very few programs to prepare them nationwide, according to VCSU program chair Don Mugan. For example, VCSU is concluding a contract with the University of West Florida to provide that state's only technology education training. Inquiries have come from South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Georgia, and Texas, among others.

Enrollment will be in cohort groups of up to 20 students and will be expanded to meet in-state and national demand.