Instructional Technology, Ed.S.
There are two tracks for the Ed.S. in Instructional Technology–Certification Track and Advanced Track. The certification track leads to initial certification in Instructional Technology by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). The advanced track is for candidates who already have initial certification in Instructional Technology and wish to pursue an advanced track that leads to an upgrade to their existing certificate by the GaPSC.
The certification track in Instructional Technology prepares educators who wish to effectively integrate technology into their own teaching practice and to assist other educators in utilizing technology to improve teaching and learning. It prepares educators to model best practices in the use of instructional technologies and to provide high-quality professional learning experiences for others. The advanced track prepares technology leaders to lead the use of technology at the local, state, regional or national levels.
In Georgia, Instructional Technology is a new field of certification and is classified as a Service (S) certificate (P-12) when added to an existing clear renewable Georgia certificate. The Certification track leads to S-6 certification (service field) in Instructional Technology and increases a candidate’s Level 5 certificate to a Level 6. To qualify for the new certification, candidates must pass the GACE in Instructional Technology and add the new Instructional Technology service field to their existing teaching certificate. The Advanced track also increases a Level 5 certificate to a Level 6
The following are requirements beyond the general KSU Graduate Admissions requirements.
- Earned master’s degree in professional education or a related field. Minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Official transcripts for all degrees must be provided.
- A teaching certificate or departmentally-approved equivalent. The School of Instructional Technology and Innovation recognizes and appreciates that many independent or charter schools may not require educators to hold traditional state teaching certification. In such instances, the School will make a case-by-case determination as to whether the educator’s qualifications are sufficiently equivalent to a traditional teaching certificate and/or whether the educator has the background necessary to ensure successful completion of the program.
- A professional resume documenting statement of purpose for wanting the degree, education, and teaching experiences. Other information such as volunteer and service accomplishments and record of educational leadership activities are also welcome. Two years teaching experience is preferred. Current full-time employment as a K-12 professional educator or access to a K-12 educational setting is required to complete field-based assessments and experiences.
- If seeking GaPSC certification, applicants must obtain and submit a Mentor form indicating support from a qualified mentor who meets the GaPSC Mentor Requirements. Mentor requirements can be found on the ITEC Mentor form on the Graduate Admissions website for this program.
Georgia Professional Standards Commission