Master of Education Program - Concentration in Technology Education (Tech Ed)

Department Chair: Dr. James Boe, jim.boe@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7304
Faculty Contact: Dr. K. Peder Gjovik, peder.gjovik@vcsu.edu, (701) 845-7448
Department Office: 327E McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7303

Valley City State University (VCSU) has designed this concentration for primary and secondary level educators wishing to pursue a master’s degree in Technology Education or Career and Technical Education. Curriculum in the courses is set up to be consistent with the Standards for Technological Literacy defined by the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) as well as the North Dakota Department of Career and Tachnical Education.

Concentration Requirements

The Master of Education in Technology Education requires 36 hours of coursework, an action research report and an oral defense of a comprehensive portfolio. The curriculum is structured around a set of core requirements that provide a broad foundation in education, research, and technology. All M. Ed students are required to complete 12 hours of core courses and three hours of Special Program Courses.

Core Required Courses
EDUC 610Research in Education3
EDUC 625Issues in School, Community, and Family3
EDUC 640Supervision and Assessment of Teachers and Learners3
EDUC 657Exceptionality, Diversity, and Differences3
These courses are designed to support the student in completing graduation requirements culminating in the pgoram's core values as outcomes.
Special Program Requirements
TECH 689Research Application1
TECH 698Capstone2
Select one of the following options:21
Secondary STEM Education
Elementary STEM Education
Career and Technical Education
Total Credits36

Student must select one of the options to complete the concentration in Technology Education.

Option 1: Secondary STEM Education Required Courses

STEM ED 650STEM Curriculum and Methods3
STEM ED 660Design for Engineering3
STEM ED 665Invention and Innovation3
STEM ED 670Design, Technology, and Engineering for Elementary3
STEM ED 680Building Math3
or STEM ED 682 Engineering the Future
TECH 675Research and Assessment in Technology Education3
Elective Courses
TECH 688Safety and Management in the Technology Laboratory3
or EDUC 635 Technology for Learning

Option 2: Elementary STEM Education Required Courses

STEM ED 655STEM Curriculum and Methods in Elementary3
STEM ED 670Design, Technology, and Engineering for Elementary3
STEM ED 671Inquiry Based Thematic Instruction3
STEM ED 680Building Math3
TECH 675Research and Assessment in Technology Education3
Elective Courses
Select six hours from the following:6
Invention and Innovation
Safety and Management in the Technology Laboratory
Technology for Learning

Option 3: Career and Technical Education Required Courses

TECH 651Curriculum Development in Career and Technical Education3
TECH 652Instructional Strategies in Training and Occupational Education3
TECH 653Trends and Issues in Occupational Education3
TECH 654Administration and Management in Career and Technical Education3
TECH 675Research and Assessment in Technology Education3
Elective Courses
Select six hours from the following:6
Building Math
Engineering the Future
Safety and Management in the Technology Laboratory
Technology for Learning
Design for Engineering
Invention and Innovation

Total Core 12 Credits
Total Required 15-18 Credits
Total Electives 3-6 Credits
Total Special Program Requirements 3 Credits
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 36 Credits

Core Values/Learning Outcomes

  1. Effective use of Instructional Technologies
  2. Expertise in Research, particularly Action Research
  3. Expertise in Assessment
  4. Supervisor/Leader/Coach
  5. Expertise in Curriculum/Instruction
  6. Diversity/Global Awareness

The program’s Core Values and National Board of Professional Teaching Standards lay the broad foundation for the overall program design. Specific objectives are then addressed in each course, based on its curriculum. At the course level, the required projects and activities provide a rich and diverse collection of opportunities for assessment of student knowledge and understanding by the professor.