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FAQ for Students Interested in the Georgia Southern University Master of Education with a Major in Instructional Technology School Library Media, Technology Specialist, and Online Teaching Endorsement 1. What options are available as part of the Instructional Technology Program? The Instructional Technology Program offers two concentrations. Concentration One is designed for students who want to earn certification as a school library media specialist in the state of Georgia. Completion of the program requirements and earning a passing score on the school library/media GACE leads to S-5 certification for Georgia educators. If you’d like to learn more about the school library profession visit Learning About the Job at the American Association of School Librarians web site: http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/aasleducation/recruitmentlib/learningabout/learningabout .cfm Concentration Two is a non school library certification concentration. Concentration Two would be of interest to students who want to work as computer teachers, technology support specialists, and/or technology trainers in P-12 schools, higher education, or business and industry. In the public schools, this degree concentration leads to a T5 certificate. As part of either concentration you may complete a 9 credit hour endorsement in Online Teaching. These courses-developed by Valdosta State University-are listed below. CIED 7601 Course Management Systems for E-Learning. (3 hours). The study and ethical practice of facilitating online learning through integrated course management systems. CIED 7602 Resources and Strategies for E-Learning. (3 hours). Practical experiences in selection, implementation, and evaluation of digital resources for teaching and learning. CIED 7603 Design and Delivery of Instruction for E-Learning. (3 hours). Supervised online field-based experience in design, delivery, and evaluation of standards-based content to an appropriate student population. Please note that if you want to complete the Online Teaching Endorsement and earn your school library certification you will complete three additional hours beyond those required for your degree program. More information about the endorsement is available at the Valdosta web site: http://www.valdosta.edu/distance/GOML/cied/index.shtml. Questions about the Online Teaching Endorsement should be directed to faculty at Valdosta, http://www.valdosta.edu/coe/onlineprograms/advising.shtml. 2. How do the new rules for certificate upgrades from the Georgia PSC impact the Instructional Technology Program? All of the new rules related to certificate upgrades can be found on the PSC web site: http://www.gapsc.com/Policies_guidelines/pg_certificateUpgrade.asp School Library Media Certification falls under Option 2, Upgrading with a new field of certification. School Library Media is a service field (S-5). Once you complete the program, pass the school library media GACE, and submit the appropriate paperwork through Georgia Southern you will receive a certificate upgrade. The Instructional Technology concentration is one of the three new certification fields established by the PSC. Georgia Southern is in the process of developing a program and courses that will lead to this new certification. Since a transition period is necessary for institutions to complete this program development work, the PSC has extended the grandfathering period for students completing a degree in Instructional Technology (our concentration two). If you are admitted to the program prior to Jan. 15, 2013 and complete the requirements prior to September 1, 2015, you will be eligible for a certificate upgrade to a T-5 (not the new Instructional Technology certification). Summer 2013 is the earliest date that any Georgia institution would be able to admit students to a program leading to this new certification. If you’re interested in Concentration One, please go to Question 3. If you’re interested in Concentration Two, please go to Question 9. 3. Do I have to be a certified teacher to earn my certification as a school library media specialist in Georgia? No, in Georgia you may earn your initial certification at the Master’s degree level. 4. What program of study do I follow if I want to earn school library certification as part of my master’s degree? The 36 credit hour program of study you will follow is below: Professional Education Core Course # Course Title Hours FRER 7130 Educational Research 3 FRLT 7130 Learning Theories and Applications 3 Required Content Course # Course Title Hours FRIT 7132 Admin of School Library Media Program 3 FRIT 7134 Collection Development and Organization 3 FRIT 7136 Reference and Information Resources 3 FRIT 7230 Selection and Development of Inst Tech 3 FRIT 7430 Instructional Design 3 FRIT 7737 Practicum in School Library Media Centers 3 Applications of Instructional Technology (requires FRIT 7430 as a FRIT 8530 3 pre-req) FREC 7232 Children’s Literature, or 3 FRMS 7331 Early Adolescent Literature Electives Selected with approval of your advisor 6 If you do NOT hold a valid T-4 certificate you also need to complete a course in Curriculum Theory and Design, and an Introduction to Special Education course or their equivalents (determined in consultation with your advisor). 5. Is there a certification only option? Yes, if you hold a valid T5 you are eligible to be quick-admitted to complete your school library media certification as an add-on to your teaching certificate. You will be required to complete 8 required content courses listed on the program of study above. You do not have to take the two core course or any electives. Upon completion of these courses you would have to complete the items listed in Question 7 to obtain your certification. 6. What is the cost of tuition? The e-tuition rate established by GeorgiaOnMyLine is $385 per credit hour. The cost per 3-credit hour course is $1155. Georgia Southern currently charges a fee of $290 per semester. This fee was mandated by the Board of Regents and is paid by all students. Textbooks are not included in the cost of tuition. 7. Once I complete all of my master’s degree coursework what else do I have to do to become certified? You will also need to pass Test 1 and Test 2 of the Media Specialist test which is part of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE). More information about administration of the GACE can be found here: http://www.gace.nesinc.com/ You will also need to complete paperwork through the Student Success Center in Georgia Southern’s College of Education. These details are provided during FRIT 7737. 8. For Concentration One, which courses should I start with in Spring, 2012? Registration for spring begins November 1. The first day of classes is January 9, 2012. You are not required to take any specific courses or any number of courses at any point during your degree program. Most students who are working full time take no more than six hours of classes each semester. The following classes will be offered in Spring, 2012: FRER 7130, Educational Research (required); FRLT 7130, Learning Theories (required); FRIT 7132, Administration of the School Media Program (required); FRIT 7134, Collection Development and Organization (required); FRIT 7136, Reference and Information Sources (required); FRIT 7230, Selection and Development (required); FRIT 7335, Web Design (elective); FRIT 7737, Practicum in the School Library (required; taken at the end of the program ONLY); FRIT 8530, Applications of Instructional Technology (required; FRIT 7430 is a pre-requisite); FRIT 8132, Administration of Technology Resources (elective); FRIT 8435, Program Evaluation (elective); FREC 7232, Children’s Literature (required); FRCT 7130, Curriculum Theories (required for initial certification only, elective for everybody else); courses for the online teaching endorsement (CIED 7601, 7602 and 7603) will also be available. Registration for spring begins November 1. Contact Dr. Repman (info below) for more details or if you have any questions. 9. I don’t want to be a school library media specialist. What is the program of study for Concentration Two? You will follow this program of study: Professional Education Core Course # Course Title Hours FRER 7130 Educational Research 3 FRLT 7130 Learning Theories and Applications 3 Required Content Course # Course Title Hours FRIT 7230 Selection and Development of Inst Tech 3 FRIT 7335 Web Design & Development 3 FRIT 7430 Instructional Design 3 FRIT 7738 Field Experience Instructional Technology 3 FRIT 8132 Administration of Technology Resources 3 Applications of Instructional Technology (requires FRIT 7430 as a FRIT 8530 3 pre-req) FRIT 8435 Program Evaluation 3 Electives Selected with advisor approval 9 10. What Concentration Two courses should I take in Spring, 2012? Registration for spring classes begins November 1. The first day of classes is January 9, 2012. You are not required to take any specific courses or any number of courses at any point during your degree program. Most students who are working full time take no more than six hours of classes each semester. The following classes will be offered in Spring, 2012: FRER 7130, Educational Research (required); FRLT 7130, Learning Theories (required); FRIT 7132, Administration of the School Media Program (elective); FRIT 7134, Collection Development and Organization (elective); FRIT 7136, Reference and Information Sources (elective); FRIT 7230, Selection and Development of Instructional Technology (required); FRIT 7738, Practicum in Instructional Technology (required; taken at the end of the program ONLY); FRIT 8530, Applications of Instructional Technology (required; FRIT 7430 is a pre-requisite); FRIT 8132, Administration of Technology Resources (required); FRIT 8435, Program Evaluation (required); FREC 7232, Children’s Literature (elective); FRCT 7130, Curriculum Theories (elective); courses for the online teaching endorsement (CIED 7601, 7602 and 7603) will also be available. Registration for spring begins November 1. Contact Dr. Repman (info below) for more details or if you have questions. 11. When can I register for Summer, 2012 classes? Summer 2012 registration begins on April 1. At that time you will be able to register for classes for Summer 2012 and Fall 2012. Summer classes begin May 14, 2012 and fall classes begin on August 20, 2012. 12. Where can I learn more about any of these courses? Content outlines for these courses are available online at the Instructional Technology wiki: http://georgiasouthernitec.pbworks.com/gsuitecsyllabi Prior to the start of every semester you can also see what textbooks you will need using our textbook wiki: http://itectextbooks.pbworks.com/ Textbooks may be ordered from Georgia Southern’s University Store or any source of your choice. Textbooks are NOT included as part of your tuition. 13. How can I learn more about the experience of taking a course online? Review the resources at SOLO (Student Online Learning Orientation, http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/col/solo/index.php) and the Student Online Readiness Tool (http://goml.readi.info/). 14. Is Financial Aid available? Instructional Technology is not a “critical need” field so students are not eligible for HOPE Scholarships. Financial Aid information is available at http://students.georgiasouthern.edu/finaid/. Financial aid counselors are assigned to students based on last names. Access the list here: http://students.georgiasouthern.edu/finaid/About_The_Office/staff.htm. Information about College of Education graduate student scholarships can be found here: http://coe.georgiasouthern.edu/coegradscholarships.html. 15. How does the admission process work? To apply for admission, use the “Begin the Application Process” link on the ITEC home page at Georgia Southern: http://coe.georgiasouthern.edu/lthd/itech.html. Students holding a clear, renewable Georgia Teaching certificate (T4) can be “quick admitted” to the program if the application is submitted prior to the cutoff date. To be fully admitted, official transcripts from any institution of higher education attended must be submitted prior to registration for the second semester. If you hold a T4 you do not need to take the GRE or MAT to be fully admitted to the program. Students who do not hold a T4 need to take the GRE or MAT and have the scores sent to Georgia Southern in addition to providing copies of official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended. You are not eligible for quick admission into the program. 16. I’ve been admitted. What should I do next? Follow the steps found at this web site: http://online.georgiasouthern.edu/GOMLstudentInfo.html 17. I still have a few more questions. Who should I contact? Dr. Judi Repman, Professor of Instructional Technology, can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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