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5. Is it an ECIT program?
There are four sets of NCATE approved
specialty association standards related in some way to technology:
- International Technology Education
Association/Council on Technology Teacher Education (ITEA/CTTE)
- International Society for Technology
in Education (ISTE)
- American Association of School
- Association for Educational Communications
and Technology (AECT)
The following information is intended
to help institutions decide which set of standards is appropriate for a particular
- Use ITEA/CTTE for programs preparing
teachers for technology education which focuses on human innovations in communications,
construction, manufacturing, and transportation (formerly vocational education
- Use ISTE for endorsement programs
preparing teachers of computer literacy and applications and endorsement/degree
programs for secondary computer science teachers.
- Use AECT or AASL (or both) for
programs preparing school library media specialists.
- Use AECT for programs preparing
educational personnel for positions in the broader arena of educational communications
and instructional technology in areas such as K-12 education, higher education,
business, industry, military services, government, and health/community services.
- Use either AECT or ISTE (or both)
for programs preparing K-12 technology leaders, technology specialists, and
technology coordinators at the state, district, or building levels.
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