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  1. What is the history of the field?
  2. What is the knowledge base?
  3. What is the history of AECT's partnership with NCATE?
  4. How are the 2000 performance-based standards different from the previous guidelines?
  5. Is my program an ECIT program?
  6. Is my program initial or advanced?
  7. What are the initial standards?
  8. What are the advanced standards?
  9. What are the components of a Program Report?
  10. What are the critical aspects of an Assessment Plan?
  11. What are some types of data to include?
  12. Why should we be interested in National Recognition?
  13. What are common weaknesses in Program Reports?
  14. How is AECT responsible for ECIT program review?
  15. How does the program review process work once I submit a program report?
  16. How do I know whether my state has a review partnership with NCATE?
  17. What are the expectations for program reviewers?
  18. Who are my contacts at AECT?
  19. Which programs currently have National Recognition?
  20. What do I do if I have a school library media specialist program?

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 Librarians (AASL)
  • 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 program:

  • Use ITEA/CTTE for programs preparing teachers for technology education which focuses on human innovations in communications, construction, manufacturing, and transportation (formerly vocational education programs).
  • 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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