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Is it an Initial or Advanced program?
AECT is responsible for reviewing two types of programs. These are: 1) Initial Programs in Educational Communications and Instructional Technologies (ECIT) and 2) Advanced Programs in Educational Communications and Instructional Technologies. Authors of the earlier guidelines chose to use the term "media and technology" while the newer term of "educational communications and instructional technologies" reflects a broader representation of the field. This umbrella term provides for programs as diverse as multimedia, distance learning, computer technologies, instructional design, and school library media preparation.
Initial ECIT programs are defined as those which represent initial entry into the field. They are rooted in design and practice and, perhaps, could be likened to the knowledge, comprehension, and application stages of Blooms taxonomy. Advanced ECIT programs are defined as those which represent additional study in the field. They emphasize theory, research, and higher level management processes and, perhaps, could be likened to the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation stages of Blooms taxonomy. For example, a Baccalaureate or Master's program which prepares individuals for either initial school certification or entry level positions in business or industry may be considered an Initial ECIT program. A graduate program which advances knowledge and skills beyond the entry level for the profession constitutes an Advanced ECIT program. Currently, ECIT initial programs are typically certification, licensure, or Masters degree programs. It is anticipated that advanced candidates are able to demonstrate the competencies outlined in the initial program as well as those identified for advanced programs
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