The minor in Technological Literacy is available to all appropriate majors and is a cooperative effort between the Colleges of Education and Technology. The minor combines Educational Technology courses with Technology and Engineering Education courses to provide a comprehensive approach to the practical use and implementation of computer skills, design and problem solving skills and teaming concepts into real world practices and experiences. A focus on STEM education and problem-based learning is featured in the minor.
The minor in Technological Literacy gives education majors appropriate experience in applied learning so that they’re ready to teach STEM in their future classes. An environment has been created to give students relevant, hands-on learning experiences that can be transformed into their future classrooms. Students have the opportunity to investigate and explore activities; create rich, inquiry-driven lesson plans; and work alongside elementary students and their teachers to gain the confidence and knowledge needed to weave STEM concepts into the classroom. Courses include learning about current topics in technology education, using technology in the classroom, and an overview of technology and engineering concepts – all based in STEM education.
Students completing the Technological literacy minor leave with the knowledge, skills, and strategies required to enhance their ability as a:
Choosing the Technological Literacy minor means you’ll work closely with local school districts. You will collaboratively plan, design, implement and assess lessons used in elementary classrooms while working with current classroom teachers. Program professors work to obtain partnerships with teachers interested in learning how to enrich their own STEM practices while helping preservice teachers prepare for their own classrooms. Together, local schools and Technological Literacy students bring engaging STEM activities to kids from all walks of life. In addition, you may choose to pursue one of our international internships or student teaching opportunities, including a 5-week program in Australia. After graduation, you can continue to work with the faculty you know and earn an online graduate degree in Leadership, Reading, Library Media, Educational Technology, ESOL, or Teaching without ever leaving home.