The Department of Technology and Cognition offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:
The undergraduate program of study prepares students for careers in education, business, industry and government and leads to a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree with a major in applied technology and performance improvement.
Students may select programs of study in either teaching or non-teaching career interest areas.
Students planning teaching careers in business education may complete the program of study for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in office skills. The non-teaching career interest offers options in general technology, trade and industrial technology, and office technology. It is designed for students who desire to complete a baccalaureate degree after completing an occupational specialization program in a junior/community college or four-year institution. It provides an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree for students who were enrolled in or who have graduated from an applied technology program. There are five applied technology certification programs.
The Investigations of Talented Students (ITS) is a research and support center for the recognition and development of high levels of talent and giftedness. The goal of the center is to help individuals, families and schools recognize and nurture the abilities and skills of individuals. ITS research provides the educational and psychological community with insights into these issues. While ITS recognizes the variety of abilities and talents possible, its focus is primarily on those interests and competencies manifested by children in school or academic settings.
The Texas Center for Educational Technology (TCET) is designed to promote research and development collaboration among universities, school districts, the Education Service Centers and the technology industry for the purpose of integrating the use of technology into Texas schools. Educational technology information and products are disseminated statewide via monthly publications transmitted in print and electronically. Research projects focusing on technology development, use and quality are supported.
The UNT Institute for Behavioral and Learning Differences (UNT-IBLD) was created in 1993 for the advancement of research and educational issues and techniques related to individuals with unique behavioral and learning characteristics. The UNT-IBLD vision includes not only those individuals who are not keeping pace with their peer group, but also those who are advanced beyond normal expectations. The goals of the UNT-IBLD include: advancing the understanding of behavioral and learning differences, developing liaisons with public and private facilities, effecting in-service development of regular education faculty, focusing on transitional strategies for community, work and post-secondary education, developing technological innovations for enhancing educational and life opportunities and serving as a resource for professionals, parents, schools, community and state agencies.
2. Major Requirements:
Occupational Specialization: 36 hours may be completed in an applied technology program at a community college or in occupational training and development courses at the university level. Students should contact an adviser in the applied technology and performance improvement program to determine the 36 semester hours of course work needed to complete the occupational specialization section of the degree plan.
Professional Development: 42 semester hours of 3000- and 4000-level courses from within the career development section of the degree plan (to be determined in consultation with an adviser), which must include the following 24 semester hours:
3. Minor Requirements: A minor is not required for this degree.
4. Other Course Requirements: None.
5. Electives: See individual degree plan.
6. Other Requirements: A minimum overall GPA (all UNT and transferred courses) of 2.50 is required for graduation.
Students are encouraged to see their advisers each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.
2. Major Requirements:
Occupational Specialization: 36 hours
Professional Development: 42 hours
3. Other Course Requirements: PSCI 1040; a minimum of 42 hours of advanced work (3000- or 4000-level courses) selected in consultation with a faculty adviser to enhance professional development.
4. Minor: A minor is not required for this degree.
5. Electives: See individual degree plan.
6. Other Requirements:
A minimum overall GPA (all UNT and transferred courses) of 2.50 is required for graduation.
BAAS students in applied technology and performance improvement may complete course work requirements for applied technology certification in marketing education, office education or trade and industrial education. To fulfill the certification requirements, students must complete the required number of courses for the certificate, the number of hours of work experience required for the certificate, pass the reading and writing portions of the TASP, and teach at least two years on an emergency teaching certificate in an approved applied technology education program at the secondary school level (grades 8-12).
Students who plan to obtain certification in any of the applied technology certification programs should contact a faculty adviser in the department before taking any course work to ensure that they have the necessary qualifications to complete the certification program and to complete the required statement of qualifications form to be filed with the Student Advising Office in the College of Education (Matthews Hall, Room 105).
Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.
Certifications are under revision by the State Board for Educator Certification. Students should consult the department for current information.
Teachers holding the IPT Level One endorsement will qualify to teach computer literacy in the middle grades. Beyond preparing educators to teach computer literacy, the program provides skills basic to the use of computing and technology throughout education. The endorsement provides educators in various positions with a means for documenting preparation related to information processing. For example, supervisors, program coordinators and district-level administrators are now able to verify preparation in this area beyond their required credential. Education service personnel, library/media specialists and teachers with credentials in traditional curriculum areas and programs may use IPT endorsement to document competency in the area of computing and technology. Course work for IPT endorsement is available through undergraduate- or graduate-level areas.
Course requirements for IPT endorsements are:
Courses in special education leading to teacher certification credentials are offered at the graduate level. See the Graduate Catalog for additional information.
In some field experiences, work-study programs also are available.
Students interested in graduate studies should consult the Graduate Catalog.
For further information on certification, consult the Graduate Catalog.
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