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Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Challenge

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The 2017 National Educational Technology Plan calls for reflection and action on how educators prepare our nation’s pre-service educators with the goal of ensuring every new teacher is prepared to meaningfully use technology to support student learning. A group of innovators across multiple sectors within the education field participated in a summit in June 2016. In an effort led by the United States Department of Education (ED), the event culminated in the creation of four guiding principles for the use of educational technology in teacher preparation:

  1. Focus on the active use of technology to enable learning and teaching through creation, production, and problem solving.
  2. Build sustainable, program-wide systems of professional learning for higher education instructors to strengthen and continually refresh their capacity to use technological tools to enable transformative learning and teaching.
  3. Ensure pre-service teachers’ experiences with educational technology are program-deep and program-wide rather than one-off courses separate from their methods courses.
  4. Align efforts with research-based standards, frameworks, and credentials recognized across the field.

Since the summit, stakeholders across the teacher preparation field have made strides to better support our pre-service teachers by giving them the skills necessary to meaningfully use technology in their classrooms and support student learning on their first day as an in-service educator.

Summit attendees came together in four working groups to identify ways to advance the four guiding principles:

  1. Active Use of Technology
  2. Program-Deep and System-Wide
  3. Research-Based Competencies and Credentials
    • Teacher Educator Technology Competencies (TETCs)– The Teacher Educator Technology Competencies (TETCs) were developed to support the redesign of teaching in teacher education programs so that ALL teacher educators are prepared to model and integrate technology in their teaching.
  4. Sustainable Systems of Professional Development for Higher Education Faculty


Institutions that have accepted the challenge

The institutions below took the Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation challenge and publicly committed to working toward the four guiding principles of educational technology in teacher preparation.

  • University of Alabama, AL
  • The University of Montevallo, AL
  • Arizona State University, AZ
  • Aspire Teacher Residency, CA
  • CSU’s CalStateTEACH, CA
  • Stanford University, CA
  • University of La Verne, CA
  • University of California Berkeley, CA
  • University of Southern California, CA
  • University of Northern Colorado, CO
  • Saint Leo University, FL
  • Georgia State University, GA
  • Savannah State University, GA
  • University of Northern Iowa, IA
  • Governors State University, IL
  • Lewis University, IL
  • National Louis University, IL
  • Ball State University, IN
  • Indiana State University, IN
  • Emporia State University, KS
  • Fort Hays State University, KS
  • Murray State University, KY
  • University of Kentucky, KY
  • Louisiana Tech University, LA
  • Bridgewater State University, MA
  • Towson University, MD
  • Alma College, MI

  • University of Michigan, MI
  • Bethel University, MN
  • Concordia College, MN
  • Concordia University – St. Paul, MN
  • University of Minnesota, MN
  • Park University, MO
  • Southeast Missouri State University, MO
  • Montana State University, MT
  • University of Montana, MT
  • Elon University, NC
  • NC State University, NC
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC
  • Dickinson State University, ND
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln, NE
  • New England College, NH
  • Kean University, NJ
  • Pillar College, NJ
  • Brooklyn College, NY
  • Ithaca College, NY
  • Metropolitan College of New York, NY
  • St. John Fisher College, NY
  • State University of New York at New Paltz, NY
  • University at Albany, NY
  • University at Buffalo, SUNY, NY
  • York College of the City Univ. of New York, NY
  • Antioch University Midwest, OH
  • Bowling Green State University, OH

  • Cleveland State University, OH
  • The Ohio State University, OH
  • Oral Roberts University, OK
  • University of Oklahoma, OK
  • Arcadia University, PA
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, PA
  • Grove City College, PA
  • Keystone College, PA
  • Kutztown University, PA
  • Misericordia University, PA
  • Saint Vincent College, PA
  • Seton Hill University, PA
  • University of Scranton, PA
  • The Citadel, SC
  • Francis Marion University, SC
  • Limestone College, SC
  • Stephen F. Austin State University, SC
  • University of South Dakota, SD
  • Tennessee State University, TN
  • Tennessee Technological University, TN
  • University of TN, Knoxville, TN
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, TX
  • University of Texas at Austin, TX
  • College of William & Mary, VA
  • University of Washington, WA
  • Silver Lake College, WI
  • University of Wyoming, WY

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