IT Undergraduate Programs

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The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education provides a curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Instructional Technology with three areas of emphasis:  Administrative Communication, Business Technology Education, and Instructional Technology & Design.  In addition to the general education core, coursework in Instructional Technology focuses on the use of technology in a variety of settings.  Through the diversified emphasis areas, the department provides the student with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed to work in technological environments in business, industry, government, and education.  Graduates of the program have secured employment as secondary and postsecondary educators, instructional technologists, program designers, curriculum developers, business/industry trainers, office managers, administrative assistants, administrative support specialists, word processing specialists, and other related positions.

Students desiring entry into secondary teacher education programs must attain the minimum scores set by the Mississippi Department of Education on the ACT (Composite score of 21 with no subscore below 18 prior to enrollment in higher education), or SAT (860, verbal plus quantitative), or Praxis I subscales or Computerized PPST: Reading (172), Writing (173), and Mathematics (172), or Praxis I (CBT): Reading (316), Writing (318), and Mathematics (314).

General degree program objectives include the following

  • Utilizing current and emerging technology to improve the teaching and learning processes
  • Creating a systematic approach toward designing, developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating the integration of technology into instruction and office environments
  • Equipping individuals with knowledge, skills, attitudes, and work habits essential for initial employment in the technological environment of today’s business world and/or success in the school environment

The learning objectives for Administrative Communication include the following:

  • Students will demonstrate written and oral communication skills appropriate for future professional development
  • Students will integrate technological and problem-solving skills necessary for career success in business or industry
  • Students will demonstrate human relations skills and gain knowledge in cultural diversity
  • Students will apply administrative communications skills in professional settings
  • Students will enter the workforce or higher education within 6 months of graduation

The learning objectives for Business Technology Education include the following:

  • Students will demonstrate written and oral communication skills appropriate for future business technology educators
  • Students will integrate technological and problem-solving skills necessary for success in business and technology classroom
  • Students will apply teaching/learning theories to develop pedagogical strategies, techniques for integrating technology into instruction, assessment and evaluative strategies, and classroom management techniques
  • Students will integrate and apply skills through a field-based experience in secondary business technology education
  • Students will enter the workforce or higher education within 6 months of graduation

The learning objectives for Instructional Technology and Design include the following:

  • Students will apply design skills toward the development of a project and/or program.
  • Students will develop effective instructional or training materials using a variety of technology tools
  • Students will apply different software and hardware to develop technology-based projects
  • Students will demonstrate oral and written communication skills that will assist in future professional development in technology-related fields

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