The technology education program prepares graduates for K-12 technology education teaching certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The program was one of the first in the nation to be accredited and receive national recognition by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The program is also accredited by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's (ITEEA) Council on Technology Teacher Education (CTTE). The program has an established international reputation for excellence, having received the Outstanding Technology Teacher Education Program Award from the ITEA/CTTE as well as numerous state and federal grants. Recent grant projects in the technology education program include:
- Invention, Innovation and Inquiry (I3);
- Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania;
- Robotics Corridor Project;
- Robotics Technology Workforce Leadership Grant; and
- TECH (Technology and Engineering Coalition to Heighten) Awareness Project.
Many graduates distinguish themselves in industrial and government positions. Some graduates own and operate their own successful businesses. Small class sizes, individual advising and supervised field experiences with children are the strengths of the program. Majors must successfully complete one semester of student teaching, including classroom experience at two grade levels. Certification to teach K-12 is awarded upon graduation and completion of state certification requirements. The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Career Services office actively aids students seeking teaching positions.
Currently, there is a significant shortage of technology education teachers within Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. This has resulted in the program having excellent placement rates. The Cal U Career Services office reports more than six openings per graduate during the past year. Ninety-eight percent of technology education graduates have been employed within six months after graduation during the past five years. Most graduates report receiving multiple offers. The shortage of teachers is projected to continue for the next six to 10 years.
Technology education majors are required to complete a series of laboratory classes related to the technological systems of communication, construction, manufacturing and transportation. In these laboratory courses, students develop skills in the safety and appropriate use of tools, materials and processes as they design, produce, use and evaluate technological systems.
Technology education includes the study of selected technological systems that explore the solutions of technological problems and their associated social and environmental impacts. Computer applications using current software and support devices are emphasized. Students interact extensively with the universal systems model. Once equipped with an extensive understanding of the four technological systems and the universal systems model, students have the opportunity to evaluate the social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts of technology.
Technology Education Student Club
The technology education student club is TEAC (Technology Education Association of California). TEAC activities focus on professional development and community service. The club sponsors trips to various conferences to compete against similar programs from across the country. In recent years, TEAC members have taken first-place honors in academic competitions at the eastern U.S. regional and international conferences of the Technology Education Collegiate Association.
Technology Education Scholarships
The Donald Maley Technology Education Scholarship, the Technology Education Association of Pennsylvania William J. Wilkinson Scholarship, the Technology Education Faculty Scholarship, the John C. McCrory Memorial Technology Education Scholarship, the Dr. John H. Lucy and Mrs. Dorothy Valla Lucy Technology Education Scholarship, the Bernard J. and Marguerite S. Singer Technology Education Scholarship, the Dr. Lawrence C. Miller Technology Education Scholarship, the Dr. Jay D. Helsel Applied Engineering and Technology Endowed Scholarship, the California Dreamin' Scholarship, and the TSA (Technology Student Association) Scholarship are available. All are one-time scholarships. For applications, visit the Applied Engineering and Technology Department office or contact any of the technology education faculty or staff members.