Business & Information Technology Education
The mission of the Business and Information Technology Education program is to prepare exemplary educators in business, computer, and marketing education. Forecasters reveal that the workplace will continue to become more dependent on workers who have skills in computer hardware and software, have knowledge in business and computer systems, and display the attitude to continue to learn and grow. Students who elect the teacher-training specialty in the Information Systems department are entering into an arena where they have an opportunity to impact this future by preparing their students to compete for and enter the dynamic, global work environment.
The Business and Information Technology Education program is designed for those students who are seeking certification to teach business, computer, and marketing courses in Grades 5-12. By completing this program, students are earning the Kentucky Business and Marketing Education certification. An endorsement (18 hours) also may be completed for teaching computer science.
Students completing the program should acquire the following competencies:
- Formulate objectives, courses of study, and evaluation criteria for a business and information technology education curriculum in grades 5-12.
- Demonstrate the ability to use a variety of teaching methods and effective classroom management techniques in the business and information technology education classroom.
- Infuse technology effectively into course content in the grades 5-12 classroom.
Students completing the program should be able to teach the following concepts as approved by the Kentucky Department of Education:
- Develop career awareness and related skills to enable students to make viable career choices and become employable in a variety of business and marketing careers.
- Communicate effectively as writers, listeners, and speakers in business and marketing settings.
- Use accounting procedures to make decisions about planning, organizing, and allocating resources.
- Analyze and interpret the legal system as it affects consumers, producers, and/or entrepreneurs.
- Practice economic literacy through the development of economic skills, a knowledge of social and government responsibility, and an understanding of business and marketing operations.
- Select and apply tools of technology as they relate to business and marketing situations.
- Manage data from all of the functional areas of business and marketing needed to make effective management decisions.
- Demonstrate entrepreneurial skills drawing from a general understanding of all aspects of business and marketing.
- Describe the interrelationships of different functional areas of business and marketing and the impact of one component on another.
- Apply marketing functions as they relate to products and services.
- Develop the ability to participate in business and marketing transactions in both domestic and international arenas.
Overall GPA of 2.5 for admission to and retention in the Teacher Education Program
Surveys of secondary supervisors of student teachers
Surveys of graduates
Exit proficiency examinations
Development of a teaching portfolio