THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION (ISTE)
Educational Computing and Technology Standards
Educational computing and technology (ECT) is an emerging field, which encompasses many sub-disciplines. This field includes knowledge about and use of computers and related technologies in (1) integration of technology and curriculum to support learning; (2) delivery, development, prescription, and assessment of instruction; (3) effective use of computers as an aid to problem solving; (4) school and classroom management; (5) educational research; (6) electronic information access and exchange; (7) personal and professional productivity; (8) technical assistance and leadership; and (9) computer science education.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) recognizes that educational computing and technology foundations (NETS for Teachers) are essential for all teachers. ISTE also acknowledges educational computing and technology specialty areas beyond these foundations and has established program standards for initial and advanced programs. These program standards will assist teacher education units, and professional organizations and agencies in understanding and evaluating the educational preparation needed for specialization within the field.
These programs will prepare candidates to keep abreast of changes in educational computing and technology and their impact on education. In addition, candidates will be equipped to utilize and integrate a broad range of educational computing and technology applications to enhance student learning. Finally, candidates will be prepared to work effectively as professional leaders to advance their specific fields within a culturally diverse society.
ISTE has developed performance assessment standards for initial and advanced educational computing and technology programs including: (1) the technology facilitation initial endorsement; (2) the technology leadership advanced program; and (3) the secondary computer science education preparation programs. Institutions offering one or more of these programs should respond to the corresponding set of program standards.
Technology Facilitation (TF) -- Initial Endorsement Standards
Technology Facilitation (TF) endorsement programs meeting ISTE standards prepare candidates to
serve as building/campus-level technology facilitators. Candidates completing this program will
exhibit knowledge, skills, and dispositions equipping them to teach technology applications;
demonstrate effective use of technology to support student learning of content; and provide
professional development, mentoring, and basic technical assistance for other teachers who require
support in their efforts to apply technology to support student learning. (Revised Fall 2001)
Technology Leadership (TL) -- Advanced Program Standards
Technology Leadership (TL) advanced programs meeting ISTE standards prepare candidates to
serve as technology directors, coordinators, or specialists. Special preparation in computing
systems, facilities planning and management, instructional program development, staff development,
and other advanced applications of technology to support student learning and assessment will
prepare candidates to serve in technology-related leadership positions at district, regional, and/or
state levels. (Revised Fall 2001)
Secondary Computer Science Education (CSED) -- Endorsement/Degree Program Standards
Secondary Computer Science Education programs meeting ISTE standards prepare candidates to
serve as Teachers of computer science in secondary schools. They focus on preparing their
students in the more technical aspects of computing such as problem analysis, algorithm selection
and evaluation; program design, implementation, specification, and verification; and systems
analysis. (Revised 1997 -- Slated for Revision, Fall 2002)