Curriculum and Programs
Technology Education includes study of the nature of technology,
technology and society, technological design, and the designed world.
Technology Education programs focus on technologies in the areas of
medical, agricultural and related biotechnology, energy and power, information
and communication, transportation, manufacturing, and construction.
Technology Education emphasizes technological problem solving, decision
making and the application of knowledge from other areas of the curriculum,
especially Mathematics and Science.
National & International Trends
The National Science Foundation and NASA have funded a national
Technology Education Standards project entitled “Standards for Technological
Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology”, published by the International
Technology Education Association. The standards are outlined for grades K-12.
Most states have standards and requirements for Technology Education
including New York (Math, Science, Technology), Pennsylvania (Science and
Technology), Maryland (Technology stand-alone), and Connecticut (Technology
Most states have a standard teaching license for Technology Education.
Several other countries including Australia, Canada, France, Taiwan and
the United Kingdom have standards and requirements for Technology Education at
elementary and secondary levels.
There is an international association for Technology Education
professionals, the International Technology Education Association.
There is a national association for Technology Education students, the
Technology Students Association.
There is a national association for Technology Education college
students, the Technology Education Collegiate Association.
New Jersey State Trends
Technology Education standards are absent from the New Jersey State Core
Some standards that address the content of Technology are scattered
throughout the New Jersey State Core Curriculum.
However, these standards do not address the entire body of knowledge of
Technology Education, nor are they required to be taught by persons trained in
the field of Technology Education.
There is no standard license for “Teacher of Technology Education”
available in New Jersey.
Teachers that are currently teaching Technology Education programs in New
Jersey are doing so with an Industrial Arts or other license.
Since the mid-1980’s, students that graduate from NCATE and NASDTEC
approved Technology Education college programs and sit for the Praxis exam in
Technology Education receive an Industrial Arts license from the New Jersey
Department of Education.
Technology Education is not
itself a required area of study for graduation from New Jersey high schools.
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