Technology & Engineering Education
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Solve problems. Learn by doing. Inspire others.
Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.)
The Technology & Engineering Education program (TECE) is a teacher training program for individuals who desire to teach a broad range of courses in Pre-K to grade 12 technology & engineering education. The 4-year program is comprised of general education courses to support a liberal arts foundation, technical courses to build content knowledge, and professional courses that immerse students in field experiences with Pre-K to grade 12 students, including a full-time student teaching semester.
- An optional Engineering Design Education concentration (TECE-ENGD) is available to build deeper understanding and expertise for STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) education.
- An optional Inclusive Education concentration (TECE-INED) is also available to prepare you for dual certification in Technology & Engineering Education and Special Education.
Graduates are eligible for Pennsylvania teacher certification in Technology Education which enables them to teach all courses in this content area such as computer-aided drafting and design (CADD), graphic communication, manufacturing and materials, STEM, engineering design, energy and power, transportation, electronics, automation/robotics, and much more. Many states have reciprocity with Pennsylvania, which generally enables graduates to apply for certification there once they have the Pennsylvania certification.
Master of Science in Technology & Innovation (MS)
The Master of Science in Technology & Innovation program provides opportunities for continued professional growth of technology & engineering education teachers. Courses are required in educational research, philosophy, and psychology.
The Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology offers a certification program for individuals seeking to become technology & engineering education teachers, but do not need to complete a second four-year degree. People with existing undergraduate degrees may elect to seek certification on either a graduate or undergraduate level.
Alumni Spotlight: Technology & Engineering Education
REbecca Nelson: Technology & Engineering Teacher
Governor Mifflin High School
What I do in my role: I am currently teaching courses that range from robotics to material processing to engineering and I am learning so much. Being that I see a wide array of students with different interests every day, my job will never get boring. Not a day goes by that my classes are not up, out of their seats applying what they learned, and it is amazing to see students so involved in their work. As an added perk, I also get to play with CNC routers, laser engravers, and 3D printers, so life is pretty good!
What I would like a prospective technology education major to know about the profession: When you are a technology education teacher, you are very different from any other teacher. Sure you will still make lesson plans and enter grades, but what you do and what you teach is unique. For some students, your class may be the only thing they look forward to in the day. It may be an outlet. It may be the only reason they come to school. Not every student will feel this way, and bad days will still exist, but it is so rewarding in the end. Seeing a student, with no prior experience, create something they are proud of because of what you taught them…you can’t get that feeling in any other profession.
Adam Kennedy: Technology & Engineering Teacher
Cocalico Middle School
What I do in my role: At Cocalico, I teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade students the basic processes associated with the engineering design process and problem-solving strategies. We build all sorts of awesome projects like paper roller coasters, catapults, trebuchets, foam boats, cars, and so much more. It is extremely fun to help students learn to work with their hands, to think outside of the box, and solve a technical problem in ways they haven’t even thought about before they took your class. I love what I do because there is never a day that is exactly the same, and I love being able to help students make their ideas into a physical product. I truly couldn’t imagine doing anything else, and I am really thankful that I chose to be a teacher!
What would you like a prospective Technology Education Major to know about teaching? While teaching can be very difficult and you will most certainly have struggles, there is nothing as rewarding as being a teacher, specifically a Technology Education teacher. You get to interact with students in ways that other teachers just don’t, as you get to show them how awesome it is to work with their hands, solve problems and construct awesome projects. It is an amazing feeling to be a positive role model in the lives of kids, and helping them to find new interests in technological fields. There is no greater feeling than being a teacher!
Lauren Coker: Technology & Engineering Teacher
Cinnaminson High School
What I do in my role: At Cinnaminson High School, I developed the Technology Education Program from scratch, designing and writing the curriculum for three new Technology Education courses, entitled, Design Thinking, Applications of Design, and Engineering Design. These courses aim to strengthen students' technological literacy, foster their creativity, and encourage critical thinking. The sequence of these courses allows students to strengthen their ability to apply and document the design process, effectively use tools, equipment, and software, and investigate the designed worlds of technology. Students, at each level, are tasked with solving real-world problems, which requires them to empathize with populations, conduct investigations, and use divergent thinking to develop solutions. In February 2019, I presented my program to the Cinnaminson Board of Education and was recognized for the program's success.
What would you like a prospective Technology & Engineering Education major to know about teaching? As a Technology and Engineering Educator, I believe that our specialty allows us to continuously make real-world connections in and out of the classroom. Technology evolves and shapes the world we live in on a daily basis. It is our responsibility to ensure that our students recognize technology as a tool to develop innovative solutions, and are well equipped to analyze the risks and benefits associated with technological advancements. Students also need to establish the technical know-how to navigate and lead in the 21st-century world they’re inheriting. It is critical that as educators, we provide students the opportunity to investigate these technologies through hands-on experiences and the integration of STEM in an environment that cultivates creativity, risk-taking, and growth. It is essential that we instill these characteristics in our students for them to be successful in STEM careers and 21st-century careers.
Marie Leatherman: Technology & Engineering Teacher
Cumberland Valley School District
6th, 7th, and 8th-grade Materials/Production
My experiences at Millersville University allowed me to discover what kind of teacher I wanted to be and how to significantly impact students as they walk into my classroom.
Hours of Operation
7:30am - 4:00pm Monday through Friday
Experience And Success
Jana Zinn Bonds (Class of 2008)
Jana says, “It is never a dull moment with middle school students and it is a joy to see the excitement they get from discovering the world of technology and engineering.” Jana teaches 6th-8th grade Technology & Engineering at Emory H. Markle Intermediate in the South Western School District. Her curriculum covers a broad range of topics including materials processing, energy conservation, robotics, engineering design, manufacturing, and digital media. Jana stays active by serving as a Technology Student Association (TSA) advisor and her school won the Program of Excellence award in 2011-2012.
Top 3 Reasons to Choose Technology & Engineering Education
- Job prospects for Technology & Engineering Education teachers are exceptional, with more positions offered than there are graduates to fill them.
- Teachers make a difference. A good Technology & Engineering Education teacher can positively influence thousands of students in a lifetime.
- Technology & Engineering Education teachers work in a creative and dynamic learning environment with opportunities to solve problems, build solutions, and inspire others.
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Dr. Sharon Brusic is the program coordinator for the undergraduate Technology & Engineering Education programs. Please email Dr. Brusic if you have any questions about the Technology & Engineering Education programs, or if you would like more information. Her email address is: Sharon.Brusic@millersville.edu
Dr. Scott Warner is the program coordinator for the Master of Education in Technology & Innovation program. Please email Dr. Warner if you have any questions about the graduate program, or if you would like more information. His email address is: Scott.Warner@millersville.edu.
Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology is housed in Osburn Hall. The sixteen major lab areas are listed below. Each major lab has one or more support labs connected to it.
- 3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping
- Automation & Robotics
- Computer-Aided Design & Drafting
- Confined Space & Ventilation
- Digital Publishing
- Design & Drafting
- Energy, Power, Transportation
- Fire Protection & Hazardous Materials
- Industrial Hygiene
- Polymers & Ceramics
- Print Production
- Safety Engineering