Department of Technology and Cognition

Main Office

Matthews Hall, 304

P.O. Box 311337

Denton, TX 76203-1337

(940) 565-2093

Fax: (940) 565-2185

Web site: www.tac.unt.edu

Jon I. Young, Chair

Faculty

Professors Bullock, Ditzenberger, McCallon, Norris, Poirot, Sarkees-Wircenski, Schumacker, Thomas, J. Wircenski, Young. Associate Professors Brookshire, Ennis-Cole, Hildreth, Holcomb, Knezek, Sayler, Schlieve. Assistant Professors Allen, Callahan, Mortensen, Pemberton, Rademacher, Tyler-Wood, Walker. Lecturers Mayes, Whitworth.

Programs of Study

The Department of Technology and Cognition offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

The undergraduate program of study leads to a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree with a major in occupational training and development.

The program of applied technology, training and development offers a curriculum of teacher certification and administration in occupational training and development. There are 5 applied technology certification programs. Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences offers options in general technology, trade and industrial technology, and office technology. The undergraduate programs prepare students for careers in education, business, industry and government.

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

Major in Occupational Training and Development

Students may select a non-teaching or teaching program in occupational training and development.

Non-Teaching Program

This degree program is designed for students who desire to complete a baccalaureate degree after completing an occupational specialization program in a junior/community college or four-year institution. It provides an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree for students who were enrolled in or who have graduated from an applied technology program.

Degree Requirements for the BAAS with a Major in Occupational Training and Development (Non-Teaching)

Candidates for the BAAS must meet the following requirements.

1. Hours for the Degree: Completion of a minimum of 127 total semester hours; 42 hours must be advanced.

2. General University Requirements: See "General Degree Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog.

3. University Core Curriculum: 47

See "University Core Curriculum Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog for additional information.

4. Major Requirements:

5. Minor: A minor is not required for this degree.

6. Other Course Requirements: Students must complete a minimum of 42 hours of advanced work (3000- or 4000-level courses) selected to enhance their professional development.

7. Electives: See individual degree plan.

8. Other Requirements:

Summary of Degree Requirements:

Occupational Training and Development: 78

Core:

English 6

Mathematics 3

Natural Sciences 8

History 6

Political Science 6

Wellness 3

Visual and Performing Arts 3

Humanities 3

Social and Behavioral Sciences 3

Communication (fulfilled in major) 3

Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies 3

Note:

42 hours must be advanced.

24 of the last 30 hours must be completed at UNT.

Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

Supplemental Information for the BAAS with a Major in Occupational Training and Development (Non-Teaching)

Occupational Specialization, 36 Hours

Non-teaching majors must select one of three specializations in occupational training and development: general technology, trade and industrial technology or office technology.

All non-teaching BAAS students must complete 36 semester hours of course work in their occupational specialization. They may be completed in an applied technology program at the community college or in occupational training and development courses at the university level.

Students should contact a faculty adviser in the department to determine the 36 semester hours of course work needed to complete the occupational specialization section of the degree plan.

Career Development Courses, 42 Hours

Non-teaching BAAS students in occupational training and development must complete 42 semester hours of 3000- and 4000-level course work in the career development sections of the degree plan. All students must complete the following 24 hours of course work under the professional development section of the degree plan.

General technology, trade and industrial technology and office technology option students must complete 18 semester hours of additional course work in the career development section of the degree plan. These courses must be selected in consultation with an adviser in the program.

Teaching Program

Students planning teaching careers in business education may complete the program of study for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in office skills.

The teaching option provides the curriculum requirements needed to obtain a Business Composite Teaching Certificate. A minimum of 132 semester hours is required for completion of the degree program. A minimum GPA of 2.75 on all course work is required for all teacher education programs.

The Business Composite teaching option, outlined below, meets all the standards for Texas teacher certification.

Degree Requirements for the BAAS with a Major in Occupational Training and Development (Business Composite - Teaching)

Candidates for the BAAS must meet the following requirements.

1. Hours for the Degree: Completion of minimum of 131-134 total semester hours; 42 hours must be advanced.

2. General University Requirements: See "General Degree Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog.

3. University Core Curriculum: 47 hours

See "University Core Curriculum Requirements" in the Academics section of this catalog for additional information.

4. Major Requirements:

*If a student wants to attain the IPT endorsement, which currently permits the teaching of Computer Literacy at the middle school level, CECS 1100, 3440, and 4100 can be substituted for ATTD 4300 (Computer Applications in Education and Training), ATTD 4340 (Office Information Processes), and ATTD 4350 (Advanced Computer Applications in Education and Training). This decision should be made, however, before the student's degree plan is prepared.

**The 12 hours of ATTD 4800 should be chosen in consultation with an adviser.

5. Minor: A minor is not required for this degree.

6. Electives: 3 hours ATTD.

7. Other Course Requirements: ECON 1100.

8. Other Requirements:

a. A minimum grade of C in each education course is required. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in all education courses is required.

b. If an instructor in any class judges a student to be deficient in personal qualities or communication skills, the student will be referred to the department Admission, Review and Dismissal Committee. If the ARD Committee agrees that a student is deficient, the student will receive a grade of I in the course. The I will be removed when the committee decides the student is no longer deficient.

c. Students are encouraged to file a degree plan at the earliest possible date after enrolling at UNT. The degree plan must be filed no later than the first semester of the junior year.

Summary of Degree Requirements:

Teaching Field: 51

Professional Education: 21

Other Requirements: 3

Electives: 3

Core:

English 6

Mathematics 3

Natural Sciences 8

History 6

Political Science 6

Wellness 3

Visual and Performing Arts 3

Humanities 3

Social and Behavioral Sciences 3

Communication 3

Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies 3

Note:

42 hours must be advanced.

24 of the last 30 hours must be completed at UNT.

Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

Degree Requirements for the BAAS with a Major in Occupational Training and Development (Applied Technology - Teaching)

Candidates for the BAAS must meet the following requirements.

1. Hours for the Degree: Completion of a minimum of 127 total semester hours; 42 hours must be advanced.

2. General University Requirements: See "General Degree Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog.

3. University Core Curriculum: 47 hours.

See "Degree Requirements for the BAAS with a Major in Occupational Training and Development (Non-Teaching)."

4. Major Requirements:

5. Minor: A minor is not required for this degree.

6. Other Course Requirements: Students must complete a minimum of 42 hours of advanced work (3000- or 4000-level courses) selected to enhance their professional development.

7. Electives: See individual degree plan.

8. Other Requirements:

A minimum overall GPA of 2.50 is required for graduation.

BAAS students in occupational training and development may complete course work requirements for applied technology certification in marketing education, office education and trade and industrial education.
To fulfill the certification requirements, students must complete the Texas government course, the required number of courses for the certificate, the number of hours of work experience required for the certificate, the TECAT and teach at least two years on an emergency certificate in an approved applied technology education program at the secondary level.

The course work requirements for each of the applied technology certification programs are listed in this section. Students who plan to obtain certification in any of the applied technology certification programs should contact a faculty adviser in the department before taking any course work to ensure that they have the needed qualifications to complete the certification program.

Marketing Education

Students who plan to fulfill the requirements for marketing education certification must work with a faculty adviser in completing the required statement of qualifications form to be filed with the Student Advising Office in the College of Education. The course work requirements include the following.

Office Education

Students who plan to fulfill the requirements for office education certification must work with a faculty adviser in completing the required statement of qualifications form to be filed with the Student Advising Office in the College of Education. The course work requirements include the following.

Trade and Industrial Education

Students who plan to fulfill the requirements for trade and industrial education certification must work with a faculty adviser to complete the required statement of qualifications form to be filed with the Student Advising Office in the College of Education. The course work requirements include the following.

Summary of Degree Requirements:

Occupational Training and Development: 78

Core:

English 6

Mathematics 3

Natural Sciences 8

History 6

Political Science 6

Wellness 3

Visual and Performing Arts 3

Humanities 3

Social and Behavioral Sciences 3

Communication (fulfilled in major) 3

Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies 3

Note:

42 hours must be advanced.

24 of the last 30 hours must be completed at UNT.

Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

Degree Plan

All BAAS students should have an approved degree plan on file in the College of Education Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105, as early as possible but not later than the beginning of the final 30 hours of courses. A degree plan worksheet is completed by the student's faculty adviser and the student. The worksheet is signed by the department chair and submitted to the College of Education Student Advising Office, where the official degree plan is completed for the student.

Computer Education and Cognitive Systems

The program of computer education and cognitive systems offers a number of elective and service courses designed to enhance the preparation of classroom teachers by providing opportunities for them to learn to integrate technology in the classroom.

Information Processing Technology Endorsement

The program in computer education and cognitive systems offers Texas Education Agency Level One and Level Two Information Processing Technology (IPT) endorsements. These endorsements are intended to document levels of competency in the area of educational applications of information processing technologies with an emphasis on computing technology.

Teachers holding the IPT Level One endorsement will qualify to teach computer literacy at the junior high level. Beyond preparing educators to teach computer literacy, the program provides skills basic to the use of computing and technology throughout education. The endorsement provides educators in various positions with a means for documenting preparation related to information processing. For example, supervisors, program coordinators and district-level administrators are now able to verify preparation in this area beyond their required credential. Education service personnel, library/media specialists and teachers with credentials in traditional curriculum areas and programs may use IPT endorsement to document competency in the area of computing and technology.

Level One endorsement requires a minimum of 9 semester hours, and Level Two requires at least 15 hours. A passing score on the ExCET in Information Processing Technology also is required to finish the endorsement. Course work for IPT endorsement is available through undergraduate- or graduate-level areas.

Special Education

The program in special education offers a course of study leading to the generic special education service delivery system endorsement in conjunction with provisional elementary or secondary certification. This course of study is primarily for those whose career goals are oriented toward the teaching profession.

Though the total number of hours required for a degree varies within the elementary and secondary education programs, the special education course of study consists of 24 hours of field experience and course work, plus student teaching at the appropriate level in the professional sequence. Student teaching is divided between regular classroom and special education settings. For further information about the elementary and secondary education certification programs, consult the appropriate sections of this catalog.

Students who wish to pursue a generic special education service delivery, endorsement or teaching field must coordinate their degree programs through the Department of Technology and Cognition and the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. Formal degree plans are filed through the Department of Teacher Education and Administration.

Students also must be advised through the special education program so their course of study is clearly defined. Coordination of course work is necessary to ensure timely graduation.

Course work leading to generic special education service delivery, endorsement or teaching field is built into the course of study. Completion of courses, however, does not guarantee certification. Certification is the responsibility of the Texas Education Agency and requires mastery as demonstrated by a proficiency examination.

Educational Research

Courses in educational research are offered only at the graduate level. See the Graduate Catalog for additional information.

Scholarships

The Danny Miles Scholarship is awarded annually to an education major/special education minor. Applicants must exhibit a desire to work with exceptional youth in a community setting. The scholarship has a value of $300. Applications should be made through Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

In some field experiences, work-study programs also are available.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Technology and Cognition offers programs of study leading to both master's and doctoral degrees. Students interested in graduate studies should consult the Graduate Catalog.

Students may seek a Master of Science degree in either applied technology, training and development or computer education and cognitive systems or a Master of Education in applied technology, training and development.

A comprehensive curriculum for teacher training, career investigation, administrator preparation, and training and development is offered.

Students also may study for a Master of Education in special education.

Doctor of Philosophy degrees with majors in applied technology, training and development, educational research and special education are available and the Doctor of Education with a major in applied technology, training and development also is available.

Graduate Applied Technology Certification Programs

The department offers applied technology certification programs in the following areas: administration and supervision, career investigation, office education, job placement, marketing education, trade and industrial education, and health science technology.

For further information on certification, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

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