Why Technology Education

What you need to know to get started.

What is technology education?

Technology Education is the subject area where students learn:

  • technological literacy - what technology is, how technology works, and how it is applied to benefit mankind
  • engineering design processes - how engineers plan, organize, and solve technological problems
  • mental processes of the technologist - how practitioners in technological occupations approach the process of solving technological problems
  • cultural and societal implications of technology - how technology has influenced our culture and society

At the University of Georgia, students majoring in Technology Education are preparing to become teachers of Technology Education within grades K-12, with primary emphasis on the upper grades.

What will you learn in technology education?

Technology Education is comprised of several major content areas that incorporate the broad spectrum of how technology is being used to solve problems within society. Content areas include the history and nature of technology, engineering design, developing and producing products and systems, using and managing technology, and assessing the impact and consequences of technology. Along with these conceptual areas, students will learn about physical technology, informational technology, and the strategies engineers use to solve problems as well as the various means and methods of teaching about technology.

The following are areas of learning you will experience in Technology Education courses:

  • how materials are processed and converted to usable objects
  • the use of computers in industry and design
  • how mechanical, electrical, fluid/pneumatic, and thermal systems work together
  • how graphics are created and materials are printed
  • how engineers design products
  • how technology is impacting on societies
  • how products are manufactured
  • how an industrial company operates
  • what power and energy sources are and how to conserve energy
  • what materials are available for use in the manufacturing industry
  • the processes used in construction
  • how to problem solve using mental methods of inquiry used by technologists
  • instructional strategies used to teach technology education
  • history, philosophy, and trends of the technology education profession
  • technological careers available in business and industry

What will you do in class?

Class and laboratory work incorporates a variety of instructional strategies which encourage a hands-on/minds-on approach to learning.

Laboratory experiences will involve:

  • researching and designing engineering based solutions to technological problems
  • operation of tools and equipment in the various technical content areas
  • development of plans for manufacturing products
  • developing graphics and technical drawings
  • experimenting with electrical circuits and devices
  • experimentation with various types of power sources
  • controlling of technical systems through mechanical, electrical, fluid/pneumatic, and thermal components

Various technical processes will be performed on a wide range of materials: metals, plastics, ceramics, wood, and composites. You will be involved in individual activities, as well as some group activities during the process of your course work. Problem solving activities will be incorporated throughout the various courses.

What career options will be open to you?

Technology Education at the University of Georgia prepares you to be a certified teacher of Technology Education in public schools. Currently, there is a high demand for qualified technology teachers throughout the entire United States and numerous teaching positions are available in Georgia. UGA is well known for its outstanding graduates in Technology Education and in many other fields as well.

In addition to teacher qualifications, graduates of the Technology Education Program are held in high regard by business and industry. With the broad technical background that students receive in Technology Education, some students also find employment as managers, trainers, or in other key positions in business and industry.

Technology Coordinator positions are new opportunities some technology teachers are pursuing. Recent initiatives within schools to acquire high-tech equipment for use in classroom instruction have created a tremendous need for technical expertise in the use of state-of-the-art learning technology. Certified technology teachers are knowledgeable in the use of this type of equipment and may find this career avenue to be intriguing, challenging and valuable.

Testimonials

The broad range of technical skills and knowledge I gained during college gave me a foundation to build upon as the field has grown and changed. The decision to major in Technology Education has proven to be a very good one!
- Cameron Smith, Ed.D. 2007

The engineering design process I learned through class projects helped me solve contextual problems in the field.
- Chris Olmsted, B.S.Ed. 2008

The technology education program has given me the tools that will allow me to help solve problems faced in our world.
- Jason Bedgood, B.S.Ed. 2009

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