The social studies teacher preparation program described in this article is a 5th-year Masters of Education degree and licensure program—a graduate program preceded by a 4-year history or social science education degree offered by the College of Liberal Arts. The social studies graduate program aims at preparing teaching candidates to learn knowledge and skills necessary to plan and teach technology-rich lesson plans and resource units. Teaching candidates are required to apply new technology skills to actual classrooms, while collaborating with cooperating teachers. The program is designed to be compliant with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Program Review, which is a component of the accreditation process implemented by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). As a member of the NCATE Board of Examiners and auditor for the NCATE Program Review, the author is acutely aware of the current role played by educational technology in the assessment of given units or programs, as well as in specific candidate assessment for the preparation of PK-12 classroom teachers.
Helms, R. G.
(2011). Integrating Technology into Secondary Social Studies Curricula. Meridian, 13 (2).