First in Northeast: Fairfield Earns International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Recognition

First in Northeast: Fairfield Earns International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Recognition

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This distinction — now more valuable than ever — will allow graduate students in the Educational Technology program the opportunity to graduate with ISTE Certification, a nationally recognized credential awarded to educators who demonstrate effective use of technology to transform learning.

Combined with Connecticut’s commitment to bring the ISTE Standards to all classrooms, Fairfield’s visionary leadership has the power to advance education across the state.

— Carolyn Sykora, senior director of the ISTE Standards Program

Following rigorous assessment and review by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Fairfield University’s Educational Technology program has earned ISTE recognition for higher education, making it the first program in Connecticut and in the Northeast to be awarded the distinction.

Candidates of Fairfield’s Educational Technology program will have the opportunity to graduate with the ISTE Certification, a nationally recognized credential awarded to educators who demonstrate effective use of technology to transform learning and ensure success in digital age classrooms. Fairfield is only the second university in the nation to offer the ISTE Certification to its graduates.

According to ISTE, the ISTE recognition for higher education celebrates visionary programs that prepare educators for success in today’s digital learning environments. Programs seeking ISTE Recognition submit their curriculum to undergo a rigorous review for alignment to the ISTE Standards for Educators, a widely adopted framework used to rethink education and create innovative learning environments.

“The Educational Technology Program strives to create leaders in the field who can be successful in any district or educational setting,” said Program Director Joshua Elliott, EdD. “The tool-agnostic, competency-based design of the ISTE Certification will support our candidates in their careers, no matter what learning environment they pursue. These skills are especially relevant as academia is transitioning to online learning in response to the global pandemic.”

Fairfield’s Ed Tech Program is designed to create leaders in the field who can use, model, and provide learning experiences that are practical and tied to recognized national standards in educational technology. Offered both online and in a blended format, the program welcomes candidates from all teaching disciplines as well as professionals who may be contemplating a career change or an enhancement to their existing professional skills.

“Fairfield is the inaugural ISTE Certification provider in Connecticut, in addition to being the first program nationwide to submit for ISTE recognition,” said Carolyn Sykora, senior director of the ISTE Standards program. “I commend the faculty’s intrepid spirit. Combined with Connecticut’s commitment to bring the ISTE Standards to all classrooms, Fairfield’s visionary leadership has the power to advance education across the state.”

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