During the past decade, and within the forseeable future, computer and technology literacy has emerged as one of the primary sought after skills in today's workforce. Indeed, it is becoming just as important to have technological skills as it is to be able to read, write and perform simple mathematics. This trend has prompted middle and high schools throughout the country to not only use technology for teaching core subjects, but to also develop technology-electives, including computer programming and web authoring, analog and digital electronics, networking, and computer-hardware and maintenance.
In response to this emerging demand for technologically trained teachers, the College of Engineering, through the Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, has ventured into the k-12 teaching arena that CSULB is so famous for. Beginning Fall 2004 the CECS Department will offer a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, with an Option in Technology and Engineering Education that is designed for students preparing to teach technology and programming courses at the middle or high school level.
The Technology and Engineering degree for educators is unique in that it offers a well-rounded survey of the field, including the C++ and Java programming languages, web design and authoring, aerospace engineering, engineering design graphics with modern CAD tools, computer hardware and networks,and robotics. The degree also emphasizes obtaining resources for teaching technology at the K-12 levels.
Students interested in the new degree should contact Program Coordinator Barbara Mack.
The CECS Department has excellent faculty and labs, and is very enthusiastic about its new role in preparing K-12 teachers in the 21st century.