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The Technology and Engineering Education program prepares students to teach technology and engineering education at the secondary level.

Technology and Engineering Education Description

Technology and Engineering Education (T&EE) is a program that resides at the P-12 school levels for all students, and at post-secondary institutions for those students interested in teaching or obtaining employment in the technology/engineering fields. Technology and engineering education is primarily taught by technology and engineering teachers, with a focus on engineering design. T&EE may be considered a stand-alone discipline or part of a larger discipline in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Regardless of the approach, T&EE focuses on technological literacy and engineering design; engineering design is the verb tense of engineering.  

At the P-12 grade levels, the goal is for students to develop technological and engineering literacy, regardless of career aspirations, through hands-on, contextual applications of technological and engineering concepts. T&EE students, use a hands-on approach to solve technological problems using problem solving and creativity, while working under constraints, which involves the use of optimization and predictive analysis. At the P-5 grade levels, technology and engineering concepts are integrated into existing coursework such as reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. Typical courses students would take at the 6-12 grade levels in a T&EE program would consist of (a) information and communication technologies, including computer-aided drafting and design, (b) engineering design, (c) construction technology, (d) manufacturing technology, (e) energy, power, and transportation technology, and (f) medical, agricultural, and related biotechnologies. Within these courses, students would utilize troubleshooting, research and development, invention and innovation, and problem solving. The focus of T&EE at the P-12 levels is not to prepare future engineering majors/students, but to provide an education for all students.

Skills & Knowledge Developed

  • Technical knowledge and skills
  • Pedagogy knowledge and skills

Salary Statistics

Salaries vary from urban, suburban and rural school districts, however the starting salary range for the previous year was $41,000 - $60,000.
Salary data is compiled from alumni surveys, graduate exit surveys, and Illinois School Report Cards. The salary range reported is dependent upon location and does not reflect the entire compensation package offered.

Placement Statistics for ISU Graduates

Most technology and engineering education majors have secured teaching positions before graduation; 100 percent placement opportunities for Technology and Engineering Education majors have occurred since 1992.

Employment Opportunities

Career Titles

Graduates of technology and engineering education are recruited for some of the following positions:

  • Junior high or middle school teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Trade school teacher
  • Private technical school teacher
  • Community college teacher
  • School district technology coordinator
  • Industry technology representative for education
  • Industrial (non-teaching) positions

Employers Who Have Recently Hired Our Graduates

All over the state and nation.


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