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Industrial Technology Education

Industrial Technology Education is a program that prepares students to teach at the Middle School or High School level. The program of study has foundations in problem-based learning utilizing math, science and technology principles. Industrial Technology Education students will study areas involving the following concepts:

  • Designing, developing, and utilizing technological systems.
  • Open-ended, problem-based design activities.
  • Cognitive, manipulative, and effective learning strategies.
  • Applying technological knowledge and processes to real world experiences using up-to-date resources.
  • Working individually as well as in a team to solve problems.

The student who desires to teach in a secondary school will have a single teaching field.

The Industrial Technology Education degree has certifications for both middle school (grades 5-9) and secondary (grades 9-12).

Candidates who elect middle school (grades 5-9) as their major must complete two areas of certification consisting of 22-32 hours in each area. The curriculum for these areas is a joint effort by the departments of teacher education and technical teaching specialty. Students who desire to teach in a middle school may choose to become certified in any two of the following seven areas:

You may also be interested in: Teacher Education, Engineering Technology, Middle School Education (5-9), Secondary Education (9-12), Drafting & Design Engineering Technology Land Surveying, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Pre-Engineering, Industrial Engineering Technology

Teacher Education Department

School of Education

Deborah Brown
Department Chair, Teacher Education Department
Taylor Hall Room 225
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417.625-3060


Engineering Technology Department

Robert W. Plaster School of Business


Dr. Elke Howe
Department Head, Engineering Technology Department
Ummel Technology 153
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417.625.9849