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Technological Studies

(formerly Industrial Technology)
Department of Technological Studies
College of Professional Studies
Bridgeman Hall 218-755-2950
Fax: 218-755-4011


Graduate Faculty

Dr. Darren Olson, (Chair; dolson@bemidjistate.edu), Dr. William Brauer, Dr. Elaine Hoffman, Dr. David Kingsbury, Ms. Bonnie Larson, Dr. James McCracken, Ms. Vivian McGeehon, Dr. Mark Schmit


Degrees Offered


Department of Technological Studies Master of Science Degree Programs

The Department of Technological Studies has two graduate programs. The M.S. in Technology/Career and Technical Education focuses on the application of the specific study and use of technology for students pursuing a degree in the areas of technology education and career and technical education. The new M.S. in Industrial Technology is for students pursuing a degree in industrial technology, manufacturing, business, and enterprise quality leadership. The program encompasses the advanced study of quality methods, technical processes, problem solving, and application of leadership skills in non-educational environments.


Master Of Science - Technology/Career and Technical Education

(formerly Industrial Technology)

The program options encompass the advanced study of educational methods, technical processes, problem solving, and the application of leadership skills in the educational environment.

Note: For Career and Technical Education Licensure, see "Professional Education: Licensures."


Preparation Requirements

Undergraduate major or minor in industrial technology, technology education, and/or career and technical education.

University Requirements

See Section II, Graduate Study for degree requirements.

Course Work Requirements

I. Required Professional Education Core

Note: ED 6108 has a prerequisite not required in this program.

ED 6100 Educational Research (3 credits)
ED 6107 Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credits)
or ED 6108 The Learning Community (3 credits)

Subtotal 6 Credits

II. Required Technological Studies Core

Select 6 credits from the following courses:

IT 6200 Application of Emerging Technologies (2 credits)
IT 6280 Instructional Technologies in Industrial/Vocational Education (2 credits)
IT 6340 Leadership and Supervision in Industrial/Vocational Education (2 credits)
IT 6380 Grant and Contract Writing (2 credits)

Subtotal 6 Credits

III. Required Option

Select one:
  1. Guided Electives--A minimum of 16 credits selected with the consent of the advisor.
  2. Teacher Licensure--For students pursuing industrial technology licensure. Students must work closely with a Technological Studies advisor to determine the remainder of the licensure requirements.
    IT 5850 Philosophy of Career and Technical Education (2 credits)
    IT 5857 Methods of Teaching Industrial Technology/Vocational Education (4 credits)
    IT 5858 Curriculum Development in Technology Education, and Career and Technical Education (2 credits)
    IT 6170 Contemporary Approaches to Technology Education (2 credits)

    A minimum of 6 guided elective credits selected with the consent of the advisor.

Subtotal 16 Credits

IV. Required Research

IT 6980 Graduate Research Paper (2 credits)

Subtotal 2 Credits

Total Semester Credits Required for Degree 30 Credits

Competency Requirement

Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the application of instructional technologies.


Master Of Science -- Industrial Technology

This program provides graduate education for non-teaching individuals. The program focuses on developing industrial technology and quality leadership abilities and the application and analysis of techniques in these areas.


Preparation Requirements

Undergraduate major or minor in industrial technology is suggested, but other degrees may be appropriate based on the applicant’s career history and interests.

University Requirements

See Section II, Graduate Study of degree requirements.

Course Work Requirements

I. Required Core Courses

IT 6000 Technical Research Design (3 credits)
IT 6100 Technical Research Implementation (3 credits)
IT 6117 Leadership Studies (3 credits)

Subtotal 9 Credits

II. Quality Leadership

Select 12 credits from the following courses:

IT 5878 Quality Assurance (not available to students that have taken IT 4878) (3 credits)
IT 6120 Studies in Quality (3 credits)
IT 6130 Industrial Planning and Control (3 credits)
IT 6140 Topics in Quality Benchmarking (3 credits)
3 credits from the following courses:
IT 6200 Application of Emerging Technologies (2 credits)
and/or IT 6240 Advanced Skills in Industrial Technology (1-4 credits)

Subtotal 12 Credits

III. Elective Courses

Select 9 credits from the following courses:

PSY 5357 Industrial Organization Psychology (3 credits)
Technological Studies courses
Business Administration courses

Subtotal 9 Credits

IV. Synthesis

IT 6870 Writing and Research in Technology (2 credits)
IT 6980 Graduate Research Paper
or IT 6990 Thesis (1 credit)

Subtotal 3 Credits

Total Semester Credits Required for Degree 33 Credits

Competency Requirement

Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the computer application of statistics used in technology.


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