The objective of the Teaching and Training Technical Professionals program is to prepare the instructor and other educational personnel for postsecondary education institutions, industry and public and private agencies engaged in the education and training of technicians, paraprofessionals and middle-level workers. The program is anchored in knowledge of adult learning theories, understanding development of curriculum and instruction, delivery of instruction (face-to-face, instructional technologies and distance learning), assessment of adult learning and evaluation of programs.
All professional courses in the Master’s Degree in Teaching and Training Technical Professionals (MSTTTP) require learners to master the use of information technology. Throughout the program, degree candidates are challenged to use and learn new and emerging instructional technology for both learning and instruction. This aligns with the number one goal of the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education and the Economy (2004), “to provide more Ohioans with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the knowledge- and innovation-based economy” (p. 18).
In 2010, MSTTTP program was approved by the Higher Learning Commission as the first fully online program at The University of Akron.
The demand for graduate technicians and paraprofessionals to teach adults at the postsecondary level and training in business and industry varies by technical area. According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (2012), there is expected growth and need for postsecondary technical teachers and training/development specialists. Nationally, the number of jobs for employee training specialists is expected to grow more than average through the year 2012 (OhioNet, 2012).
Graduates of the Teaching and Training Technical Professionals program are employed as trainers in business, industry and area community agencies; faculty members at community and technical colleges; academic advisers in community and technical colleges, as well as colleges and universities; as well as community education leaders. They also work in career schools, the military, and government agencies.
To be admitted to the master's degree program in Teaching and Training Technical Professionals, students must have a 2.75 or better GPA in a completed bachelor degree program for full admission.
The coursework required to complete the Master's Degree in Teaching and Training Technical Professionals varies depending on whether the individual already has a bachelor's degree in Teaching and Training Technical Professionals or Postsecondary Technical Education. They are separated below for your convenience.