Technology Requirement

In 2011, State School Superintendent Michael Flanagan asked all Michigan teacher preparation institutions to forward a copy of their technology plan, defined as the manner in which the teacher education program met the State’s 7th Professional Standard for Michigan Teachers. A copy of Spring Arbor’s plan submitted in July 2011 may be read here; the plan was authored by Prof. Reuben Rubio. Since then, the State has adopted the 2013 InTASC standards to govern educator preparation, where specific standards for technology preparation are more integrated but less obvious.

Technology Requirements For All SOE Students

While technology is interwoven through many parts of the teacher preparation curriculum, the primary course where the focus is technology is EDU 360, Integrating Technology in Teaching. EDU 360 (3 credit hours) is delivered in a hybrid format at the main campus. Students who register for EDU 360 will also be required to have five hours of structured field time in a K-12 classroom while enrolled in the course, so be prepared to do some school travel while taking the course.

Students in the course are assumed to have a basic level of computer proficiency, which must be demonstrated in one of two ways: by completing CPS150 or its equivalent with a C+ (2.67) or better, or by passing the Teacher Education Computer Proficiency Exam. There is no special time limit between the term in which a student completes this prerequisite and the term that EDU 360 is taken. Thus first or second year students can choose to “get this out of the way” as soon as they wish. CPS 150, Introduction to Computers, or an equivalent course in basic computer skills that covers the basic areas of operations and concepts, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, web page creation, and digital media creation is what the School of Education recommends for teacher candidates to show that they have achieved this basic level of computer proficiency. For students who would enjoy satisfying this requirement with the addition of some programming experience, CPS 201, Foundations of Computing I, may also be taken. Both CPS 150 and CPS 201 meet the university’s math requirement for general education.

EDU 360 students should also meet all other requirements for taking 300-level EDU courses, as described in the undergraduate catalog.

Computer Proficiency Exam

There are a few students who may perceive that they have sufficient knowledge of basic computer skills that would make taking an introductory computing course redundant. Students who feel they have had exceptional computing experiences may take the computer proficiency exam to satisfy the EDU 360 prerequisite. Please note that the computer proficiency exam is only applicable for the EDU 360 prerequisite; it satisfies neither general education requirements or program requirements in the School of Arts & Sciences, Gainey School of Business, or School of Graduate & Professional Studies unless explicitly stated.

The proficiency exam will consist of five sections: Basic Concepts, Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Presentation, and Web Pages with digital media. The entire exam will be administered through Blackboard. Any piece of software that is on the Spring Arbor network or any Web 2.0 site can be used to complete the exam. All of the exam submissions are “closed book” – they must be of original thought and work done without the aid of a tutor, a tutorial, looking up something, messaging someone, or help from any source other than the built-in help facility for the software being used. The student is fully responsible to correctly upload or link their original work so that it can be assessed without the need for communication from the professor grading the test, and to not divulge the contents of the exam to anyone else. If you do not believe you are capable of doing this, you may not be a good candidate to take the exam.

Each section is worth 20 points. In order to pass the exam, students must have an overall passing score of 75 points or 75%, plus a minimum score of 12 points or 60%, on any one section.  Here (opens in new tab/window) are examples of passing and failing scores.

Students are notified of the results via email, generally within about a week of the date the exam is administered. The Registrar’s office is notified of the student’s test results. Students who fail the exam will be asked to enroll in CPS 150 to satisfy the computer proficiency requirement. Students may be offered the chance to retake one section of the exam under very select circumstances.

The exam will be offered at least two times per academic year on the main campus; off-campus students should consult the SOE office at your site to schedule an exam. The cost to the student will be $60 per test attempt. The money will be used to cover costs of development and administration of the exam. To register for an exam, please come to the School of Education office at the main campus or your site during normal business hours. The fee must be paid 36 hours prior to the exam.

Students should consider the following questions to help determine whether they are ready to take the exam. Remember, this exam is meant to facilitate academic progress for undergraduate students who are “really good” at using technology. If you see yourself as “good,” “average,” or “below average” you are advised to enroll in CPS 150. Please note that the web page workshop that was offered in the past is no longer being offered starting in 2013-14.

Dates for 2018-19 (main campus)

The location for the Computer Proficiency Exam is room 19 in the Whiteman-Gibbs Science Center.

  1. Sat., Nov. 3, 2018; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  2. Sat., Feb. 9, 2019; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Off-campus students — contact your Teacher Education Student Advisor to schedule an exam