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Qualification: Teaching Information Technology, M.Ed.

Teaching Information Technology, M.Ed.

Qualification Information

On completion of the programme, the following criteria shall be met.

Knowledge. On completion of the programme Teaching Information Technology, M.Ed., the student is expected to know and understand:

  • The status of the Icelandic school system in regards to international agreements connected to education and human development, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Salamanca Declaration.
  • Legislation and regulations relating to schooling and the rights and obligations of employees and students in the school system.
  • The role of the national curriculum and how it shapes teaching of individual subjects and work in schools as a whole.
  • The philosophical, historical, social and psychological premises behind different policies of curriculum and assessment.
  • Diverse learning and teaching methods and their theoretical grounds.
  • The role and characteristics of information and communication technology in the school.
  • Methods of educational research and processes and the use of research findings.
  • Fundamental issues in professionalism in the teaching profession and ethical rules and boundaries.
  • How to integrate knowledge, apply complex subjects, and present a reasoned opinion.
  • How to explain the basic concepts, principles, and theories of natural sciences that are taught in elementary schools and link them to the students’ way of life, technology, the structure of society, and the environment.
  • The possibilities that information technology offers in teaching the natural sciences and ways to organise teaching that use these.
  • Fundamental concepts and ideas in the field of methods for educational research.
  • The challenges and opportunities involved in working with sustainable development in schools.

SkillsOn completion of the programme Teaching Information Technology, M.Ed., the student is expected to:

  • Organise teaching of specific age groups or subjects and choose learning materials, tools, and equipment based on established goals.
  • Create diverse learning opportunities for different students using a variety of teaching methods and reliable management.
  • Assess the development and needs of students and make provisions for those who need special education or resources.
  • Organise innovative activities, curriculum development, school development, professional development and others as appropriate.
  • Raise interest and aspirations of students to respect their subjects, themselves and others.
  • Assess the learning situation, academic progress, and learning outcomes and explain the theoretical underpinnings of the assessment.
  • Communicate professionally and constructively with students and their family members.
  • Communicate and cooperate professionally with colleagues, scholars, and professionals.
  • Follow the developments in knowledge and research in education and use these systematically at work.
  • Obtain information on national social history and traditions and other social science topics in a diverse and independent manner.
  • Acquire new knowledge and skills about their professional work.
  • Support their work professionally and theoretically for parents, colleagues, and other professionals.

CompetencesOn completion of the programme Teaching Information Technology, M.Ed., the student is expected to:

  • Lead policy formation and organisation of school work, taking into account the social and political position of teachers, theory of work, and professional knowledge.
  • Initiate projects and set, monitor, and assess work plans for themselves and others.
  • Show originality and initiative in the development of practice ideas, in testing innovations, and taking uncharted paths, though in regular consultation with others.
  • Lead the organisation and formulation of teaching methods in their specialisation, including planning curriculum, assessments, and course material.
  • Analyse and respond to any challenges regarding social and cultural diversity, gender, origin, religion, specific learning disabilities, or other disabilities.
  • Acquire knowledge about education and schooling from acknowledged and academic sources through education research methods.
  • Report on results of research and development projects in a clear and concise manner at to the public and to other professionals.
  • Critically assess all aspects of the teaching profession and be able to substantiate their assessment or opinion with reference to research and other academic sources.
  • Take responsibility for their career development, lifelong learning, and further education.
  • Communicate diverse topics in the natural sciences in a diverse and responsible manner.

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Teaching Information Technology

NQF Level: 
7