Degrees & Programs

Instructional Systems Technology

Computer Educator License Program

The Computer Educator License Program for Practicing Teachers (CEL-T) offered through the Indiana University School of Education is a 15 credit hour curriculum at the graduate level resulting in an Indiana Computer Education License. This program has been developed to provide current teachers in Indiana with a process for receiving an add-on Computer Education license recognized by the Indiana Professional Standards Board.

The CEL-T program is offered entirely at a distance, so teachers do not need to complete classes at the Indiana University ­ Bloomington campus to participate in the program.

  • Background/rationale for the CEL-T

    Today, students from kindergarten to high school are utilizing technology in numerous ways. The Internet and other technologies, from wireless cell phone telephony to game stations that produce dynamic realistic 3D environments, are becoming part of their everyday life. More and more, however, students are encountering a "digital disconnect" between their use of technology outside and inside of school. Students are ready to embrace new technologies and utilize them to maximize their learning and communication, but most often are not provided with classes or other integrated experiences that foster their development of skills related to the ever-increasing breadth of technology alternatives. Teachers trained in technology integration can assist in curriculum development, teach critical classes, and also foster a climate of professional development among a teaching community that could begin the process of recovery. The CEL-T program is designed to help teachers meet these needs.

    Due to the mandate included in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation that requires a "highly qualified teacher" in every classroom, the Indiana Professional Standards Board (IPSB) has withdrawn their recognition of endorsements added to Indiana Teaching Licenses. This new IPSB policy is leaving many current Indiana teachers with the inability to teach basic and advanced technology classes at their schools. Without a computer education license, many schools are not allowing teachers to conduct any technology-related classes, even if they have taught these classes in the past. Teachers completing the CEL-T program will not only be prepared to serve as effective models for appropriate technology integration in a specific content area, they will also receive a state-approved license that allows them to teach a wide variety of technology courses in their schools.

  • What does the CEL-T allow a teacher to do?

    According to the State of Indiana, a teacher with a Computer Education License is allowed to teach courses at the high school (grades 9-12) level dealing with:

    • Computer Applications
    • Advanced Computer Applications
    • Computer Programming
    • Computer Science A, Advanced Placement
    • Computer Science AB, Advanced Placement
    • Web Design

    A teacher with a Computer Education License can also manage and/or supervise a computer lab at any grade level, serve in technology leadership roles at the school and/or district level, and develop and implement technology-related professional development programs for other teachers.

    Restrictions on the Computer Education License

    As of this time, the state of Indiana has not yet approved any license assignment codes for classes at the elementary or middle-school level (grades K-8) specifically focusing on technology and/or computer applications. Thus, the Computer Education License does not cover classes at these grade levels.

    In addition, the Computer Education License does not provide a teacher with credentials to teach classes specifically focusing on:

    • Computer Keyboarding
    • Document Formatting
    • Digital Communication Tools
  • Course requirements for the CEL-T

    The CEL-T program consists of a series of five graduate courses (for a total of 15 credit hours). Each of the courses is offered via distance education. The courses required for the license are as follows:

    R511: ­Instructional Technology Foundations (3 cr.)
    Introduction to the field, theory, and profession of instructional technology, including definitions, history, and current trends and issues.

    R505 ­Workshop: Computer-Based Teaching Methods (3 cr.)
    Integration of educational technology into the school curriculum; methods of teaching computer literacy, computing skills, and programming at K-12 levels, principles of educational software design and evaluation; staff development techniques.

    R505 ­Workshop: Leadership Issues in Educational Technology (3 cr.)
    Course focusing on issues typically encountered by technology leadership personnel at schools. Topics discussed will include planning for, implementing, and integrating technology into classroom activities, staff development and training, Internet acceptable use, acquiring funding for technology initiatives, and managing technology systems in school settings.

    R586: Practicum in Instructional Systems Technology (3 cr.)
    The development, implementation, and evaluation of a semester-long technology integration project. The scope of the project is negotiated with supervising faculty member prior to its initiation.

    Elective Course - Students must complete either of the following courses depending on their needs and/or interests:

    R546: Instructional Strategies (3 cr.)
    Students in this course will learn how to develop web-based learning environments that stimulate critical thinking and creativity, and that promote cooperative learning and motivation.

    R547: Computer-Mediated Learning (3 cr.)
    Students in this course will understand and apply design processes for e-learning products, and create an e-learning product for actual use by a target audience in a K-12 setting.

    Below is a projected schedule for CEL-T course offerings. This schedule is subject to change:

    Course Name Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer
    R511 IT Foundations

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    R505 Computer-Based Teaching

    No

    Yes

    No

    R505 Leadership Issues

    Yes

    No

    No

    R546 Instructional Strategies

    Yes

    No

    No

    R547 Computer-Mediated Learning No No Yes
    R586 Practicum

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

  • Alternative CEL-T Certification Requirements

    For teachers who already have an Indiana computer endorsement added to their license, a streamlined process has been put in place to allow you to more quickly receive a Computer Education License. Teachers with this endorsement need only complete one course to receive their license. Below is required course (and description):

    R505 Workshop: Leadership Issues in Educational Technology (3 cr.)
    Course focusing on issues typically encountered by technology leadership personnel at schools. Topics discussed will include planning for, implementing, and integrating technology into classroom activities, staff development and training, Internet acceptable use, acquiring funding for technology initiatives, and managing technology systems in school settings.

  • How Do I Apply to the CEL-T Program?

    Indiana University has streamlined the application process for programs. The process can be completed completely via the Internet. To apply to the CEL-T program, follow these simple steps:

    1. Visit the Graduate Studies application webpage.
    2. Complete the online application.
      • For the CEL-T program, you should attach a copy of your most recent college transcript(s) that identify your current teaching licensures and endorsements.
      • In the "Personal Statement" section of the application, you need only state "CEL-T Program". This will allow the application office to direct your application to us.
  • Receiving Your Computer Educaion License

    Once you have completed the course requirements for the CEL-T program, you must petition the state for an addition to your current teaching license. The IU-Bloomington Office of Professional Development can assist you with this process.

    The steps for receiving your add-on license are detailed at the Educator Licensing web page.

  • Additional Information About the CEL-T Program

    If you have specific questions, or would like additional information about the CEL-T program, please contact:

    Dr. Thomas Brush
    Coordinator, CEL-T Program
    Indiana University
    School of Education, Room 2216
    201 N. Rose Ave.
    Bloomington, IN 47405

    Administrative Assistant, CEL-T Program
    Indiana University
    School of Education, Room 2276
    201 N. Rose Ave.
    Bloomington, IN 47405

    Phone: (812) 856-8477
    Email: istdept@indiana.edu

  • Opportunities for a Masters Degree

    The 15 graduate credit hours you complete for the CEL-T program can also be applied to a distance Masters degree in Instructional Systems Technology (IST). Credits will only be recognized if you meet all entry requirements and are officially admitted into the the IST Distance masters program. GRE scores and a new letter of recommendation from one of your CEL-T instructors will be needed during the application.

    For more information about this option, please refer to the IST Distance Masters.