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LA Tech graduates first Cyber Education recipients

Summer 2017 marks the graduation of the first 20 Cyber Education Certificate recipients.

K-12 educators and administrators from Caddo and Bossier Parishes in Louisiana as well as Arkansas and South Carolina have completed the four-course certificate sequence enabling them to add the cyber education teacher credential to their repository of enrichments and certificate enhancements.

Approved by the Board of Regents in January 2017, the Cyber Education Certificate is offered through a collaboration between Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education (COE) and the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), the academic division of the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC), located in Bossier City, Louisiana. Courses within the Cyber Education Certificate program prepare educators to confidently teach cyber and computer science content in their classrooms.

Louisiana Tech University Provost Dr. Terry McConathy said, “This Cyber Education Certificate affirms Louisiana Tech’s commitment to providing unique and meaningful learning experiences for our educators and, in turn, our students.” Louisiana Tech University and the Cyber Innovation Center also invested in scholarships to assist the initial cohort in gaining this prestigious recognition and certification

Teachers who complete the program will not only be ideal candidates to become science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and cyber leaders at their schools, they will also be able to connect students with the cyber careers of tomorrow through innovative learning techniques. “The Cyber Education Certificate Program courses helped me successfully advance and integrate my STEM and cyber skills. Having this in-depth knowledge has increased my confidence in preparing cyber lessons that will appropriately challenge and engage students. The teachers enrolled in the courses became members of a highly collaborative learning community and, through meaningful discourse with them, I feel prepared to implement cyber education effectively in grades K-12,” says Charlene Cooper, Lead Middle School STEM Instructor for Bossier Parish Schools.

“Cyber education is becoming more prevalent in K-12 and an increasingly integral component of a student’s educational career,” says Kevin Nolten, director of academic outreach for the Cyber Innovation Center. “Our nation’s teachers must be empowered to engage their students in entirely new ways and provide them with the 21st Century skills necessary to solve our region’s and nation’s ever-changing workforce.”

Louisiana Tech University President, Dr. Les Guice said, “I am thrilled that our College of Education continues to take a state and national leadership role in advancing STEM and cyber education programs that will provide teachers with the tools they need to prepare high school graduates for being competitive in the 21st Century economy.”

This fall a new cohort of Cyber Education Certificate candidates will begin the rigorous curricula offered through the Office of Professional Education Outreach (OPEO) located in the Science and Technology Education Center (SciTEC) in the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University. Limited scholarships are available for qualified educators. Inquiries can be sent to Ms. Debbie Lee at dlee@latech.edu or to Mrs. Erika Jones at emj007@latech.edu in the College of Education.

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