Selecting a Program

The Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development offers the following degrees.

Undergraduate:

Graduate:

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Minors:


Undergraduate:

B. S. in Industrial Technology (INDT)

The Industrial Technology degree prepares students for supervisory and management positions in the production, automation, maintenance or logistics areas of industry. Students receive an excellent background in science, mathematics, design and human relations. This is coupled with the practical use of both manual and automated machinery and the associated tools, as well as knowledge of industrial manufacturing processes, materials and logistics. This degree may be completed in three years.

Students have the opportunity to specialize in specific areas by selecting from three concentrations:

  • Industrial Automation
  • Industrial Distribution
  • Manufacturing and Maintenance Management

The Industrial technology degree is for you if you enjoy…

  • Working with your hands to apply manufacturing applications and processes
  • Wish to have a wide choice of career paths, e.g. production, human resources, quality etc.
  • Desire to become a manager or supervisor in the manufacturing sector

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B. S. in Information Technology Services (ITS)

The Information Technology Services (ITS) degree prepares students for a variety of potential careers, including technical support, technology training, instructional design, office management and administration, technology sales, digital publishing, and project management. Students receive training in the use of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and hardware, and the creation and execution of technology user support. Students may also earn a minor in general business administration as part of the degree requirements. This degree may be completed in three years.

The ITS degree is for you if you enjoy…

  • working with computers
  • working with people
  • learning new hardware and software
  • helping others solve technology problems
  • showing users how to use their software and hardware
  • creating and delivering technology training using advanced technologies
  • learning about the world of business

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B. S. in Business Technology Education (BTE) Face-to-Face Degree

The Business Technology Education (BTE) degree prepares students to teach business courses at the high school and career and technology centers, teach Information and Communication Technology I and II at the middle school, teach Career Pathways Experiences (cooperative education), Business Technology, and Technology Foundations. BTE graduates acquire a national certification in computer literacy as well as a certification to teach online. This degree is offered face to face on the Starkville campus and is also offered as an online degree through the Center for Distance Education.

The BTE teaching degree is for you if you…

  • have a passion for teaching
  • wish to earn a license to teach at the 7-12 grade levels in the areas of technology, economics, business, and career pathway experience
  • enjoy learning about the world of business, economics, and technology
  • desire to learn advanced skills in business, technology, and education
  • wish to gain a solid foundation in business, technology, and education which can be transferred to a variety of career opportunities, including starting your own business or working in a business as a manager or technology trainer.

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B. S. in Business Technology Education(BTE) Online Degree

The Business Technology Education (BTE) degree prepares students to teach business courses at the high school and career and technology centers, teach Information and Communication Technology I and II at the middle school, teach Career Pathways Experiences (cooperative education), Business Technology, and Technology Foundations. BTE graduates acquire a national certification in computer literacy as well as a certification to teach online. This degree is offered as an online degree through the Center for Distance Education and face to face on the Starkville campus.

The BTE teaching degree is for you if you…

  • have a passion for teaching and would like to earn a degree while working
  • wish to earn a license to teach at the 7-12 grade levels in the areas of technology, economics, business, and career pathway experience
  • enjoy learning about the world of business, economics, and technology
  • desire to learn advanced skills in business, technology, and education
  • wish to gain a solid foundation in business, technology, and education which can be transferred to a variety of career opportunities, including starting your own business or working in a business as a manager or technology trainer.

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Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Instructional Technology (MSIT)

The Master of Science in Instructional Technology (MSIT) degree is designed for educators or industry professionals who have interest in the effective use of instructional technology in educational and corporate settings. Students develop instructional materials and acquire knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses, technology costs, and development time required by various instructional technologies. Upon completion of the degree, students will be prepared to pursue the Ed.S. or Ph.D. degree.

The MSIT degree is for you if you enjoy…

  • exploring new technologies
  • creating technology solutions for industry or higher education
  • helping others learn to use technology to achieve their purpose
  • teaching others to solve problems using the aid of technology
  • creating multimedia projects using advanced software
  • consulting on technology projects

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Master of Science in Technology (MST)

The Master of Science in Technology (MST) degree is designed for students who have interest in incorporating technology to enhance learning and teaching methods. This program is also designed for teachers or other educational professionals who wish to add supplemental certifications to their teaching license.

Career opportunities: Technology planner and facilitator, technology consultant, secondary or community college teacher, and educator with AA license and supplemental endorsements. Upon completion of the degree, students will be prepared to pursue the Ed.S. or Ph.D. degree.

The MST degree is for you if you would enjoy…

  • exploring new technologies
  • infusing technology in teaching and learning
  • applying new methodologies to improve learning
  • creating technology solutions for preK-12 education or higher education
  • pursuing an AA teaching license
  • adding supplemental endorsements to an existing teaching license, such as …
    • 981 Information and Communication Technology I (7th grade)
    • 982 Information and Communication Technology II (8th grade)
    • 983 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (9th grade)
    • 984 Technology Foundations
    • 917 Career Pathway Experience
    • 411 Business Technology

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Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is a 31-semester-hour program that is an addition to a master’s degree. The coursework focuses on instructional technology with opportunities to pursue courses in other fields and disciplines, allowing you to tailor your studies to your unique career goals.

Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, instructional designer, technology planner and facilitator, technology consultant, community college or university instructor, and educator with AAA license and supplemental endorsements.

The Ed.S. degree is for you if you would enjoy…

  • exploring new technologies
  • infusing technology into teaching and learning
  • creating technology solutions for industry, higher education, or preK-12 education
  • creating multimedia projects using advanced technologies
  • consulting on technology projects
  • pursuing an AAA teaching license (optional)
  • adding supplemental endorsements to an existing teaching license, such as …
    • 981 Information and Communication Technology I (7th grade)
    • 982 Information and Communication Technology II (8th grade)
    • 983 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (9th grade)
    • 984 Technology Foundations
    • 917 Career Pathway Experience
    • 411 Business Technology

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Ph.D. in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development (ISWD) is an individualized degree program that builds on your existing work and educational experience and can be tailored to your unique career goals. Graduates pursue careers as faculty, researchers, administrators, evaluators, directors, high-level managers, or consultants. ISWD students are encouraged to engage in scholarly research, publish in referred journals, and present at national and international conferences.

The Ph.D. degree is for you if you enjoy…

  • writing at a professional level
  • researching teaching and learning
  • analyzing complex problems and proposing their solutions
  • infusing technology in teaching and learning
  • presenting new ideas to others
  • exploring emerging technologies

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Veterans’ Certificate Program

The Veterans’ Certificate Program, which is offered at the undergraduate and graduate level, is a certificate program and consists of 15 semester hours of coursework (3 hours prerequisite and 12 hours required core courses). The certificate is designed for anyone at any level who would like to serve veterans. Employees of colleges and universities, corporations, government at all levels, and other professionals who are interested in serving veterans should obtain this certificate.

The Veterans’ Certificate program is for you if you:

  • are interested in serving veterans as they transition to civilian life
  • like to attain knowledge, skills, and competencies to support veterans as they transition to civilian life
  • would like to use this certificate a precursor to position advancement within any governmental agency, federal or state, that deals with matters relevant to veterans

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Minors

Industrial Technology (21 hours)

Students who wish to enter the field of manufacturing may wish to add a minor in industrial technology. Students will become familiar with the basic concepts of industrial practices and the machines and components that make up manufacturing companies. This is combined with laboratory work to enhance these concepts and to give an understanding of how the many manufacturing systems are integrated. A minimum of 21 hours is required with a minimum of 12 hours being taken at MSU. For more information, visit 100 or 250 Industrial Education Building or call 662.325.2281.

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Information Technology Services (18 hours)

A minor in Information Technology Services (ITS) will help non-ITS students who wish to learn technology, especially the area of information technology. Students will become familiar with the basic concepts of information technology and sub-components such as instructional technology, multimedia design and development, computer repair, data network, and/or instructional design theories. This is combined with laboratory work to enhance the concepts and practices in IT.

A minimum of 18 hours is required from a list of approved ITS courses. For more information, visit 100 or 250 of the Industrial Education Building or call 662.325.2281.

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