Technology Competency Assessment for Pre-Service Teachers
Abstract: The Technology Competency Assessment (TCA) is required for all pre-service teachers applying to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at Western Illinois University (WIU). The TCA is a five part online assessment of a student's knowledge and application of: Microsoft® Word, Microsoft® PowerPoint, Microsoft® Excel, Microsoft® Access, and Internet Safety. The TCA is accessible via the STAR-Online website at any time, from any computer with Internet access. The Technology Competency Assessment has been aligned with the Technology Standards for All Illinois Teachers (Core technology standards for all teachers, 2001), and is a central component of Western Illinois University’s fulfillment of the 2003 Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) teacher preparation mandate requiring all pre-service teachers to demonstrate knowledge and application of technology in future programs.