The program is not meant for students who are interested in becoming teachers, administrators or counselors. It is geared toward people who want to design learning environments of the future, work with leaders and be “edupreneurs,” or educational entrepreneurs.
Derek Creason is a MEITE student who has previously studied architectural technology and philosophy and has worked for a Fortune 500 company in sales.
“I wanted to pivot and make a career change. I started growing interested in the field of education, however I didn’t want to do a typical M.A.T. to get licensed to teach in a classroom," Creason said. "I really didn’t have an interest in going to the classroom necessarily. I was more interested in technology and how new technologies affect education.”
Creason is interested in working as an educational consultant or an entrepreneur, specifically designing exciting learning spaces, as well as working with augmented technology to find its uses in the classroom.
MEITE student Beatrix Hutton has previously studied art and Japanese literature, and worked as an assistant teacher.
“I’m really interested particularly in Makerspaces and the process of building STEAM programs and finding ways to incorporate art, science, engineering and all that stuff into the classroom,” Hutton said. “So, I’m probably going to pursue educational opportunities in that realm, either in museums, or in a school system or in a Makerspace.”
Dawley said working at the Morehead Planetarium designing educational shows is an example of a type of job MEITE graduates may pursue.
“As technologies advance, allowing people to be creators, and builders, and producers, often along with that comes digital marketplaces where educators are selling their work,” Dawley said.
MEITE students are preparing for a wide range of nontraditional educational jobs, such as working at consulting companies, designing technology made specifically for learning, creating virtual reality experiences for science and math or running their own companies that would serve educators.
“The program is great because it affords students a very broad pathway to a lot of different options after graduation,” Creason said.