Best qualifications for EdTech coach in international schools?

I'm cross posting this to /r/education, /r/teachers, and /r/k12sysadmin because they seem like good places to post this but I haven't seen my question answered in any of them.

(Background below) My question is: Should I get a master's in EdTech or should I go though credential and certificate programs like COETAIL or Eduro? What qualifications have you seen in job postings for international school EdTech positions and what degrees and certifications do you or your co-workers have? Hiring managers, what qualifications do you look for? I've talked to one that didn't think a master's in EdTech was necessary at all, but a couple weeks later the same manager posted a job with a master's in EdTech as the top qualification, so I'm confused.

I'm reluctant and nervous to start a master's program given the workload and expense when I'm already teaching full-time, but I'll do it if that's the best path to getting a job in the field.

Background: I'm currently an elementary school teacher at an international school in South Korea. I have a elementary school teaching certification from the US. I'm very interested in becoming an EdTech coach at an international school, in South Korea or just about anyplace else in the world.

Before I started teaching, I had some background in technology (web administration, web design/scripting, digital photography) and I recently got Level 1 and 2 Google Certified Educator certification. I'm thinking about getting my Google Trainer certification as well, which is definitely more involved than the GCE certs.

Thank you for any helpful advice!


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  1. squatcat

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    Is that even a job position in South Korea? If so you can contact current EdTech coaches at other international schools to ask them for advice. Oh and question: was long padding the most favored winter jacket again this year?

  2. dr_sjk

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    I would strongly recommend the masters degree over the certificate programs. That said, the best way to get into the field is to find a school that may grow into having a position like that and be there at the right time.

    I am a principal at an American international school in a market where hiring the best can sometimes be hard. Often for positions like this, I would look at our existing teachers and evaluate if any of them have the skills and experience to take on that role.

    So my advice would be to do the training, but also to join a growing school in a classroom role (or stay where you are if you like it there) … Let the school leadership know about your goals, offer to coach others in tech, and stick with it until the role opens up.

  3. epidose

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    So, I did a Masters of EdTech out of UBC in Canada, but, I don’t (yet) work in education, rather, I’m employed with a Private IT consultant company.

    I can tell you that while my Masters has been pretty useful in my current role, insofar as bringing something new to the table (compared against other IT Consultants). Locally, I’ve applied for a number of positions with other private companies, usually akin to a Learning Development Specialist of some sort, with the role circulating around providing training and/or education through Technology – and have had no success.

    I think as Clintcar says, it’ll depend entirely on the specific school and what they put weight on; so maybe it comes down to a question of cost (time and money) vs. benefit; maybe you could reach out to the manager you mentioned and ask them over a few minute phone call?

  4. Clintcar

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    Absolutely will depend on each individual school. An Ed tech master will get you in a lot of places while the networking that comes with cotail may get you in other places on it’s own. I advise you get all the certs you can and focus k. Whatever long-term qualification is of the most interesting to you. DM me if I can give you more detailed info!

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