As part of a trend toward ensuring that courses are taken to meet recertification requirements for teachers, some states now include technology as one element of mandated coursework.

Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Wisconsin have made their recertification requirements more rigorous by requiring that teachers take professional development courses directly related to the subjects they teach. This requirement, combined with the expectation that teachers’ courses will be related to improving their abilities as educators, are overturning the very loose standards of the past that allowed almost any form of additional education to count toward recertification.

In addition to these tougher standards, New Hampshire and South Carolina now require that all teachers take courses in classroom use of technology. In the past year, Wisconsin has spent $4 million for technology training, and the state has considered spending another $3 million over two years to create a statewide high-tech training center for teachers.