Emerging Leader (EL) Recognition Program



ITEEA’s Emerging Leader honor is a coveted mark of distinction in technology and engineering education. It recognizes technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators who have demonstrated a high level of competence and professional activity in the field of technology and engineering education.

The terms "technology" and "technology and engineering" are used throughout this document; however, an area of study identified by a different title that encompasses the study of technology, innovation, design, and/or engineering education may be substituted.

EL Overview ITEEA created the Emerging Leader (EL) program to provide a means for recognizing outstanding performance and accomplishments by those who have at least three (3) years of professional experience in delivering technology and engineering education. The EL is a coveted mile marker for the achievement of professionals in technology and engineering education, the EL is a recognition for your earned attainments for delivering technology and engineering education.

Consideration for the award is based upon documented evidence of leadership/management skills, continuing participation in association education programs, and demonstration of leadership in association, community, and personal activities.

The Emerging Leader program acknowledges the essential principles of adult learning. It incorporates into the process recognition and credit for work experiences and other accomplishments. The program recognizes those areas of technology and engineering education the EL Board has determined to be most reflective of successful professional attainment that may help in leading one down the path toward the Distinguished Technology and Engineering Professional honor.


  • To encourage a continuing program of professional development for technology and engineering educators.
  • To encourage self-assessment by offering guidelines for achievement in the profession.
  • To recognize educators who have demonstrated a high level of competence and conscientiousness in technology and engineering education over a substantial period of time.


  • Increased respect and recognition by members in the profession.
  • Increased professional credibility.
  • Increased ability to compete in the job market.
  • Increased remuneration and job benefits.

Process for Consideration
To be eligible for consideration, technology and engineering educators must:

  1. Have at least three (3) years' experience as a full time technology/engineering educator prior to the date of application and have three (3) consecutive years of membership in ITEEA and hold a current membership at the time the EL is awarded.
  2. Possess acceptable ability, character, and reputation.
  3. Pledge to adhere to the ITEEA policy, "This We Believe."
  4. Be employed, at the time of application, in a position in technology and engineering education.
  5. Have attended at least one ITEEA annual conference in the last five years prior to application.
  6. Donate $25 (tax deductible) to ITEEA's Foundation to be used for educational programs. This is a one-time donation regardless of the number of times you apply. Note: An applicant who is denied the EL designation may request, at his/her discretion, a refund of the Foundation donation.
  7. Have been a member of an affiliated association for the three (3) most recent years and maintain (hold) current membership.

Award will be presented at ITEEA's Annual Conference.

For more information on the Emerging Leader Recognition Program contact ITEEA via email at iteea@iteea.org or phone at 703-860-2100.