College of Education
006 Bluemont Hall
1100 Mid-Campus Drive
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-7304 fax

Dennis Devenney
College of Education
Director of Technology

Technology Specifications for Professional Education

In anticipation of specific requests for information on the level of equipment and types of software that meet the needs of entering and current professional education students, we provide the following recommendations.

While the expectations of the faculty for computing access can be met by many platforms coupled with a variety of software packages, students should consider when purchasing, that faculty and staff in the College of Education use iPads and Apple Macintosh computers, and that virtually all software, professional development, and technical assistance training provided through the college are Apple-based or compatible.  The staff in our technology center, the Catalyst, will attempt to help students resolve compatibility issues, but are trained to provide technical assistance on Apple-based products.

Apple MacBook/MacBook Pro or iMac, and iPad Specifications

iPad Specifications:
  • iPad Gen 2, 3, 4, or iPad Air, with 32GB or greater
    • Operating System: iOS 7.0.4 or greater
    • Applications: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, GarageBand, iPhoto, and iMovie
Apple Macintosh Hardware Specifications:
  • Laptop/Desktop computer: Minimum - Intel i3, i5, i7 processor or newer
    • Hard Drive: 500 GB or Greater, 256 GB or Greater for Solid State Drives
    • RAM: 4 GB or Greater  
    • USB ports: 2 or 3, either USB2 or USB3 connection – for peripheral devices, i.e. camera, printer, scanner.
    • Built-in Wireless (802.11n) that supports both 2.4 and 5.0GHz wireless bands
Recommendations for Software (using the most current versions):
  • Operating System: Latest Mac OS X 10.9 or greater
  • Applications:
    • Apple Macintosh Applications: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband (these are included with the computer)
    • Microsoft Office 2011 Mac or newer (additional purchase)
    • University provided Anti-Virus Software at
Additional items to consider that would be very useful:
  • Protection Plan (extending the hardware warranty of your computer)
  • 4 GB or greater Flash Drive (for transferring and exchanging data)
  • Portable external hard drive (for backup purposes)
  • Carrying case and sleeve
  • USB Printer w/ USB cable
  • Lock and cable kit to prevent theft

Additional assistance with Macintosh hardware and software is supported within the College of Education.

Windows PC Computer Hardware and Software Recommendations

→ Please see Buying a Computer for College 2014-2015

Assistance with the Windows PC hardware and software is supported through iTAC in Hale Library.

See also: Technology Expectations for Professional Education

Note: You may find it to your benefit to check with the K-State Computer Store for special pricing and packaging on your computer selection.