Certificate in Educational Technology

Our certificate in educational technology is delivered in an online format, which is designed for curriculum directors, practicing teachers, and school leaders who seek to improve student learning with the latest technological innovations. You will have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in the use of technology and to develop effective strategies for using technology-enhanced learning activities in your classroom.

Features of our program:

  • Four three-credit courses applicable to your undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Convenient online course delivery to fit your schedule
  • Courses based on current learning theory, research, and best practices
  • Learning modules that expand your skills and knowledge in the use of technology
  • Course projects that can be used in your classroom right away
  • Elective credits that can be applied toward our Master's Degree in Education

Who should enroll in this certificate program?

  • School administrators
  • Classroom teachers
  • Technology coordinators
  • Curriculum specialists
  • Other educational technology professionals

For additional information on this certificate program in an easy-to-read format, please read our Educational Technology Gainful Employment Disclosure notice.

Admissions requirements and checklist

Course descriptions

Course numbers and descriptions are currently being finalized and will be added soon. Check back for more information.

Choose any 3 of the 8 elective courses.

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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse EDU 6450 - Leadership/Future Trends Ed Te

This online course is designed to help develop educational technology leaders. In this course students evaluate, plan, and create educational technology-based solutions for learning environments while considering best-practices in technology integration. Participants will learn about topics in educational technology such as, future trends, government policies, professional development models, and evaluation tools. Prerequisite: EDU 6420, EDU 6430, EDU 6440, or Instructor permission.

Expand and Collapse Elective Courses

Expand and Collapse EDU 6370 - Universal Design for Learning

Students examine the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the related frameworks of Differentiation and Universal Design for Instruction. Students experience features of UDL in their assignments, including universally designed online learning modules, assigned resources in multiple formats, and choices for student-initiated projects. Students explore and apply a wide variety of technologies and strategies to improve learning for all learners in both K-12 and postsecondary settings.

Expand and Collapse EDU 6430 - Webtools for Learning

This course provides an introduction to instructional design and an in-depth exploration and application of web-based and digital resources for learning. The course provides an overview of effective web-based resources, including Web 2.0, evaluation strategies for reviewing digital resources, video, discussion threads, and learning objects. Participants will also consider best-practices in the area of web-based learning environments and develop learning activities and a collection of resources for educational environments. Participants in the "Certificate in Online Instruction" program will develop a simple online course structure that will be developed in future courses.

Expand and Collapse EDU 6440 - Using Digital Media

This course provides an overview of digital media application for teaching and learning. Participants will learn to design and produce multimedia and digital video products to support the curriculum in their classroom. The course will also focus on designing instruction that integrates student use of multimedia and digital video as learning tools.

Expand and Collapse EDU 6445 - Online Teaching Methods

Master the essential basics of designing and teaching online courses. This fully online course covers both practical and pedagogical aspects of teaching online. As part of this experience, you will use the Blackboard/WebCT course management system to develop a sample course of your own design, including a syllabus, discussions, course content, and other components that are optimized for the online teaching and learning environment. The course will be organized into eight learning modules, each presenting two weeks of content.

Expand and Collapse EDU 6460 - Tech for Online Environment

Master the essential basics of technologies that are available for the online environment. This online course covers both practical and pedagogical aspects of online technologies. Participants will explore a wide range of online technologies and how they can be used to enhance the online learning environment. Participants will evaluate, select, and integrate technologies into their online course structures.

Expand and Collapse EDU 6520 - 21st Century Tech for Teaching

In this first course, you assess your current technology skills and knowledge and set some learning goals for integrating technology in your classroom. You examine some of the trends and issues of technology integration, investigate some of the various types of educational software and technology tools available, and develop a technology integration plan for your classroom.

Expand and Collapse EDU 6710 - Computational Thinking and Standards

Present and review the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) K-12 Computer Science Standards along with resources on Computational Thinking and strategies for implementing them in the K-12 curriculum. The course will also begin to address stereotypes about computing, how to debunk myths about working in technology, and include strategies for active recruiting.

Expand and Collapse EDU 6720 - Computer Science Principles

Students in this course will learn computer science through building socially useful mobile apps using App Inventor, a visual, blocks-based programming environment. It uses the Mobile Computer Science Principles curriculum, which aligns with the framework for the proposed Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course. It will continue to address effective pedagogy and how to mitigate underrepresentation in computing.

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Tuition: $405/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2017-18 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.

"The educational technology certificate enabled me to understand what integrating technology means. I have used information from the courses to help move both my teaching and our district toward 21st century teaching. The networking connections I made are invaluable to my role as a technology integration specialist."

– Michael Pothast