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Technology Certificate Graduate Program

The Technology Certificate program is designed to meet the needs of current teachers who seek specialization in educational technology and who wish to use innovative, technologically enhanced pedagogy to meet the needs of the 21st-Century learner. The program offers two tracks: teaching and learning in the face-to-face classroom environment or teaching and learning in the virtual classroom environment. The courses provide an opportunity for teaching professionals to increase and/or formalize their knowledge base related to technology in education.

Program Length

The Certificate consists of 10–12 credit hours: one required core course, two electives and one clinical-based capstone experience with variable credit hours.

Format

Flexible classes are offered in multiple modes of delivery: online, hybrid and on campus.

Courses

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Instructional Environment Track

Emphasis is on computer-based teaching methods and assessments, technology troubleshooting, training other teachers to integrate technology within content areas, computer architecture, using peripheral, networking, emerging trends in technology integration, educational technology policy issues and World Wide Web and other professional resources.

This class features concepts and applications in the development of multimedia presentations using Photoshop, PowerPoint, digital movie editing, and World Wide Web design. Principles of effective presentation design are emphasized along with elements of computer
graphics. The course involves student presentations and peer review of class projects.

Students are required to be on campus for the first meeting of the course; all other instruction will be online in synchronous and asynchronous settings.

Google supports teachers in their efforts to empower students and expand the frontiers of human knowledge. This online class will use the free collaboration, communication and instructional tools from Google, such as Google Docs, Google video, Google Earth, and Google Wave. Teachers can create lesson and project ideas for students while learning the tools and apps for themselves. This course will focus on the middle and high school levels. Participants will create ready-to-use lesson plans and projects using the many facets of Google.com.

Students are required to be on campus for the first meeting of the course; all other instruction will be online in synchronous and asynchronous settings.

The purpose of the Technology Certifi­cate Capstone Project is for the candi­date to demonstrate and document his/her progress toward becoming an effec­tive practitioner who integrates instruc­tional technology to enhance student learning. Credit hour determination will be decided BEFORE the course starts, in partnership with the instructor and candidate.

Virtual Environment Track

Emphasis is on computer-based teaching methods and assessments, technology troubleshooting, training other teachers to integrate technology within content areas, computer architecture, using peripheral, networking, emerging trends in technology integration, educational technology policy issues and World Wide Web and other professional resources.

Come and explore the world of game studies! In this course, teachers will learn how games and simulations function as learning tools for instructional purposes. Teachers will have the opportunity to explore games and report on their relevance and application to the classroom and content areas. You will be expected to create an instructional lesson around a game or simulation and apply it in your classroom. Teachers will also share the quality of their experiences with gaming and the potential impact on teaching and learning. You will need a working knowledge of computers as well as access to a computer and the internet on a regular basis. Some course content will be taught online and through ACE.

This course is part of the Virtual Teaching & Learning Environment track for the Technology Certificate. This course will provide candidates (in-service and pre-service educators) with a basic introduction to online teaching, including the concepts and foundations of best practices for successful teaching and e-learning. We will explore applications of e-learning in a variety of settings and discuss theory, principles, learning management systems, and web-based technology tools. You will gain practical, hands on experience with a wide variety of online communication tools. Each module is structured around an introduction, readings, activities, discussion, and end with a module feedback survey. You will work individually and as part of a community to discover a variety of online classroom strategies and tools. This includes working in small groups and sharing your questions and answers.

The purpose of the Technology Certifi­cate Capstone Project is for the candi­date to demonstrate and document his/her progress toward becoming an effec­tive practitioner who integrates instruc­tional technology to enhance student learning. Credit hour determination will be decided BEFORE the course starts, in partnership with the instructor and candidate.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in education and an instructional teaching license from a regionally accredited institution (prefer nationally accredited institution)
  • 3.0 GPA preferred
  • Completion of the supplemental information on the online application
  • Copy of most recent teaching license

Tuition

Tuition is $420/credit hour for the 2016-17 academic year.

When can I start?

Classes are offered each semester and during the summer. Once accepted into the program, you can start at the beginning of any term.