Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate 
Number of Credits to Completion: 27.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.0501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 25-9031
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About the Program

The Instructional Technology Specialist certificate program was designed to address the dramatically increasing need in public education for certified instructional technology specialists at every level of K-12 schooling.

Applicants for instructional technology specialist Certification should ideally possess valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II Teaching Certification. Students working on their initial teaching certificate may be required to complete additional coursework. (Visit the School of Education for additional information.)

Minimum coursework requirements for the instructional technology specialist Certificate include 27.0 credits of specific pedagogy. The PA Certification requires a "B" or better in all certification coursework. If a student seeks the Instructional Technology Specialist PA Certification without a previous held teaching certificate, he or she will also be required to complete EDUC 522 and EDUC 525 .

Credits from the certificate in Instructional Technology Specialist can be applied toward an MS in Learning Technologies

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the program will follow the University standards for admission to graduate study. Prospective students must minimally have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA).

In addition, prospective students are required to submit the following:

  • Completed application form including official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Resume
  • Application fee (if applicable)

The applicant's potential to contribute to the overall quality of the program of study will also be considered. Decisions will be made using dates corresponding to the regular University schedule for rolling admissions in Graduate Admissions.

Program Requirements

Core Courses
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom3.0
EDEX 552Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement3.0
EDLT 533Designing Virtual Communities3.0
EDLT 534Developing Educational Leaders Using Technology3.0
EDLT 535Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology3.0
EDLT 544Integrating Games & Pedagogical Content Knowledge3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners3.0
ELL 504Learning Technologies & Disabilities3.0
Additional required courses for candidates without prior teacher certification:0.0-6.0
Design for Learning with Digital Media
Evaluation of Instruction
Total Credits27.0-33.0

Additional Information

For additional information about this program, contact the Program Manager:

Arielle Norment
Program Manager
School of Education

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