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

*The current plan of study for this program would only allow for federal financial aid (including Federal Direct Student Loans) for terms that are at least a minimum of 4.5 credits for graduate courses and 6.0 credits for undergraduate courses. This is based on current regulations from the U.S. Department of Education.

About the Program

Note: Effective Fall 2022, students are no longer being admitted into the Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate. 

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

Applicants for the 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. Please 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 previously held teaching certificate, they will also be required to complete EDCR 518 and EDLT 525 .

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 544Inclusive Practices3.0
EDLT 512Using and Integrating Learning Technologies 3.0
EDLT 533Designing Virtual Communities3.0
EDLT 537Technologies for Performance Support3.0
EDLT 551Instructional Design Methods3.0
EDLT 552Instructional Design: Project Management3.0
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
Evidence-Based Evaluation
Design for Learning with Digital Media
Total Credits27.0-33.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
EDLT 5123.0EDLT 533 (20 hour internship)3.0EDEX 5423.0VACATION
EDLT 5513.0EDLT 5523.0EDUC 565 (10 hour Field Experience)3.0 
 6 6 6 0
Second Year
EDLT 5373.0EDEX 544 (20 hour Field Experience)3.0  
ELL 5043.0   
 6 3  
Total Credits 27

If a student seeks the Instructional Technology Specialist PA Certificate without a previous held teaching certificate, he or she will also be required to complete EDCR 518 and EDLT 525 through an individualized plan of study.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please contact

  • Schedule of Classes
  • All Course Descriptions
  • Co-op
  • Academic Advising
  • Admissions
  • Tuition & Fees