Instructional Learning Technology Graduate Certificate
The Instructional Learning Technology Graduate Certificate program in the College of Education provides students with the qualifications to become their schools’ technology leaders. Students will also gain the expertise to adapt technology to improve learning outcomes.
This graduate certificate program also features the option of earning Pennsylvania Department of Education certification as an Instructional Technology Specialist by completing additional state requirements. Both choices prepare students to
- integrate technology into the curriculum and lesson planning;
- know all your technology options, including assistive or augmentative tools;
- manage hardware and software use for a classroom/lab, building, district or school; and
- utilize technology to assist all learners with diverse needs and backgrounds.
The Instructional Learning Technology Graduate Certificate may be completed in one or two years, depending on whether students take classes full- or part-time. Courses are available in the fall, spring and summer sessions.
Who might be interested?
Teachers working in early childhood, middle grades, secondary or special education should find that the expertise developed through this program strengthens professional competencies. (It also can fulfill the state’s continuing education requirements.) Additionally, this certificate is valuable to those who educate or train adults in corporate, government or higher education settings.
Credit requirements vary based on whether you seek to earn the graduate certificate in instructional learning technology or get state certification as an instructional technology specialist.
- Instructional Learning Technology Certificate: Complete 12 credits (three core courses plus one elective).
- Instructional Technology Specialist Certification: Complete 15 credits, which include a practicum course that provides 100 hours of hands-on experience.
You must complete four courses and one elective in order to earn this certificate. The elective allows you to focus your interest on PreK through grade 12 students or on college-age youth and adult learners. You can obtain state certification as an instructional technology specialist by completing the ILT: Practicum in Instructional Technology course—which includes a minimum of 100 hours of participation in sequential field experiences/practicum. Students who wish to be eligible for the Instructional Technology Specialist (K-12) certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education may need to complete additional coursework in Special Education and English Language Learning to meet guidelines for all certifications.
All but one course is delivered online.
Field Experience & Student Teaching
If you are pursuing Instructional Technology Specialist Certification, you will gain firsthand knowledge in classrooms through immersive field placements and student teaching experiences as part of your academic program.