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Trumbull, CT 06611
Twenty-first century education requires a different kind of teacher. One who is more of a mentor than a sage in addition to someone who can use technology to facilitate both individualized and collaborative learning. The Educational Technology Certificate Program equips certified teachers, teacher candidates, and other individuals with the skills, knowledge, and understandings required for teaching and learning in the digital age. The role of computer technology in the development of 21st century teaching and learning environments is the primary focus of this program.
What will I study?
After you complete 12-15 credits of advanced-level Educational Technology [EdTech] coursework at Sacred Heart University, you will receive an Educational Technology Certificate that is issued through the university. This certificate can be used to provide evidence of your technological proficiency to current and future employers and it is not a degree or teaching endorsement. Course credits can be used for professional development purposes by teachers and those seeking employment as a school technology specialist, district technology coordinator, trainer, or instructional designer. EdTech courses can also be used as a concentration area that can be built into the Master of Arts in Teaching or 6th Year Certificate of Advanced Study in Teaching programs.
What will I learn and be able to do?
Our curriculum includes course topics such as educational game design, website design, instructional video design, interactive whiteboard lesson design, robotics integration, online learning methods, and others. You will also learn how to integrate the latest social networking technologies and emerging technologies into your lessons.
How are courses delivered?
Learn according to your own schedule. Designed for the working adult, courses are delivered through evening on-campus sessions and/or online instruction. A blended learning format is also available that will enable you to complete course requirements through bi-weekly online and on-campus sessions. The Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) is used by course instructors to post the course syllabus, learning materials and assignments. Online learning courses have no set login times. You will use Blackboard Discussion Forums and other communication technologies to contact the instructor and collaborate on assignments with your classmates. Instructional videos, simulations, an online library, and emerging technologies are used to supplement course readings and project-based assignments.
How do I apply?
All applicants to graduate programs in Education must meet the same admissions standards as certification candidates unless they hold a current teacher’s certificate. See SHU’s Graduate Catalog for additional information. After you submit your application materials to Graduate Admissions, schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor in the College of Education who will work with you to create your Plan of Study.