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Twenty-first century education requires a different kind of teacher, one who is more of a mentor than a sage. The most effective teacher uses 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 provides evidence of your technological proficiency to current and future employers. 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 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 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 is used by course instructors to post course syllabi, learning materials and assignments. Online learning courses have no set login times. In general Blackboard is used for all on-line communication between teacher and student in this certification program. 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, you will be assigned an academic advisor in the College of Education who will work with you to create your Plan of Study.