Program Goals & Objectives

EdTech Certificate Program goals are aligned with the University's overall mission of "assisting in the development of people knowledgeable of self, rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to social and civic obligations, and able to respond to an ever-changing world."

This alignment is evidenced through the ability of the program and its faculty to:

  • Provide support and leadership for pre-service teachers, current teachers, administrators, and other school personnel through professional development training, distance learning opportunities, and curriculum resources
  • Improve teacher quality and enhance student achievement through the development of new instructional methodologies
  • Encourage the development of innovative uses for emerging technologies
  • Engage in scholarly activities to advance knowledge and practice in the utilization of educational technologies
  • Assure equitable student access to all available SHU technologies
  • Enter into collaborative partnerships with outside organizations and the community

These goals further support the vision of Isabelle Farrington College of Education's Conceptual Framework by promoting professional and academic excellence among EdTech program participants. All course objectives target the skills, knowledge, understandings, and dispositions of teacher candidates (and other program participants) in:  

Domain 4: Practices Associated with Successful Pedagogy
Competency - 4.6. Integration of Technology
The candidate integrates emerging technologies and strategies across the curriculum.  

Domain 1: The Context of the Profession
Competency - 1.2 Legal and Regulatory Issues
The candidate demonstrates knowledge of legal and regulatory issues.

By the completion of the EdTech Certificate Program participants:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use a variety of emerging technologies to facilitate experiences that advance student learning creativity, and innovation
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply technology in supporting scientific research-based interventions that improve the education of all students
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the social, ethical, legal, human, and practical issues surrounding the use of technology in PreK-12 schools
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply instructional systems design principles in the planning and design of effective technology-based classroom and online learning environments
  • Demonstrate the dispositions of an effective teacher towards professional growth in the use of technology for teaching, learning, and data-driven decision-making
  • Develop and align technology-based curricular materials with state and national content standards such as the Connecticut Common Core State Standards and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Educational Standards for Students (NETS•S).