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School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development

What is Instructional technology?

The Instructional Technology (IT) Certificate is intended to provide graduate-level students an opportunity to explore the field of instructional technology and design.  The IT Certificate can offer students a chance to expand their professional development in terms of integrating technology in the work settings, determine whether IT is a career they want to pursue, and/or add onto their credentials to help with job advancement.

The certificate is available to students from any discipline whether their current careers are in education, science, business, arts, health, and others.  Instructional technology is an interdisciplinary field that caters to students’ desire to acquire technology-based skills in improving workplace settings and developing instructional materials and programs.

If students first enroll in the IT Certificate and later want to pursue the Master’s of Science in Human Capital Development (Instructional Technology and Design), coursework taken for the IT Certificate can be applied toward the master’s.  Students already enrolled in a graduate degree program (e.g., master’s) can apply for the IT Certificate if they have taken the required 12-hour coursework (see below) as long as the degree has not been awarded.

Students planning to obtain an Instructional Technology (IT) Certificate are required to take the following coursework, totaling 12 hours, from the Instructional Technology and Design Program in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Human Capital Development. All coursework in the IT Certificate is offered online.

Required courses: 
  1. ITD 645 – Technology in Education
  2. HCD 643 – Design and Development of Performance Improvement
Selective courses: 
In addition, students must take two courses from the following list depending upon their interests. 

  • ITD 648 – Digital Communications in Education
  • ITD 650 – Instructional Strategies of Online Teaching
  • ITD 709 – Leadership in Instructional Technology
  • ITD 755 – Web Development and Assessment
  • HCD 640 – Workforce Development Models
  • HCD 660 – Foundation of Human Capital Development
  • HCD 725 – Advanced workforce Analysis  

Tentative Course Schedule and Fees

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