Graduate Certification in Educational Technology General Information

Students working on a computer project together.This 18 to 21 credit hour program in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University is intended for individuals who possess intermediate technology competencies and currently hold or are seeking employment as a school technology specialist or a school district technology coordinator.

While the program deals with technical issues, the focus is on educational curricular and instructional aspects of the use of information and communication technology in schools.

This program helps you develop the specialized knowledge and competencies required by educators who provide school or district-wide leadership pertaining to the effective instructional use of information technology. The focus of this graduate program is on the teaching, learning and organizational issues that promote the effective use of information technology in schools.

By completing the graduate certification program, you will:

  • Develop or enhance capabilities to provide leadership for the use of technology in schools.
  • Gain knowledge in the latest advancements in technology and educational implications.
  • Gain exposure to advanced topics in technology management issues for education.
  • Receive a graduate certificate representing 18 to 21 credit hours of coursework.

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Students are encouraged to register early, especially for EDT 5410 and EDT 6420 as well as the EMR 5400 or FCS 6010 research class which have a history of reaching capacity and closing early.

A unique feature of this program is that students will develop skills in online teaching and learning as they earn their certificate. All courses except EDT 5400 are offered online.

EDT 5400EDT 5410 and EDT 6420 provide students with information and skills necessary to plan, implement and evaluate technology for personal productivity and instruction. Students will acquire skills in developing and integrating educational technology applications in learning environments.

EDT 5400 can be waived for students who have taken comparable courses or have technology skills equivalent to those developed in EDT 5400.

EDT 5410 Note: Students in EDT 5410 and all subsequent courses are expected to have fundamental computer skills since the focus in this class will be on the course content objectives rather than the development of basic computer skills. Students entering the class should have the following capabilities:

  1. Word processing skills. Standard is microsoft office.
  2. Ability to navigate and search the world wide web and access to a computer that has reasonably fast access to the internet.
  3. Ability to use computer based communication applications, email and discussion boards.
  4. Ability to use presentation software.
  5. Ability to send and receive files.
  6. Ability to download files.

EDT 6420 Note: EDT 6420 is a prerequisite for all subsequent courses in the certificate program.

EDT 6440 and EDT 6450 explore advanced technology integration and build management skills, selection, purchase, implementation and evaluation of various technologies, in faculty support, school staff training, basic troubleshooting and management and maintenance of local area networks.

EDT 6480 and EDT 6490 increase technology management and leadership skills for overseeing school district wide technology integration.

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