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Educational Computing & Technology

Department of Education

Overview

This certificate is designed for students or business professionals who are interested in expanding their knowledge and skills in educational computing and technology. Hands-on learning is utilized in each of the certificate courses. Student projects are tailored to the students' personal interests and applications for use in school settings. The certificate provides basic through advanced training in computer hardware and software skills and other peripherals including but not limited to iPads and iPad Apps. Students will further expand their knowledge and skills of online technologies such as the following web 2.0 tools: Google Docs, video conferencing, wikis, blogs and blogging, social book-marking, and RSS reader aggregator tools. Students will engage in reviewing and evaluating technology tools.

Additionally, students will develop technology skills to teach and accomplish administrative responsibilities such as technology grant writing, developing a technology committee, and designing 21st century classrooms/facilities.  Finally, this certificate expands student technology skills for teaching or delivering professional development training on-line and/or with hybrid coursework with a variety of different Learning Management Systems (LMS).

The certificate is offered through two options. Students must decide the option they wish to pursue BEFORE enrolling in the first course. The option may not be changed once it is initiated.

 Courses

Educ 3412/5412:
The Computer in Education 
Project based learning course that utilizes a constructivist approach to teaching. The course is specifically developed to meet the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) teacher and students standards. Develop basic skills using application software, the utilization of web 2.0 tools and the use of peripherals such as Smartboards 
(0.5 – 4.0 cr. [max 6.0 cr]; A-F or Audit; fall spring, every year)
Educ 2000:
Technology for Teaching and Learning
*Elementary Education/Special Education only*
Using technology tools to enhance student learning in kindergarten through grade 6, including interactive whiteboards, tablet computers, other technology tools. Creating, teaching and assessing lessons; differentiating instruction with technology.
(3 cr; A-F or Audit; fall, spring, every year)
Educ 5413:
Teaching with Technology
Develop basic educational technology skills focusing on the use of computers and related technology for the purpose of communications. Student will explore and develop projects with tools such as Google docs, blogs, and wikis and further develop the web development skills.
(4 cr; prereq 3412 or 5412, min 60 cr or college grad or #, A-F or Audit, spring, every year)
Educ 5414:
Using Technology for the Administrative Tasks of Teaching
Develop basic computer and educational technology skills focusing on the administrative aspects of teaching.  Introduction to developing courses on-line, student information systems (SIS) software, school technology committees and technology plans, e-rate, computer networks, school, and technology grant writing. 
(4 cr; prereq min 60 cr. or grad; Educ 3412 or 5412, 5413 or instructor consent)
Educ 5415:
Teaching On-line and Hybrid Courses
Develop software skills with the focus of preparing to teach on line and/or teaching hybrid courses.  A variety of online software tools will be taught and in addition, a number of technology tools will be showcased which can be incorporated into teaching on-line courses or hybrid courses.
(4 cr; prereq min 60 cr. or grad; Educ 3412 or 5412, 5413, 5414, or instructor consent)

Undergraduate

The undergraduate option is designed for students who are still pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Students must complete 14-16 credits. For more information see the University Catalog.

Application and Admission

Application for Admission Form

  • The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance is 2.0 or above.
  • Apply for admission any semester.
  • Complete the application for admission form before completing the required coursework.
  • No application fee is required for registered UMD students.

 For admission or application questions, contact One Stop at umdhelp@d.umn.edu or 218-726-8000.

Certificate Completion

Completion Form

  • This form is submitted when a student enrolls in the last course of the certificate requirements and is required for certificate completion.

Tuition and Fees

  • Please see One Stop for tuition and fee information.

For more information on Certificate Programs please see One Stop


Graduate (Postbaccalaureate)

The graduate option is for students who have already received a baccalaureate degree. Students must complete 16 credits of courses taken at the 5xxx level. For more information see the University Catalog.

Admissions

  • Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 2.80 or a graduate degree of at least 2.80.
  • Apply for admission any semester.

Application

Complete the application for admission form before completing the required coursework. Applications are submitted to the University of Minnesota Graduate School online application system. Because the application system is used across the U of MN campuses by various graduate programs, not all parts of the application are required. The application fee for U.S. applicants and permanent residents is $75 and $95 for international applicants.

Step One: Please view this document for application instructions.

Step Two: Access the graduate application system to create and submit an application.

 If you have questions about the application process, please contact Brianne Vigen at vige0019@d.umn.edu or 218-726-6525.

Certificate Completion

Completion Form

  • This form is submitted when a student enrolls in the last course of the certificate requirements and is required for certificate completion. 

Tuition and Fees

  • This certificate is not eligible for financial aid.
  • Please see One Stop for tuition and fee information.

For more information on Certificate Programs please see One Stop.


If you have questions pertaining to these certificates, contact:

Technology Certificate Coordinator

Dr. David A. McCarthy
EduE 107
218-726-6236
dmccarth@d.umn.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator

Brianne Vigen
EduE 156
218-726-6525