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Educational Computing & Technology Certificate

  • Program Type: Undergraduate credit certificate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 15 to 16
  • Degree: Certificate in Educational Computing and Technology

This certificate is designed for undergraduate or graduate students in any major or business professionals who are interested in expanding their knowledge and skills in educational computing and technology. The certificate provides basic-through-advanced training in computer hardware and software skills and other peripherals to include but not limited to iPads, iPad Apps, scanners, and Smartboards. Further, this certificate also provides instruction focused on reviewing and evaluating technology tools and allowing students to teach with those technology skills. In addition, the third course provides technology skill development with a focus on the administrative responsibilities. This would include such topics as: technology grant writing, the responsibilities of a technology committee, designing 21st century classrooms/facilities, and for designing professional development opportunities for colleagues and the greater community area. Finally, the certificate expands their technology skills in regard to teaching or delivering professional development training on-line and/or with hybrid coursework with a variety of different Learning Management Systems (LMS).

This hands-on constructivist program builds upon computer literacy skills with application software to include computer operating systems, advanced word processing (Word), spreadsheets (Excel), databases (Access) digital editing (PhotoShop), web development, advanced PowerPoint skills, mail-merging, desktop publishing and work with peripherals such as smartboards, digital cameras and scanners. You will further expand your knowledge and skills with additional technologies to include many of the web 2.0 tools to include Google docs, video conferencing, wikis, blogs and blogging, social book-marking, and RSS reader aggregator tools. Further, teacher administrative topics will address such items as technology grant writing, student information systems (SIS) software, technology plans, technology committees in schools, and building courses on-line (Moodle). Finally, the curriculum with deal with the opportunity to gain skills to teach on line. A variety of on-line tools will be address in conjunction with software tools that can be incorporated into on-line or hybrid course delivery. The program is designed for professionals, paraprofessionals, and others who wish to focus or enhance their professional development skills in educational technology. Constructivist teaching is utilized in each of the courses and the projects are tailored to your personal interests and applications for use in school settings. 

The program is designed for educational professionals, paraprofessionals, and those in the business world. Student projects are tailored to your personal interests and emphasize practical application for use in school classroom and /or business settings.

The certificate is at one of three levels: undergraduate, graduate, or noncredit; students must decide at what level they wish to pursue this program BEFORE enrolling in the first course as one cannot change ones' level once initiated.

There are 2 forms involved with this certificate program:

The 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. 
(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.
(prereq min 60 cr. or grad; Educ 3412 or 5412, 5413, 5414, or instructor consent)

* The certificate is not eligible for financial aid.

Questions - Contact:

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