Rutgers Certificate in Education Technology

Our nine-credit Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology is available to students enrolled in masters and doctoral programs in many fields at Rutgers, and is open to all with a bachelor’s degree. The online certificate program is designed to prepare educators to effectively integrate current and developing technologies into various educational environments.
The intended audience for this program includes teachers, college/university instructors, school administrators, or other interested parties who want to learn more about the use of Web based technologies in educational contexts. The program is open to both matriculated and non-matriculated graduate students. 


Online Courses

The program consists of three online courses taken, ideally, in succession. In order to receive the certificate, students must successfully complete the following courses with a grade of “B” or better.
Please click on the name of each course for additional information:
Introduction to Teaching with Digital Tools (15:299:503) is the first in a series of three courses designed to help educators develop proficiency in educational technology and address the challenges of preparing learners for the demands of our information rich, Digital Age society. In this course, students will explore collaborative 2.0 tools, learn the basics of web design using these tools, address issues related to Internet safety, and create an educational project that incorporates technology integration. This course follows the philosophy that knowledge is socially constructed and that people learn best when learning by doing. The course will provide students with various opportunities to engage in both individual and collaborative, project-based activities that emphasize inquiry-based learning. Students will explore theories of learning based upon how these theories inform the effective uses of technology in educational environments. Additionally, students will investigate what the latest research has to say about the integration of technology in educational settings, with emphasis being placed on the types of 21st Century skills that are required to be successful in today’s Digital Age society. By engaging in a variety of inquiry-based, collaborative activities throughout the semester, this course will introduce individuals to the various ways that new technologies are challenging traditional ways of communicating and learning.
Web-Based Multimedia Design for Educators (15:255:504) is an online course available to graduate students who are interested in the use of technology to support education. This course was developed based on the philosophy that knowledge is socially constructed and that students and teachers learn best when learning by doing. While participating in this course, students will have various opportunities to engage in both individual and collaborative activities that emphasize learning through design and inquiry. This course is designed to provide educators with the theory, knowledge, and 21st century skills that are needed to use new technologies to enhance communication, teaching, and learning. Throughout the semester, students will come to understand how new media challenge traditional ways of learning and communicating. Students will investigate learning theory and its implications on interactive multimedia. They will also study the relationship of instructional design principles to selection of media elements (text, video, sound, animation, and graphics) for high-quality, effective design and assessment of multimedia projects. Students will identify the use of multimedia to meet the needs of their audience based on theory, developmental appropriateness, background and culture. Through a variety of real-world, project-based activities, students will also demonstrate their ability to use the tools reviewed in class for educational purposes.
Developing Digital eLearning Environments (15:255:506) provides an in-depth overview of both theory and practice related to distance, eLearning education. The principles identified and the issues studied in the course are applicable across a variety of settings, including but not limited to: K-12 classrooms, universities, community college, business/industry; and health care. This course will examine the theoretical frameworks, historical development, pedagogical issues and practical applications of distance and hybrid eLearning education. Online distance education as implemented in staff training and teacher professional development will also be reviewed. Students in the course will have the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the online tools that are frequently used in distance education today. Most of the course will be spent on a variety of issues that are currently debated about eLearning and distance education, some related to student or learner concerns, some related to faculty or instructor concerns, and some related to institution or provider concerns. Some of the topics that will be covered also include instructional design issues for online teaching, assessment of student performance, learner perspectives of online education, benchmarking quality in distance education, and new technologies to support online learning.
More detailed information on program requirements and the application process can be found by clicking here