Non-degree Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology

    Program Overview

    The 9-credit, non-degree graduate certificate in Educational Technology offered at the GSE is designed to prepare educators to effectively integrate current and developing technologies into various learning environments. The program is available to students currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at Rutgers University, as well as non-matriculated candidates that already hold a bachelor’s degree. The intended audience includes teachers, college or 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 consists of three online courses taken, ideally, in succession. Through completion of the required coursework, graduates will develop an understanding of the intellectual and research basis for the integration of technology in the classroom and other educational settings.

    After completing all of the required courses in the program, students will receive official documentation of their completion, endorsed by the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. This program does not include coursework leading to a New Jersey school personnel license. 

    For more information about this program:

    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    Aug 15 / Dec 15 / May 15

    Entry Term(s)

    Fall / Spring / Summer

    Program Level

    Non-degree

    Program Type

    Certification

    Format

    100% Online

    Credits

    9

  • What You’ll Learn

    Students enrolled in the Educational Technology graduate certificate program at the GSE will be introduced to the latest collaborative, web 2.0 digital tools and coinciding methods for effective practice. They will learn the basics of web design using these tools, address issues related to Internet safety, and carry out an educational project incorporating technology integration. Through completion of the coursework, students can expect to develop proficiency in educational technology, and readiness to address the challenges of preparing learners for the demands of our information-rich, Digital Age society. More specifically, in Web-Based Multimedia Design for Educators (15:255:504), students will come to understand how new media challenge traditional ways of learning and communicating, investigate learning theory and its implications on interactive multimedia, and study the relationship of instructional design principles to the selection of media elements (text, video, sound, animation, and graphics) for high-quality, effective design and assessment of multimedia projects. In the third and final course of the program, students will explore issues surrounding online and distance learning, examine the theoretical frameworks, historical development, pedagogical issues and practical applications of distance and hybrid eLearning education, and later learn to develop their own digital e-learning environments. 

    For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.

  • Program Requirements

    9 Graduate Course Credits

    • 3 Credits – Introduction to Teaching with Digital Tools
    • 3 Credits – Web-Based Multimedia Design for Educators
    • 3 Credits – Developing Digital e-Learning Environments 

    Students are expected to maintain a “B” or better average as a non-degree student. Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program. After completing all of the required courses in the program, students should contact the Office of Academic Services at the GSE. Students will receive official documentation of their completion, endorsed by the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Earning a graduate certificate at the GSE allows candidates to advance their understanding of, and gain practical skills pertaining to, the integration of educational technology in various learning environments. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as earning a certificate can help students enter into a new specialization they’ve yet to explore, or advance or stay competitive in a space they already have knowledge in. The program offers a comprehensive look at the latest tools and research in the field and can lead to potential career benefits including advancement, role flexibility, or leadership responsibility.

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Personal Statement: approximately 1-page in length that describes why the program is relevant to the applicant’s interests for career goals
    • 1 Letter of Recommendation, delineating any prior experience as a teacher, use of technology in an educational environment, and/or familiarity with Web 2.0 tools
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts

    Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet all requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education will not  refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted.

  • How to Apply

    Current Rutgers University Students:

    All applicants who are currently enrolled in a program at Rutgers University and wish to begin the certificate program while continuing their current program should contact the GSE Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) at academic.services@gse.rutgers.edu.

    Non-Rutgers University Students:

    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
    3. Submit supporting materials online
    4. Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/about/contact-us
  • Tuition

    Tuition:

    Click here for the New Brunswick Graduate tuition rates.

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