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Instructional Design and Technology Specialist Certification Course Descriptions

ITS 605 Technology Applications for Learning Environments (3 credit hours)
ITS 610 Applying Theories of Learning to Technology (3 credit hours)
ITS 615 Interactive & Emerging Technologies (3 credit hours)
ITS 620 Multimedia Productions (3 credit hours)
ITS 625 Research in Instructional Technology (3 credit hours)
ITS 630 Instructional Design (3 credit hours)
SPE 630 Design and Technologies for Differentiated Instruction (3 credit hours)
ITS 640 Technology Planning (3 credit hours)
ITS 646 Cultural/Linguistic Diversity and Technology (3 credit hours)
ITS 695 Instructional Technology Internship (6 credit hours)

ITS 605 Technology Applications for Learning Environments (3 credit hours)
Students explore the role of technology in the classroom. A special emphasis will be placed on the use of technology as a mind tool to create a constructivist, higher-order thinking, and learning environment. Students will gain proficiency in a wide range of technologies and apply the instructional systems design process to all projects.

ITS 610 Applying Theories of Learning to Technology (3 credit hours)
This course provides an in-depth study of the theoretical foundations of learning and instruction as they apply to the interactive technologies.

ITS 615 Interactive and Emerging Technologies (3 credit hours)
This course identifies and describes tools that promote the design and delivery of instruction, including application software that facilitates interaction among instructors, learners and content. Additionally, it will explore the potential instructional and learning affordances of new internet technologies and the ways in which they might be used to promote communication and collaboration and to support authentic learning environments. Topics covered will include presentation software, web authoring and Web 2.0 tools, mashup creation, virtual reality, online communities, and the social implications of using such tools in the learning environment.

ITS 620 Multimedia Productions (3 credit hours)
Students demonstrate proficiency in the development of multimedia and will develop instructionally effective multimedia products. They will be exposed to and utilize basic computer hardware and software and techniques found in multimedia production. They will utilize object-based and pixel-based graphics software to create and edit instructional images. They will plan, produce and edit a digital video and audio sequence to be used as part of a multimedia production.

ITS 625 Research in Instructional Technology (3 credit hours)
Students explore ways that research has contributed to the field of instructional technology. The scientific method will be examined and students will be expected to classify basis types of educational research by purpose and method. They will prepare a preliminary research plan and describe how they would conduct and evaluate survey research. The students will describe both qualitative and quantitative research models.

ITS 630 Instructional Design (3 credit hours)
This course serves to introduce and provide experience with the systems approach to the design of instruction and training. The major components of instructional design models, along with their respective functions will be presented. This is an applications course that provides both introductory information and application of skills and techniques necessary in the design, development, and evaluation of sound instructional products. These skills are particularly pertinent for efficient and cost effective development of effective solutions to novel instructional problems.

SPE 630 Design and Technologies for Differentiated Instruction* (3 credit hours)
This course provides comprehensive coverage of issues within the field of special education as it relates to instructional personnel's use of technology.

Content coverage will include the special education process, informal and formal assessment, and research-based instructional and collaborative practices for students with disabilities and English Language Learners. The activities and assignments are designed to advance the knowledge and skills of the instructional technology specialist.

ITS 640 Technology Planning (3 credit hours)
Students formulate a systematic process for the identification, selection, use, and evaluation of technology within the curriculum. Students will create technology plan projects for the classroom, building, district, regional levels and/or industry. Consideration will be given to a number of issues which affect the procurement and use of technology in schools and/or industry. Students will also choose a specific technology in which they will develop expertise for use in curriculum planning.

ITS 646 Cultural/Linguistic Diversity and Technology (3 credit hours)
This course introduces candidate to technologies that address issues in the language and literacy development of culturally and linguistically diverse (Pre K - 12) English language learners (ELLs). Candidates will learn how to use the PA Language proficiency standards as well as current technologies to plan instruction in a culturally and linguistically diverse setting. Assigned readings, class discussions, audio and video recordings, library and online research, will engage candidates in the course topics.

ITS 695 Instructional Technology Internship (6 credit hours)
As the last course in a student's graduate coursework the internship allows students to put into practice the theory from previous coursework. An internship is at least 12 weeks and must be directly related to the general content of the master's program.

To learn more about the online Instructional Technology Specialist Certification program from Saint Joseph’s University and what it can do for your career, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with an admissions representative right away or request more information.

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