The Instructional Technology Specialist Certification program is no longer accepting new applications.
Our curriculum is designed to provide you with fundamental knowledge of the core principles of Instructional Design and Technology. Upon completion of the certification program (nine courses and an internship), you are eligible to apply for the Instructional Technology Specialist Certification.
You can earn an MS in Education in Instructional Technology by completing just two additional courses.
Instructional Technology Specialist Courses
ITS 605 Technology Applications for Learning Environments
3 credits. This course will introduce students to the role that technology plays in a learning environment. Offered in an eight-week accelerated format.
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.
ITS 640 Technology Planning
3 credits. 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 credits. This course introduces students to key theories, issues, and practices related to promoting the language and literacy development of culturally and linguistically diverse students (Pre-K-12), with a special focus on English language learners (ELLs). Candidates will learn how to use the PA Language proficiency standards and PA academic standards to plan instruction in a culturally and linguistically diverse setting. Assigned readings, class discussions, video recordings, library and online research, and a field experience in a culturally and linguistically diverse classroom will engage candidates in the course topics.
ITS 695 Instructional Technology Internship
6 credits. As the last course in a student's graduate coursework the internship allows students to put into practice the theory from previous coursework in a K-12 environment or a corporate setting. An internship is at least 12 weeks and must be directly related to the general content of the master's program.
SPE 630 Design and Technologies for Differentiated Instruction
3 credits. This course will provide comprehensive coverage of what is involved in the consideration, assessment, and implementation of assistive technology for students with special needs including those with specific learning disabilities found most commonly in regular and special education classrooms today. Additional topics will include current and emerging technologies used to enhance instruction for both regular and special learners; school practices related to technology integration and effective uses of technology in the general and special education classroom. Offered in an eight-week accelerated format.
NOTE: Courses are in alpha-numeric order, not necessarily the order in which they are taken, and are subject to change. Please speak with an Program Manager for a course map.