Instructional Technology and Design (GC)


The graduate certificate is focused on using design models and instructional technologies to reduce barriers and create equitable access to learning. Educators pursuing this graduate certificate will engage in innovative and creative uses of technology and design to address problems of practice in education, learn how to teach their own students using design models that foster inquiry and creativity, and use design models to create instructional materials for use in their own classroom or teaching environment. 

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Program Requirements

Common Core

This course will include analysis, synthesis, application, and evaluation of approaches to design in education. Learners will critically review design models and technology use as applied in education and the research that supports them to analyze how design can reduce barriers to learning and can increase equitable access to learning. Learners will analyze and apply design models and technology use to evaluate, adapt, and create student-centered learning experiences and instructional materials. Learners will analyze and apply strategies for teaching a design-based approach to problem solving and inquiry.

Prerequisites: none

Blended learning is a mix of online, f2f, and out of the classroom activities supported by technology that allows students more control over the time, place, pace, and path of their learning. In this course, learners will identify, analyze, evaluate, and apply models for blended learning that use technology tools and platforms in ways that address digital equity and support diverse students. Learners will create blended learning activities, including games and simulations, with a focus on eliminating stereotypes and biases in instruction.

Prerequisites: none

Learners will apply theoretical models and processes for the design and development of learning experiences to address an instructional-based problem of practice in a local education setting. Starting by conducting a needs analysis, learners will use a design process to create an innovative solution to address the problem. Learners will analyze and evaluate the application of technology tools to support their solutions. The design process will focus on identifying and addressing issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion to better support student learning.

Prerequisites: none