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Educational Technology:
Online Graduate Certificate Programs

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Students are not required to apply to the Graduate School, but must complete a brief application to the program through the JMU Outreach & Engagement office. When you apply for a certificate program through the Outreach & Engagement site be sure to complete the "Certificate Program Application".

These graduate certificate programs best serve: (1) individuals who wish to develop credentials in some aspect of Educational Technology, and (2) those who desire to take one or more graduate courses before applying to the M. Ed. program. Students who join these certificates work, or hope to work, in K12, higher education, business, industry, government, or consulting where teaching and learning with technology is valued. When choosing a certificate carefully consider program descriptions, your professional goals and employer expectations.

Credits in these JMU certificate programs may be transferred into the JMU M. Ed. with a concentration in Educational Technology. To do this, complete the Graduate School Approval of Transfer Credit form with your advisor. Up to half the required credits of the M. Ed. may be transferred into the M. Ed. JMU M. Ed. with a concentration in Educational Technology from a certificate program. Students may not complete more than one certificate by double-counting earned credits from one certificate to another.


Certificate Programs (Graduate Catalog with Course Descriptions)

Note: Semesters (fall, spring, summer) listed with each course indicate the typical semester of offering. Contact your advisor to confirm. Subject to change. Courses are currently delivered entirely online in real-time from 5:45pm-8:15pm ET/EDT U. S., on weekdays. The current schedule is posted on the Outreach and Engagement website. All courses and course materials are delivered using the English language. Students are expected to adhere to the Student Dispositions Policy.

Educational Technology Certificate (12hrs)
Develop a strong foundation in the field of Educational Technology, along with some advanced skills for design and development. This certificate is particularly appropriate for students who plan to enter the M. Ed. in Educational Technology, and for those without prior relevant courses or work experience in this area.

EDUC 641. Learning Theory & Instructional Models (fall and spring). 3 credits.
LTLE 560. Foundations of Educational Technology (fall). 3 credits.
LTLE 570. Design & Development of Digital Media (fall) OR Portfolio Assessment + Adv Course. 3 credits.
LTLE 610. Principles of Instructional Design (spring). 3 credits.

eLearning Certificate (12/15hrs)
Students in this program develop the competencies to design, develop and evaluate effective eLearning instruction that supports how people learn.

EDUC 641. Learning Theory & Instructional Models (fall and spring). 3 credits.
LTLE 570. Design & Development of Digital Media (fall) OR Portfolio Assessment. 3 credits.
LTLE 610. Principles of Instructional Design (spring). 3 credits.
LTLE 650. eLearning Design (summer, may include internship). 3 credits.
LTLE 655. Evaluation of eLearning (tba). 3 credits.


Educational Technology Leadership Certificate (12hrs)
Seeking a leadership position in the field of Educational Technology? Graduates will be able to to apply the foundations of the discipline to the design and development of multimedia, the professional development of adult learners in the workplace, and to other aspects of educational technology project and initiative coordination and management.

LTLE 560. Foundations of Educational Technology (fall). 3 credits.
LTLE 565. Educational Technology Management (spring). 3 credits.
LTLE 570. Design & Development of Digital Media (fall) OR Portfolio Assessment + Adv Course. 3 credits.
LTLE 622. Professional Development in Educational Technology (fall). 3 credits.


For more information about this program, contact: 

Dr. Michele D. Estes, Associate Professor & Director, Educational Technology Graduate Programs
3325C Memorial Hall, MSC 6913 Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education
College of Education, James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
540-568-4311 estesmd@jmu.edu
Certificates BrochureExpert Interview with Dr. Estes


Our university holds SACS accreditation and membership in the Online Learning Consortium and SREB. The James Madison University College of Education holds CAEP (formerly NCATE) accreditation. The Educational Technology M. Ed. and Certificate Programs are fully aligned to AECT and ISTE-C professional standards. These organizations promote high quality online courses and degree programs, and increased access for learners.

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