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Graduate Certificates

  • Boost your Credentials with Graduate Certificates.

    EdTech offers three certificate programs. Perfect for teachers, school technologists, and others who want more to be more effective and marketable without the time and investment of a masters degree.
    Certificates offered Include:

    Technology Integration
    Online Teaching
    School Technology Coordination
    Educational Games and Simulation

    Graduate certificates represent an additional milestone in academic and professional development as they become valuable additions to resumes, curriculum vitae, and personnel files.

    Graduate Certificate Program Description

    A graduate certificate program is limited in scope relative to a graduate degree program but provides an opportunity for advanced study with a particular focus. Successful completion of a graduate certificate program is a coherent academic accomplishment that leads to an official notation on the student transcript. A graduate certificate can often serve as an intermediate accomplishment for a student whose ultimate goal is a graduate degree.

    A graduate certificate should not be confused with a “teaching certificate.” These graduate certificates are not recognized by the state of Idaho (nor likely by other states) for purposes of teacher licensing. Rather, they are granted by the university as a way to demonstrate a specialization in a topic of study.

    However, we do offer the K-12 Online Teaching Endorsement, which is recognized by the state of Idaho and results in an endorsement on the Idaho teaching license. Since the endorsement is so new, we have not yet established reciprocity with other states. See this page more information on this endorsement.


    Certificate courses are selected from our master’s degree curriculum. Students who later decide to pursue a Boise State master’s degree in Educational Technology may apply their certificate credits toward one of our master’s degree programs but completion of a certificate program does not guarantee acceptance into either program.

    All of the EdTech certificate programs are approved by the Idaho State Board of Education and are suitable for mounting and displaying. Transcripts also verify this interim level of academic achievement. Students may enroll in two certificate programs at once, or enroll in a graduate certificate and a Master’s degree at the same time—without any additional cost or time involved.

    The EdTech department accepts qualified students up to one week prior to the start of classes, provided the requisite courses have seats available.

  • Technology Integration Certificate

    The Graduate Certificate in Technology Integration is an excellent way to become proficient in integrating technology into learning environments.

    Course Work

    Curriculum- 9 credits

    • EDTECH 502 The Internet for Educators
    • EDTECH 541 Integrating Technology into the Classroom Curriculum
    • EDTECH 542 Technology-Supported Project-Based Learning

    Please consult the Program Development Form for your catalog year for requirements and program information.

    See Admission Procedures for steps to apply.

  • Online Teaching Certificate

    The Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching focuses on developing the skills and understanding the issues surrounding this new instructional paradigm. The nine credit certificate requires the courses listed below.
    Curriculum – 9 Credits

    For Teachers of K-12 Students (6 credits):

    • EDTECH 521 Online Teaching in the K-12 Environment
    • EDTECH 523 Advanced Online Teaching Methods

    For Teachers of Adult Learners (6 credits):

    • EDTECH 512 Online Course Design (prerequisite: html or EDTECH 502)
    • EDTECH 522 Online Teaching for Adult Learners

    Electives (3 credits):

    See Admission Procedures for steps to apply.

  • School Technology Coordination Certificate

    The School Technology Coordination Certificate is an excellent way to become more proficient in skills and issues relevant to school technology leaders. This certificate is aligned to ISTE Technology Leadership Standards. You will be prepared to take the exam for CCNET (CCNA1) Cisco certification at the completion of EDTECH 552. This 12-credit certificate requires the courses listed
    below.

    Course Work

    Curriculum

    • EDTECH 501 Introduction to Educational Technology
    • EDTECH 551 Technical and Grant Writing
    • EDTECH 552 Introduction to Network Administration (Formerly Operating Systems and Networks)
    • EDTECH 554 Managing Technology Integration in Schools

    Course Work For Students Admitted Before Fall 2010

    Curriculum

    • EDTECH 551 Technical and Grant Writing
    • EDTECH 552 Introduction to Network Administration

    And one of the following

    • EDTECH 541 Integrating Technology into the Classroom Curriculum
    • EDTECH 554 Managing Technology Integration in Schools

    See Admission Procedures for steps to apply.

  • Educational Games and Simulation Certificate

    The Graduate Certificate in Games and Simulation is designed for those who wish to: analyze recent research and best practices for effective teaching and learning with educational games and with simulations in virtual worlds; design, teach, and evaluate teaching and learning activities in virtual worlds; and, design 2D and 3D games for learning and evaluate for educational effectiveness.

    COURSE WORK

    Graduate Certificate in Educational Games and Simulation
    CORE credits
    EDTECH 511—Interactive Courseware Development

    EDTECH 532—Educational Games and Simulations

    EDTECH 536—Digital Game Design for K-12 Classrooms

    3

    3

    3

    ELECTIVES credits
    EDTECH 531—Teaching and Learning in Virtual Worlds (3 cr)

    EDTECH 534—Mobile App Design for Teaching and Learning (3 cr)

    EDTECH 535—Digital Engagement for Learning (3 cr)

    EDTECH 563—Quest-based Learning Design   (3 cr)

    EDTECH 564 – Gamified Augmented Reality and Mobile (3 cr)

    EDTECH 565 – Advanced Educational Game Design (3 cr)
    PREREQ: EDTECH 536

    6

    TOTAL 15

    See Admission Procedures for steps to apply.