Fairfield University's Educational Technology program now offers three online certificate programs for candidates seeking to improve their skills in particular areas of the Educational Technology field.
Classroom Technology Integration
As the integration of technology into the classroom has become more common, the need for an understanding of how to effectively employ it has moved beyond the purview of a single educational technology professional. This program is designed to provide a foundational understanding of technology integration, its principles, and its practices to teachers seeking to strengthen their Educational Technology skills. On its own, the certificate will educate candidates on today’s technology as well as the methods for assessing new teaching and learning technologies. The certificate is structured to allow students to continue on to the Master of Arts or Sixth Year Certificate programs if they choose, applying all four courses to that degree program. This certificate is offered entirely online.
Leadership in Educational Technology
While large schools and districts all require Educational Technology directors, there currently exists little formal training to equip candidates with a strong knowledge of the technical (hardware) and leadership (budgeting and staffing) aspects required to be a leader in the field. The goals for this certificate have been specifically aligned with the nationally-recognized Consortium for School Networking (COSN) Framework and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Administrator Standards. Additionally, the certificate's program of study is designed to help students prepare to successfully complete COSN's Educational Technology Leadership certificate exam, which is increasing in demand from districts when hiring for technology management positions. The design of this certificate also allows students to continue on to the Master of Arts or Sixth Year Certificate programs if they choose. This certificate is offered entirely online.
Learning Design and Technology
This certificate is a 12-credit certificate designed to teach students the general principles of, and current approaches to, proper instructional design and technology-based course delivery. The program is specifically geared to those students seeking to design and deliver educational programs and professional development/worker training in settings other than educational institutions, for example, corporate training and human resource departments.
Possible occupations for someone who successfully completes this certificate program include Instructional Coordinator Training and Development Specialists. This program of study is entirely online, and the design of the certificate also allows students to continue on to the Master of Arts or Sixth Year Certificate programs if they choose. This certificate is offered entirely online.