Program Overview

The graduate-level Educational Technology Certificate program at James Madison University is intended for students that do not wish to complete a master’s degree, but would like an education in the field of education technology. The Educational Technology Certificate is divided into three programs, allowing students to pick the program that suits their individual interests or needs. The three programs are Educational Technology (12 credit hours), Educational Technology Leadership (12 credit hours), and eLearning (12-15 credit hours).

Some graduate level courses that are offered within the three programs are Learning Theory and Instructional Models, Principles of Instructional Design, Design and Dev of Digital Media, and Professional Development of Educational Technology. Students may complete the program entirely online or through a campus-based format. Students that have completed more than one certificate course may use the credit to fulfill the Educational Technology Master’s Degree requirements. Students that do not plan on completing the Master’s degree may use their existing credits to fulfill the credit requirements for one of the Educational Technology Certificate programs.

Courses will cover a variety of topics within the field of educational technology. Students will learn strategies of teaching, the design of instruction, methods for computer-based learning, and collaborative tools for learning. Students will also be able to design, develop, and implement a technology-based instructional curriculum as well as fulfill management and leadership roles within an educational technology program. In addition, courses will cover short and long-term planning, project management, and educational technology management evaluation.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution.

    School Overview

    In the heart of an agricultural valley of Virginia, the Virginia Assembly approved the opening of the Normal and Industrial School for Women in 1908 in small town Harrisonburg. The town and school grew simultaneously through the century. Progressing from a public all girls teaching college to a full-fledged co-educational liberal arts institution, James Madison University adopted its “University” status by the 1970s, under the guidance of the then school’s president, Dr. Ronald Carrier. Today, nearly 20,000 students attend James Madison University which encompasses more than seven hundred acres, and students can choose from over one hundred degree programs.

    James Madison University issues undergraduate and graduate degrees through eight colleges.

    •     College of Arts and Letters
    •     College of Business
    •     College of Education
    •     College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
    •     College of Integrated Science and Technology
    •     College of Science and Mathematics
    •     College of Visual and Performing Arts
    •     The Honors College

    James Madison’s Outreach & Engagement department manages distance learning opportunities for adults, nontraditional, and professional students offering credit and noncredit programs, one-time courses, certificate programs, and complete degree programs.


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