Program Overview

Western Michigan University offers a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology for certified educators who hold a teaching degree, as well as those who are interested in developing understanding of the array of tools that teachers may utilize to supplement educational curricula. The program is geared towards teachers with intermediate technology competencies who want to move into technological development roles. The program has also been developed for those who have intermediate technological competencies who want to move into school or district technology roles in order to promote the effective utilization of information technology in school. Students completing the program should have developed the necessary knowledge they need for technology leadership roles in the use of information and communication technology in schools. In order to apply for the certification program, students are required to hold a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification. 

Students will learn about technology through 21 credit hours as part of the curriculum and its application and utilization in the classroom for improving learning. Those classes include concepts and models of learning and teaching, computers in the classroom and the curriculum, and supervision of teaching and learning in educational technology.

Successful graduates should be able utilize the necessary abilities and have the necessary qualifications to design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity, to demonstrate knowledge of the latest advancements in technology and educational applications, to demonstrate knowledge of advanced topics in technology management issues related to education, and to demonstrate knowledge necessary to provide technological leadership in schools.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Requires a bachelor's degree and teacher certification

    School Overview

    Western Michigan University is a four year public research university that is located on a suburban campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. WMU was founded in 1903. WMU works to reflect a globally engaged, dynamic university that combines the resources of a national research university with the personal attention and support that are typically found at a small college, which gives students an advantage in graduate school, the workplace and life. WMU is a research university that is learner-centered and builds intellectual inquiry and discovery into its academic programs in a manner that fosters knowledge and innovation, and turns wisdom into action. WMU provides leadership in teaching, learning, research and service, and has a commitment to enhancing the future of those living around the world.

    Students at Western Michigan University can choose a comprehensive range of degrees and certificates from the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Aviation
    • Haworth College of Business
    • College of Education and Human Development
    • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • College of Fine Arts
    • College of Health and Human Services
    • Lee Honors College
    • Graduate College
    • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    • Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

    Western Michigan University integrates distance education coursework and programs, adding greater flexibility and convenience for students. Students taking courses online continue to have access to student resources offered on-campus.


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