Learning Technologies Specialist (LTS) Certificate
Utilizing technology for education and training has become a staple in today’s classrooms and organizations. Finding skilled teachers and training professionals who have the knowledge and expertise to effectively leverage these technologies is the key to success.
The Online Post-Baccalaureate Learning Technologies Specialist Certificate Program is designed for P-12 teachers and administrators and HR and training professionals to become effective planners, designers, developers, evaluators, and leaders in the use of technology for teaching and learning. Each course has a theoretical and practical component. Candidates’ assignments are projects, plans, and learning activities that can be used in their own educational settings.
Taught online in 8-week sessions, the 4 core courses and 1 elective (15 credits) may be taken in any order. Candidates are able to complete the certificate in one year without having to take more than one course at a time. The courses will count toward a M.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction, M.S. in Elementary Education or M.S. in Secondary Education.
Key features of the LTS Certificate Program Include:
- The four core courses are structured so that upon successful completion, each candidate will demonstrate proficiency in all key outcomes determined by NETS (National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers), MTTS (Maryland Technology Teacher Standards) and MTSSA (Maryland Technology Standards for School Administrators).
- The electives provide each candidate a choice to further explore an additional area of study, such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL), differentiated instruction, multimedia development, or strategies for teaching the digital generation.
Each candidate will develop an online portfolio that displays and reflects upon the key assignments (aligned with appropriate standards) developed throughout the program. The portfolio components will include:
- (a) Planning and Evaluation,
- (b) Learning Design,
- (c) Technology Applications,
- (d) Leadership,
- and (e) the area chosen by the candidate as an elective.
- Each online class in the certificate program will offer a portfolio tutorial that provides guidance and instruction on setting up an online portfolio. All assignments in the LTS certificate program will be portfolio components.
- Complete the certificate in one year without having to double-up on courses.
- Take the program wherever life takes you. You can participate from anyplace with an internet connection.
- You won’t have to sacrifice faculty interaction with this online program. Faculty and students are highly engaged and responsive.
- Build your resume while building your portfolio. Not only will completing the program look appealing to your current or future employer but you’ll have a portfolio filled with work to support your new skills.
- Completed application for graduate study
- Submit the non-refundable application fee
- Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. No minimum GPA required.
- Successful completion of all five courses (15 credits)
Using Technology for Planning and Evaluation
This course examines effective data-driven decision-making. Topics include theoretical frameworks for making informed decisions about the use of technology in instruction and administration; the processes for identifying, selecting, using, and evaluating technology; mixed methods for data collection; budgeting and planning; administrative computing; and instructional and technical support for network operations. Candidates will survey appropriate technologies for decision and create a plan for technology integration in a specific educational setting.
This course prepares the Learning Technology Specialist to become an effective designer of instruction that is flexible, adaptable, and student-participatory. Topics include instructional development models, Rapid Prototyping, Backwards Design, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principals, and Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) considerations as well as behaviorist and constructivist approaches. Candidates will complete an instructional project that encompasses an analysis, goals, the activity, and its evaluation.
Technology Leadership for the 21st Century Schools
This course prepares the Learning Technology Specialist to become an effective leader in the school and meets leadership outcomes that are determined by NETS (National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers), MTTS (Maryland Technology Teacher Standards) and MTSSA (Maryland Technology Standards for School Administrator). Topics include theoretical models of change management and organizational leadership, leadership strategies to improve teaching and learning with technology, and maintaining a school-wide culture that promotes the innovative use of technology in a digital and collaborative culture. Candidates will analyze their own leadership styles and create an action plan that introduces new technologies, manages change, and build support that also ensures compliance with such legal and ethical issues as copyright, Fair Use, Section 508 compliance, security, privacy, and student protection.
This course examines the current and emerging web-based technologies that support the P-12 setting and school library program. Topics include digital citizenship, professional collaboration and communication, and the integration of emerging technologies in instruction. Candidates demonstrate their ability to design and adapt relevant learning experiences that engage students in authentic learning by using digital tools and resources.
Differentiation and Technology
This course explores differences in learners, methods to adapt instruction to special needs, and ways technology can be used in the adaptations. Participants in the course will modify and implement instructional plans to meet diverse needs incorporating technology available to them.
This course explores the role of assistive and instructional technology in accessing the general education curriculum for students with and without disabilities within the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. Topics to be addressed include principles of universal design, the SETT framework, low and high tech solutions within the classroom related to classroom material creation, and a classroom based ATDP (Assessment, Trial, Data Collection, Plan) cycle. Candidates construct a universal design unit plan which addresses the needs of diverse learners within the general education curriculum by utilizing adaptations such as social stories, visual supports, curriculum based computer and digital text accessibility supports.
Teaching the Digital Generation
This course explores the fundamental learning characteristics of the digital generation. Topics include Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM), Common Core Standards Curriculum (CCSC), and how new understanding affects the ways educators use technology to collaborate, design instruction, guide student learning, and assess quality. Candidates will complete a unit plan for addressing UDL, AIM, and CCSC that enhances the learning experiences of digital natives as well as supports traditional literacy.
This course takes both a theoretical and practical approach to development of multimedia for learning. Course topics include recent advances in graphics technology and key principles of instructional design that are based on experimental research studies and grounded in a theory of how people learn from words and pictures. Candidates will develop a series of multimedia learning projects that may include video presentations, interactive slide shows, game animation, and/or exercises in virtual worlds. Some additional software/hardware purchases may be required.
Dr. Ramona Kerby, Program Coordinator
Dr. B.J. Gallagher
- Fall Semester – August 1
- Spring Semester – December 15
- Summer Sessions – May 1
• Classroom Technology Coordinator
• Classroom Technology Supervisor
• Technology Liaison
1. How do I apply?
Visit the How to Apply page for application procedures and forms.
2. Will I have contact with the instructors?
Yes, regular dialogue, review, discussion and critiques will occur throughout each course. The instructors will also be available for questions and feedback.
3. Can I apply these courses toward a Master’s degree?
4. Can I take just one course?
Yes, since there are no prerequisites to the courses in the program you may elect to take just one course. However, you must complete the prescribed program to earn your post-baccalaureate certificate.