Instructional Technology Certificate Program

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Gain the skills to improve curriculum through the use of technology in or out of the classroom.

Program Info

Is this program right for you?

This Pennsylvania Department of Education certificate will allow students to gain the skills necessary to successfully integrate technology into classes and to support professional development using instructional technology. Students will have the opportunity to obtain faculty-approved field experience hours and will complete a portfolio based on the Pennsylvania Department of Education Competencies. This convenient online program allows students to become certified in 15 credits, through five updated and flexible courses. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires 9 credits of special education course work and 3 credits of ESL coursework. Some applicants enter this program with this coursework complete, others who do not have this background can complete these additional credits while in the program.

Designed for working professionals

  • 100% online courses
  • All courses offered in the evenings, Monday through Thursday
  • 15-credit Pennsylvania Department of Education Certification
  • Can be completed one year
  • Pathways to admission in IT masters' degree.

Why pursue an Instructional Technology Certificate?

As a school's technology leader, Instructional Technologists manage hardware and software for use in classrooms or computer labs and both the building and district level. Our program will prepare you to utilize technology for all learners including students with diverse needs and backgrounds and to prepare professional development for effective implementation within the classrooms you serve.

Curriculum

GILT 511 Technology and Education
GILT 512 Instructional Design
GILT 513 Instructional Application of Technology
GILT 514 Management of Instructional Technology
GILT 515 Instructional Technology Practicum

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must submit the following materials along with a completed online graduate application and non-refundable application fee:

  1. Official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts*+
  2. A minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA
  3. Online application.

*If your undergraduate and/or graduate degrees are from an institution located outside of the United States, you must use a transcript credential evaluation service to obtain a course-by-course report. The official reports must be sent directly to Duquesne University from the organization you order through and will qualify as official transcripts. Please review our Transcript Credential Evaluation Directions.

+Due to higher education regulation changes, Duquesne University is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs and courses from students residing in certain states. Before applying, please review the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).


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Tuition and Aid

A Duquesne degree is an investment in your future and increases in value over time. Join one of the nation's top-tier universities with the best value, considering cost and academic quality, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. By making this investment in yourself, you will receive the highest level of academic quality from our highly regarded, diverse faculty who are at the forefront of the field of education. At Duquesne, you'll become part of a community of nearly 9,500 students studying at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

In addition to graduate tuition rates, students may also incur fees for administrative services, room, and meals, if applicable. At Duquesne University, we believe that financing your education is a partnership between the student and the university. As part of that partnership, the School of Education offers financial assistance.

University-offered graduate assistantships are available for competitive application. For graduate assistantships offered by the School of Education, please contact the Program Director or Chair of the Department for your desired program.

For further assistance, please contact the Duquesne University Office of Financial Aid.

Federal government financial aid options:

In addition to awards and scholarships, you may be eligible for financial aid with the federal government. The federal government has loan options that can cover education and living costs. Loan forgiveness options are also available for those working inside and outside of the classroom, these include:

  • Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).

For further assistance, please contact FedLoan Servicing.


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Faculty

Joseph Kush

Joseph Kush, Ph.D.

Program Director
Professor
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education

327C Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.1151
kush@duq.edu
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Joseph Kush (Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Arizona State University, 1984) is a Professor of Education and the Program Director of Instructional Technology & Educational Technology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He serves on the editorial boards of several school psychology, technology, and assessment journals. His research interests include intellectual assessment and issues of test bias and test fairness for children from minority backgrounds and issues related to instructional technology. He is also strongly committed to issues of social justice. He is an accomplished guitarist and uses Macintosh computers exclusively.


Misook Heo

Misook Heo, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education

729 Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.1662
heom@duq.edu
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Misook Heo (Ph.D., Information Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, 2000) enjoys teaching subjects that focus on scientific approaches toward how people learn and its practical implications in multimedia and interactive instructional design. Her research interests include informal learning, knowledge sharing, and information visualization. Dr. Heo was a Fulbright Scholar in 2014.


Sandra Quiñones

Sandra Quiñones, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education

412A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4517
quinoness@duq.edu
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Sandra Quiñones (Ph.D., Teaching, Curriculum & Change, University of Rochester, 2012),is an associate professor in the Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education at Duquesne University. Her qualitative scholarship focuses on Latina/o education and family-community engagement issues, with an emphasis on bicultural-bilingual elementary teachers’ experiences and perspectives of being well educated. She specializes in the application of Chicana/Latina feminist concept of trenzas/braids as a metaphorical-analytical tool in life history and narrative inquiry approaches. A former elementary teacher in Rochester, New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Quiñones teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy education courses. Since joining Duquesne University in July of 2013, she has worked collaboratively on a mixed methods research study of a supplemental literacy program, a qualitative single case study of an exemplary community school in Eastern Pennsylvania, and a community-engaged mixed methods study of a mindfulness-based professional development program being implemented at multiple educational institutions.


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