Instructional Learning Technology

Instructional Technology Specialist Program (Online)

Institutions across the nation require educators who understand and can effectively utilize technology in learning environments. This certificate program provides students with the expertise and competencies to implement learning strategies through the use of technology.

The Instructional Technology Specialist Certification is offered online and designed for working professionals with diverse professional goals including:

  • Educators in public, charter, independent, parochial and other religiously affiliated institutions
  • Corporate and government trainers and adult educators
  • Faculty and instructional leaders in higher education

Program Description

All certification requirements can be met through online course work. The Instructional Technology Specialist Certification features an innovative curriculum designed for students to enhance careers in a variety of settings.

Program features:

  • Certification can be completed in two semesters
  • Courses are offered year-round including summers
  • Courses are offered in 6-7 week sessions
  • Provides a pathway for continued studies in Temple’s Master’s of Education degree program

Program Prerequisites: Are you ready for online learning?

The Instructional Technology Specialist Certification program is offered primarily through online instruction. Depending on your institution's/district's needs, there may be some face-to-face meetings, but, typically a majority, if not the entirety, of course instruction is completed online.

As an online learner, you will need:

  • Access to a computer (Windows or MAC) with adequate memory and data processing capabilities to support video streaming, multi-tasking, and web content development.
  • Access to a stable and secure internet connection with adequate bandwidth to support video and audio streaming, as well as web-conferencing. In our experience, publicly available free wifi networks (e.g. Starbucks, library, airport, hotel) do not provide adequate connection speeds to support online learning.
  • Access to a webcam with a built-in or separate microphone. For the best experience, we recommend you have available a webcam and a headset (combined headphones and microphone).

As an ILT learner, you will need:

  • Basic computer skills in word processing, internet access/searches, email/chat, and saving/retrieving/sharing electronic documents are assumed.
  • Courses are not designed to teach you specific computer skills or software. Rather, we focus on exposing you to a variety of educational tools and considering how you can use these tools to improve and enhance teaching and learning in different contexts. Instructional Learning Technology instructors assume that students are self-learners and that you will spend time outside of class time learning how to interact with and use various technologies. We will provide you with resources and guides, where possible, but will expect you to take the initiative in getting familiar with how to use the tools discussed.

Program Requirements*

The certification program requires the completion of four courses including three core courses and one elective course.

Required courses (15** semester hours)

Core Courses (12** semester hours):

  • EDUC 5212 – Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in Education
    Focuses on the implementation, management, and administration of technology infrastructure (hardware and software) at the building, school, and district levels.
  • EdPsych 5499 - Instructional and Learning Technology
    Introduces characteristics and applications of basic instructional and computer technology in the teaching-learning process.
  • EdPsych 8639 - Instructional Design & Development
    Explores strategies and techniques for creating or modifying instructional resources. Emphasis is on instructional design models for the systematic design of instruction, including adaptive and/or augmentative technology.
  • TESL 8631** - Foundations of Language Teaching: Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
    Offers students an introduction to theory, research and practice in teaching English language learners in the elementary, middle and secondary grades.

Elective (3 semester hours):

Students must complete one of the following elective courses:

  • Ed 5255- TPCK for Teachers (PreK-12)
    Designed for the classroom teacher to explore pedagogically appropriate technology solutions for various content areas. 

  • Ed 8232 - Technology, Teaching, and Learning (Higher Ed/Adult Learning)
    Focuses on educational technologies and the ability of technology to enhance both program administration and teaching and learning for youth and adults in school and non-school settings.

Practicum (3 semester hours – required for certification*):

Students who wish to apply for the Instructional Technology Specialist (K-12) certification* from PDE must complete a minimum of 75 hours of participation in sequential field experiences/practicum.

  • Ed Psych 9287: ILT: Practicum in Instructional Technology

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Under revised PDE guidelines, applicants may be required to provide evidence of having completed additional coursework in Special Education and English Language Learning (ELL) to meet any PDE certification requirements.

** TESL 8631 may be waived if the student has met the required competencies through another course approved by the TESOL faculty or Act 48 credits and/or professional development completed in the district/IU approved by the ILT Coordinator. 

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges & graduate schools attended
  • TOEFL for non-native speakers of English
  • Current professional resume (upload with online application)

Application Deadlines

Students can enroll in any semester including summer.

Contact Information

For more information about this certification contact:
Dr. Catherine Schifter, Associate Professor
Phone: (215) 204–3477