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Instructional Technology Specialist Certification

The Instructional Technology Specialist Certification program was designed to address the dramatically increasing need in education for certified specialists at every level of K-12 schooling. The program is available for teachers who already possess or are currently pursuing initial teaching certificates.

Through the program, you become an expert in technology planning, assessment, and implementation, and learn how to integrate technology into the curriculum, providing your school’s staff with long-term support.

Program Strengths

For those with an avid interest in the use of technology in the teaching and learning process, the Instructional Technology Specialist Certification offers many advantages:

  • Technology-based learning combined with a field-based experience
  • A focus on leadership development for using and implementing technology
  • Incorporation of research in creativity and creative problem-solving
  • Heuristic diagnostic learning – focuses on individual learner, the content, and pedagogy
  • Depth of the professional, technological, and teaching experience of faculty

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Instructional Technology Specialist Certification program come from a variety of undergraduate and graduate backgrounds. Applicants should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and possess a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II Teaching Certification. Elementary or secondary teacher certification is not a requirement for admissions to the program.

Curriculum

For those applicants who possess a Pennsylvania teaching certification, minimum course requirements include 25.5 credits of specific pedagogy as outlined below. These credits may be incorporated into the Master of Science in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum  program or into the electives portion of another approved Drexel master’s degree program.

Instructional Technology Specialist Certification also may be obtained by students without a teaching certification by completing two additional courses in addition to the 25.5 credits. The student will also need to complete the Praxis I exam series. Students must achieve the grade of B or better in each graduate-level course needed for certification and receive passing Praxis Exam scores (if not already certified) in order to satisfy requirements. Students will not be recommended for the certification until all course requirements are met and all required sections of the Praxis Exams have been taken.

Course descriptions may be found in the Drexel University Catalog.

Code Name Credits
EDUC 533 Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development 3.0
EDUC 534 Developing Educational Leadership and Team Building 3.0
EDUC 535 Researching and Evaluating Technology 3.0
EDUC 542 Foundations of Special Education 3.0
EDUC 544 The Inclusive Classroom 3.0
EDUC 552 Integrating Technology for Learning and Achievement 4.5
INFO 520 Professional and Social Aspects of Information Service 3.0
INFO 640 Managing Information Organizations 3.0
For Students Without Prior Teaching Certification (6 Credits) - Two additional courses are required for candidates without prior teacher certification to complete the Instructional Technology Specialist Certification.
EDUC 522 Evaluation of Instruction 3.0
EDUC 525 Multi-Media Instructional Design 3.0