Graduate Certificate in Educational and Instructional Technology

graduate Certificate

Professor Brian Horvitz working with two graduate students in computer lab

Admissions requirements

  • Resume or curriculum vita.
  • 1000 word statement explaining technology and computer skills and background, career goals and educational philosophy as it relates to educational and instructional technology.
  • Education history and transcripts.
  • Three professional letters of reference.
  • More details.


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Program Description

This program is offered online and hybrid.

WMU’s Graduate Certificate in Educational and Instructional Technology is designed for individuals interested in improving their skills and knowledge in the strategic use and application of technology tools to help people learn in a variety of contexts including corporations, K-12 education, higher education, nonprofits and other organizations. Credits earned in the Graduate Certificate program can be applied to a Master of Arts degree if you decide to continue your studies. The Graduate Certification Educational and Instructional Technology allows you the flexibility to participate in and complete most or all of your coursework online. Some students enroll in elective courses that are offered on campus, providing some program flexibility.

We also offer a master's degree.

Upcoming information sessions:

Join us for a virtual information session to learn more about our excellent master's and certificate programs. 

May 22, 2023 at 6 p.m.

Why Educational and Instructional Technology at Western Michigan University?

Who should apply?

Teachers who are seeking to advance in their careers by obtaining a master’s degree, who would like to learn about second language acquisition theories and teaching methodologies, who desire to become a district ESL coach or coordinator (requires MDE ESL endorsement), and/or who plan to teach in English language institutes for international students in colleges and universities.

Career opportunities

The Educational and Instructional Technology program options are designed to lead to a career in educational and instructional technology by helping to prepare you for jobs such as:

  • Curriculum coordinator
  • Curriculum instruction director
  • Educational and Instructional Technology coordinator
  • Instructional system specialist

Curriculum (18 total hours)

Major Core (required 12 hours)

  • EDT 5410 – Foundations of Instructional Technology
  • EDT 6420 – Instructional Design
  • EDT 6440 – Instructional Technology Tools & Development
  • EDLD 6650 – Principles and Practices of Adult Learning

Minor Core (6 hours) - choose from these courses to shape your program to fit your needs

  • EDT 6430 -Fundamentals of Online Learning
  • EDT 6450 - Technical and Operational Issues
  • EDT 6490 - Instructional Technology Leadership
  • EDLD 6020 – Educational Leadership, Systems and Change
  • OCL 6430 - Group Dynamics and Team Development in an Age of Globalization
  • OCL 6440 - Large Scale Change and Organization Design


Cost & Funding

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Dr. Brian Horvitz, Program Coordinator