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Program Details


All interested individuals with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in this country or its equivalent in a foreign institution are eligible to apply.

Students holding or qualified to hold, North Carolina class "A" teaching licensure in at least one area of education prior to admission or completion of the Certificate program are qualified to apply for 079 Special Endorsement in Educational Computing and Technology Facilitation (TF) upon completion of the IF Certificate program.

Individuals in other fields that do not hold teaching licensure may be admitted to the program and complete the certificate Instructional Technology Specialist, but will not be recommended for 079 Special Endorsement in Educational Computing and Technology Facilitation (TF).

The certificate program seeks to develop creative professionals who:

  • Have developed knowledge of computer utilization practices and the ability to apply them in instructional settings
  • Have developed conceptual and practical understanding of principles of instructional design and development.
  • Are skilled in instructional design processes.
  • Have developed production skills in the development of Web-based resources and distance education programs.
  • Provide leadership to educational environments and facilitate planning and implementation of instructional technology innovations.
  • Are skilled in multimedia development.
  • Are sensitive and aware of various organizational, ethical, cultural and pedagogical issues related to utilization of media/emerging technology.

The graduation rate is 100% (students often transfer to M.S. in IT program). The job placement rate is 100%.

No. The certificate is not a license to teach but rather a University endorsement of instructional technology competence.

The program uses an online delivery system for all of courses. Some courses may require real-time virtual or face-to-face meetings to provide hands-on activities for production purposes or to offer site visitations.

A Certificate graduate student may enroll on either a part-time or a full-time basis. Students have five years to complete the program. Full time student could complete the program in one year.

The Certificate Program requires completion of 18 credit hours graduate-level courses. For the ITS certificate, students must complete two core courses (MIT 500, Instructional Systems Design: Theory and Research and MIT 511, Multimedia Design and Production) as well as twelve hours from a list of approved electives to complete the certificate program.

Students seeking ITS/IT certification must complete four core courses (MIT 500 and MIT 511; also MIT 512, Computer Applications in Education and MIT 522, Organization Management of Instructional Technology Programs) as well as six hours from a list of approved electives to complete the certificate program.

Yes, Many students transfer to M.S. in IT program. All credit for courses taken in the Certificate Program are part of the approved course work of the Master of Science in Instructional Technology (MIT) program.

Individuals who wish to enter into the MIT graduate program must apply to the graduate school before the completion of 10 credit hours.

Yes. Graduate students currently admitted and enrolled in a graduate degree program at UNCW may simultaneously pursue the Certificate Program, if approved by the graduate program and the certificate program. No other application is necessary.