The School of Education offers a K-12 Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate Program for educators interested in specializing in the integration of technology throughout the curriculum. Candidates may choose to take only the 18 credits leading to the FDU Instructional Technology Certificate or apply these credits to the 36-credit Master of Arts in Education degree for Certified Teachers (MACT). For those selecting to complete the MA degree, 12 credits fulfill the requirements for earning the New Jersey Supervisor License.

Degree Plan

ITS Certificate Required Courses (18 credits)

  • EDUC6673     Integrating Literacy & Technology Across the Curriculum
  • EDUC7784     Multimedia Production
  • EDUC7785     Internet for Educators
  • EDUC7790     Seminar in Instructional Technology
  • EDUC7796     Projects Based on the Web
  • EDUC7798     Special Topics in Instructional Technology

Other Instructional Technology courses are offered which feature technology integration in subject specific disciplines. If available, one of these courses may be applied to the program with SOE advisor’s permission.

For Supervisor’s Certificate (12 credits)

  • EDUC6702     Curriculum and Instruction: Theory and Practice
  • EDUC6703     Supervision of Instruction & Personnel Evaluation
  • EDUC6718     Curriculum/Program Evaluation and Student Assessment
  • EDUC6704     Change: Curriculum Development & Program Improvement

For MA Completion (6 credits)

  • EDUC7674     Master’s Seminar: Research in Specialization 
  • EDUC XXXX    Approved Elective

Note:  It is important that the candidate meet with his/her advisor each semester.  Not all courses are offered every semester (and not on every campus. It is best to develop a course plan at the beginning of the program and to review it each semester with the advisor.

Course Descriptions

  • EDUC6673 This course will examine various techniques that promote literacy and technology across the curriculum. The definition of literacy will be explored based upon the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS). Emphasis will be on how technology can be integrated into a literacy program. Teachers will use the Internet to explore and share ideas on how literacy can be promoted in the classroom. Specific instructional strategies will be examined, and examples of effective technology integration into literacy lessons will be presented and discussed.

  • EDUC6702 Students will study and analyze the historic and philosophic roots of contemporary curriculum theory and development. New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and alignment will be addressed in this course, and the implication on New Jersey Administrative Code requirements on program, assessment and graduation requirements.

  • EDUC6703 Students will study and analyze the various models of supervision and evaluation with a special emphasis on the development of the skills necessary to promote effective instruction of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in the classroom. Formative and summative staff evaluation strategies as well as effective coaching and mentoring techniques necessary for success in a diverse school community will be investigated. The implication of the New Jersey Administration Code requirements on professional behavior, SLO'S, SGP'S PARCC testing, and schoolwide improvement of program and state assessment of pupil performance will be reviewed.

  • EDUC6704 Students will examine current research on educational change and collaborative strategies for increasing communication and engaging stakeholders in the change process. A primary focus of the course is to provide students with the skills needed in assessing the school culture, developing a vision and plan for school improvement. The course will focus on several change models and strategies, strategic planning, and the communication of the change process within the learning community.

  • EDUC6718 This course focuses on basic measurement concepts, the role of measurement in education, construction of teacher-made tests and other classroom assessments, interpretation of standardized tests and fundamental descriptive statistics for evaluating student performance, school improvement efforts, and various designs for process and outcome evaluation of curricula. In addition, the course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the purposes and the logic of various testing programs, including classroom testing,state and national testing programs. Data analysis of New Jersey Statewide Tests that measure student performance will be used to assist in developing skills in data-based decision making that lead to the construction of school improvement plans and determining school goals for professional development and instructional emphasis.

  • EDUC7674 This course serves as a capstone experience that extends and reinforces the teachers' knowledge, skills and competencies related to professional and educational practice through reearch and completion of a culminating project in their relevant area of specialization. The course reviews research methodologies and various research models. The teacher will prepare a research study on a topic/problem of his/her choice (subject to approval by an adivsor) under the directions of a mentor. The teacher will be required to submit a written report and action plan in approved format, subject to the approval of the mentor in accordance with School of Education policy.

  • EDUC7784 This course will focus on how to develop and use multimedia projects that use computer, video, still frames, sound and text for instruction. Use of videodiscs, CD-ROM's, and Quicktime in the classroom will be studied.

  • EDUC7785 This course is designed to train educators on how to use the Internet. Emphasis will be on how the Internet can be integrated into the curriculum and utilized as a vital resource for teachers.

  • EDUC7790 This course will allow advanced students to ex- plore a number of research topics in the field of instructional technology in a seminar setting. Different technology projects and research reports that students have developed as part of certifica- tion requirements will be presented.

  • EDUC7796 This course is designed to ensure that the student is able to take full advantage of the Internet in and out of a classroom. The course is centered on a project theme which will gradually be built dur- ing the course, as the student learns more of the multidirectional possibilities of the Web (and its flexible time frame); and will be based on the Four Pillars of the Technology Literacy Challenge, as stated by the US Department of Education. The student taking this course will develop a complete classroom-ready project based on the Web, and this project will be centered on a technology-supported constructivist student-centered "theory-into- practice" foundation.

  • EDUC7798 This course will investigate current issues and trends in instructional technology. Special topics will be chosen that focus on how technology can be integrated into educational settings.