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Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology for Teaching

Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology for Teaching

Theodore J Kopcha, Ph.D., Professor

I see technology as being a real key to improving the efficiency, the efficacy and the quality of the student teaching field experience.

Theodore J. Kopcha, Ph.D.


Offered through the Mary Frances Early College of Education Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) Program, the University of Georgia’s online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology for Teaching is designed to align with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s (GPSC) new certification for instructional technology. Students who earn this certificate will then be eligible for Instructional Technology Certification from the GPSC. Students may either be pursuing a graduate degree in another UGA program or department, or may apply to the graduate school for non-degree status. If you have an interest in using technology more effectively in your classrooms, this certificate is for you.

NOTE: If you are a teacher seeking Instructional Technology Certification in Georgia, please see our MEd and EdS degree offerings; both are approved by the Performance Standards Commission (PSC) and lead to certification. Visit the College of Education website for more information:


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Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply to the graduate school for the Graduate Certificate program in Instructional Technology for Teaching and are not required to take entrance exams and submit letters of recommendation.

Currently enrolled UGA students who choose to pursue this certificate must notify the Learning, Design, and Technology program at to be assigned an advisor who can help ensure successful completion of the courses.

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit online to the Graduate School Admissions. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Select Campus- Online
  3. Select Intended Program – CERG, Instructional Technology for Teaching (Career and Info Studies)[CERT_2ITT]
  4. Statement of purpose – Submit to the Graduate School online in your application.
  5. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.

International Applicants – must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants 

  • Fall:  July 1
  • Spring:  November 15
  • Summer:  May 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15
  • Spring:  October 15
  • Summer:  February 15


Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates and student fees can change each year. 

Based on 2022 credit hour cost, a person completing this program at the recommended pace would have paid $9,435 in tuition.  

Please use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar’s Office website to calculate one academic (Fall/Spring) year’s current tuition. 

This program is an E-Rate program, so choose “yes” for the E-Rate line item within the calculator.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. The total for those fees in the fall semester of 2022 was $147 for students enrolled in exclusively online courses. 

Potential additional costs include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades. 

The complete cost of attendance can be found at

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and microphone are required.
  • High-speed internet access.


EDIT 6150E Introduction to Computer-Based Education (3 Graduate Credits)

  • Understand and use various integration models in your classroom
  • Understand and use various software applications and apply their use in the classroom
  • Explore and become familiar with emerging technology and reflect on their application in educational settings

EDIT 6320E Information Technology  (3 Graduate Credits)

  • Read and provide constructive criticism of the literature related to information technology
  • Demonstrate the information literacy and technology skills necessary to locate, gather, and synthesize information relevant to starting an information technology plan
  • Create components of a technology plan that can be used in the schools

EDIT 6400E Emerging Perspectives on Learning, Teaching, and Technology (3 Graduate Credits)

  • Explore the foundations and assumptions of technology-enhanced approaches to learning, teaching, and human performance
  • Critically examine the literature on emerging applications of technology
  • Articulate principled technological approaches with the potential to address current educational problems and/or to substantively enhance learning, teaching, and human performance

EDIT 6600E Multicultural Perspectives in Technology  (3 Graduate Credits)

  • Develop awareness of current multicultural issues of importance in education (and other fields)
  • Increase knowledge of multicultural education
  • Develop skills in meeting the needs of diverse populations
  • Adapt to disparity of access to technology (both skills and equipment) in various settings across various SES situations

EDIT 7500E Technology Enhanced Learning Environments (3 Graduate Credits)

  • Examine the roles of current and emerging technologies in the classroom
  • Design, develop, implement, and evaluate technology-enhanced learning environments
  • Model and apply the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS•S) to technology-enhanced learning environments

If seeking Instructional Technology Certification from the state of Georgia, you will take the following additional course:

EDIT 7650: Capstone

  • Identify a local mentor to help you complete a rich field experience
  • Reflect on your learning and growth as an instructional technologist in your own learning context

NOTE: Student class scheduling is subject to course availability. All courses are offered at least once per year. Be sure to communicate with your academic advisor.

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.


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Over 30 of the University of Georgia's faculty and staff who teach online courses participated in a Quality Matters workshop last semester offered through UGA's Office of Online Learning. Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer review process intended to promote the design and development of quality online courses, and the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop introduces course designers to these standards. 

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February 23, 2016

The instructional design team at the Office of Online Learning takes pride in working with faculty to create online learning experiences that live up to the academic standards of the University of Georgia. We also consider how the environment we work in can support the continued offering of the courses we help develop. To this end, we encourage faculty to engage in sustainable course development practices for all online courses.

Two Online Professors Selected as Service Learning Fellows

February 9, 2016

This year, the University of Georgia's Office of Service-Learning has selected three faculty members from the College of Education to participate in its yearlong Service-Learning Fellows program, two of whom teach in online degree programs.

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Contact Information

Contact the online Learning Design Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.

Contact us using the request for information form or call 706-452-7940.

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