Graduate Certificates

Do you already have a master’s degree? Maybe you are just not ready to commit to an entire master’s degree. The Instructional Design & Technology program offers four professional certificates for those seeking to gain or update their skills in particular areas of study. Each certificate is comprised of 5 courses totaling 15 credit hours each that may then be applied toward a master’s degree in Instructional Design & Technology if you choose to continue with your academic preparation.

e-Learning

The e-Learning certificate program is designed for educators in K-12 and higher education, trainers, and instructional designers. The program focuses on teaching the design, delivery, and evaluation of high quality e-Learning materials for in-service, preservice teachers, and online trainers. The Florida Virtual School endorses this e-Learning program.

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Educational Technology

The graduate certificate in Instructional/Educational Technology provides an opportunity for study and professional training. The program requires a great deal of independent thinking and emphasis is placed on the cultivation of scholarly attitudes and methods. The certificate program will prepare students with a subject matter degree, who wish to apply for State of Florida Teacher technology positions. Also, students will acquire the subject matter needed to meet the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and being adopted by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). All program courses can be completed online, with many courses offered in blended formats, as well.

For recommendations on when to take courses, please contact your faculty advisor.

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Plan of Study – 15 Credit Hours
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Instructional Design

The graduate certificate in instructional design prepares educators, instructional designers, and human resource and training specialists in corporate, industry, and educational settings to design training, professional development, or other instructional materials.

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Plan of Study – 15 Credit Hours
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Instructional Design for Simulations

Training and educational programs are now incorporating stand alone and PC-based simulations and games to enhance human motivation and performance. The result has been a growing demand for simulation and game-based training and instructional systems in corporate, government and education sectors. Initially, academic programs in Modeling and Simulation have focused on the engineering, programming and mathematical components, with relatively little attention being placed on the educational and instructional components of training simulations. Similar, game developers often have little to no knowledge of instructional design, and instructional designers have little to no knowledge of game development. The graduate certificate in the Instructional Design for Simulations takes an interdisciplinary approach to prepare instructional designers, human resource and training specialists in corporate, industry and educational settings to work with simulation and game experts to design training and educational systems that address both the technical and the instructional aspects of standalone and PC-based desktop training simulations and games.

Currently, one course associated with the Instructional Design for Simulations (IDS) graduate certificate is taught each semester. For recommendations on when to take courses, please contact your faculty advisor.

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Master's Degree

The Master of Arts (MA) in Instructional Design & Technology program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours and is designed to meet the needs of working professionals in various settings. It enables candidates to complete courses in traditional, Web, and mixed mode (with one face-to-face meeting every other week). The program offers three professional tracks in educational technology, instructional systems and e-learning, enabling candidates to pursue careers in business and industry, K-12 and higher education.

Similarities and Differences between the MA Professional Tracks

TARGET POPULATION PROFESSIONAL TRACKS 
Educational Technologye-LearningInstructional Systems
Educators
(PreK-12 and Higher Education)
XX
Instructional Designers
(Business and Industry and Higher Education)
XX

Although there are considerable overlaps and the differences are a matter of focus, rather than actual contents, the Educational Technology Track is designed primarily to help educators in PreK-12 and Higher Education to use and integrate computer and digital technology to enhance learning. In contrast, the Instructional Systems Track is designed primarily to prepare instructional designers for work in business and industry, to develop and enhance their ability to analyze and design training and educational programs. The e-Learning Track is designed for both educators (who want to learn how to design and deliver totally online and hybrid courses) and instructional designers (who are now being hired by many universities and colleges across the country to help faculty design and deliver totally online and hybrid courses). The following provides more detail about each track.

Educational Technology Track (available online and in mixed mode)

Educational Technology is a program for educators in PreK-12 and Higher Education looking for ways to increase their satisfaction and become highly skilled at successfully integrating technology into the curriculum. The skills and knowledge gained through this program allow educators to enhance their current job as well as seek new career paths in the field of education. Educators who graduate from this program have the skills to become technology coordinators, instructors at the community college and university level, computer teachers, and more. The Educational Technology program is exciting and applicable to your current teaching situation. The program provides an opportunity for study, research, and professional training. It requires a great deal of independent thinking, and emphasis placed on the cultivation of scholarly attitudes and methods.

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Notes

  • For recommendations on when to take courses, please refer to our recommended Plans of Study, as well as contact your faculty advisor.
  • All ENC courses require approval from English Department. Please contact Virginia Herrington, Program Assistant for English Graduate Studies, at Virginia.Herrington@ucf.edu for details on how to gain approval.

Instructional Systems Track (available online and in mixed mode)

The Instructional Systems Track is designed for prospective and practicing instructional designers, training specialists, multimedia developers and training directors/managers in business, industry, government, or other settings where training, professional development and lifelong learning takes place. Candidates develop expertise in how and why people learn, how to stimulate and facilitate learning, and in the use of alternative instructional delivery systems. Candidates analyze training requirements and design, develop, evaluate, and manage training and educational programs using current and emerging technologies, instructional strategies and theories of human learning.

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Notes

  • Courses not listed here require advisor approval.
  • All ENC courses require approval from English Department. Please contact the English Department for details on how to gain approval.
  • DIG courses may require approval from Department. Please contact the school of Visual Arts and Design in the College of Arts and Humanities for approval if necessary.
  • For recommendations on when to take courses, please refer to our recommended Plans of Study, as well as contact your faculty advisor.

e-Learning Track (available online and in mixed mode)

The e-Learning Track is designed for educators and instructional designers across settings. The track focuses on the design, delivery, and evaluation of high-quality e-learning materials that are used for both online and blended (hybrid) learning environments. Candidates gain employment in business and industry, K-12, and higher education as organizations across sectors work to optimize the use of telecommunication technologies to enhanced individual and collaborative learning.

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Notes

  • Courses not listed here require advisor approval.
  • All ENC courses require approval from English Department. Please contact the English Department for details on how to gain approval.
  • DIG courses may require approval from Department. Please contact the school of Visual Arts and Design in the College of Arts and Humanities for approval if necessary.
  • For recommendations on when to take courses, please refer to our recommended Plans of Study, as well as contact your faculty advisor.

Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education, Instructional Design & Technology Track is a research-oriented degree designed for full-time students who seek faculty positions in research-oriented colleges and universities, management and staff positions in research centers, or research-oriented positions in business and industry. The Instructional Design and Technology track in the Education PhD program prepares students for teaching and research in the field of instructional design and technology, instructional systems, educational technology, and e-learning in professions such as university professors, corporate directors of training and human resources, and corporate researchers.

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Doctor of Education (EdD) in Curriculum and Instruction

The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Curriculum and Instruction with an Instructional Design and Technology Specialization is a professional practice doctorate. It is problem-based and designed for practitioners who aspire to positions of influence through their engagement in the development of others. The Curriculum and Instruction EdD program is intended for individuals who are engaged in the practice of education in a variety of settings including schools, colleges, universities, businesses, and industry.

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Additional Doctoral Program Considerations

If your prior Master's degree is not in Instructional Design & Technology or closely related field such as Educational Technology, you may need to take some prerequisites.

The table lists essential prerequisite areas for both the PhD and EdD programs of study. You may need to take comparable coursework as prerequisites (beyond the 69 hours of coursework that is prescribed as a minimum) if you have not taken a graduate level course in the areas listed in Column 1.

Prerequisite Areas

Comparable UCF Coursework

Graduate Level Statistics

EDF6401 Statistics for Ed. Data

Project Management

EME6705 Administration of Inst. Systems

Needs Assessment, Change and Non-Training Interventions

EME6607 Planned Change

Graduate Level Research (General Research Methods)

EDF6481 Fundamentals of Grad. Research

Graduate Level Research (in Instructional Technology)

EME6062 Research in IT

Instructional Systems Design (Analysis & Design)

EME6613 Instructional Systems Design

Instructional Systems Design (Development & Evaluation)

EME6226 Inst Development and Evaluation

Basic Multimedia and Digital Media Production

EME6507 Multimedia for Ed. and Training

Test Item Development

EDF6432 Measurement and Evaluation

Instructional Technology Trends and Issues

EME6055 Current Trends and Issues in IT