College of Education2012-2013

Department of Educational Specialties

Educational Technology, Graduate Certificate

If you are a Pre-K-12 teacher or a technology coordinator who wants to enhance your technology skills, you may be interested in the Northern Arizona University certificate plan in Educational Technology. Our Educational Technology area is designed to help you explore the: 

     * use and integration of technology in instructional learning settings
     * design, development, and implementation of online and in-person curriculum based on higher-order thinking skills
     * pedagogical constructs to make technology a real tool for learning

The certificate program will provide you with experiential preparation in strategies for teaching in PK-12 classrooms and other professional development or training settings.

This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


What Can I Do with a Certificate in Educational Technology?

As an educator, you must be prepared to meet the needs of students in a technologically advancing world. The Educational Technology Graduate Certificate is a good way to acquire or update online design and online teaching  teaching and design skills.

The required coursework is based on the National Education Technology Standards (NETS) set by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Specifically, the Ed Tech graduate certificate meets the NETS for Technology Coaches (NETS-C). The Certificate in Educational Technology is available completely online. It can be embedded in the M.Ed. in Educational Technology program become the subject matter for the M.Ed. in Secondary Education program.

University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.


In addition to University Requirements:

Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge and skills. These specific skills and knowledge are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in all courses.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 15
Additional Admission Requirements Required


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Certificate Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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