Instructional Technology Certificate Program
The Instructional Technology Certificate Program (ITCP) is a no-cost professional development program offered to TAMU-affiliated full-time instructors, instructional designers, and instructional/distance education support staff throughout the university, including the College Station, Galveston, and Qatar campuses; the Health Science Center; the School of Law; and the Higher Education Center at McAllen (unfortunately, due to space and resource constraints, we are unable to admit teaching and/or graduate assistants into the program).
The program teaches participants the pedagogical practices of incorporating technology with course design and teaching. It is ideal for anyone teaching or designing face-to-face, blended, or fully online courses. Plus, you further your professional development by earning CEUs. Several electives are available to customize the training to fit your needs.
Participants will receive a $1,000 faculty award to help offset course redesign costs after successfully completing the program. Participants enrolled in ITCP who are fulfilling any other ITS grant requirements are not eligible to receive this faculty award. A condition of the faculty award is to present at the Transformational Teaching & Learning Conference.
Note: The tracks are only offered during the fall and spring semesters. The Capstone course is open enrollment.
Two tracks and a Capstone course comprise the basics of the program. A mini-certificate will be awarded for completion of each track.
The full ITCP certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the two tracks, Capstone course, and electives. The tracks and respective courses/training workshops can be completed in any order.
- Fundamentals of Teaching Track (Mini-Certificate)
- ITCP Communicating Effectively w/ Learner Interaction (Non-Public Online Course)
- ITCP Learning Outcomes & Alignment (Non-Public Online Course)
- Electives (2 needed):
- Incorporating Instructional Technologies Track (Mini-Certificate)
- ITCP Multimedia (Non-Public Online Course)
- ITCP Overview of Technology (Non-Public Online Course)
- Electives (2 needed):
- Capstone (Non-Public Online Course)
Note: Enrollment for the Capstone will be after successful completion of all other courses and electives.
- Electives (2 needed):
The program starts Wednesday, February 6.
Open lab sessions will be scheduled to accommodate participants who would like to work with facilitators and/or colleagues.
To successfully complete a track for a mini-certificate, the required courses and two electives for the respective track must be completed. To successfully complete the Instructional Technology Certificate Program, the required courses and two electives for each track, the Capstone required courses, and two additional electives from the list provided must be completed within 12 months of the program start date.
Note: Not all ITS workshops are included in the list of approved electives for the program.
Choose two (2) electives per track and two (2) electives for the Capstone to customize training to fit your needs. Six (6) electives are needed to complete the Instructional Technology Certificate Program. Electives should be completed within 12 months of the program's start date of Wednesday, February 6.
Estimated Time Commitments
- Online courses: 7-10 hours per 1-week course; 14-20 hours per 2-week course
- Electives: Varies, typically 2-4 hours per workshop
- A computer using Windows 7 or Mac OS X v.5 or higher
- A high-speed Internet connection is highly recommended
- We cannot guarantee multimedia components will work with slower connections
- We cannot distribute hard copies (e.g., CD-ROM, DVD-ROM) of multimedia items due to copyright restrictions
- A set of speakers and/or headphones for listening to presentations and a webcam, headset, and/or microphone for voice chat
- Some courses have audio/video presentations
- Some courses use voice chat and/or student-narrated presentations
- Consult ITS staff for more information about these devices
- Modern Web Browser
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Edge
- Apple Safari
- Adobe Flash Player
- Some courses include audio/visual presentations
- Adobe Reader
- Some courses include PDF documents
- Java Runtime Environment
- Some courses include content that runs on Java
- Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, or Google Docs
- All courses require one of these business application suites
- OpenOffice and LibreOffice are free alternatives to Microsoft Office
A proposal submission is required for consideration into the certificate program.
Proposals should include:
- 1-page narrative
- Contact information
- Name and title
- College and department
- Mailing address with mailstop
- Phone number and email
- Why you want to participate in the certificate program
- Anticipated outcomes for participating (what you hope to learn)
- How you plan to manage and commit time to completing coursework (approximately 7-10 hours per course)
- Agree to attend a REQUIRED ITCP launch party scheduled for Monday, February 4, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (lunch provided); details for this event will be distributed upon acceptance into the program
Due to space and resource constraints, the number of participants per course is limited to approximately 20 full-time instructors, instructional designers, and instructional/distance education support staff throughout the university.
Submit a proposal by Thursday, January 31. Attach the proposal as a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send selection information to participants by Friday, February 1.
Contact us for more information about the Instructional Technology Certificate Program.