Graduate Certificate in Digital Education



The Graduate Certificate in Digital Education program is designed for individuals who want to advance their knowledge and skills in current information and communication technologies. Candidates study research-based practices to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to design digital-based instruction and transform learning environments that promote student learning and engagement in digital-rich learning environments. The program addresses topics related to creativity and innovation, digital-age learning experiences and assessments, digital citizenship, and professional growth and leadership.


Program Competencies


The standards and program competencies adopted for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Education program are the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS•T) issued by the International Society for Technology in Education (2008). The certificate program is designed to enable candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the following program competency standards:

Program Competency Standard 1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity 

Candidates use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.

Program Competency Standard 2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

Candidates design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS•T.

Program Competency Standard 3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning

Candidates exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.

Program Competency Standard 4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

Candidates understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.

Program Competency Standard 5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Candidates continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.



Outcomes Assessment

Multiple assessments are used to determine candidate growth toward achievement of the knowledge and skills described in the Digital Education Graduate Certificate program competencies and the university-wide graduation competencies. Performance-based assessments are used to evaluate individual and collaborative projects, research endeavors, and assignments. Goals, learning outcomes and activities, external assignments, and assessment strategies are linked directly to program and graduation competencies as stated on each course syllabus. Other assessment strategies may include mentoring sessions and observations of performance-based projects in virtual or authentic settings. A standards web-based presentation portfolio completed during the program will show the candidate’s level of expertise in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and experiences described by the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS•T).

Program Design

This 15-credit certification program consists of 5 technology courses (EDT prefixes). Technology courses must be taken in a numerical sequence, beginning with EDT 6005 and ending with EDT 6045. The program requires that candidates be working in an educational setting or a training center to complete the program competency assignments. There is a non-credit E-Folio course requirement.

Course Requirements

Content-Specific Courses (15 credits)

MED 6102 E-Folio

EDT 6005 Applications in Educational Technology

EDT 6010 Instructional Applications of Technology

EDT 6020 Emerging Trends in Educational Technology

EDT 6035 Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Educational Technology

EDT 6045 Special Topics in Educational Technology

The sequence begins in the fall block 1 and spring block 1. Course modalities offered in the fall are hybrid and online. The course modality offered in the spring is hybrid.

Qualifications for the Certificate

To qualify for the Digital Education Graduate Certificate, a candidate must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credit hours with a GPA of at least 3.0 and complete a standards-based presentation program portfolio. The standard-based presentation program portfolio shows the candidate’s level of expertise in acquiring the knowledge and skills described by the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS•T). The program must be completed within five years.

Certificate Information

Completion of this degree does not qualify the recipient for a Delaware teaching license, endorsement, or certification, since there is no applicable Delaware licensing category.




This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.