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.
Multiple assessments are used to determine candidate growth toward achievement of the knowledge and skills described in the Graduate Certificate in Digital Education 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 standard 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).
Candidates are expected to satisfactorily complete all requirements associated with the Graduate Certificate in Digital Education program. The certificate is 15 credits of content-specific courses related to integration of technology into instruction. All courses are offered in either a hybrid or online format. Educational technology courses (EDT prefixes) 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 (MED 6102).
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
To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Education, a candidate must successfully complete the five 3-credit courses (15 credit hours) with a GPA of at least a 3.0 average. The certificate must be completed within two years.
Candidates completing the five Digital Education courses listed above with a GPA of 3.0 average or higher will, upon application to the Wilmington University Office of the Registrar, be issued a Wilmington University Graduate Certificate in Digital Education. Applications may be found on the Wilmington University Registrar’s webpage.
Completion of this certificate does not qualify the recipient for a teaching license or certification in Delaware, since there is no relevant Delaware license or certificate.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2022-2023 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2021 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.