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                                 ESTABLISHING GRADUATE CERTIFICATES
                                      ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
                                       DIVISION OF GRADUATE STUDIES

This form should be used by programs seeking to establish new graduate certificates. All sections should be
completed. Current graduate certificate guidelines may be found at
The graduate certificate is a programmatic or linked series of courses in a single field or one that crosses disciplinary
boundaries. The graduate certificate facilitates professional growth for people who already hold the baccalaureate
degree and may be free-standing or linked to a degree program. The virtue of the graduate certificate is that it
enables the university to respond to societal needs and promotes university interaction with corporate, industrial, and
professional communities.
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Contact Name: Robert Atkinson
Contact Phone: 480-965-1832
College: Education
Department/School: Division of Psychology in Education
Name of proposed Certificate: Educational Technology

1. OVERVIEW. Below, please provide a brief overview of the certificate, including the rationale and need for the
program, potential size and nature of the target audience, information on comparable programs (at ASU and/or peer
institutions), how this program would relate to existing programs at ASU, and any additional appropriate information.

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology is designed for individuals interested in (a) gaining proficiency in
the design, development and evaluation of instructional systems and (b) learning how to utilize various educational
technology applications to support learning.
The Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology can be completed easily within a two-year period as a
complement to another degree or as a stand-alone certificate obtained by working professionals. It is appropriate for
ASU students, many of whom will be entering the technology and educational workforce after obtaining their degree.
It also provides opportunities for people in the workforce to enhance their skills and broaden their knowledge of
educational technology.
Among other goals, the certificate program is intended to increase enrollment in the Educational Technology M.Ed.
program. Three of the five courses required for the certificates may be applied towards a master’s degree. With that
in mind, the courses associated with each certificate were selected based on their suitability for the M.Ed. as well.
Students that earn an Educational Technology certificate and elect to pursue the M.Ed. degree may be allowed to
apply three of the required core courses (EDT501, EDT502, and EDT503) towards their M.Ed. degree program with
prior approval from the Educational Technology M.Ed. program.


A.   Program administration (e.g., executive committee, director, etc.)
     The certificate’s Program Director is Dr. Robert Atkinson, Assistant Professor of Educational Technology.
     Members of the Executive Committee are Dr. Robert Atkinson, Dr. James Klein (Professor of Educational
     Technology), Dr. Wilhelmina Savenye (Associate Professor of Educational Technology), and Dr. Brian Nelson
     (Assistant Professor of Educational Technology).

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B.   Organizing procedures (including how the organizing body will be chosen and function)
     The Executive Committee consists of a minimum of three faculty members from the Educational Technology
     area. One member of the Executive Committee is elected to serve as certificate program’s Director. This
     appointment is one year in duration and is renewable. The Executive Committee meets monthly as needed to
     make admissions decisions and to conduct program oversight. The Program Director is responsible for the day-
     to-day operation of the program.

A.   Admission criteria
     The Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology is available to all ASU graduate students and to non-degree
     graduate students provided they meet eligibility criteria. To be eligible for this program, the applicant must (a)
     hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution, (b) have a cumulative junior/senior
     undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher, and (c) be a current ASU graduate student or hold a non--degree status
     with the ASU Division of Graduate Studies. Students interested in earning this certificate must formally apply to
     the program’s Executive Committee.

     Students must be currently enrolled in a graduate level program at ASU or be accepted by the Division of
     Graduate Studies with non-degree status before applying to the Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology
     Program. All materials listed below must be submitted to the Executive Committee via Nancy Archer, the Division
     of Psychology in Education’s admissions secretary, to be considered complete:
         Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology Program Application for Admission (see attached—
          Appendix A)
         One official copy of all college or university transcripts
         Curriculum vitae or résumé
     It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials arrive, and incomplete applications will not be

B.   Admission decision process
     The Executive Committee will review applications and make admission decisions on a monthly basis. Applicants
     will be notified by the Executive Committee through correspondence regarding the admissions outcome.

C.   Projected annual admission/enrollment
     The project annual enrollment is 25 students.

A.   Minimum credit hours required for certificate
     The certificate requires 15 credit hours.

B.   Course delivery mode (e.g., online, face-to-face, off-site)
     Depending on demand, the courses will be delivered in three modes: online, face-to-face, and off-site locally.

C.   Please describe culminating experience required (e.g., internship, project, research paper, capstone
     course, etc.)
     The culminating experience is enrollment in the EDT504 course and completion of its Final Project. For the final
     project, the student selects an instructional problem appropriate to solving via computer-aided instruction (CAI)

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     and creates a computer-based self-instructional tutorial program to address this problem. The goal of this project
     is to ensure that the student is capable of making a unique contribution to the field of interactive computer-based
     instruction. The project must result in an effective, interesting and useful CAI program (Most projects consist of
     about one hour of instruction.) The students is expected to incorporate multimedia components into the
     program, including digitized graphics, audio, photographs, and video. The four components of the final project
     are described below.
         Brief Proposal – The student is required to write a short proposal for the program. In the proposal, the
          student must include a description of the instructional problem, background, description of why his/her CAI
          program is the appropriate solution to the instructional problem, and descriptions of the target audience and
          intended instructional setting. The student is also required to include one to three objectives and a sample
          test item for each, description of treatment, brief content outline, outline of instructional flow of program and
          proposed timeline and budget.
         Design Specifications / Planning Documents – The student must write a set of design specifications for a
          short computer-based instructional program that can be used to teach someone specific objectives. The
          design specifications must include an instructional design document, as well as production specifications,
          specifically a flowchart, and either sample storyboards and/or small prototype of the program.
         Working Program - The choices for this working program are: (a) Develop an advanced short interactive
          computer-based self-instructional tutorial program to solve an instructional problem (the student’s
          prerogative) in an organization in an appropriate and innovative way; or (b) Develop an interactive computer-
          based instructional tutorial program that may form the basis of your experimental materials for a research
         Usability Test - For either option above, the student is expected to also conduct at least a brief tryout of
          his/her program, with five to ten learners, and write an usability report.

D.   Expected learning outcomes for the program and appropriate methods and measures for evaluation
     Expected Learning Outcomes
              Students will be able to communicate about the foundations and trends in the field of educational
              Students will be able to write instructional objectives for given content, develop instruction for
               instructional objectives, and write assessment items for objectives.
              Students will be able to prepare design specifications for instructional and informational applications for
               print- and computer-based media
              Students will be able to successfully design, develop, and implement a computer-based tutorial.

     Methods and Measures for Evaluation
              Exams
              Written papers
              Class presentations
              Class projects (e.g., Final Project)

E.   Policies and procedures for tracking students to certificate completion
     On an ongoing basis by fall 2008, students will be tracked in PeopleSoft with a specific Plan code, enabling the
     Executive Committee and the Division of Psychology to monitor the progress of each student regardless of
     whether they are also enrolled in a degree program. The Executive Committee and the Division of Psychology
     will monitor the progress of the students on a semester by semester basis. The students will also be appointed a
     certificate faculty advisor that will be responsible for monitoring students' progress toward completion of
     certification requirements. Each member of the Executive Committee will serve as a certificate faculty advisor for
     an equal proportion of the certificate students.

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     To be awarded the certificate, students must submit transcripts of their coursework and indicate the grades
     received in all courses required for the certificate. They must also complete, sign and submit to their specific
     graduate certificate program faculty advisor the Application for Awarding of a Graduate Certificate form
     ( The certificate faculty advisor will then
     inform the Executive Committee at their monthly meeting when students successfully complete all requirements.
     After the Executive Committee approves the awarding of certificates for this program, the Program Director will
     sign the Application for Awarding of a Graduate Certificate and will submit the signed form, along with the copy of
     the student’s unofficial transcript to the Division of Graduate Studies Associate Dean for Graduate Academic
     Programs for the final review and signature.

F.   Satisfactory student academic progress standards and guidelines (including any time limits for
     Satisfactory student academic progress will include: (a) C (2.0) or better required in the certificate courses, (b) a
     minimum B (3.0) cumulative GPA required, and (c) successful completion of culminating experience. The
     maximum time limit is three years or by executive committee approval.

G. Proposed policy on students in the certificate program sharing hours used towards the certificate with
   another ASU degree program. (Please note that a maximum of 9 hours taken as a non-degree student at
   ASU, including as a part of a certificate program, may be used towards a future graduate degree at ASU.)
     Students may be permitted to apply a maximum of 9 hours taken in the certificate program towards the
     Educational Technology M.Ed. program with prior approval from the Educational Technology M.Ed. program.

H.   Below, please list all required and elective courses in the appropriate boxes (you may attach additional
     pages if necessary).

     Please ensure that all new core course proposals have been submitted to the Provost’s office through
     ACRES online course proposal submission system. Please note: a minimum of 2/3 of the courses
     required for a graduate certificate must be at the 500-level or above.

                                      Core Courses                                  Credit Hours

                      (Prefix & Number)      (New course?) Yes or No?                      -
                          EDT501                         No                               3
                          EDT502                         No                               3
                          EDT503                         No                               3

                             Elective Courses (Prefix & Number)                     Credit Hours
                           Choose one course (3 credit hours)
                      EDT505 – Multimedia presentation technologies                       3
                      EDT511 – Technology applications in education                       3
                     EDT523 – Distance education theory and practice                      3
                          EDT591 – Advanced distance education                            3
                  EDT591 – Games, simulations, & virtual environments                     3
                           Culminating Experience (if applicable)                   Credit Hours
                                          EDT504                                          3
                                Total required credit hours                               15

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A.     Budget projections (including staffing needs)
       Required development funds are currently approved by the Division of Psychology in Education and the College
       of Education for the development of this certificate program. Specifically, during the spring 2007 semester, the
       Division and College are sharing the cost of two 50% graduate assistantships and $1,650 in supplies (e.g.,
       microphones, webcams, software) need to support the development of this specific certificate program. The
       Division and College are dedicating a comparable amount to support the other certificate program under

B.     Additional specialized needs (e.g., space, laboratory equipment, library holdings, etc.)
       Existing labs, space and library holdings will be used for this certificate program.

6. PRIMARY FACULTY PARTICIPANTS. Please list all primary faculty participants for the proposed certificate,
including home unit and title. You may attach additional pages if necessary.
Name                                     Home Unit                              Title

Atkinson, Robert                         Psychology in Education                Assistant Professor
Bitter, Gary                             Curriculum and Instruction             Professor
Klein, James                             Psychology in Education                Professor
Legacy, Jane                             Psychology in Education                Associate Clinical Professor
Nelson, Brian                            Psychology in Education                Assistant Professor
Savenye, Wilhelmina                      Psychology in Education                Associate Professor

   (Please label accordingly, i.e., Appendix or Attachment A, B, etc.)
     Please include the following with your proposal:
       A.   Sample programs of study for students in the proposed program
       B.   Statements of support from all deans and heads of impacted academic units

      Sample programs of study for students in the proposed program (see attached—Appendix B)
      Statements of support from all deans and heads of impacted academic units (see attached—Appendix C)

8. APPROVALS. If the proposal submission involves multiple units, please include letters of support from those


Sam Green
SIGNATURE                                                                                             DATE

Please see attached memo of support

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Sarah Hudelson
SIGNATURE                                                                                   DATE

Please see attached memo of support

The following section will be completed by DGS following the recommendations of faculty governance

SIGNATURE                                                                                   DATE

Submit the completed and signed (chairs, unit deans and if applicable the Campus Provost) proposal to the Office of
Graduate Academic Programs in the Division of Graduate Studies. Mail code: 1003 and electronic copies to
Please note: Proposals for new certificates also require the approval of the Curriculum and Academic Programs
Committee (CAPC), the Academic Senate, and the Office of the Provost before they can be implemented.
Please refer to the Office of the Provost Curriculum Development website to track the status of your proposal
once submitted: (Section titled: Curriculum Actions in Process – 1999 –


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Appendix A – Certificate Application for Admission Form
Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology Program Application for Admission
Students must complete an application through Graduate Admissions prior to completing this application.

Name (last, first, middle)                                                       Social Security Number

Former Name(s)                                                                   Planned Date of Enrollment
                                                                                 Semester                          Year
Mailing Address (no., street, apt.)                                              City, State Zip

Phone Number (include area code)                                                 E-mail Address

Degree Candidate in: (degree, school, department, program)

Degree Applicant to: (degree, school, department, program)

Employed by: (nonprofit or affiliate)

ACADEMIC HISTORY             List all previous colleges and universities attended.
Name of Institution                                       City & State                        Dates               Degree

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE Additional pages may be attached.
Position - Title/Description                   Employer                              Address/Phone/E-mail         Dates

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REFERENCES Please list the people that can provide academic and professional references
Name & Affiliation                             Address                                       Phone/E-mail

Signature of Applicant ___________________________________
Date ______________________

Please submit completed form to:                  Nancy Archer, Admissions Secretary
                                                  Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology
                                                  Division of Psychology in Education
                                                  PO Box 870611
                                                  Arizona State University
                                                  Tempe, AZ 85287-0611

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Appendix B – Sample Program of Study

Educational Technology Certificate (15 hours)

Required core (9 hours)
          EDT 501 Foundations and Issues in Educational Technology (3)
          EDT 502 Design and Development of Instruction (3)
          EDT 503 Instructional Media Design (3)

Sample electives (3 hours)
          EDT 505 Multimedia Presentation Technologies (3)
          EDT 511 Technology Applications in Education (3)
          EDT 523 Distance Education Theory and Practice (3)
          EDT 591 Advanced Distance Education: Research & Development (3)
          EDT 591 Games, Simulations, and Virtual Environments (3)

Required capstone course (3 hours)
          EDT 504 Development of Computer-Based Instruction (3)

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Appendix C – Letters of Support

    Letter from Psychology in Education Interim Division Director – Dr. Sam Green

    Letter from College of Education Interim Dean – Dr. Sarah Hudelson

    Email Correspondence of Support – Dr. Mari Koerner (Dean, College of Teacher Education and Leadership)
                                            ASU at the West campus

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