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Admissions and Visitor Center
Shelly Haser, Ph.D.
Department Head, Education
Professor of Education
Nicholson Center 458
The Instructional Technology Specialist Certification
Preparation program at Robert Morris University is designed
for individuals who wish to apply their skills and interests in
technology to a school setting. Students completing this
program and passing any required state tests may apply for
certification as an instructional technology specialist for grades
K-12 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The program focuses on the improvement of the learning
process and instruction through the use of appropriate
instructional media. The program prepares you to diffuse and
manage instructional technology, support instructional
technology planning efforts, integrate technology into the
curriculum, teach media and technological literacy, establish
partnerships to support the use of technology and establish
priorities related to technology.
Upon completing this program, you'll be prepared for
positions such as director of instructional technology,
coordinator of computer education, director of computer
laboratories, distance education coordinator, director of
instructional resources and media, or technological literacy
In addition, you may apply several courses toward the
requirements for the Master of Science (M.S.) in Instructional
Leadership degree program at RMU.
Classes are taught by faculty members who are experts in
education, technology and related disciplines, as well as by
practicing professionals. Fall and spring courses are offered in
the evenings in eight-week terms. Many summer courses also
are offered during the day for more intensive study.
||Curriculum Design and Development
||Instructional Leadership and Management
||Internship (Candidate must spend at least
160 hours working in a public school setting
under the direction of a media specialist or
instructional technology specialist.)
|Plus one course from:|
||Introduction to Theory of Online Education
||Computers in the Classroom
||Internet/Basic Web Page Design
||Video Production for Teachers
Students may earn the M.S. in Instructional Leadership degree by completing these additional seven courses:
||Theories of Learning and Instruction
||Assessment and Educational Statistics
||Learning Systems and Instructional Decision-Making
|Three Graduate Electives (9 credits)
Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, but prior teacher
certification is not required. Applicants should possess
working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet,
database and presentation graphics; experience in a
networked computer environment; working knowledge of
online research methodologies and resources; basic Internet
literacy; and the ability to use various instructional technology
delivery systems, including print and non-print resources. An
entrance portfolio, documenting basic technological skills,
must be presented during the interview process.
Applicants should submit the following credentials to the Graduate Admissions Office:
- A completed application and a non-refundable $35 application fee. Or apply online
- Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
- Two current letters of recommendation from individuals with knowledge of the applicant's professional preparation and potential for growth.
- Current résumé.
Admissions and Advising Procedures
- Candidate submits application and required credentials to the Graduate Admissions Office.
- Candidate prepares entrance portfolio and presents its contents in an interview with Admissions Committee.
- Once formally admitted to the program, the candidate is
assigned a University advisor who assists with course
registration, monitors academic progress to ensure a 3.0 or
better GPA is maintained, and assists in choosing and
executing class projects that meet requirements for the exit
- The advisor assists the candidate in selecting a site for his or
her internship, makes arrangements for the placement and
supervises the candidate during the internship.
- When all academic requirements have been met, the advisor
schedules a portfolio presentation, during which the
candidate presents his or her exit portfolio to the
Admissions Committee, which then recommends
the candidate for certification.
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. The tuition rate includes all University fees except fees for courses that have an online component.
Offered in Moon Township only.