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Instructional Systems Technology Graduate Certificate

This program accepts students in fall and spring semesters.
Application deadlines: July 1 (fall), Nov 1 (spring)

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Overview

This Graduate Certificate is an online program for those pursuing instructional systems technology credentials as preparation for curriculum design in the Training and Development field; and, for those pursuing these credentials to satisfy the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Special Endorsement in Computer Education (18079).

Among the skills program completers are prepared for are:
Designing and implementing curriculum
Integrating appropriate technology into learning systems

Offered by the Department of Educational Leadership, the UNC Charlotte Graduate Certificate and M.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology (IST) programs are currently the only graduate IST programs in North Carolina holding National Recognition status from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology AECT.

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Curriculum

The 18-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Instructional Systems Technology is a part-time program with a new sequence of courses beginning in fall and spring semesters. The following is the typical program completion sequence.

First Fall Semester
EIST 5100 Computer Applications in Education (3 credits)
EIST 6100 Readings in Instructional Systems Technology (3 credits)

Spring Semester
EIST 6110 Instructional Design (3 credits)
EIST 6135 Learning Media, Resources and Technology (3 credits)

Second Fall Semester
EIST 6120 Current Trends in Instructional Systems Technology (3 credits)
EIST 6130 Instructional Development Part I (3 credits)

See the Graduate Catalog for course descriptions.

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Proctored Exams

Faculty teaching online courses as part of a distance education program may require proctored exams or writing assignments. This requirement will be noted on the course syllabus. See the Proctored Testing section of this website for detailed proctored exam information.

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Delivery Methods

Instructional Systems Technology courses are delivered 100% online using Moodle and/or Centra. Each course instructor determines his/her course delivery method(s). Make sure you know how your courses are delivered by viewing the University Course Schedule. Distance education courses have section numbers with an 8 as the middle digit (examples: 080, L80, 081).

To participate in this program, you will need a high-speed internet connection and your computer must meet these Technical Specifications.

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Scholarships

UNC Charlotte College of Education
UNC Charlotte Graduate School

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Career Opportunities

University Career Center for Work, Service, and Internships

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Program Contacts

Distance Education

Melita Pope Mitchell, M.A.
Senior Program Manager
MelitaMitchell@uncc.edu
704-687-1282

Academic Department

Dr. Patti Wilkins
pcwilkin@uncc.edu
704-687-8734

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Admission

Do you live outside of the State of North Carolina?

Applicants are required to have a minimum of a B.A. or B.S. Degree from an accredited college or university.

Admission applications are completed online through UNC Charlotte’s Graduate School's Online Application.

The admission process is competitive and includes an interview with the Instructional Systems Technology program faculty. The following admission application components all have the same weight in determining admission.

  1. Official transcripts showing an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.50 or better; and, an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher for the last two years of coursework
  2. GRE or MAT scores that meet or exceed the 45th Percentile
  3. Three letters of recommendation from professionals in the field who are able to judge the quality of the applicant as a future student in this program
  4. Statement of Purpose of no more than 750 words in 12-point font and double-spaced, written definitively, coherently, and incorporating thoughtful expression in response to:
    1. How will this program help you to achieve your professional goals?
    2. What skills and knowledge do you hope to acquire and develop as a result of this program?
    3. Characterize what you would contribute to the collective learning experiences of your fellow students.
    4. How you will help the College reach its Diversity Goal?
  5. Additional items required for those using this program to satisfy the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Special Endorsement in Computer Education (18079):
    • A valid appropriate North Carolina teachers license. In the online admission application, there is a field in which to specify the type of teaching license. Rather than uploading a copy of the teaching license into the application system, scan the license and email a copy to Dr. Patricia Wilkins.
    • A minimum of 2 to 3 years teaching or other professional experience

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Tuition

Distance education tuition and fees

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Orientation

The New and Current Student Guide is the orientation to prepare for participation in UNC Charlotte distance education courses. Among the topics in this orientation are:

  • Student Computing
  • How to Register for Courses
  • How to Order Textbooks
  • Tuition
  • Technical Orientation (includes learning how to use Moodle and Centra; technical specifications for your computer system and find a buying guide for your computer hardware and software if needed.)
  • Student Services

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