Graduate Certificate: Leadership in Instructional Technology for Higher Education


Learn more about the graduate certificate in Leadership in Instructional Technology for Higher Education.

About the Certificate

The graduate certificate in Leadership in Instructional Technology for Higher Education aims to provide a post-baccalaureate credential that aligns with the primary goals of the M.Ed. program in Higher Education. As the College of Education and Human Development strives to prepare professionals in the ever-changing landscape of higher and postsecondary education, this certificate serves as a critical bridge to helping prospective leaders develop the vision, marketable skills, and competencies that facilitate responsible institutional change in this emergent field. Courses offered through this graduate certificate program prepare candidates to make sound structural and technological decisions regarding effective digitally based learning, teaching, and student development.

Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 2 years

Campus Location: Online

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate can be completed on a part-time basis.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits of coursework before applying to a graduate degree program. If completing the certificate as a non-matriculated student, the 6 credits count toward the allowable 9 credits.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:
Applications are accepted for the Fall and Spring terms and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

APPLY ONLINE to this certificate program.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained to provide insight regarding the applicant's academic competence. References from college/university faculty are recommended.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A bachelor's degree is required. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is expected.

International applicants should also submit an official document that validates completion and conferral of a degree, diploma, and/or certificate. While not required, international applicants are encouraged to submit transcript(s) to the World Education Services (WES) for evaluation.

Statement of Goals: Outline your interest in seeking a graduate certificate with a specific focus on the career to which you aspire, your interests, and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.

Standardized Test Scores:
Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • PTE Academic: 53

Resume: Current resume required.

Other Requirement: Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions attended and/or from which credit was earned must be submitted.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 6

Required Courses:

EDUC 8232Technology, Teaching, and Learning3
HIED 5502Digital Education Leadership3
Total Credit Hours6

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum


Certificate Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Dept. of Policy, Organizational and Leadership Studies

College of Education and Human Development

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091


Submission Address for Application Materials:

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