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Educational Studies: STEM: Instructional Technology Support Concentration, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 3_CN_ESIT

Control Number: 39967

Financial Aid Eligible

In order to provide an additional pathway to an education-related career, this certificate is designed for students interested in an education/ teaching-related career who prefer online classes and/or cannot always attend traditional face-to-face classes due to employment, marital status, family responsibilities, distance, and expenses incurred with traditional education schedules. All certificate classes are online.

This certificate is especially appropriate for students following various pathways to classroom teaching or an education-related career:

  • The paraprofessional or aspiring paraprofessional teacher aide or homeschooling parent seeking professional development focused on supporting teaching and learning with technology.
  • The aspiring paraprofessional or currently employed paraprofessional teacher aide seeking a career ladder approach to a teaching credential and/or child development permit seeking a certificate recognizing expertise in providing technology-based instructional support.
  • The teacher aide paraprofessional who has decided against pursuing an AA and/or credential but would like to acquire knowledge and skills/ professional development relevant to serving as a teacher assistant or support staff in a classroom, school, or related environment, specializing in expertise in providing technology-based assistance. 
  • Teacher preparation for students on a transfer pathway for a BA and Credential who also desire certificate recognition in Educational Studies with a concentration in providing technology support to teachers, students, parents.

Possible employment/illustrative examples: teacher assistant/ classroom aide specializing in providing technology assistance to students, parents, teachers, in an academic or related setting. Preschool, TK, elementary, middle, secondary; possible employment as a technology assistant in special education classrooms with the addition of intro to special education course; elementary learning support aide, middle school paraeducator, assistant in after school homework center, all grades, where expertise in technology would be an asset.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  1. Work effectively with students, teachers, parents, colleagues, and administrators in a school and classroom setting.
  2. Apply knowledge, skills, and experience to make an informed choice to be employed or to continue study in the field of education.
  3. Apply the certificate towards entry into a teaching credential or child development permit program, and/or the certificate may serve to document the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant for employment as a teacher assistant or support staff in a classroom, school, or related environment.

Review Graduation Requirements.

Course Title Units
Required Core:
Complete the following:
EDUC C101Tutor Training Includes a three-hour service learning component1
EDUC C103Introduction to Computers in Education: Technology Proficiencies for Teachers 12
EDUC C104Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Diverse Contemporary Classrooms Includes 10 hours of required fieldwork/observations1
EDUC C180Family, School, and Community Partnerships Includes 10 hours of required fieldwork/observations3
EDUC C211Media Literacy Toolkit for Teachers3
CIS C100Introduction to Information Systems3
Elective Courses:
Complete three units of the following:3-5
Introduction to Business Office Technology
Introduction to Cybersecurity
Introduction to Digital Art and Media
Visual Design (Photoshop)
Digital Photography using Photoshop
Introduction to Programming
IT Fundamentals
Library Research and Information Competency
Total Units16-18