Overview

This graduate-level certificate provides a solid foundation in digital learning environments and educational theories, as well as a comprehensive introduction to motivational leadership strategies. The robust curriculum comprising the Education, Leadership + Emerging Technologies program equips students to leverage current learning theory and the latest emerging technologies to more effectively lead, engage, teach, and communicate with others. By integrating innovative methods and cutting-edge technologies into the curriculum, the certificate produces graduates who are prepared to lead at any level in education or training.
Features
This program is conducted entirely online, so working adults can more easily balance their educational goals with their busy schedules. Accessible from anywhere in the world via the Internet, this certificate program is perfect for working professionals seeking to advance in the fields of education or training without leaving their careers. The graduate-level certificate in Investigations in Learning + Leadership will make use of the existing RMCAD Learning Management System (LMS), a best-in-class educational platform that features primarily asynchronous learning experiences. More scheduled learning experiences are also used within specific courses as needed in order to meet educational requirements and build upon collaborative learning foundations.
Topics
Investigating Learning Environments
ELET 5900 (3 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to graduate level research through the identification of credible sources, as well as through reviews of literature and critical analysis of applicable media. Through the development of research processes and writing, students develop preliminary research questions to guide further investigation into the impact of technology on learning environments.

Leadership and Motivation
ELET 5140 (3 Credits)

This course investigates and compares intrinsic and extrinsic human motivation to enhance learning outcomes. Activities include the use of motivational frameworks and plans for instructional methods and media for classroom education, e-learning environments, and training. Students are also introduced to the concepts and methods of assessment and critique.

Understanding Learning Theories for Education
ELET 5120 (3 Credits)

This course provides students with an introduction to learning theories as relating to cognition and developmental meaning. A variety of theoretical constructs are studied to address meaningful connections and diverse learning styles. Students explore conceptual frameworks for engaging children and adult learners through appropriate platforms and methodologies. Students apply their working knowledge of learning theory to the practical application of media-based instructional development.

Visual LiteracyThrough Digital Investigations
ELET 5100(3 Credits)

This course provides students with the practical application of digital tools as they inform visual literacy and its impact on communication and learning communities. The focus is an integration of understanding images and their implied meanings through a critical lens. Students investigate the techniques and capabilities of digital software programs within the context of visual and composition theory for education and instructional planning. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have the ability to investigate appropriate media as part of a sequential integration of knowledge and skills. Prerequisite: None

Your Future
The program is ideally suited to professionals at all levels who wish to learn more about technology integration, educational theory, leadership motivation, and education research. In particular, students with an interest in K-12 education, higher education, corporate training, and leadership will find this hands-on program pivotal in reaching their career goals.
Possible Careers
  • District Education Coordinator
  • Technical Education Trainer
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Educational Consultant
  • Higher Education Technology Analyst
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Instructional Designer
  • Media Specialist