Instructional Technology Integration Certificate: Special Course Sections for World Language Educators

The 12-credit graduate certificate in Instructional Technology Integration at University of Maryland University College focuses on strengthening and transforming teaching and learning through technology integration. Through the UMUC-ACTFL education alliance, UMUC is offering an adapted version of the certificate program for ACTFL members, with each of the four certificate courses specifically tailored for K-12 and higher education teachers of world languages. Each 3-credit course focuses on incorporating current and emerging technologies into curriculum, instruction and assessment to maximize K-12 and higher education student learning of world languages.

How are these courses specialized for world language educators? World language educators in these courses participate in a highly interactive online classroom community of language educators. The focus is on helping language teachers more effectively connect with today's digital learners, meet students' diverse learning needs, and prepare students for a rapidly changing and interconnected world. The online discussions and assignments are structured so teachers can immediately apply program content to their particular grade level, language and school environment. Courses emphasize how technology facilitates the integration of communication and culture as well as 21st century skills into language teaching and learning. Courses are taught by faculty with practical background knowledge and expertise in both technology integration and K-12 and higher education world language teaching.

The certificate program may be completed within one academic year. Participants also have the opportunity to continue their studies, enroll in UMUC's online Master of Education in Instructional Technology program and apply the credits they earned in the certificate program toward the master's degree.

The following four courses make up the Certificate in Instructional Technology Integration. Please click on the links below for the certificate course descriptions:

  • EDTC 600 Foundations of Technology in Teaching and Learning (3)
  • Adaptation for Language Teachers includes planning instruction considering standards for learning languages, applying principles of second language acquisition, evaluating educational software for learning language, developing a lesson plan for the language classroom that integrates technology, and creating a Web site for a world language class.

  • EDTC 605 Teaching Information and Media Literacies in the Digital World (3)
  • Adaptation for Language Educators includes exploring differences of literacy and media literacy in first and second language, applying multilingual tools, exploring appropriate use of online translators, and creating a unit plan integrating information and media literacy.

  • EDTC 610 Web-Based Teaching and Learning: Design and Pedagogy (3)
  • Adaptation for Language Educators includes designing effective Web-based lessons and units in language classes, considering each mode of communication (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational), and incorporating audio and video elements for language learning.

  • EDTC 615 Using Technology for Instructional Improvement: Research, Data and Best Practices (3)
  • Adaptation for Language Educators includes analyzing data to inform instruction and help improve students' language performance, developing learning improvement plans, and examining technology's role in language assessment.

To learn more about this program, please contact UMUC by completing this form, calling 1-855-CLS-5300 or sending an email to Or, if you're ready to get started, there are just 5 steps to beginning your education at UMUC.

*The tuition discount will not be applied to the following graduate programs and related certificates or courses: Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Data Analytics, Master of Science in Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation, Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy, and doctoral programs. The tuition for students who meet the criteria for Maryland residency will be the applicable in-state rate. Tuition for active-duty military and their spouses will be the applicable military rate. If you are a student using Post 9/11 benefits, please contact an advisor at 800-939-UMUC (8682) to determine if you can apply both benefits.

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