Certificate in Learning Design and Technology

If you are a teacher who wants to get more "techie," or a techie who wants to get more "teacherly," Marlboro's 15-credit certificate is the gateway to bridging the digital gap and becoming more effective in your workplace. It is appropriate for those who want to create better online classes or training resources, as well as those who find themselves acting as intermediaries between "computer people" and everyone else. Marlboro's Certificate in Learning Design and Technology is a valuable link to licensed Vermont teachers who want to reach their "master's + 15" salary scale, as well as teachers who want to receive Vermont's Educational Technology Specialist endorsement (with three additional credits).

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Courses in Marlboro's certificate program cover the design, implementation, and evaluation of educationally oriented technology. The focus is effective integration of technology teaching tools into schools, colleges, nonprofits, training, and companies.

Nine of your 15 credits will be devoted to core courses on: the rich history and learning theories behind educational technology; current media design and production tools and techniques; and how to use learning management systems effectively. Six credits of electives allow a flexible focus on subjects such as instructional design, K-12 integration, management, or research.

All courses can be applied to Marlboro's 36-credit master's program in Learning Design and Technology, provided a student transfers to that degree before completing the certificate. If you are a licensed Vermont teacher, we have the courses that count towards the 18 credit Educational Technology Specialist endorsement that is awarded by the Vermont Department of Education through transcript review.

Course Descriptions


  • MAT-T605: Educational Technology (3 credits)

  • MAT-T610: Media Production (3 credits)

  • MAT-T615 Instructional Design (3 credits. Prereq EdTech/Media)

And all other MAT-T courses as electives. See Courses

Additional Offerings

  1. MAT in Learning Design and Technology
  2. Educational Technology Specialist (ETS #42) Endorsement Courses for licensed Vermont teachers.
  3. Continuing Education Program (CEP) Professional development.

Application Materials

  • Completed Online Application Form.
  • Official College Transcript(s): All transcripts should be sent via a traditional postal system to:

Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies
Office of Admissions 
PO Box A 
Marlboro, VT 05344

  • A Letter of Recommendation: Letters may be emailed to admissions.
  • Statement of Intent: Your statement of intent gives you the opportunity to outline the goals you hope to achieve by attending the Graduate School, and it helps us determine how our programs can best fit your needs. Please email your statement of intent to admissions.

Gainful Employment Disclosure


On time graduation rate: n/a (this is a new program)

Tuition, fees: 2016-2017 academic year = $11,475

Estimated book total cost: $118.95 (high estimate based on new books)

  1. Educational Technology – $0
  2. Web Design and Media Production – $55
  3. Facilitating Online Learning – $0
  4. elective - $0 - $63.95 based on class

Median loan debt (as provided by Secretary of Ed.): data not yet available

Gainful Employment Disclosure


Visit us, talk to admissions, or the degree chair, Caleb Clark.


The Marlboro Certificate in Learning Design and Technology is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states.

Course Descriptions

Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology

Required Courses

MAT603 - Web Design and Media Production

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Fall
  • This is a required course

Fall 2017 Schedule: Main Campus. Marlboro, VT, 9:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday September 16th, October 14th, November 18th, December 9th.

Description: A foundation course in the production of educationally oriented online multimedia. Students will design, create, populate, and test two instructional web sites using the content management system WordPress and another authoring platform of their choice. Assignments will cover production techniques of websites, text, photos, video, basic HTML/CSS, audio and media files in a universal design methodology. Readings and discussion will cover the history of the Internet, current trends, usability, design theory, and the evaluation, ethics, and effective use of Internet media and software for educational purposes. The final project is to create and present to the class a small instructional or informational website.

MAT610 - Educational Technology

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Fall
  • This is a required course

Fall 2017 Schedule: Main Campus. Marlboro, VT, 9:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, December 10th.

Description: Educational Technology is a foundation course covering the theory and history of educational technology. Topics will include cognitive psychology, human development with a focus on child and adolescent development, adult learning, past and present learning theories, curriculum design, assessment and evaluation. This class will also study key luminaries, major theorists and organizations that are part of the industry. While studying different learning frameworks, students will explore and evaluate their own style of instructional design and develop an educational technology unit.

MAT614 - Facilitating Online Learning

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Spring
  • This is a required course

How do we facilitate online learning so that students are optimally engaged and learning objectives are being met? Participants will integrate their knowledge of learning theory and instructional design to explore best practices for providing content to students online, engaging them in a vibrant learner-centered community and effectively evaluating their learning. Participants will discuss issues specific to courses that are online-enhanced, blended and fully online. Accessibility and learner support will be emphasized. Participants will utilize Moodle to create a learning module that integrates pedagogy with appropriate technologies to engage students in meeting learning objectives. Facilitating Online Learning (FOL) will itself be facilitated as a workshop where participants will take an active role in teaching each other and introducing topics of interest to the class.

Elective Courses

EDU619 - Assistive Technology and Universal Design

  • 3 credits

The course will provide an overview of Assistive Technologies (AT) and innovative practices as guided by Universal Design (UD). Students will gain an understanding of the ways AT and the UD principles are shaping our understanding of traditional classroom instruction, assessment, accommodations and student support, both at the secondary and postsecondary levels. Course discussions will focus on the applications of universal design and traditional assistive technology software (e.g.; Kurzweil, Inspiration, and Dragon-Naturally Speaking). Students will design and develop a UD instructional project (lesson plan, technology implementation plan, or instructional unit) of their choosing. Online instruction will be supplemented by on site observations at Landmark College. Observations will be scheduled with the instructor and student based on student interest and availability and opportunities at Landmark. Minimum expectations are one ½ day campus visit, that includes a tour, lunch and a class or lab observation.

EDU620 - Clear Writing Workshop

  • 1 credit

Graduate level education demands writing skills that are well developed and adaptable. The Clear Writing Workshop will prepare learners to write at the graduate level. It will sharpen writing skills that have dulled, and elevate critical thinking.

The course begins with a subject matter review of the four basics and the four modes of writing. It progresses into a study and practice of critical reading, followed by writing analysis. Throughout the course, students will practice writing in a variety of styles; observational statements, essays, blog posts, emails, writing for the web, elevator pitches, and more. The course culminates in a writing project in the style and form of the student's choosing.

EDU910 - Tech4Educators

  • 3 credits

A summer intensive for teachers and administrators in K-12 and higher education. With Web 2.0 - the offering of applications online - technology for educators has never been easier to learn and apply to the classroom. Learn to: Use blogs and wikis for student journaling and communication with parents. Make a Webquest for students Build simple websites for delivering content that are free to host online. Understand learning environments such as Second Life, and the Vermont Young Writers Project. Learn about and use an industry-standard Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle. Manage and manipulate photos and graphics using online tools. Create podcasts and basic video screencasts as learning tools. Add animation and avatars, online drawing, photography, and other multimedia tools & applications, to your teaching strategies.

MAT605 - Digital Research Technologies

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Winter

Schedule: The first class meeting will be in person on January 19, 2018; all subsequent work will take place both in person and online.

This course examines online search skills in a variety of electronic resources and addresses the structure of disciplinary information systems, the selection of proper information resources, the evaluation of search results, and some of the social, political, and economical issues of the information age.

MAT606 - Legal and Ethical Issues

  • 1 credit
  • Taught in Spring

In this age of open access and unprecedented levels of connectivity, copyright, fair use, and intellectual property are still major issues  and even hurdles  we face, particularly in an educational setting. What do we as educators need to know as we go about pulling together course material? What do our students need to know as they complete research assignments? Topics will include legislation, guidelines, and best practices, and a variety of open access resources will be explored and evaluated.

MAT611 - Instructional Design

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Winter
  • Prerequisites: MAT603 Web Design and Media Production; MAT610 Educational Technology

Schedule: Meets once per month on Sundays (Jan 21, Feb 18, March 18, and April 15). 9:00am - 3:30pm.

This course puts into practice the theories learned in Educational Technology. Students will continue to study the different approaches of established instructional systems design models, and the integration of technology into teaching. They will apply one of those models to create a fully functioning instructional unit that successfully resolves a real-world instructional problem. The unit will be usability tested and evaluated to see if learning outcomes were met. Students will then learn how to integrate the unit into an instructional setting, addressing issues such as accessibility, change management and training. This prepares students, both professionally and for their eventual Capstone Project, to implement the analysis, creation and evaluation of a given learning solution that appropriately and effectively integrates technology with teaching. Students will write a final report and present their project and findings.
Prereqs: Educational Technology and Web Design I
or permission of the instructor

MAT613 - Leading Change

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Spring

After an instructional unit is created, it needs to be integrated into the organization for which it was made. This is a complex process, involving many layers of cultural change within an individual classroom, school district, campus or business. This course provides planning strategies for leaders of change. Topics of study include the political and economic ramifications of introducing new technology, strategies for change management, various organizational models, and the need for professional development.

MAT616 - Games and Simulations for Educators

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Spring

This fully online course will teach how to begin to effectively use online games and simulations for teaching. Students will explore 3D worlds and become comfortable with their usage as educational tools. We'll explore Second Life and Jokaydia, but will also delve into game simulations like World of Warcraft and MinecraftEdu (a problem-solving creative sandbox world) for their educational uses. Participants will create avatars, connect with online educational communities, and develop strategies for using 3D worlds in their teaching. We'll visit Second Life's famous Virtual Ability Island (VAI) that assists those disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome, and emotional trauma.

MAT618 - Online Collaborative Tools

  • 3 credits

Web-based Cloud collaboration has changed the way we work and learn. This fully online class will prepare you to successfully use online collaboration in the classroom/workplace using Google Apps for Education as a platform.

Students will experience collaborative reading, collaborative notetaking, collaborative assignments designed to leverage the collaborative power of Google Apps for Education and other Google tools.

Students will use online collaborative tools (such as Diigo) that support collaborative curation of resources and knowledge creation. Students will design a final project that demonstrates using Google Apps for Education at an expert level. The project will focus on changing the culture of teaching and learning in an organization. Projects may range from become a Google Certified Educator, a Google Certified Administrator, setting up your own Google domain for a school, non-profit, or a business. Some project ideas may require extra fees such as testing fees or domain registration fees) Access to a well functioning laptop and DSL/Cable speed Internet connection are required.

MAT999 - General MAT Elective

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Fall, Winter, Spring

This is a 3 credit elective class on pertinent topics for the Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology program.