This 15 or 18 credit hour graduate certificate program prepares learning design professionals to create, analyze, use, integrate, implement, assess, evaluate and manage instructional and performance solutions. When students graduate they hold instructional design and technology positions in education (P-12 and higher education), corporate, government, or military organizations. The program develops professionals who are solidly grounded in instructional technology foundations, principles, theories, applications, and current trends and provides opportunities for them to integrate different forms of technology to enhance teaching and learning.
The Graduate Certificate in LDT has Three Concentrations
- School Specialist (18 credit hours) – This concentration is for those who work in the P-12 system and who already hold either an “A” or “G” level teaching license from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (or from another state). School system personnel who currently hold a valid “A” or “M” level teaching license and are eligible for the Special Endorsement in Computer Education (079 License ) by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction at the end of this graduate certificate. 18 credit hours are required by NCDPI to receive licensure endorsement.
- Training and Development (15 credit hours) – This concentration is for those who wish to do training and development in corporate, higher education, government, and military.
- Online Learning and Teaching (15 credit hours) – This concentration is for those interested in designing, developing, or managing online learning and teaching.
Admissions and Program Requirements
Admission and Progression Requirements and all Program Requirements can be found in the Graduate Catalog. Please see the information below:
|Priority Application Submission||March 1st||October 1st||April 1st|
|Final Application Submission||August 1st||December 1st||June 15th|
NCDPI 079 Endorsement
079 License –School system personnel who currently hold a valid “A” or “M” level teaching license are eligible to earn the Special Endorsement in Computer Education (079) by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction under the School Specialist concentration.
Non-K-12 personnel who wish to work in the area of training and development in corporate settings, e-learning and online learning in higher education, and also managing instructional projects in military and other settings can benefit from this certificate. These professionals in training and development would receive the Graduate Certificate only (i.e., without the Special Endorsement in Computer Education by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction).
Early Entry Program
Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply for the Early Entry Program and begin work toward the graduate certificate (Online Learning and Teaching concentration only) before completion of the baccalaureate degree. See the Undergraduate Catalog for details and requirements. Also, see the Degree Requirements and Academic Policies section of the Graduate Catalog for more information about Early Entry Programs.
Program Completion Sequence
Schedules are designed for part-time students as most of our students are full-time working adults. The schedule is also laid out for those admitted in the fall semester. If admitted during a different semester or you wish to be a full-time student, please consult with our advisor once admitted to lay out a sequence that will work for you.
2 courses/semester plan
|Term||School Specialist||Training & Development||Online Learning & Teaching|
|Fall – Year 1||6100|
|Spring – Year 1||6130|
|Summer – Year 1||6120|
|Fall – Year 2||6170|
1 course/semester plan
|Term||School Specialist||Training & Development||Online Teaching & Learning|
|Fall – Year 1||6100||6100||6100|
|Spring – Year 1||6110||6110||6110|
|Summer – Year 1||5100||6120|
|Fall – Year 2||6130||6130||6130|
|Spring – Year 2||6135||6160||6150|
|Summer – Year 2||6120|
|Fall – Year 3||6170|
Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor