Graduate Certificate

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 in k-12 or higher education environments.

Admissions and Program Requirements

Admission and Progression Requirements and all Program Requirements can be found in the Graduate Catalog. Please see the information below:

Application Deadlines

SemesterFall StartSpring StartSummer Start
Priority Application SubmissionMarch 1stOctober 1stApril 1st
Final Application SubmissionAugust 1stDecember 1stJune 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 your advisor once admitted to lay out a sequence that will work for you.

2 courses/semester plan

Semester/ConcentrationSchool Specialist
(Prior to fall 2025)
School Specialist
(As of fall 2025)
Fall – Year 16100
6110
6100
6110
Spring – Year 16130
6135
6130
6135
6145
Summer – Year 16120
5100
5100
6140
Highlighted courses are either/or options. i.e. School specialists would take 6145 or 6140 not both.
Semester/ConcentrationTraining & Development
(Prior to fall 2025)
Training & Development
(As of fall 2025)
Fall – Year 16100
6110
6100
6110
Spring – Year 16130
6160
6130
6180
Summer – Year 16140
Fall – Year 261706170
Highlighted courses are either/or options. i.e. Training and Development students would take 6180 or 6140 not both.
 TermOnline Teaching & Learning
(Prior to fall 2025)
Online Teaching & Learning
(As of fall 2025)
Fall – Year 16100
6110
6100
6110
Spring – Year 16130
6150
6130
6150
6160
Summer – Year 1 61206140
Highlighted courses are either/or options. i.e. Online Learning and Teaching students would take 6140 or 6160 not both.

Contact Information

Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor
Phone: 704-687-8711
eMail: Beth.Oyarzun@charlotte.edu