Education Services Specialist

Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

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This program offered by School of Education

Program Description

The 24-hour Education Services Specialist Graduate Certificate program provides many opportunities for those who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in designing instruction for the 21st century learning environment. Specifically, this certificate prepares the student with the background required for employment in the government education services arena, either as an instructor or supervising those who instruct. The courses selected address the required areas for specialized study as defined in the requirements for GS-1700 occupational series: (1) Tests and Measurement (2) Adult Education (3 hours) Educational Program Administration (4) Curriculum Development or Design (5) Teaching Methods (6) Guidance and Counseling (7) Career Planning and (8) Occupational Information. Students are required to complete a practicum in an educational setting. The practicum is a 3 hour credit course and thus is academic. Therefore the student cannot be paid for the work performed because supervision, evaluation, and grading is attached to this course.

This program is offered only at the Fort Bliss campus. Student will move through this program as a cohort because the practicum can only absorb a specific number of students in one term. The entire certificate could be completed within 4 semester terms.

The courses in this certificate program may be applied towards the master degree program in educational technology or as a stand-alone graduate certificate.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and principles of curriculum design.
  • Students will be able to develop appropriate training materials, including identifying learner characteristics, specifying objects, and applying training strategy.
  • Students will be able to select appropriate software application(s) to support the training requirement and the context in which the training will take place.
  • Students will be able to prepare written and performance tests, survey instruments to determine reliability and validity of evaluation instruments.
  • Students will be able to apply learning theories as they relate to the systematic design training programs, development, and validation of instructional material as it relates to adult learning (andragogical) principles.
  • Students will be able to design, develop, and evaluate authentic ("real-world"), student centered learning experiences and evidence-based assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning and to develop students' knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
  • Students will be able to apply principles and techniques used in designing training programs, developing design strategy and models, and apply design methods to improve instructional effectiveness.
  • Students will demonstrate effective technology planning and management by determining the level of technology integration, evaluating appropriate technology acquisitions, and developing technology plans, to include devising a staff development plan for subordinate employees.

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Program Curriculum

  • EDTC 5010 Introduction to Classroom Technologies for Educators (3 hours)
  • EDTC 5460 Curriculum Design Technology Apps (3 hours)
  • EDTC 5465 Instructional Design (2)
  • EDTC 5633 Adult Learning and Technology (2)
  • EDTC 5745 Instructional Technology Planning and Management (2)
  • EPSY 5060 Assessment and Evaluation of Academic Performances (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5130 Educational Psychology (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5270 Counseling (3 hours)
  • EDTC 5630 Specialized Topics - Practicum (3 hours)

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Students who are interested in applying to this certificate program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

Send all admission materials to

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Completed application files will be reviewed by the Multidisciplinary Studies Department.

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