McDaniel Learning Technologies Specialist Certificate Program
NOTE: Summer and fall registration opens on April 1. Spring registration opens November 1. As soon as you receive the registrar's email with instructions, register ASAP. Our online classes close quickly. Check your McDaniel email account to make sure it is working. If there is a glitch, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the student planning instructions for registering for classes.
Note: Registration software and our Blackboard software work best with Firefox. Expect glitches if you use other browsers such as Chrome or Edge. If you can not figure out how to register for classes, please email RegOffice@mcdaniel.edu . -- Mona Kerby
Welcome to another graduate program I coordinate at McDaniel College in Maryland. It is the Learning Technologies Specialist (LTS) Post-Baccalaureate Online Certificate Program. This page supplements the information that you'll find at the official page of the McDaniel College LTS Program at https://www.mcdaniel.edu/learning-technologies-specialist-certificate.
- Tuition and Fees
- Online Application
- Questions about the application process: Crystal Perry at email@example.com or 410-857-2516.
Classes begin in August, October, January, March, and May. You may begin at any time. The application process may take a month, so plan accordingly.
After you have reviewed all this information and if you still have questions, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how I can help.
ONLINE LTS GRADUATE POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
The LTS certificate program consists of 5 graduate courses, is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, is entirely online, and can be completed in one year. All courses meet International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Coaches. The courses are ideal for teachers, librarians, or administrators.
The certificate program may be taken by itself or may be used to complete a master's degree in elementary or secondary education. If you are seeking a master's degree, please email Dr. Daria Buese so that she can help you plan your course schedule.
The 4 required courses are LTS 502, LTS 504, LTS 520, and SLM 508. You may select an elective LTS course from several courses. One recommendation is LTS 514 Multimedia Development. Again, this information is at the official page https://www.mcdaniel.edu/learning-technologies-specialist-certificate.
All courses are offered in Blackboard, and they all share the same format. Each course is eight weeks long, meaning that candidates may take two online courses back-to-back in the fall and spring semesters, and one course during the summer. One week before each class begins, we open the class so that you can review all the materials, introduce yourself, and get to know your classmates. Be sure to check your McDaniel email account one week prior to the start date of the course and look for your instructor's email with instructions. Make no mistake--our courses are intense!
SUMMARY OF KEY INFORMATION
- Online courses adhere to Quality Matters best practices.
- Asynchronous means you attend class when it works with your schedule.
- The classes are 8 weeks long with 4 modules and one assignment per module.
- You "attend" class via the discussion boards at least 4 times a week.
- The first two weeks of your first class are likely to be intense. But know that all our classes follow the exact same format so you will indeed adjust.
- If you take a vacation, you can certainly be absent from class a few days. But for your own peace of mind, you'll want to bring your laptop.
“The LTS courses are the most organized online classes I have ever taken. Everything is so well laid out, and the
modules progress in a logical sequence.Additionally, the assignments will be extremely useful in the future.” --
Beth Berkeley, 6th Grade Teacher, Burleigh Manor Middle School, Howard County Public School System.
"The Learning Technology Specialist (LTS) Certificate Program was instrumental in helping me develop a broader range of knowledge relating to various technologies used in education today. By learning how to align technology with curriculum, I have grown in my capability to provide instruction that addresses the needs of the 21st century learners in my classroom." -- Margaret Sears, 4th Grade Teacher, Frederick County Public Schools
"The LTS program has helped me become a better teacher in all platforms. I've better integrated technology in my in-person classroom, flipped classroom activities, and it made the transition to virtual teaching successful. It's also helped me provide better support to my staff in my educational support position. I'd recommend it to any teacher who wants to better technology. Content can be applied to any educational setting." -- Tina LeBaron, 11-12 Grade Animation and Interactive Media Teacher
TYPICAL ORDER OF THE LTS COURSES
This is generally how I schedule the classes. Again, you can take two classes back-to-back in the fall and spring semesters, and one course during the summer. While the certificate is designed to be completed in one year, you may take longer to complete it, if needed.
- Fall Semester
LTS 504 Learning Design (October - December)
- Spring Semester
LTS 520 Technology Leadership for the 21st Century (January - March)
LTS 514 Multimedia Design (March - May)
- Summer Semester
LTS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS, OBJECTIVES AND ASSIGNMENTS--Open this link to to see the course descriptions, objectives, and titles of assignments.
The first two weeks of your first McDaniel graduate online course can be overwhelming. The good news is that all our online courses follow the same format, and before long, you will get used to things. But still, I want to help you to be prepared for and successful in our program.
To help ease the stress at the beginning of your coursework, review the instructions and rubrics for discussions and learning logs. Another helpful source: Narrated Key Points on Discussion Instructions for LTS, SLM, WRT Courses.
RECEIVING YOUR CERTIFICATE
Several weeks after you complete the certificate program, the registrar will mail you the certificate. If you have any questions, please email RegOffice@mcdaniel.edu.
MCDANIEL EMAIL ACCOUNTS
As soon as you receive your letter of admissions, please start checking your McDaniel email account, as that is how your instructors will get in touch with you about your classes.
Free Microsoft Office Products--All McDaniel students and staff have access to Microsoft Office Products. Go to https://login.microsoftonline.com and log in with your McDaniel email address. From there, select “Install Office Apps” on the right and select Office 2016 which will download the office installer. Alternatively, you can also just use word online under apps if you don't want to download the whole office suite.