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School of Education announces new graduate certificate in learning and performance technology

Thursday, June 30, 2016

OVERLAND PARK – The University of Kansas Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies has introduced a new graduate certificate program to broaden learning opportunities in educational and organizational technology beginning this fall.

The graduate certificate in learning and performance technology will be offered exclusively at the KU Edwards Campus. Coursework required for the graduate certificate is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on the rich diversity of a major research university including the following departments at KU: business, communication studies, design, electrical engineering and computer science.

Specifically designed for working professionals and recent college graduates, the graduate certificate prepares students for careers in instructional design and learning technologies in corporate, government, PK-12 and higher education settings. To receive the certificate, graduate students must complete 12 credit hours of coursework.

“We are excited to offer a flexible package of courses that will meet the professional development needs of working professionals in a variety of settings in the Kansas City area,” said Susan Twombly, chair of the educational leadership and policy studies department.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the demand for learning and performance technologists, including instructional designers, will grow much faster than the average for all occupations. This is partly driven by the need for expertise in the design of blended and online learning systems and technology-enriched learning and performance assessments.

“We also want students to know that the 12 credit hours of coursework taken for completion of the graduate certificate can also be applied towards the completion of the master’s degree program in educational technology that is also offered at the Edwards Campus,” said Robert Isaacson, educational technology faculty member at the Edwards Campus. 

The Edwards Campus will host an online open house at noon and 5 p.m. July 11 for individuals who would like to interact with program faculty and learn more about the new graduate certificate. More information about the certificate and the online open house can be found here.

About the Edwards Campus

The KU Edwards Campus, located at 127th Street and Quivira Road in Overland Park, brings high-quality academic programs, research and public service benefits of KU to the Greater Kansas City community in order to serve the workforce, economic and community development needs of the region.

The Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies is housed in the School of Education. It is a nationally ranked school serving educators to prepare them as leaders. 


10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
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#1 public program in nation for special education
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Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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