MU SISLT certificate program receives national endorsement from AECT

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Association for Educational Communications and Technology

Association for Educational Communications and Technology


The online educator graduate certificate program at the MU School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT) is the latest to receive an endorsement from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).

According to the association, SISLT is one of only four programs to be granted endorsements.

“It is an honor to receive an endorsement from a prestigious organization that represents the educational technologies discipline,” said Dr. Joi Moore, professor and director of SISLT. “Our certificate is in its fourth year and we’re excited about its continued growth.”

AECT is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology. Their members carry out a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction.

The Online Educator Graduate Certificate program helps students develop the knowledge and skills in eLearning environments. It prepares graduates for jobs in an expanding field where online education is used in schools, universities, industry, health care, museums and other learning settings.

“Since Fall 2012, when the Certificate program was first offered, we have worked with many students from a wide variety of backgrounds,” said Jane Howland, professor and learning technologies program coordinator, who led the certificate development and endorsement application efforts. “It is a pleasure
to work with such a diverse population and we are pleased to have our program recognized by AECT.”

SISLT’s certificate program curriculum consists of 12 graduate credit hours that may be transferred into the school’s Master of Education or Education Specialist programs. All credit hours apply toward any of the three focus areas — Online Educator (OE), Technology in Schools (TiS), or Learning Systems Design & Development (LSDD).

MU SISLT is a member of the iSchools, an international consortium of information schools in higher education dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st century.

For more information about the certificate or to apply, visit sislt.missouri.edu/edtech.

About MU School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT)

The School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT) is housed in the MU College of Education and home of graduate programs in Library Science and Educational Technology, as well as an interdisciplinary doctoral program in Information Science & Learning Technologies. SISLT also offers an education specialist degree and online educator graduate certificate.

The School’s mission is to improve the professional practice of information specialists and learning technologists, as well as advance the research on information, learning, and performance. Faculty are internationally renowned for their research & development accomplishments. Faculty work on projects with peers in many academic units such as Computer Science, Medicine, Nursing, Journalism, and Industrial Engineering. The common theme of information access, design, and analysis along with designing learning and performance based technology supports and transforms myriads of disciplines. As a member of the iSchool consortium, SISLT projects illustrate the fundamental relationships of people, technology, and information.

For more information, visit SISLT.missouri.edu.

About The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed toward improving instruction through technology. AECT members may be found in colleges and universities; in the Armed Forces and industry; in museums, libraries, and hospitals; in the many places where educational change is underway. AECT members carry out a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction.

The Association has become a major organization for those actively involved in the designing of instruction and a systematic approach to learning. It provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas for its members and for target audiences; it is the national and international spokesperson for the improvement of instruction; and, it is the most recognized association of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology. Along with our members, we have 24 state and six international affiliates who are all passionate about finding better ways to help people learn. AECT is the oldest professional home for this field of interest and has continuously maintained a central position in the field, promoting high standards, both in scholarship and in practice. AECT has 9 divisions and a Graduate Student Assembly that represent the breadth and depth of the field. The association produces two bimonthly journals, Educational Technology Research and Development and TechTrends.

For more information, visit AECT.site-ym.com.