College of Education and Human Development

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

K-12 technology integration graduate certificate

The certificate in K-12 Technology Integration is designed for K-12 educators and administrators to learn strategies for technology use in classrooms, schools, and districts.

All courses are offered in completely online and blended formats. Formats vary semester to semester.

About this program

Master of education

You can pursue the certificate alone or pursue the certificate and MEd Professional Studies in Learning Technologies at the same time.

You will need to apply to both the certificate program and the master’s program. Once admitted, strategize with your adviser to plan your coursework in order to meet the requirements programs for both simultaneously.


Complete 12 credits (each course is 3 credits):

  • Technology tools for educators
  • Teaching and learning with the Internet
  • Special topics in learning technologies, such as Computer Coding for K12 Educators or 1-to-1 Technology Initiatives for K12 Educators
  • Elective taken in consultation with your advisor

See the detailed course curriculum for the K-12 Technology Integration certificate in the graduate catalog, go to Requirement, Program Requirements to view courses.


Through this certificate you will:

  • Develop skills in providing coaching and professional learning for colleagues
  • Engage with practical, assessment, and theoretical resources to understand computer science’s movement into K12 classroom, organizational, and library spaces
  • Engage with current research about technology integration, 1:1 learning environments, and the maker movement
  • Strengthen expertise in national, state, district, and classroom policies and standards that support meaningful technology integration
  • Participate in a collaborative learning community where you learn from and with course members and instructors

How to apply

    Application deadline and instructions

    Currently enrolled students: If you are enrolled in another program at the University, you need to apply to earn this certificate. Note: Transfer credits may not be applied to this certificate program.

    Application priority deadlines:

    • December 15 - Spring start
    • April 30 - Summer start
    • July 31- Fall start

    You can also contact the faculty adviser for the program, Cassandra Scharber.

    Tuition and funding

    Tuition varies depending on your degree program, student status, and residency. If you are seeking only the certificate, you pay the CEHD departmental master's tuition rate. More cost information is on the CEHD site.

    Certificate-only students are not eligible for financial aid.

    Application requirements

    Before applying online, make sure you have all the required materials. We are here to help! If you have questions, please contact the academic advisor in your program area. Even if you are a currently enrolled student, you must apply to earn a certificate. We also require a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent with at least a 2.8 GPA.

    To apply you will need:

    • Unofficial transcripts: Upload your transcripts into the application system; please do not mail your transcripts. Official transcripts are required only after you are admitted.
    • Resume: Upload in the Program Supplementary Information - Graduate Program Additional Application section.
    • Statement of purpose: Explain the relationship of courses and research to your professional goals. (Recommended length: two pages).

    Additional admissions information

    International applicants

    This program does not support VISA requirements; if you need a VISA, please view our Master of Education degree option instead.

    International applicants may also need:

    An English translation of your transcripts, if the transcript is not in English. A course by course evaluation may be required.
    TOEFL scores. Official TOEFL scores are required. You may qualify for an exception if you have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.
    UMN TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines

    TOEFL registration and score submission

    Contact and advisor


    We’re here to help. Simply complete one of these forms and a member of our department will be in touch.