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Program Description

The ITP program provides students with the critical skills to reflect on and then design and implement IT tools for use in teaching and academic research and publication, primarily at the college level.

Like other certificate programs at the Graduate Center, the ITP program as a subject is an emergent field, and its study is well served by multidisciplinary approaches. The ITP program draws on the discipline-based expertise of many doctoral faculty members and thereby builds a collective conversation about the broad implications of emerging academic and educational technologies.

The sequence of courses offers theoretical, historical, philosophical, and sociological perspectives on technology, academic research, and their intersection in the classroom and research and scholarly publication.

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The certificate program provides students with a critical introduction to the constellation of science, technology, and everyday life, as well as encouraging them to think critically about the presence of IT in the academy. The program also explores the pedagogical implications of interactive technology; it advances students’ skills as creators and users of technology-based educational tools and resources and better prepares them for the changing requirements of academic employment.

While students learn about and experiment with new software applications, the program moves beyond functional technology training to generate rigorous twin dialogues about technology and academic practice and technology and pedagogy.

The sequence of courses required for the certificate—which can be completed by students in two years and total 9 doctoral degree credits—is designed to provide a variety of historical, theoretical, political, and practical approaches to the connection among and between IT, academic practice, and classroom pedagogy.

The ITP Certificate Program relies on an interdisciplinary approach to these questions, questions that lead us to pursue solutions applicable to the humanities, the social sciences, and the physical and natural sciences.

  • First, two 3-credit core courses provide students with an overview of history and theory, academic practice, and pedagogy and practice, respectively.
  • Second, in a series of noncredit labs, students master relevant technical software and IT-design skills that allow them to develop new tools or rigorously evaluate existing IT tools for academic use; students must take a minimum of six such noncredit labs per semester (during Core 1 and Core 2) to complete and receive the ITP certificate.
  • Third, students select from one of several options for a 3-credit independent study course, which provides the opportunity to reflection and evaluate the effectiveness in practice of the IT tools they create or evaluate.