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Educational Computing

Advanced Graduate Certificate 

Educational computing is a diversified area of study which is concerned with the design, implementation and assessment of computer-based technologies to enhance education and training. The advanced graduate certificate program was designed to provide professionals in all fields with the necessary expertise to use technological concepts and devices to improve the performance and management of specific systems. Students in this program focus on one of two professional tracks - education or business and industry. This advanced graduate certificate program is approved by the New York State Education Department (HEGIS 0799).

Students in this program focus on one of two professional tracks: education or business & industry. Experts in educational computing can find employment with:

  • Schools and colleges that need highly-skilled faculty and administrators
  • State departments of education that seek curriculum developers and technology planners
  • Government and public service agencies that require trainers for skills development programs
  • High-tech manufacturers that hire experts to develop products for the education market
  • Publishing companies that need educational software developers for the mass market
  • Corporations that hire skilled professionals as instructors and designers of in-house training programs
  • Business and organizations, that are expanding their operations to embrace electronic commerce

This certificate is offered in collaboration with the University's Department of Technology and Society, part of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Courses from this program may also be used to fulfill requirements for the Master of Science degree in Technology Systems Management as well as for SPD's  Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.

Course of Study
This certificate program consists of 6 three-credit courses, selected from the list below. Students select either the School Track or Business/Industry Track. Several of the courses are available online.

EST 565 Foundations of Technology in Education (formerly Instructional Technologies)
EST 567 The Internet, Social Networking and Collaborative Environments (formerly The Internet and Networking for E-Learning)
EST 570 Educational Technology Lesson Development (formerly Design of Courseware)
EST 571 Educational Technology Research Methodologies (formerly Research Methodologies for Educational Technologies)


School Track (choose one)
EST 563 Computer Literacy for Educators
EST 573 Interactive Multimedia Curriculum Design and Development 
EST 585 Technology in Learning Systems


Business/Industry Track (choose one)
EMP 509 Management Information Systems
EST 520 Computer Applications and Problem Solving
EST 530 Electronic Commerce

ELECTIVE - 3 credits
EST 528 Teaching with Interactive Whiteboards and Immersive Technologies
EST 529 Supporting Common Core Standards Through Educational Technology

EST 574 Distance Learning and Virtual Environments (formerly Distance Education)
EST 576 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Research and Education
EST 589 Technology-Enhanced Decision Making
EST 590 Project Seminar in Educational Computing
EST 591 Independent Study in Educational Computing
EST 596/CEY 596 Simulation Models for Environmental & Waste Management
CEI 511 Communication Technology: Impact on Education, Business, and Society
(formerly Modern Communications: Technology Systems)
CEN 580 Assessment of Socio-Technological Problems

All certificate requirements must be completed within three (3) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student.

NOTE: When a student is admitted or readmitted to an SPD degree or certificate program, students may petition SPD to have Stony Brook University graduate level courses that are older than five (5) years, and no older than 10 years, individually evaluated by the appropriate academic department/faculty to determine if the credits may be applied toward current SPD degree/certificate requirements. Grades in such courses must be "B" or better. (B- grades are ineligible for review.) For transfer credits from external institutions, please see guidelines at: (PDF).

Tuition and Fee Information

Tuition and fee information is published on the Bursar's website. This program is eligible for financial aid. View the mandated Gainful Employment Disclosure Information.

How to Apply

Stony Brook University applications are accepted online. » Apply Now

Contact Information

Al  PisanoAl Pisano, Director
Educational Technology Programs



Don HebererDon Heberer, Coordinator
Educational Technology Programs

Application questions should be directed to the SPD Records and Admissions Office at
631-632-7050 or

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