Graduate Certificate in Learning Design and Technology

Typical Length 1 year

Delivery Online



This new Graduate Certificate program is a 15-credit, fully online post-baccalaureate program. The purpose of TeachTech is to provide professional development for K-12 teachers in teaching digital-age students who will need 21st Century Skills for their future careers. Modeled after the department’s successful Graduate Certificate in Online Learning and Teaching (COLT), TeachTech prepares teachers with practical classroom technology skills while meeting common core standards.

Common Careers

The primary employers of LTEC graduates are educational institutions, both public and private, at all levels: K-12, post-secondary (community colleges and universities). Also, government and private agencies like software companies, publishing companies, and companies and agencies with training and design departments, such as health care, manufacturing industries and large retail corporations.

There is no single job title for learning design and educational technologists in organizations, but some examples include Training Coordinator, Instructional Designer, Technology Support Specialist, Museum Education Specialist, and so on. (See Bureau of Labor Statistics for career outlook).

Admission Requirements

Must have graduated from an accredited, four-year institution of higher education recognized by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), prior to beginning the Graduate Certificate, Learning Design and Technologies for Teachers (TeachTech) program.

An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

A written statement of objectives as part of your application.

Your resume or CV.

Applicants who are not native English speakers may need to take the TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) tests. For more information view the Graduate Division website.

International students are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses

How to Apply
Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Fall May 1 (Rolling Admissions) March 1 (Rolling Admissions)
Spring November 1 (Rolling Admissions) October 1 (Rolling Admissions)
Summer March 1 (Rolling Admissions) February 1 (Rolling Admissions)

How to Apply
Delivery & Format

All courses for the TeachTech program are offered fully online. Courses follow the UH Manoa semester schedule and are offered in fall, spring and summer semesters. Some courses may require attendance at live online sessions in the evenings from 6-8 PM HST. Students may opt for campus courses for electives but this is not required.


As required for all Graduate Certificate programs, the TeachTech course sequence will require students to complete five three-credit courses (total 15 credits) to earn the certificate. Three of the courses are required to be at the graduate level. Each has a curricular focus on K-12 except the practicum that is tailored to individual student’s projects and interests.

Core Courses (3 courses, 9 credits)

  • LTEC 641: Emerging Technologies for K-12 Teaching
  • LTEC 676: Social & Ethical Issues in Educational Technology
  • LTEC 689: LTEC Training and Evaluation Practicum (Culminating Project – to be completed during the last semester)

Culminating Project

TeachTech requires successful completion of a culminating project in the capstone course LTEC 689: LTEC Training and Evaluation Practicum. This project includes the development of a standards-based electronic portfolio that showcases instructional products and teaching/training strategies that result from course assignments and projects. The graduate certificate student will be expected to write a paper suitable for presentation at a professional conference related to their products from the certificate program.

For a full listing of courses, see UH Manoa Catalog.

Following the completion of the required courses, TeachTech students are required to fill out the TeachTech GCERT Checklist in order for their certificate to be conferred by UH Manoa Graduate Division.

Tuition & Funding

The tuition rates are generally around $650 per credit for residents and $1402 per credit for non-residents. In addition, student fees typically total $451. Students enrolled in an online program will only be assessed for resident tuition regardless of their residence in a different state or country. Please see the “General & Post-Baccalaureate” heading on the Graduate Tuition Schedule for more accurate tuition rates.

See the following sites for funding information:

Faculty & Virtual Tours

Our faculty and staff will provide you with guidance and resources to support your success from beginning to end. You will receive a dedicated faculty advisor to partner with you on your journey.

To learn more about the virtual tours that LTEC provides to prospective students, visit our Virtual Tour Information Page.

Program Coordinator
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Meng-Fen Grace Lin

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