Information Technology : Online

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Why study Information Technology : Online?

Graduate Certificate of Information Technology

About the Program

The increased prevalence of Information Technology in all sectors of our society is challenging the workforce in unique ways. Users of software applications are challenged by its increased sophistication, connectivity, vulnerability, and the serious implications of errors. The Information Technology Graduate Certificate provides solid foundations in essential Information Technology skills, which have become a must have for any professional. The hands-on twelve credit hour certificate covers the foundations of software development, databases, networking, system administration, information security, and ethical values. The certificate is offered using the CECH virtual environment and can be completed in one summer.

Program Objectives

By completion, you will be able to:

· Identify and explain the specialty areas and concepts of Information Technology

· Demonstrate proficiency in network design, analysis and security; database design and analysis; and software design and implementation

Graduate Certificate of Information Technology for the Early IT Program

The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology is designed to provide a solid foundation in essential Information Technology skills for teachers who instruct the SoIT’s first year IT courses in our Early IT program schools. Teachers completing the certificate as part of the Early IT program complete the required twelve credit hours and an additional six credit hours. While twelve credits are required to complete the certificate, eighteen hours are required in order to be eligible to teach through the Early IT program. The twelve required one-credit hour courses cover the foundations of software development, database management, networking, system administration, and information security. The additional six one-credit hour courses present content taught in freshman level courses and provide hands-on experience developing the syllabus, creating lectures, and grading assignments. This program is offered online in competency-based education format.

Objectives

By completion of the 18 credit hours, you will be able to:

· Identify and explain the specialty areas and concepts of Information Technology

· Demonstrate proficiency in network design, analysis and security; database design and analysis; and software design and implementation

· Teach the freshman level courses of the SoIT’s bachelor’s degree at the high school level

· Become adjunct eligible to teach freshman level courses for the School of Information Technology

Computer Science Endorsement

The SoIT is offering a teaching endorsement licensing option for professional educators seeking additional credentials. The IT graduate certificate program for Early IT is aligned with the State of Ohio's Computer Science Endorsement. Upon completion of the program, students may earn a Graduate Certificate in Information Technology for the Early IT Program or choose to seek the Ohio Computer Science Endorsement. Students seeking the Ohio Computer Science Endorsement must pass a state-required exam and apply to the state for the endorsement after completion of program requirements. The Computer Science Endorsement is added to a teacher's current teaching certificate or license. Therefore, students must have a valid teaching certificate or teaching license (ex., early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence to young adult, multi-age) to be eligible for the Ohio Computer Science Endorsement.

Admission Requirements

Transcripts will be collected via the admission application process to validate GPA and past degree. 

Admission Criteria:

  • A U.S. Bachelor's degree or foreign equivalent
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or foreign equivalent
  • Completed admission application

This program is open to anyone who has a bachelor's degree and meets the admission criteria. The graduate director conducts a holistic review of applications.

Jobs vary greatly depending on previous undergraduate education and experience.

  • Preparation for Advanced Degree - Complete a Master's in Information Technology
  • Business Analyst
  • Software Application Subject Matter Expert
  • Software Application Trainer
  • IT Administration
  • IT Management

Students are advised and mentored by the School of Information Technology staff and faculty throughout the program. The School of Information Technology graduate coordinator advises the students through the process of applying, scheduling classes, and receiving the certificate.

Information Technology is a part of nearly every industry. You have your degree and expertise in your job but you want to advance into this new digital age with Information Technology expertise. You can quickly get this information from UC Information Technology faculty by completing the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology. In a single semester, you can gain a foundation in and understanding of Information Technology history and current trends, software design and implementation, network security design and analysis, and database design and analysis.

This certificate educates professionals including teachers, doctors, nurses, and chemists to develop insight into how information technology works within their domain and how to make improvements. You can work within your current field and translate IT to domain experts, become a business analyst for your industry, become the IT expert in a K-12 school, or change positions completely to help develop applications for your industry using your area of expertise.

In order to graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 3.0 university grade point average.
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • File formal graduation application for the certificate by the posted semester of graduation deadline.

Computer Science Endorsement

Once coursework and field experiences have been completed, the student may take the appropriate state required exam and then apply to the State of Ohio for the Computer Science Endorsement.

Admission Criteria:

  • A U.S. Bachelor's degree or foreign equivalent
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or foreign equivalent
  • Completed admission application
  • Most International Students must submit an official English proficiency score: TOEFL minimum Paper-based 520, Computer-based 190, Internet-based 80 or IELTS minimum 6.5. To determine if the English proficiency test is required, please see: International Student policy

Application Deadlines

Admission to Summer Term only. May 1st – deadline to apply

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

CECH Recruitment
PO BOX 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-6308
cechrecruit@uc.edu

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Program Code: 18GC-IT-GC-.IT-DL