The program is designed for mid-career individuals who may be without academic preparation for their current positions, or for those choosing to increase their knowledge and for future job opportunities.
Students may choose one of the following specialty areas described below.To be awarded the Certificate, all required courses must be taken and one elective is allowed. Transfer credit from other institutions is not allowed.
We accept students from a wide range of educational backgrounds.To qualify for admissions, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in any field. International applicants must also have a TOEFL score of 80 or higher. Admission decisions are made based on several criteria including undergraduate GPA, work history, and interest in the field.
The Certificate is a “Graduate” certificate program, meaning applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university. Students with Associates degrees from two-year community colleges are not eligible. It may help to think of the certificate as a step between an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree (although those already holding a graduate degree are welcome to apply). Up to 12 hours of course work taken in the certificate program may be applied, under certain circumstances, to a graduate degree at NC State. Admission to the certificate program, however, carries no guarantee that a student will be admitted to the Graduate School in any degree program. Such decisions are made separately from the certificate admissions process. Graduate students at NC State who are already enrolled in a degree program are eligible to earn the certificate in addition to their degree.
The core curriculum for the program will depend on the Certificate Specialization:
- Training and Development
- Instructional Design
- E-Learning/Educational Technology
- Community College Teaching
- Community College Leadership
- Teaching Career and Technical Education
A tentative schedule of course offerings can be found on the Course Offering Schedule which can help in the planning process.
“As someone who is making a transition into Instructional Design, I highly recommend the online TTET program at NCSU. The program is designed to cater to professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and varying experience levels. This makes for excellent discussions in classes and not to forget, networking opportunities. The instructors in the program are excellent and there is as much to learn from the way they design and facilitate their classes as there is from the course content. With a good mix of independent and group work, there is plenty of opportunity for interaction with your peers. This program is Distance Education at its finest.”
– Aarti Ramanathan, TTET Graduate Certificate Student
“One of the best things about NCSU’s TTET program is it has a unique focus in training and development and offers the instructional design track, whereas other programs typically have an instructional technology track. Through this program I was able to learn the skills necessary to secure my next position and grow as a librarian. What I most enjoyed about this program is the ability to learn not only from experienced faculty members, but also from my classmates who come from a variety of work environments. Using real-world problems, and speaking with practicing professionals, for class projects has been the most memorable thing about this program because I wanted more than a theory heavy program. I wanted to implement the skills I was learning in my place of work right away. NCSU’s TTET understands that its students are working adults and the flexibility of the classes has been wonderful. I’m very happy with choosing in NCSU’s graduate certificate and would do it again if I had to choose.”
– Ronunda Claiborne, TTET Graduate Certificate Student
“I really enjoyed my time both in the Certificate Program for TTET and Masters Program for Training and Development here at NC State. Working toward those goals, I gained more confidence, ability and know-how to pursue new and challenging opportunities in my job. In fact, I often was able to turn classroom activities into real projects at work! The faculty and staff in both the Certificate and Masters Program were extremely knowledgable, kind and welcoming. As a full-time working mom, I couldn’t have asked for a better learning environment that truly provided a meaningful, relevant experience. I would encourage anyone who is seeking personal or professional growth to absolutely explore distance learning and the TTET Online Programs.”
– Samantha McCuen, TTET Graduate Certificate Alum
Costs for the program are based on the Graduate Flexible Access Distance Education fee schedule and North Carolina Residency Status. Tuition and Fee costs are reviewed each academic year.
The Graduate Certificate does not qualify for financial aid or scholarships. However, we do recommend that you contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to learn about other possible forms of financial assistance. Most required reading materials are available at no cost through the NC State library system, however, you may need to purchase a textbook depending on the course design. On average textbooks cost $50 to $150. Other costs may include some hardware and software you will need, depending on the status of your computer.