Certificate Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of a Certificate in Universal Design: Technology Integration?
This certificate program is designed to equip educational professionals and educators-in-training with a comprehensive understanding and practical experience in Universal Design for Instruction (UDI). In addition, the program will foster an understanding of learning differences among students, evidence-based pedagogical practices using UDI, and emerging technologies. The courses are taught by experienced Landmark College and Marlboro College Graduate School faculty, and LCIRT instructors with many years of experience in working with students who learn differently. Participants have the opportunity to observe how Landmark College instructors teach and promote Universal Design.
Such a certificate will enhance career opportunities and augment professional credentials. Given the rapidly changing secondary and postsecondary landscape, such training offers hand-on practice in creating inclusive learning experiences and materials.
Who is the intended audience for this certificate program?
The certificate program is intended for post bachelor’s degree professionals such as general educators, special education teachers, counselors, transition coordinators, college faculty, and postsecondary disability service providers who work with students in secondary and postsecondary settings.
What are the program admission and course registration requirements?
Completion of a bachelor's degree is required for admission into the program or single courses.
What is the timeline for admission?
Landmark College has a rolling admissions process for the certificate program. Completion of the program will vary according to your program start date. Individual course enrollment should be completed no later than two weeks before the course start date.
Are there any pre-requisites for any of the courses?
There are no pre-requisites for the first three courses (MDPL625, MDPL630, MDPL635). Prior to taking MDPL640, students must successfully complete one of the first three courses or have permission from the instructor. The Capstone culminates in a project that combines all the learning experiences from the previous courses. Students are expected to take ALL four courses in order to participate in the Capstone course. This certificate program offers courses at the graduate level. Course work reflects Master's level rigor and scholarship.
How long will it take me to complete the program?
The certificate program runs from early September 2013 until Summer 2014 (see schedule). The certificate program consists of five courses. Each course is offered over an 8-week period and each course is equivalent to three credits.
The third course has a face-to-face component. Students attend two full-day sessions held on one weekend, Saturday through Sunday, at the Landmark College campus.
The Capstone course requires students to be on-site at the Landmark College campus for one week during the summer when Landmark College offers a variety of high school and college-level residential academic programs. Participants have the opportunity to observe Landmark student and faculty interactions and receive hand-on experience from experts in the field. The remainder of the Capstone course is offered online. The Capstone course is offered only during the summer months of June and July.
What is a “blended” course?
There are many versions of blended programs. A blended program is one that combines online with face-to-face instruction. The Universal Design certificate program consists of one online course that has a weekend (Saturday through Sunday) face to face component and three other courses that are taught using a combination of online instruction and real-time face-to-face learning via social platforms such as Skype. The Capstone course includes one week on-site at Landmark College and seven weeks online.
Do I have to attend the face-to-face portions of the courses?
In order to get the most out of the Universal Design certificate program, students must attend and participate in the face-to-face portion of MPDL635: Assistive Technology Practices at Landmark College. Students also must plan to attend a one week on-site residency at Landmark College for the Capstone course.
How much does this cost?
Students can take courses either “for credit” or “not-for-credit”.
|Tuition (per course)||$1,200||$1,200|
|Credit Fee (per course)*||$525*||$0|
|Total (per course)||$1,725||$1,200|
*A credit fee of $175 per credit is due to Marlboro College. Graduate credit for the courses is granted by Marlboro College through their Center for Graduate & Professional Studies. Transcripts will be maintained at both Landmark College and at Marlboro College.
Is financial aid available?
Financial aid is not available for this certificate program, but extended payment plans are available.
How do I apply?
Apply online to complete the application form.
A completed application form, a copy of bachelor’s or master's degree certificate or transcript and a current resume or CV are needed for individual course registration. The program application process has the additional requirement of a personal statement indicating interest in the program and reasons for participation.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. You will receive an acceptance packet soon after your application has been reviewed and you have been accepted into the program.
What if I am not ready to enroll yet, but would like to be on the mailing list for updates. How can this be arranged?
To be included on future mailings about the certificate program, please send a information request e-mail. We will send out periodic reminders about registration deadlines, course additions to the program, and other relevant information.
What if I need to withdraw from a course?
Students must withdraw from a course within one week of the course start date in order to receive a 50% tuition fee refund ($600). Refunds are not available after the first week of the course start date. Application fees are non-refundable.
Will I receive a certificate at the end of the program?
Yes, students successfully completing all five courses (four core and Capstone) receive a certificate.
Do I have to purchase the software for Assistive Technology Practices at Landmark College (MPDL635)
No; however, the Assistive Technology software is available at our standard discount for purchase through the IT Department Help Desk. The Help Desk can be contacted at 1-802-387-6800. The following Assistive Technology software programs will be introduced and are available for both Windows and Mac users.
- Inspiration Concept Mapping ($32)
- Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium ($165)
- Kurzweil 3000 Color Professional ($227)
Questions? Contact us for more information!