Program Overview

The Learning Systems Technology Education (LSTE) unit prepares students in the field of instructional design and technology for careers in public schools, community colleges, higher education institutions, business, industry, military, and medical settings or other facilities.

Educational technologists analyze problems in all aspects of human learning; they revise, implement, evaluate, and manage solutions to those problems. Aspects of the program include the psychology and development of the learner, learning resources development and application, and societal concerns pertaining to instructional technology. Because these careers deal with services to the entire population, all courses in this program make specific efforts to include the needs of exceptional learners and learners with disabilities.

The LSTE certificate program is designed to provide graduates a greater understanding of the dynamic interactions between content, pedagogy, and technology. It also fulfills the core requirements for those wanting to move on to the M.Ed. in LSTE.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to pursue this program must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on all undergraduate hours, or 3.25 GPA on the last 60 hours (including post-baccalaureate hours)
  • Submit graduate school application, official transcripts, a biographical data form and two letters of recommendation to the UALR Graduate School.
  • After you have completed your online application to the Graduate School, a program coordinator will evaluate your materials. Once you receive your acceptance letter, you may start the program in any semester.

Read more about the UALR Graduate School admissions process here.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all of the required coursework (18 credit hours) to earn their certificate.

Program Advisor

Dr. Daryl Tate | Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
School of Education
501.569.3552 | datate@ualr.edu | Department website

Accreditation

The program goals are based on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Basic Endorsement in Educational Computing and Technology Literacy and the ISTE Standards for Advanced Programs in Educational Computing and Technology Leadership.
UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003 or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website, ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $383