Cognition and Education Graduate Certificate

(Graduate Certificate in Cognition and Education)

The Certificate in Cognition and Education is appropriate for graduate students who are considering careers as teachers, higher education professors, educational researchers, educational program administrators, educational leaders, instructional designers, sports coaches, and others interested in designing effective instruction.

Choose from 4 Core Courses

9 Credits Needed to Graduate

Graduate Level

100 Percent Faculty Commitment

The Graduate Certificate in Cognition and Education provides an advanced understanding of current theories and principles of academic learning and motivation, as well as strategies that instructors can use to foster students’ learning and motivation. Students who complete the certificate will have documentation that they have developed the intellectual and practical tools necessary to design effective instruction.

The Certificate in Cognition and Education is appropriate for graduate students who are considering careers as teachers, higher education professors, educational researchers, educational program administrators, educational leaders, instructional designers, sports coaches, and others interested in designing effective instruction.

Admission Requirements: To be eligible for the certificate, students must be enrolled and in good standing in any graduate program at Virginia Tech.

Certificate Requirements: Students must complete 3 of these 4 courses (for a total of 9 credit hours of coursework) with a grade of B or better:

  • EDEP 5114 (Learning and Cognition),
  • EDEP 6114 (Cognitive Processes and Educational Practice),
  • EDEP 6224 (Constructivism and Cognition), or
  • EDEP 6444 (Motivation and Cognition).

Students may complete the three courses in any order; however, it is recommended that students complete EDEP 5114 before enrolling in EDEP 6114 because some of the foundational learning concepts are provided in EDEP 5114.

Faculty Contact. The certificate is offered by the faculty of the Educational Psychology Program in the School of Education at Virginia Tech. Students considering the certificate should consult with the Educational Psychology Program leader, Dr. Brett Jones (brettjones@vt.edu), to ensure that the certificate courses are consistent with their interests and career goals.      

Application Process: Applications are reviewed as they are received during the fall and spring semesters; there are no deadlines for applications.

1.     To apply for the certificate, students need to complete the Application for Certificate (in the Enrollment section of http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/what-you-need-to-graduate/forms.html) and give it to Brett Jones (brettjones@vt.edu), who will provide the “Certificate Program Approval Signature.” Dr. Jones will then give the form to the “Department Contact” to sign and the department will forward it to the Graduate School. This form starts the process by designating the courses that will be taken for the certificate.

2.     During the semester in which the certificate requirements are completed, students should complete the Degree or Certificate Conferral Request (in the Graduation section of http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/what-you-need-to-graduate/forms.html) and give it to Nancy Nolen (nanolen@vt.edu).

Our Faculty 

Research Interests:

  • How students' beliefs impact their motivation
  • The methods instructors can use to design instructional environments that support students' motivation and learning.

Brett Jones, Professor

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Brett Jones, Professor

Research Interests:

  • Multimedia learning
  • Constructivism
  • The investigation of learning efficacy in mobile and multimedia learning environments
  • Cognitive processes and multimedia teaching and learning.

Peter Doolittle, Professor

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Peter Doolittle, Professor

Students interested in applying to the Educational Psychology (Graduate Certificate in Cognition and Education) should contact Dr. Brett Jones, by email at brettjones@vt.edu.

Visit our office at 225 War Memorial Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061 

CONTACT US

Dr. Brett Jones
Program Leader
School of Education (0313)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-1880
brettjones@vt.edu

School of Education (SOE) Programs
soeprograms@vt.edu

School of Education
226 War Memorial Hall (0313)
370 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061