Students should select their classes in conjunction with their academic advisor. Please use the Course registration worksheet (advising form), and once your advisor has approved it, turn it in to the department staff.
- Course and Credit Requirements
The Advanced Certificate program in Digital Media Design for Learning is a 30-credit program, as follows:
- DMDL Foundation Courses: 15 credits
- DMDL Specialization Courses: 9 credits
- Cognate Courses (Electives): 6 credits
DMDL foundations courses are required and include:
- Design Process for Learning Experiences
- Foundations of Cognitive Science
- Foundations of the Learning Sciences
- User Experience Design
- Learning Environment Design
Students select both DMDL specialization courses and cognate courses on an individual basis with faculty advisement. Specialization courses are listed as such on the DMDL Courses page. Cognate courses are professional electives; to fulfill this requirement, students may select electives offered by graduate programs other than DMDL, based on individual interests and goals, or take additional DMDL specialization courses.
- Professional Work Report
The Advanced Certificate is awarded after coursework is completed and candidates have completed three years of work experience in the field; this work can be done before, during, or after coursework is completed (or a combination). With faculty supervision, candidates develop and submit a report which (1) documents work experience in the field and learning in that context, and (2) includes a retrospective critique of the work experience and a prospective set of plans and goals from the point of view of new insights about theory and practice gained through the Advanced Certificate program.
Of the 30 credits required for the Advanced Certificate, students are required to take 24 credits in residency, defined as courses taken at NYU.
- Transfer Credit
On recommendation of the adviser, credit for graduate coursework completed at an accredited graduate institution, not applied to another degree, and not more than 10 years old, may be granted to a maximum of 6 units if a grade of "B" or better was earned for any such coursework.
- Scholastic Average
Advanced Certificate students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average in DMDL courses and in their overall academic record.
- Tenure of Matriculation
The Steinhardt School requires students to complete requirements for the Advanced Certificate within six (6) years of matriculation, defined as the first semester of enrollment for courses leading to the degree. The clock stops only during official leaves of absence. This applies to both full-time and to part-time students. Regardless of matriculation, the validity of courses towards a degree expires after 10 years.
From the Steinhardt Graduate Bulletin: "A candidate has a six-year period following the date of matriculation for the completion of all requirements. If continuous matriculation has not been maintained, a reevaluation of credentials is necessary, and only those courses completed within the last 10-year period will be credited."
- Maintenance of Matriculation
From the Steinhardt Graduate Bulletin: "To maintain matriculation, a candidate must complete at least 3 units on the second (2) level or above at New York University, under the auspices of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, each academic year (fall and spring) or, in lieu of such completion, must pay a maintenance fee..., plus the nonreturnable registration and services fees each term."
Students must maintain "active status" throughout their studies, beginning with the first semester of matriculation and including the semester in which they intend to graduate. To do so, Advanced Certificate students must complete at least three (3) credits at the 2000-level (or higher) each fall and spring semester (not summer). If students can not enroll in coursework in a given fall or spring semester, they must register for Maintaining Matriculation (MAINT-GE 4747), for which they pay a non-credit–bearing maintenance of matriculation fee.
Registration for Maintaining Matriculation entitles students to use the libraries and other facilities, consult members of the faculty, participate in University activities, and use student health services and the Coles Sports Center. This option may be used during the semester in which students intend to graduate, if they are completing incomplete course work but taking no additional course work. Students may register for MAINT-GE 4747 only after they have been enrolled during one academic year for a minimum of three (3) credits and with permission of a faculty advisor. Students may register for MAINT-GE 4747 for up to a total of two (2) years within the six-year period allowed to complete the degree.
Additional information on all master's degree requirements and academic policies may be found on the Steinhardt website:
Steinhardt Graduate Bulletin