Graduate Certificate in Game-Based Teaching with Technology


Most teachers only dream of their students spending the amount of motivation, attention, passion, and critical thinking on their classes that some students do playing videogames. Many teachers have thought “How can I compete with that?” as they confiscate a hand-held gaming device from a student. The good news is now they can with the Graduate Certificate in Game-Based Teaching with Technology from UMass Boston. 

This certificate walks students through the process of turning a class into a curricular game so teachers can co-opt the pedagogical techniques of games instead of competing with them. The coursework provides a step-by-step process that guides students through designing their own curricular game at their level of technological expertise whether it be by doing so without any technology or by repurposing technology tools familiar to most, thus allowing all students—including their students—to get their game on!

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Registration is administered through College of Advancing and Professional Studies at UMass Boston. Payment is due upon registration. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $575
Returned Check Fee per semester** $28
Total for course*** $1725 (575 x 3 credits = 1725)

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*applicable when you register after deadline; non-refundable unless course has been cancelled

** applicable when checks returned unpaid

*** Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Did you know?

University of Massachusetts has earned several awards for its distance learning programs, faculty and technology including:

  • UMass Boston's College of Management was recently ranked 32 for Information Management by QS TopMBA, highlighting the quality of our MSIT program and related specializations in the MBA.
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell’s B.S. in Information Technology Ranked Among Top Affordable Online IT Degrees by Get Educated
  • UMass Ranked Among Top 10 Best Colleges in Online Education in Communication & Public Relations Degrees, by The Best Colleges
  • UMass ranks 19th highest-rated university in the world by the Times of London.
  • UMass ranked 56th in the Times of London's Top 200
  • UMassOnline, UMass Boston President's Special Achievement Award, Valerie C. Haven, Sloan-C Awards
  • University of Massachusetts Ranked Among Top 28 Best Value in Online Education for Human Services & Psychology Professionals, by Get Educated
  • Ranked Top 10 Online Degrees Colleges- (Online Degree
  • UMassOnline Awarded Public Sector of the Year by Mass Technology Leadership Council
  • Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program, UMass Lowell's Online Graduate Behavioral Intervention in Autism Program, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards
  • 'Excellence in Online Teaching' Award, Dr. Jeannette E. Riley, Sloan Consortium Excellence Awards
  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Program of Excellence, University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)-Journalism Certificate
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Teaching, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • UMass Amherst Isenberg MBA, Top 10 national rankings, #4 Best Professors  (Best Business Schools rankings)
  • 4th in Primary Care Education, U.S. World Reports
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education - United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

While technology skills will be learned in the program, no prior technological experience is required. However, applicants are expected to be teaching in a learning setting where they can implement their curricular game.

In addition, applicants are expected to meet the admissions requirements of the university for graduate work such as having a minimum undergrad 3.0 GPA and to submit the required application materials:

  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose - The statement of purpose should describe the applicant's interest in the program.
  • At least two letters of recommendation -The letters of recommendation should speak to the applicant’s teaching abilities. At least one should be from a supervisor and at least one should be from a student of the applicant.
Plan of Study: 

The initial courses in this certificate program introduce students to game-based classes by being students in courses designed as games.

The first two courses allow students to explore accessibility, diversity, and usability issues in technology (EDC G 633 “Includification”) as well as expand upon their current technological skills by designing a series of curricular products that use technology to make student thinking visible and student choice an integral part of learning (EDC G 648 New Literacies).

After experiencing game-based courses as a student, students will design, playtest, revise, and implement their own unit-long curricular games (EDC G 634 Introduction to Game-Based Teaching; EDC G 635 Advanced Game-Based Teaching; and EDC G 690 Teacher Research).

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with your program manager or advisor to determine your eligibility. Generally, if you are matriculated in a degree program and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester, you may qualify for financial aid. Please review our Financial Aid Checklist below.

  1. Fill out the FAFSA form at It is important to list the University of Massachusetts Boston school code number 002222.
  2. Next, download your required Financial Aid Forms here.
  3. Check your financial aid status using WISER.
  4. For more information or if you have further questions, please contact Financial Aid Services at 617.287.6300 or at


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