Finishing This Summer? – IDT Certificate, Master’s, and Doctorate

Apply to Graduate

In order to graduate in Summer 2017, you must Apply to Graduate, and submit your Candidacy form before Wednesday, June 7th 2017; however to ensure that we meet the deadline, we ask that you submit your paperwork no later than Friday, June 2nd at 4:00pm. Failing to meet the deadline will delay your graduation and result in late fees.

IDT Certificate

Begin by Applying to Graduate (see directions). Then, email your completed IDT Certificate Planning Sheet and Graduate Certificate Candidacy Form to your advisor:

Your advisor will then sign the form and submit it to Mrs. Shelby Tate, the ICL Graduate Coordinator. You MUST complete this process to receive your certificate.

If you are graduating with a Master’s or doctoral degree this semester along with your IDT Certificate, you must also submit the corresponding Degree Candidacy Form along with your Graduate Certificate Candidacy Form. Directions for filing for your Master’s or doctoral graduation are below.

IDT Master’s Degree

Begin by Applying to Graduate (see directions). Then, email your completed M.S. Degree Planning Sheet, Master’s Degree Candidacy Form (click for directions), and Course Substitution Form (if applicable) to your advisor. Your advisor will sign it and send it to Mrs. Shelby Tate, the ICL Graduate Coordinator. Students completing the IDT Certificate this semester MUST also submit the Graduate Certificate Candidacy Form as described above.

IDT Doctoral Degree

Begin by Applying to Graduate (see directions). Then, email your completed Ed.D. Degree Planning Sheet, Doctoral Degree Candidacy Form (click for directions), and Course Substitution Form (if applicable) to your advisor. Your advisor will sign the forms and send to Mrs. Shelby Tate, the ICL Graduate Coordinator. Students completing the IDT Certificate this semester MUST also submit the Graduate Certificate Candidacy Form as described above.


Visit the myMemphis portal. To access the application, click on the MyDegree tab to locate the Commencement and Graduation channel. Follow the prescribed steps listed below:

  • Carefully review Step 1 – Prerequisites to Graduate.
  • Click on Step 2 – Apply to Graduate to complete application.
  • Proceed to Step 3 – Diploma Mailing/Cap and Gown form. All students are required to complete both the Diploma Mailing and Cap and Gown form, even if there are no plans to attend graduation exercises. For students completing only a graduate certificate program, there will be no access to the Cap and Gown portion as certificate students do not participate in graduation.
  • During the middle of every semester, the Commencement Office will provide graduating students access to Step 4 – Attendance Card.
  • After the application has been completed, click View Application to Graduate.
  • Proceed to Step 3 only if you need to make changes to your name or to the diploma mailing address. Do not go back to Step 2.


Contact Mrs. Shelby Tate in the ICL Graduate Services Office for assistance.


  • You must have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 or better.
  • You must be fully admitted to the IDT Graduate Certificate, Master’s degree, or Doctoral degree before filing your graduation application.
  • Non-Degree Students are NOT eligible to file for graduation.

Outstanding Student Awards Annoucement

We are excited to announce that two of our students were honored at yesterday’s College of Education Awards Ceremony. It’s an annual event and reception held in the Rose Theatre on the university’s campus. Please join us recognizing these two individuals for their exceptional work.


Kevin Smith received the award for Outstanding IDT Doctoral Student.


Travis Krouse received the Outstanding IDT Master’s Student award.
Congratulations to both of you.

IDT Student Takes Top Honors

IDT student Daniel Taylor received a first place award in the education division at the University of Memphis Student Research Forum. The Forum, held on Monday, March 28th,  is an annual event which showcases the diverse research of undergraduate and graduate students. The purpose is to provide a venue for students matriculating at the University of Memphis to present their research to a panel of faculty judges in their respective disciplines. This forum enables students to develop their presentation skills and present their research in a formal, supportive environment.

The winning entry, Distance Education in Optometry: A Comparison of Two Neuroscience Courses, was judged on conception and execution, content, command of scholarship, and visual presentation.

Congratulations, Daniel!



IDT Memphis Runs the 9th Annual True Blue Tiger 5K

IDT students, faculty, and alumni participated in the 9th annual True Blue Tiger 5K. The race was held on Sunday, November 1st and was a kickoff event for Homecoming Week. The IDT group received a plaque at the race for being campus organization with the largest presence at the event.

True Blue Tiger 5K

Pictured (L-R): Daniel Taylor, Claire Knowles, Carmen Weaver, Dell McAtee, Jacque Bradford, and Betty Houston. Not pictured: Aaron Spann. Photo by: Jennifer Townes

9th Annual True Blue 5K

Join the IDT program for the 9th Annual True Blue 5K! This year’s event will be held on Sunday, November 1st, at 2pm. Faculty, students, alumni, and friends and family of the IDT program are encouraged to participate. When you register, be sure to select IDT Memphis as your Team and Group. You can register as a participant for $25, a student for $6, or a Spirit Runner for $15. Don’t delay as the price increases on October 25th.

Be sure to let us know when you have registered so we can include you on information about meeting up pre- and post-race! You can email Carmen Weaver at

Learn More and Register Here!


Memphis Based CTI is Hiring an eLearning Developer


 Education:   Bachelor’s degree in Instructional System Design, Education or another related field.

Training and Experience:   A minimum one (1) year experience in designing/programming with Adobe Flash and ActionScript or equivalent.  Expert level certifications in Instructional Design, with an emphasis on eLearning. A minimum one (1) year designing interactive eLearning applications for web, desktop, and/or mobile platforms.

 General Skills:    Solid understanding of instructional systems and adult learning theories. Must be proficient in developing training assessments/measurements. Must have experience storyboarding and/or prototyping. Must be able to prioritize tasks, possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, highly organized, ability to handle multiple tasks, detail oriented and work with little to no supervision.

Computer Skills:   Proficient in MS Office, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher. Proficient with Adobe products such as Flash, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, FlashCaptivate, and ActionScript 3.

 Desired Skills:  Prior teaching experience in a classroom environment. Have a working knowledge of programming principles (variables, functions, arrays) and how to apply them in eLearning activities. Working knowledge of Learning Management Systems and collaboration/social learning tools. Knowledge of SCORM/AICC and student metrics/.


  • Consult with Subject Matter Experts (SME) and peers to determine optimal lesson flow.
  • Perform and/or lead training as required. Establish overall learning objectives and strategies of learning for assigned projects.
  • Design, develop and maintain eLearning applications tailored to meet course syllabi.
  • Leverage the latest interactive learning techniques.
  • Manage assigned eLearning projects designed for web, desktop, and/or mobile platforms.
  • Collaborate with other team members, work on multiple projects simultaneously, participate in team project planning,.

Performs other incidental and related duties as required and assigned.

View Job Description Here:

IDT Doctoral Candidate Joe Sweeney Named Mississippi Teacher Corps Director

Mississippi Teacher Corps veteran Joseph Sweeney has joined the University of Mississippi School of Education faculty as director of the highly selective teacher preparation program.


Sweeney, who took the helm of theTeacher Corps on March 16, is in the midst of preparing for the program’s 26th cohort of new recruits who will undergo hands-on teacher training during the program’s summer training school in Holly Springs in June and July.

“The Teacher Corps is a great program with great people,” said Sweeney, who also serves as an instructor in the Department of Teacher Education. “It’s almost surreal to be back here, but I feel very confident we will continue to offer a valuable service to the state of Mississippi. I feel like I’m home and this is my dream job.”

Established in 1989, the Teacher Corps, which receives its primary funding from the Mississippi Legislature, is an alternate route program that prepares college graduates to teach and succeed in secondary, critical-needs schools in the state. The program provides job placement with full benefits and salary upon finishing its summer training school.

Each year, the summer school calls upon Teacher Corps alumni and UM education faculty to expose the new cohort to skills and tactics they will need as teachers in the state’s most challenging middle and high school classrooms.

“Joe Sweeney was a rising star during his time in the program,” said Mississippi Teacher Corps co-founder Andy Mullins. “He was successful as a teacher and as a graduate student and showed skill and leadership abilities from the very beginning. When the opening occurred, we immediately thought that Joe would be an excellent choice.”

The Teacher Corps, which can accept up to 35 new recruits a year, requires teachers to complete graduate coursework at UM to earn a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction over two years. Graduates also qualify to apply for an advanced teaching license from the Mississippi Department of Education. More than 600 teachers have come through the program.

Sweeney, a native of Traverse City, Michigan, joined the Teacher Corps in 2004 and served as an English teacher at East Side High School in Cleveland. He later served as the principal for the Teacher Corps’ summer school for three years and was an adjunct faculty member in the UM School of Education, continuing his connection to the program.

Before joining UM, Sweeney was an instructional designer and faculty development coordinator at Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee, where he worked with faculty members in health care professions to develop and/or redesign curricula to utilize online, face-to-face and hybrid models. Sweeney has also held teaching positions at H.W. Byers Attendance Center in Mt. Pleasant, Byhalia High School in Byhalia and WinBe English School in Mie, Japan.

This spring, Sweeney expects to complete a doctorate in instructional design and technology from the University of Memphis. He also holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from UM and a bachelor’s degree in English education from Michigan State University.

“We will continue to build on the great foundation that Dr. Mullins and others have built over 26 years,” Sweeney said. “We will continue to recruit good people, support them in the classroom and solidify the Mississippi Teacher Corps’ long-term and positive role in this state.”

Courtesy Andrew Abernathy, Ole Miss News Desk

IDT Alum and Part-time Instructor Joey Weaver Earns CPLP Credential

Joey Weaver Earns the CPLP® Credential from the ATD Certification Institute

Memphis, TN April 10, 2015 – We are pleased to announce that Joey Weaver has earned the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance® credential from ATD CI (the Association for Talent nDevelopment Certification Institute), formerly ASTD CI. Earning the CPLP certification means Joey Weaver, CPLP possesses the knowledge and skills to be a top performer in the talent development field. Becoming a CPLP provides credibility by recognizing that an individual has an overall understanding of the ten Areas of Expertise for talent development as defined by the ATD Competency Model™, and can apply this knowledge in the workplace. In general, credentials benefit individuals by providing a roadmap for professional development, enhancing performance, and broadening career opportunities. To earn the CPLP certification, Joey acquired industry-related experience, successfully passed a knowledge examination, and submitted a work product that satisfied industry standards. “The CPLP certification process is rigorous and challenging. It produces candidates with a breadth and depth of knowledge that brings significant benefit to their employers, colleagues, and clients,” says Jennifer Naughton, ATD CI’s senior director of competencies and credentialing. “Employing CPLP credential
holders brings respect to an organization’s talent development function and helps to ensure successful learning programs and organizational impact,” she adds.

“As the association dedicated to the talent management profession, ATD is at the forefront providing information on the critical skills and abilities that practitioners must have to succeed in the field,” says Tony Bingham, president of ATD CI. “The CPLP credential was built to provide talent development professionals with a means by which to increase their knowledge, competence, and confidence while proving their worth to employers,” he notes.

More information about the CPLP program may be found at Additional questions should be directed to:

About ATD and the ATD Certification Institute
ATD is the world’s largest association dedicated to talent development professionals. ATD started in 1944 when the organization held its first annual conference. To support members’ ongoing development in the field, ATD formed the ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) to take the lead in setting professional industry standards and certifying talent development professionals.