The Computer Science (CS) Department at St. Mary’s University recently unveiled a certificate program in educational computer gaming, making St. Mary’s the second university in the nation to offer this type of certification.

The certification will prepare graduate students for careers in the emerging industry of game-based learning. Carol Luckhardt Redfield, Ph.D., whose specialty is educational computer gaming, is the director of the certificate program.

“Learning is inherently fun; let’s keep it that way,” she said of her passion for engaging students in learning. “What happened that learning became something other than fun?”

The courses in the 12-credit hour certificate program are part of the existing curriculum of the Master of Science in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems degrees. A student may apply these courses to an M.S. degree, but it is not required. Game Development and E-Learning courses are required for the certification, and students select two additional elective courses to tailor the certificate’s focus to their intended career path.

For more information, please contact Redfield at or call the Computer Science office at 210-436-3317.

The Educational Computer Gaming certificate is one of the many offerings and academic achievements of St. Mary’s University. The Carnegie Foundation has given St. Mary’s its prestigious Community Engagement Classification, and St. Mary’s has received the Presidential Award from the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition for service in higher education.

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