Online Teaching and Learning - Certificate

The graduate certificate in Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be an effective online instructor. This certificate is a great opportunity for people who are already teaching online or who hope to do so in the future, whether at the K-12, higher education, or corporate level. The certificate curriculum provides preparation in all areas of online instruction, including pedagogical frameworks and models for synchronous and asynchronous online learning, classroom management, instructional strategies, learning analytics, and assessment approaches.

Admission Requirements

The following are required for admission to the program:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution with a minimum of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student.
    • Students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program must have a 3.0 GPA in their graduate coursework.
  • Admission to College of Education (COE) graduate certificate programs requires submission of the Certificate Admissions Form to the appropriate department Certificate Program Coordinator (Dr. Allan Jeongand to the COE Office of Academic Services and Intern Support prior to the completion of two courses in the certificate program.

Program Requirements

The certificate in Online Teaching and Learning requires 15 graduate credit hours.

The following are required courses (total = 6 hrs):

  • EME 5456 Online Pedagogy and Course Design (3 hrs)
  • EME 5250 Open Learning (3 hrs)

You will also complete three of the following courses as electives (total = 9 hrs of electives):

  • EDP 5216 Theories of Learning & Cognition (3 hrs)
  • EME 5457 Introduction to Distance Learning (3 hrs)
  • EME 5603 Introduction to Systematic Instructional Design (3 hrs)
  • EME 6356 Learning & Web Analytics (3 hrs)
  • EME 6403 Design of Online Collaborative Learning (3 hrs)
  • EME 6414 Web 2.0-based Learning & Performance (3 hrs)
  • EME 5078 Design of Online & Digital Adaptive Learning (3 hrs)
  • EME 6415 Courseware Development (3 hrs)

Up to 12 hours of this certificate may be counted toward a graduate degree program in ISLTA course may be applied toward the M.S. degree and one certificate. If you wish to get the M.S. and two certificates, two additional electives will be required.

To earn the graduate certificate, you must complete the required courses within 7 years of enrolling in the program and earn a minimum of a 3.0 in all required courses. After all certificate coursework is completed, but no later than 2 weeks after grades post, a Certificate Completion Form must be filled out and submitted to the department Certificate Program Coordinator (Dr. Allan Jeong). Approved completion forms will be forwarded for processing and be posting to your official transcript.

Program Costs

Information about tuition and fees can be found here. Please note that you may incur costs associated with the purchase of books/materials for courses.

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