Introducing Two New Graduate Certificates in Education

UNE Online announces two new Graduate Certificates in EducationUNE Online has been delivering fully remote graduate courses for over ten years, and experience has taught us that online education is an art with proven techniques that lead to high-quality learning experiences.

As such, we have designed two new graduate certificates in Education to help our students face the challenges and struggles of online learning during this pandemic.

These two new graduate certificates in Education are online certificate pathways for individuals to use to become knowledgeable with online learning design and obtain the skills necessary to be able to successfully teach, design, and create meaningful online learning experiences for their own students.

The two new graduate certificates in Education are:

Both new graduate certificates in Education consist of four 3-credit classes (for 12 credit hours total), can be completed in as few as eight months (or four 8-week terms), and can be started at any one of our six start times per year (two in each of the spring, summer, and fall semesters). These courses are all 100% online and taught by a dynamic faculty of practitioners, researchers, and educators.

Apply your credits toward a master’s degree

Once you’ve completed one of these graduate certificates, you can roll those 12 credits into our 30-credit Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program to earn your master’s degree at a later date!

Technology agnostic course development

We developed the graduate certificate courses to be technology agnostic, which allows participants to practice developing courses in the learning management system (LMS) used by their organization. If they don’t have an LMS, we point them towards available web-based tools. When it is time to show their instructor what they have built, they will do a demonstration walkthrough of their as-built course.

Ideal for a variety of audiences

These certificates are designed to primarily assist K-12 educators, higher ed professionals, and corporate trainers in providing the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve success in the online learning realm.

However, any individual looking to acquire online learning design skills is recommended to apply. This could be someone that’s aspiring to work in the field of instructional design or someone that is looking to turn their in-person class (cooking, art, sports, etc) fully online.

Agile instruction is more important now than ever

Modern education needs agile instruction, including the ability to quickly pivot to online learning when other modalities become unavailable. By earning one of these certificates, you will be equipped with the skills and techniques needed to become an expert in online learning design.

“As an educator, I have seen the challenges with the shift to emergency online learning. However, working at UNE Online has given me a ‘behind the scenes’ look into how quality online courses are developed.

Our new certificates are designed to teach the essential online course development skills to anyone with an interest in online learning. With those skills, they can develop great online courses for learners of all ages.”

— Jayne Pelletier, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Programs in Education for UNE Online

Contact an enrollment counselor to discuss which graduate certificate works best for you, or read on for more details about each certificate.

Graduate Certificate in Designing Learning Experiences

Learn the instructional design methodologies and skills that you need to design effective online learning experiences.

Learn effective online course design

By earning this certificate, you will be equipped with the skills and techniques needed to become an expert in online learning design.

Designing learning experiences

This certificate is ideal for individuals aspiring to work in the field of Learning Experience Design, also known as Instructional Design, or who feel this skill set would help achieve their professional goals in online learning.

  • EDU 631 Transforming Curriculum for Online Learning (Credits 3)
  • EDU 632 Enhancing Online Student Engagement (Credits: 3)
  • EDU 633 Assessment Approaches in Online Courses (Credits: 3)
  • EDU 635 Advanced Elements of Learning Experience Design (Credits: 3)

Certificate Learning Outcomes

You will learn to:

  • Recognize and apply best practices in online course design, including designing for equity for all students and applying the principles of universal design for learning. (Best Practices)
  • Design and create effective technology-enabled online learning experiences. (Technology)
  • Evaluate and apply multiple strategies supporting virtual assessment. (Assessment)
  • Determine favorable methods to engage online learners and construct courses that incorporate such methods. (Engagement)
  • Analyze methods of providing meaningful feedback to online students. (Feedback)
  • Address authentic online learning challenges by researching and implementing appropriate technologies and methods such as asynchronous video, emerging digital narrative forms, simulations, and gamification. (Advanced Technology)

 

Graduate Certificate in Teaching Online

Become a skilled educator in online teaching and course design.

This certificate is designed to provide educators like you with a rigorous and practical introduction to the skills and knowledge needed to design, develop, deliver, and evaluate courses in engaging online formats. You will also learn the necessary components of an online learning ecosystem.

Learn about teaching online

This certificate is ideal for individuals working in a K-12 or higher education setting who are passionate about online learning and want to improve their ability to teach and design online courses.

  • EDU 631 Transforming Curriculum for Online Learning (Credits 3)
  • EDU 632 Enhancing Online Student Engagement (Credits: 3)
  • EDU 633 Assessment Approaches in Online Courses (Credits: 3)
  • EDU 634 Navigating an Online Learning Ecosystem (Credits: 3)

Certificate Learning Outcomes

You will learn to:

  • Recognize and apply best practices in online course design, including designing for equity for all students and applying the principles of universal design for learning. (Best Practices)
  • Design and create effective technology-enabled online learning experiences. (Technology)
  • Evaluate and apply multiple strategies supporting virtual assessment. (Assessment)
  • Determine favorable methods to engage online learners and construct courses that incorporate such methods. (Engagement)
  • Analyze methods of providing meaningful feedback to online students. (Feedback)
  • Navigate the online learning ecosystem and develop plans to implement emerging technologies. (Advanced Technology)

 

Thinking of earning a graduate certificate, or taking that first step toward earning an MSEd? Learn more here:

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