Graduate Certificate in Teaching Online

Become a skilled educator in online teaching and course design

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Certificate Overview

The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Teaching Online is designed to provide educators with a rigorous and practical introduction to the skills and knowledge needed to design, develop, deliver, and evaluate courses in engaging online formats, and understand the necessary components of the entire online learning ecosystem.

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

Who Should Enroll in this Certificate?

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.

Are you interested in learning instructional design methodologies and skills, informed by learning science, needed to design effective online learning experiences? We also offer a Graduate Certificate in Designing Learning Experiences that may suit your professional goals instead.

Certificate Highlights

  • 12-credit hour certificate
  • Complete in as few as eight months
  • Multiple start times: spring, summer, and fall
  • 100% online – no campus visits required
  • Dynamic faculty of practitioners, researchers, and educators
  • Regionally accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

    EDU 631: Transforming Curriculum for Online Learning (Credits 3)

    This course is intended for individuals who are transforming curriculum for online learning. Participants will design and create online learning experiences using the Community of Inquiry framework and innovative technologies. Emphasis is placed on producing activities that engage learners, foster collaboration, and assess learning in the online environment using appropriate technology.

    EDU 632: Enhancing Online Student Engagement (Credits: 3)

    Online learning must be rigorous, relevant, and designed to meet the needs of all students. Participants will explore current practices in online curriculum design and instructional strategies that focus on maximizing student engagement with technology-enabled learning content, the instructor, and with other students.

    EDU 633: Assessment Approaches in Online Courses (Credits: 3)

    This course will guide participants to utilize a variety of assessment strategies to evaluate student learning in online courses. Participants will develop tools for formative and summative assessment and design rubrics that place emphasis on providing actionable feedback to online students. It will also examine common challenges of assessment in online courses.

    EDU 634: Navigating an Online Learning Ecosystem (Credits: 3)

    This course addresses factors that influence all aspects of an organizations online learning ecosystem. Equity, availability of student devices and home internet, school and community culture and availability of funding to support high quality online learning are discussed. Participants will evaluate and develop strategies to implement emerging learning technologies.

     

     

    Certificate Learning Outcomes

    Educators 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: EDU 634)

    MSEd Stackability Opportunity

    Graduates of this certificate can transfer these 12 credits into our Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program. This is a great opportunity for any students that have yet to earn their M.S. in Education to earn their master’s degree at a lower cost and within a quicker completion time.

    Accreditation

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NECHE) logo

    Accreditation is the review of the quality of educational institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation is a major way that the public knows that an institution or program provides a high quality education. The University of New England is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Learn more »

     


    Suggested next steps:

    1. Admissions requirements
    2. Explore the MSED Program

    Questions?

    If you have any questions about the coursework or the program requirements, please speak to one of our enrollment counselors at the email or phone number below.