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Program Overview

In K-12 education, online learning has become an important part of students' learning options. In higher education, online course offerings have grown exponentially in recent years, as have options for massively open online courses (MOOCs). In business, online learning has become a mainstream modality for professional development. These trends raise important questions about instructional design, and the interactions of digital technologies and processes of learning. Our Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning prepares you to address these challenges. 

The Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning is comprised of the following 3 courses (9 credits): 

  • CEP 820: Teaching Online
  • CEP 813: Electronic Assessment for Teaching and Learning
  • CEP 817: Learning Technology Through Design

The Certificate can be completed as a stand-alone credential or as a part of the MAET degree program.

Program Highlights 

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Program Outcomes

Our Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning prepares you to become a thoughtful and skilled online educator at a time when there is a pressing need for these skills in the marketplace. Upon completion of the graduate certificate, graduates are prepared be thought leaders around issues of online teaching and learning.

Career Outlook

Many of our students are teachers, administrators, and other educational professionals at all stages of their professional careers. Graduates of our Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning program have gone on to develop digital learning experiences for private companies and non-profits and taken on leadership roles in virtual schools. When pairing this graduate certificate with the MAET degree, graduates have obtained positions in higher education and the private sector as Instructional Designers, Online Program Coordinators, Adjunct Faculty, and a variety of roles for educational technology companies.



  • CEP 813 Electronic Portfolios for Teaching and Learning 3 Credits
  • CEP 817 Learning Technology through Design 3 Credits
  • CEP 820 Teaching Students Online 3 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution

  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application: (program code 6762)
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Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $7,072
  • Total

Out of State Tuition

  • $9,063
  • Total


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