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Online Teaching Graduate Certificate

Jan. 9, 2023

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Add online teaching skills to your repertoire

The Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching, offered by the College of Applied Human Sciences, is designed for individuals who have or anticipate a need to teach in an online setting. The delivery of instruction online increased steadily over the past 20 years, and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced many educators to pivot abruptly to emergency remote delivery of traditional face-to-face coursework. The teaching skills needed to design and deliver an effective, efficient online course are significantly different from many of those necessary in a traditional face-to-face setting. Proven competence in teaching online is a valuable asset for educators at all levels in the current environment.

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January 9, 2023

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Degree Awarded: Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching

Program Details

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This certificate will provide foundational training in the theory and application of tools and techniques needed to take content previously delivered via traditional classroom instruction, select and design corresponding learning activities appropriate for online settings, and deliver the content successfully online.

The program consists of five courses in Instructional Design & Technology and provides participants with hands-on experience in designing and creating a course within a course management system (CMS). The program includes a major project in which the student designs and creates a fully functioning online course in eCampus.

The certificate can be completed in one year. All courses are available online to maximize flexibility for working professionals. Individuals who successfully complete this certificate program will also have completed 6 of the 30 graduate credit hours required to earn a Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology, which can be used to further enhance their professional credentials.

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Admission Requirements

This program operates under rolling admission deadlines. A completed application must be received at least two weeks prior to the beginning of any given semester, in order to allow adequate time for admissions processing, registration, and textbook purchase.

Students can apply to the program online as a non-degree student (CEHS 4597 – Non-Degree Certificate). To be admitted as a non-degree graduate student, a student must present evidence of a baccalaureate degree. Applicants should provide a resumé or CV, a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, and either a writing sample or a GRE or GMAT score.

During the program, the student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average for the 15 credit hours of course work, which corresponds with the level of performance expected of other students in these courses (who are typically earning an MA in Instructional Design & Technology).

For questions, please contact:

Dr. William Beasley
Program Coordinator
(304) 293-6634

Dana Musick
Program Administrative Assistant
(304) 293-3879

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching requires 15 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $655.

Total Degree Cost

$9,825 – Residents and Non-Residents

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Financial Aid

Students enrolled in certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Visit Student Financial Support & Services for additional information.

Career Paths

This certificate is typically a supplement to a primary teaching credential at the K-12 level, or to a teaching assignment in post-secondary or professional development settings. It is intended to qualify an individual who is already in a teaching setting to teach online, which has become a highly desirable attribute in a pandemic era. The salary range for graduates with this certificate varies widely, depending on the primary teaching assignment.

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