Graduate Catalog: 2021-22

Online Teaching (Non-Licensure) Certificate

The College of Adult and Distance Education offers a Graduate Online Teaching Non-Licensure Certificate which can be completed in 4 to 8 months. The Graduate Certificate is positioned to provide online pedagogy and course creation for the student while offering a future option to complete the Graduate degree. The certificate can be obtained in four months (F/T) or eight months (P/T) and each course is directly transferable to the MOT-NL graduate degree. Therefore, a Graduate Certificate earner is also a potential Graduate degree student. Additionally, the certificate option is practical, applicative and is competitive in offering, rigor, cost, and overall value.

The certificate program is an immersive program with a focus on developing online courses for all elements of educational pursuits.  The certificate program consists of four courses covering topics that culminate in the creation of a fully developed and ready to launch course.

Student Learning Outcomes

Learner and Learning Environments

Learner Development: The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences. (INTASC Standard 1)

Learning Differences:  The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards. (INTASC Standard 2)

Learning Environments: The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. (INTASC Standard 3)

Planning, Instruction, and Assessment 

Instructional Practice: The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making. (INTASC Standard 6

Planning for Instruction: The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context. (INTASC Standard 7)

Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways. (INTASC Standard 8)

Content and Content Pedagogy Knowledge 

Content Knowledge:  The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content. (INTASC Standard 4)

Application of Content: The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues. (INTASC Standard 5)


Professional Learning and Ethical Practice:  The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner. (INTASC Standard 9)

Leadership and Collaboration:  The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession. (INTASC Standard 10)

Degree Requirements

The Graduate Online Teaching Non-Licensure Certificate program requires 12 credit hours.

Program of Study

  • EDTC 501 Online Pedagogy P-16
  • EDTC 502 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Online Classroom
  • EDTC 503 Advanced Pedagogy in the Online Classroom
  • EDTC 504 Developing an Online Course

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or 2.5 with 5 years of professional experience.
  • Official Bachelor’s Degree Transcript
  • National Sex Offender check.
  • Candidate Statement: Professional Background and Goals/Interest in this Program
  • Free online Virtual Campus Application

Note:  Transcripts will be evaluated for evidence of basic knowledge of Common Professional Competencies.  Based on this review, completion of appropriate course pre-requisites may be required.