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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences: Certificates:
Post-Master’s Certificate in Online Teaching in Higher Education

In this certificate program, students develop the skills and experience to become effective online instructors in higher education. In this program, adult learning theory blends with pedagogical strategies to help students effectively engage, teach, and nurture adult learners in the online classroom. Through a series of four courses, students gain deeper insight into educating the adult learner, explore key principles for online instruction, examine the latest technologies, and participate in a simulated online classroom. Through their coursework, students also examines best practices for reaching diverse student populations within the higher education environment.

Completion Requirements (20 cr.)

  • 20 total quarter credits

Certificate Courses

Course Sequence

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment specialist at 1-866-492-5336.

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credits
Quarter 1

EDDD 8110 - The Art of Online Teaching

 (11 weeks)


5 credits

Quarter 2

EDDD 8021 - Understanding the Adult Learner

5 credits

Quarter 3

EDDD 8103 - eLearning

5 credits

Quarter 4

EDDD 8111 - Online Teaching Simulation

5 credits