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About the Teaching Online Program


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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • # of courses required: 6
  • Total units: 13

All six are required

Introduction to Online LearningEDUC-40989

Units: 2.00


This course offers an overview of distance learning: its history, current status and future progress. Participants will also receive an introduction to learning theories and be introduced to different...

Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Foundations of Curriculum Design and EvaluationEDUC-40990

Units: 2.00


This course presents an overview of curriculum development & an introduction to the Instructional Systems Design Model. Participants will learn to design & evaluate curriculum, develop instructional m...

Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructional Technology ToolsCSE-40798

Units: 2.00


This course will introduce participants to leading learning management systems (LMS). Participants will receive an orientation of what tools are available in each LMS, as well as best practices for ac...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Enhancing Your Online Course with MultimediaCSE-40799

Units: 2.00


Study the latest techniques and software to enhance the creation and design of online learning courses or programs. This class will present an overview of graphics, audio, video, Flash, and other mult...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Advanced Curriculum Design for the Online ClassroomEDUC-41231

Units: 3.00


This class examines elements of effective instructional design for the distance learning environment. Students will learn how to create tailored instructional models based on course objectives, target...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Teaching Online PracticumEDUC-41232

Units: 2.00


Participants in this course will create a capstone project focusing on their lessons from throughout the entire Teaching Online certificate program. This course will focus on student s progress and pr...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
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Conditions for Admission

Please see the application for specific admission requirements for this program. Although a college degree or professional experience in the field are not required, applicants with such experience may receive preference for admission when program capacity is limited.

Certificate Guidelines

All candidates who wish to receive the Teaching Online Certificate are required to:

  1. Enroll in the Teaching Online certificate program.
  2. Pay the certificate fee.
  3. Complete all the required online courses with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. Coursework must be completed within 5 years of beginning the program.

Students must first complete “Introduction to Online Learning” and “Foundations of Curriculum Design and Evaluation.

Next Steps Experience

Connect your classroom education with real-world experiences through a Next Steps Experience course. These courses allow students to gain hands-on experience by working closely with instructors and/or peers on real-world projects.

Advance your understanding of Teaching Online and explore topics such as foundations of curriculum and design; instructional technology tools; enhancing your online course through multimedia; and advanced curriculum design for the online classroom.

Candidates are also encouraged to take the Next Step by enrolling in the Teaching Online Practicum where they will create a capstone project focusing on their lessons and skills learned throughout the entire Teaching Online certificate program. This course will focus on students progress and practical application to current or prospective work opportunities. Students will work collaboratively with an advisor before submitting their final project. During the application process, a prospective candidate should consider a possible project or course they will build throughout the program. The project or course will allow the student to apply learned tools and demonstrate results in delivering curriculum online.

Special Notes

Students enrolled in this certificate program are required to begin with Introduction to Online Learning and to follow with Foundations of Curriculum Design and Evaluation. These two courses set the foundation for the remaining classes in the certificate program.

All new applicants to the certificate program who are considering beginning the program with any of the other courses should note the required prerequisites must first be completed.

As a former college instructor and current career coach, I found the training exciting and vital for the benefit of my clients.

Marcia Wall

Advisory Board

Maha Achour

President and CTO, Ulm Tech, Inc.

Christine Bagwell

Manager of Instructional WWW Development Center

University of California San Diego

Diane Cunningham

Web Technologies and Graphics Instructor

University of California San Diego, Extended Studies

Christopher Halter


Teacher Education Program, UCSD Extended Studies

Elizabeth Meyer

Director of Online Learning

UCSD Extension

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.