The use of the Internet to deliver education and training in fully-online and web-enhanced formats continues to expand rapidly, creating a need for professionals with the skills to develop curriculum and facilitate high-quality online learning. The certificate program in online teaching prepares faculty members and trainers in all settings to design, produce, and facilitate online courses in accordance with best-practice guidelines. Every course is offered online with no on-campus requirements.
The certificate is offered at the graduate level; students must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited, post-secondary institution. The Certificate in Online Teaching will be awarded to participants who complete the 12-credit-hour program with a "B" or better in each required course. The required courses include the following:
ONTL 6101 (previously ONTL 650) Introduction to Online Teaching ( 3 )
Introduces learners to the technology, communications tools, learning processes, and pedagogies that are involved in developing and teaching online courses.
ONTL 6201 (previously ONTL 651) Facilitating Online Learning ( 3 )
Presents facilitation strategies for use in teaching online courses. Reviews methods for establishing interactive learning communities, engaging students in active learning, providing timely feedback, encouraging time on task, and responding to diverse talents and ways of learning. Prerequisite: ONTL 6101
ONTL 7101 (previously ONTL 652) Designing Online Courses ( 3 )
Addresses curriculum design for online learning using best practice guidelines. Explores student-content, student-faculty, and student-student interactions, incorporation of feedback and assessment strategies, and the design of online elements to meet accessibility standards. Emphasizes design of sample instructional units. Prerequisite: ONTL 6201. Students may take ONTL 6201 and ONTL 7101 concurrently.
ONTL 7201 (previously ONTL 653) Producing Digital Content ( 3 )
Introduces software products available to create digital content for online courses, including audio, presentation, graphics, and video content. Best practices will be explored and applied to producing content elements for online courses. Accessibility issues and strategies to address multiple learning styles will be explored. Prerequisite: ONTL 7101.
Courses must be taken in consecutive order (Designing Online Courses may be taken concurrently with Facilitating Online Learning).
Students must first be admitted to Governors State University to complete the certificate program. For information on GSU application procedures, see Applying to Governors State University.
For tuition rates, please see the Tuition Estimator. (In-state tuition rates apply to all students enrolling in the Certificate in Online Teaching program.)
An Application form for admission to the certificate program at GSU is available online. The completed application, including admission fee, should be mailed to:
Office of Admission
Governors State University
1 University Parkway
University Park, Illinois 60484
You will also need to contact undergraduate institution(s) to have transcripts sent (including all previous college work attempted) to Governors State University at the address listed above.
Apply early! Application approval may take 2-4 weeks once all materials are received.
Questions about the Certificate program? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have completed all courses, apply for your handsome Certificate!