Get a Certificate in Online Teaching from GSU! 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 18-credit-hour program with a "B" or better in each required course.

The required courses include the following:

ONTL 6101: Introduction to Online Teaching ( 3 ) 
Introduces learners to the technology, communications tools that are involved in developing and teaching online courses. Learners are provided with definitions of common terms and best practices in online education. Advantages and challenges of teaching online are identified.

Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree or above required. Students must have basic computer skills, such being able to download files, type posts, and communicate with others online.

ONTL 6201: The Role of the Online Instructor ( 3 ) 
Presents facilitation strategies and introduces the various roles the online instructor plays in the learning process. 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.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Certificate in Online teaching program. Successful completion of ONTL 6101.


ONTL 6850: Introduction to Course Design ( 3 ) Provides learners with the opportunity to understand course design from a design model perspective. Explores the elements of the design process in a given learning scenario, providing students an opportunity to analyze learning objectives, select appropriate content resources, develop learning activities and interactions, and select appropriate assessments. Analysis of elements affecting course design will be emphasized.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Certificate in Online Teaching program. Completion of the following courses with a grade of "B" or better: ONTL 6101: Introduction to Online Teaching; ONTL 6201: The Role of the Instructor.

ONTL 7101: Course Design and Assessment ( 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.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Certificate in Online Teaching program. Completion of the following courses with a grade of "B" or better: ONTL 6101: Introduction to Online Teaching; ONTL 6201: The Role of the Instructor; ONTL 6850: Introduction to Design.

ONTL 7105: Technology Tools for Online Instructors ( 3 ) Examines technology resources and multimedia tools suitable for use in an online learning environment. Investigates open access resources, low cost or free tools to design learning objects to be used in an online course. Emphasizes production of digital learning objects to be utilized in a specific design plan environment. 

Prerequisites: Admission to the Certificate in Online Teaching program. Completion of the following courses with a grade of "B" or better: ONTL 6101: Introduction to Online Teaching; ONTL 6201: The Role of the Instructor; ONTL 6850: Introduction to Design; ONTL 7101: Course Design and Assessment.

ONTL 7201: Producing Production Practicum ( 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.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Certificate in Online Teaching program. Completion of the following courses with a grade of "B" or better: ONTL 6101: Introduction to Online Teaching; ONTL 6201: The Role of the Instructor; ONTL 6850: Introduction to Design; ONTL 7101: Course Design and Assessment; ONTL 7105: Technology Tools for Online Educators.

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: Dr. Yadi Ziaee at ontladvisor@govst.edu