8/26/24 - 8/17/25


$368 x 18 Credit Hours + Fees


Dr. Li-Wei Peng 



Entry Term: Fall Only! 2024 Fall Term Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2024

About ONTL 

Increase your marketability in today's economy by advancing your skills in the growing field of online education and open the door to new online teaching and training opportunities. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning (ONTL) is an online certificate program with significant job-embedded learning.

"ONTL has offered a flexible approach to empower our participants with the knowledge necessary to make meaningful changes to their own online course design practice, reflect on their experience with a friendly learning community, receive feedback from experienced facilitators, and further refine their practice. This kind of immediate application and impact is powerful." — Dr. Li-Wei Peng, ONTL Program Coordinator


ONTL provides you with an innovative online learning experience that develops a robust understanding of the complexities within online course design systems, while honing the leadership skills to create transformational change. 

Led by GSU faculty members who are also experienced Quality Matters-certified Higher Education and K-12 online course master reviewers, ONTL offers 6 graduate-level courses entirely online in 7.5-week modules, respectively, enabling you to earn your certificate in 3 semesters. ONTL is perfect for busy working professionals like you, because it allows you to participate on your own time and you only need to focus on 1 course at time. You will enjoy the hands-on curriculum in which both your instructors and fellow classmates provide detailed feedback on every project. You will have a designated online learning facilitator to contact directly for support.

Schedule of Offerings

 Fall SemesterSpring SemesterSummer Semester
1st 7.5 weeksONTL 6101
(1st Course)
ONTL 6850
(3rd Course)
ONTL 7105
(5th Course)
2nd 7.5 weeksONTL 6201
(2nd Course)
ONTL 7101
(4th Course)
ONTL 7201
(6th Course)


Whether you are a professor, K-12 teacher, trainer, or facilitator in corporate, non-profit, business, and military settings, ONTL prepares you to effectively design, produce, and facilitate online courses. ONTL builds you with the confidence and high level skills to:

  • Design high-quality online courses aligning with Quality Matters K-12, Higher Education, or Continuing and Professional Education Standards;
  • Apply instructional design models and Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) to provide high-energy, technology-enriched online instructional materials that enhance student learning and increase student retention;
  • Integrate a variety of learning management systems (e.g., Blackboard, Canvas, Google Classroom, and Seesaw) to deliver active learning that advances accessibility and fosters collaboration; 
  • Engage learners creatively through online conferencing platforms (e.g., Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Zoom, and Cisco Webex);
  • Create dynamic online learning activities and assessments to meet the diverse learning styles of all learners (e.g., visual, kinaesthetic, and auditory).

Textbook and Instructional Materials Affordability & Tuition Assistance  

ONTL adopts open educational resources. ONTL offers entire courses at no cost for textbook and instructional materials. Financial aids are available for ONTL on a need- and application-basis. Requests for financial aids have no effect on an applicant's prospects for admission. You may access the financial aid application after you have submitted your program application.  

Admission Requirements 

  • A complete online application 
    (Please select "Fall" entry term, choose "Masters" for the Graduate Plan section, and then find "Online Teaching Certificate" in the Graduate Programs section.) 
  • An official transcript showing your completion of Bachelor's, Master's, or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2 or higher (undergraduate) 3 or higher (graduate)

Your official transcript must be directly sent by the Registrars of your degree-granting institution attended to the Governors State University Office of Admissions at apotranscripts@govst.edu or this address:

Governors State University
Office of Admissions
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484-0975

If you have any question regarding the admission process, please feel free to contact the Program Coordinator Dr. Li-Wei Peng at ontladvisor@govst.edu or 708-235-7573. 

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    Dawn Ladislas 2019 ONTL Student

    “I am designing a religious education online class as my capstone project in the Online Teaching and Learning Certificate Program. I was recently notified that a university not only found it, but its administrators called me for an interview! They told me that they like my class setup and want to consider online religious education in the near future and want to keep me in mind for a few positions upcoming, including director of the religious education program and this is all due to my class! I am so excited for this and I just love this Certificate program!”

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    Regina Richardson, 2019 ONTL Student / Real Estate Agent

    “I have found that this course was helpful because it allowed us not only to learn the useful principles but also to actually facilitate an online learning module both synchronously and asynchronously. My professor created a safe and secure environment for me and my peers to learn how to teach a real online class for the first time. We all learned together and learning was not only fundamental but fun. I highly recommend for any instructor who wants to enlarge their territory in teaching.”

Curriculum and Courses

Curriculum and Courses

You can find the Certificate Completion Requirements in our catalog.



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