Online Teaching Certificate Program

This certificate program is designed to help individuals learn how to design, develop, and implement online instructional modules for a broad range of learners. The program consists of four classes for a total of 12 credits and would be suitable for anyone interested in becoming more proficient in the area of online teaching. Students will learn how to use a wide-range of technologies to facilitate online learning and have the opportunity to implement many of the online modules they create in order to increase their confidence and competence in web-based instruction. Coursework also emphasizes research-based pedagogical practices and instructional design. This certificate is granted by the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and is not a university or state administered certification.

Admission Requirements & Application

Eligibility for regular admission includes:

  • Completed application form
  • $60.00 application fee
  • Official transcript(s) from each college/university attended
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree
  • 2.75 undergraduate/graduate grade point average or better

Individuals who wish to apply for this program may initiate the application process online at:

Transfer of Credit

Transfer credit is not accepted for the Online Teaching Certificate Program.

Time Limits

All coursework toward the Online Teaching Certificate must be completed within 3 consecutive years from the date of first enrollment in the program. Students whose grade point average falls below a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) will be placed on probation.

Contact the Office of Student Success at 313-593-5090 for additional information or consult the College of Education, Health, and Human Services program web page at:

The Online Teaching Certificate program of study is 12 credit hours. A minimum cumulative GPA of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained to continue enrollment in the program.  The program requires successful completion of the following courses:

EDT 502Survey of Educ Tech Tools3
EDT 514Application of Instrl Design3
EDT 520Intro to Teaching/Learn Online3
EDT 522Educating the Digital Learner3
Total Credit Hours12

EDT 502     Survey of Educ Tech Tools     3 Credit Hours

This course provides students with a general overview of relevant educational software and hardware technologies as well as web-based digital resources that can be used in instructional settings. The students will learn how to identify, select and integrate a broad range of technologies into different learning enrivonments. Students will also create several technology-based instructional products using various tools, applications, and authoring environments.

Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

EDT 514     Application of Instrl Design     3 Credit Hours

The course provides students with necessary skills to apply Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) instructional design process in a specific subject area.

Prerequisite(s): EDT 501 and EDT 502

Can enroll if Class is Post-baccalaureate Cert only or Undergrad Certification only or Graduate
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services

EDT 520     Intro to Teaching/Learn Online     3 Credit Hours

This course will introduce students to best practices in the design, creation and implementation of instructional materials in an online environment. Students will create and implement several instructional activities and assessments in blended, hybrid and online environments.


Can enroll if Class is Graduate

EDT 522     Educating the Digital Learner     3 Credit Hours

This course builds upon knowledge learned in EDT 520. Students are introduced to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) theory and how to apply it to learning activities in the blended, hybrid and online environment. Emphasis is placed on learning how to make accommodations for students in the online environment as well. Students will also learn to critically assess different approaches to online instruction.


Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if College is Education, Health, and Human Services


An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally