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 at an accredited institution
  • 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