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Professional Certificate in Online Teaching

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Enhance Student Learning with an Online Teaching Certificate

Gain the skills you need to teach in today’s multi-modal classrooms by completing National University’s Certificate in Online Teaching. You’ll gain the confidence needed to create dynamic traditional and online blended instruction, and develop an understanding of the multimedia, video, and asynchronous assessment tools that are essential for success in a modern learning environment.

The professional development Certificate in Online Teaching is a ten-module online certificate that is designed to provide you with practical skills to create engaging online courses. Upon completion, you’ll have an online teaching portfolio that highlights your competencies as an educator and showcases your deep understanding of the online learner’s perspective. The Certificate in Online Teaching is self-paced and can be completed in 6 months. The program is approximately 100 hours.

Modules include:

  • Module 1: Leveraging Virtual Communication Platforms
  • Module 2: The Digital Learning Environment
  • Module 3: Introduction to Editing Still Images for use in Learning Objects
  • Module 4: Introduction to Editing Sound and Video for use in Learning Objects
  • Module 5: Criteria for Evaluating Educational Technology
  • Module 6: Adapting Traditional Classroom Management Strategies to Multimodal Spaces
  • Module 7: SEL Online: Leveraging Multimodal Space
  • Module 8: Designing Online Learning Environments
  • Module 9: Assessing Learning in a Multimodal Environment
  • Module 10: Create a Learning Object Web Page

Individual Module Cost: $150

Complete Professional Development Certificate: $1,250 ($250 savings!)

Certificate in Online Teaching Learning Objectives

By the end of this certificate program students will be able to:

  • Apply Internet search skills to find answers to technical questions
  • Use the basic terminology of online learning
  • Use traditional online communication and tools effectively
  • Interpret online learning from the perspective of the student learner
  • Evaluate affordances & constraints of new educational technology for best fit

Continuing Education

Teachers can earn continuing education units for each course in the program, earning up to 10 total continuing education units.

Degree Pathway

The Certificate in Online Teaching can provide up to 2 courses of prior learning credit toward the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) and is designed to provide you with practical skills to create engaging online courses.  For more information about prior learning credit email 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Students can register and start the certificate anytime. Click here to register.

Yes. Students can earn Prior Learning Credit towards up to 2 courses in a Masters Degree in Education. For more information about obtaining Prior Learning Credit for your Certificate in Online Teaching contact

There are no specific admissions requirements. For assistance with registration email or call 805.200.2332

The Certificate in Online Teaching is self-paced and can be completed in 6 months. The program is approximately 100 hours.

The course modules are 100% online and self-paced

The total Certificate registration fee is $1,250. Individual certificate modules are $150 but students can save $250 for signing up for all 10 modules in the certificate all at once. Students can register here and checkout with a credit card or contact to discuss direct bill options with your employer.

Students can enroll anytime by clicking here and completing the registration steps.