Online Teaching Certificates

The online teaching certificates were developed and inspired through research in teacher training and professional competency development. These courses and certificates are open to all Penn State faculty.

There is a core set of courses that, when combined, leads to the Foundations for Online Teaching Certificate. We recommend that you begin with this certificate program, but it is not mandatory.

Foundations for Online Teaching Certificate

Four courses:

  • OL 1000: Introduction to World Campus
  • OL 2000: Essentials of Online Teaching
  • OL 2100: Introduction to Canvas
  • OL 3000: Supporting Accessibility for Online Learners

Three additional certificates are also available. Each course within the certificates may be taken individually or you can complete the series to fulfill the certificate requirements.

Instructional Practice Certificate

Four to five courses (If you have already completed the Foundations for Online Teaching Certificate, you will have already completed one of the courses required for the Instructional Practice Certificate.):

  • OL 2000: Essentials of Online Teaching
  • OL 2100: Introduction to Canvas or OL 2150 Canvas Hands On
  • OL 2200: Assessment of Online Learners
  • OL 2300: Teamwork in Online Teaching and Learning

The Learner and Learning Certificate

Six courses (If you have already completed the Foundations for Online Teaching Certificate, you will have already completed one of the courses required for the Learner and Learning Certificate.):

  • OL 3000: Supporting Accessibility for Online Learners
  • OL 3100: Teaching the Adult Learner
  • OL 3200: Serving the Military and Veteran Student
  • OL 3300: Teaching the International Student
  • OL 3400: Online Course Design
  • OL 3500: Gamification in Online Teaching and Learning

Professional Practice Certificate

Three to five courses (If you have already completed the Foundations for Online Teaching Certificate, you will have already completed one of the courses required for the Professional Practice Certificate.):

  • OL 1000: Introduction to World Campus
  • OL 1100: Conducting Research with Your Online Students
  • OL 1200:** OL Teaching Supervision Apprentice or OL 1250 OL Teaching Supervision Refresher
  • OL 1300: OL Teaching Practicum

As you move through the certificates, your progress is recognized as you gain experience and proficiency.