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Certificate in

Online Teaching and Learning


Become an effective online educator or trainer and learn how to create teaching materials optimized for virtual classrooms with a program that focuses on learner engagement and authentic learning outcomes.

 
 

Expand Your Reach

Increase your marketability in today’s economy by updating your skills in the growing field of online education and open the door to new online teaching and training opportunities. Since 1998, Cal State East Bay has offered a flexible approach to empower you with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively design and teach online courses.

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Adapt to New Technologies and Accomplish More in Your Career

Teaching objectives are different for each instructor. That’s why Cal State East Bay’s certificate program focuses on your individual background, taking into consideration your subject area of expertise and institutional or corporate setting. Throughout the program, you’ll learn the evolving “best practices” in the online teaching field and how to transform your course or training materials into an engaging and interactive online experience.

Advance at Your Own Speed

The OTL Certificate’s flexible, online format is perfect for busy working professionals like you, because it allows you to participate on your own time. You’ll enjoy the hands-on curriculum in which both your instructors and fellow classmates provide detailed feedback on every project.

Courses are delivered entirely online in seven week modules, enabling you to complete your certificate in as little as 3½ months (one semester). Each semester has two sessions, so if you take two courses per session, you can finish the Certificate in one semester!


The program helped me to see what kind of an online instructor I want to be and what skills I must have to be an effective and successful online learner.

Vang VangOnline Teaching and Learning Graduate


I am now teaching a fully online class with the help of the OTL Certificate program. I feel more confident because of the knowledge I learned. I liked that it was a fully online and an accelerated program. I am a college counselor and teach counseling courses, and I plan to teach multiple online courses in the near future.

Ladylyn DominguezOnline Teaching and Learning Graduate

An Expanding Range of Opportunities

Online education is widespread, and demand for quality online trainers and educators is only increasing. The training and skills you’ll acquire in the OTL Certificate program can transfer over into almost any educational profession, including university and college faculty, K-12 teaching, corporate and military training, educational administration, curriculum design, technical support, and other fields requiring design, development, implementation, and teaching services.

Occupational Trends

Five-year compound annual growth rate of 23.06% in online learning, from 1.37 million in 2010 to 3.86 million in 2015.

–Ambient Insight Research


Employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

–U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


The number of distance education students grew by 5.6% from Fall 2015 to Fall 2016 to reach 6,359,121 students who are taking at least one distance course

–Babson Survey Research Group in partnership with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC)


Over 30% of higher education students take at least one distance education course.

–Babson Survey Research Group in partnership with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC)


Become a Dynamic Online Teacher

Here’s what you should expect to achieve as a student in the OTL Certificate program:

Pedagogy

Gain ground in the pedagogy of online teaching and learning.

Best Practices

Use your existing teaching and training materials to create fully online courses based on the most current best practices in online teaching and learning.

Confidence

Build the confidence and up-to-date knowledge necessary to design, implement, and teach effective online courses.




As a Cal State East Bay graduate, you’ll leave the program equipped with the tools necessary to create teaching and training materials for a completely online environment, making you invaluable in any workplace. In fact, East Bay graduates come from a variety of settings including: higher education faculty, K-12 teachers, and trainers in corporate, non-profit, business, and military settings.



Completing the MS-OTL and OTL Certificate program helped me develop the skills I needed to move forward with my career; I was able to develop online materials for my department that enhanced support services for students and resources for faculty and staff.

Pamela DoughertyOnline Teaching and Learning Graduate


Before I even completed the program I was promoted to the role of Coordinator of Online Learning at my institution. Within less than a year after that, the role was elevated to a Director position. I became the go-to person at my institution for anything related to online learning.

Lauren EdgellOnline Teaching and Learning Graduate



A Strong Foundation to the Master of Science in Education, Concentration in Online Teaching and Learning

If you are interested in continuing your education in the future, earning your OTL Certificate fulfills the initial course requirements of Cal State East Bay’s MS in Education with a Concentration in Online Teaching (MS-OTL), a program accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. You will only need to take six additional courses to earn the MS degree.

As a student in Cal State East Bay’s Online Teaching and Learning Certificate program, you’ll benefit from a dynamic curriculum that immerses you in the online teaching field and gives you real-world knowledge you can apply to your job immediately after graduating.

Accessible Anytime, Anywhere

Each course in the OTL Certificate program is seven weeks in length and conveniently offered online. Classes have a start and end date, and specific assignments with due dates in most weeks. Once you log in to Blackboard, you will find a syllabus and instructions on how to start working on the course.

All courses are asynchronous, which means you never need to log in at a particular time or on a particular day, though you will need to log in 3-4 times a week in order to complete your individual and group assignments and to participate in threaded discussions.

The coursework for this program can be completed in as little as 3½ months. However, the program is very flexible and you can take one course per session for two semesters (8 months excluding a 5-week Winter break), skip a session or semester, or take courses at any pace that works within your schedule. View the OTL Certificate sample completion plan.

With a completely online program, you can look forward to communicating with your instructors and advisors in a variety of ways: e-mail, telephone, chat room office hours, and videoconference. A high-speed Internet connection is strongly recommended.

Courses are also fully transferable into the MS in Education with a Concentration in Online Teaching and Learning program.



Certificate Requirements

To earn your Online Teaching and Learning Certificate, you must complete each course with a grade of “B” or better.

Course Schedule

View the latest course schedules here.

Required Courses

OTL courses are offered every semester. OTL 851 and 853 are offered in Session 1. OTL 852 and 854 are offered in Session 2.

Course
Units
Fall session 1
Fall session 2
Spring session 1
Spring session 2
OTL 851: Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
3
X
X
OTL 852: Teaching Models for Online Instruction
3
X
X
OTL 853: Technology Tools for Online Instruction
3
X
X
OTL 854: Designing Curriculum for Online Instruction
3
X
X

You must start with OTL 851. Once you have completed OTL 851 – 854 with a GPA of 3.0 or better, you will receive the Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.

Please note that OTL Certificate courses cannot be applied towards, nor do they meet the requirements of, a K-12 or adult education teaching credential in California.

Featured Faculty

David Dodick

Ph.D.

David Dodick, Ph.D. is a teacher specializing in language, literacy, and technology who has studied the implications for non-native speaking students of teaching and learning in the digital era. He created one of the first cross-cultural learning projects on the Internet, linking 171 students and teachers in four countries and two languages.

Prior to joining CSU East Bay, Dr. Dodick worked with clients including the U.S. Department of Education, the Stanford Graduate Schools of Education and Business, and Silicon Valley technology companies. He has also taught at the Bechtel International Center and Project Read.

Professor Dodick holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Toronto, an M.S. in education from the University of Rochester, and a B.A. in commerce from the University of Toronto. He obtained his k-12 teacher certification in New York State and Ontario, Canada.

Anne Guptill

Ph.D.

I have a passion for online teaching and learning.

Anne Guptill, Ph.D. is an instructional design consultant, multimedia development, online developer, and teacher. With many years of experience in systems design, development, integration, management, and training, she has been dedicated to technology-based training and education, developing custom web-based training and education courses. She has been developing web-based courses since 1998 and has been teaching online since 2001. Professor Guptill  lives in the SF Bay Area and teaches in the MS. Ed. program (online teaching and learning option) at Cal State East Bay.

Bill Hopkinson

Ph.D.

A coach works hard to make sure that none fails, and tailors support for individual needs. I present high standards and then help students to achieve them.

Based in London, Bill Hopkinson is an inveterate globe-trotter. He has taught online from Shanghai, Venice, Sahara, and Jakarta. Inter-cultural studies have been a large part of his work and research. Hopkinson has meandered through five post-graduate and research degrees in different human sciences at five UK and US universities in four different decades, and now, when not teaching for CSUEB or travelling, he coaches doctoral students for thesis presentation.

A great honor for Hopkinson was being made an honorary Canon of Canterbury Cathedral for his services to education in the UK, following being chair of the national Adult Education committee. For relaxation, he writes plays, and tends his orchard in central London.

Patricia Schodowski

MS Ed.

I am passionate about e-learning! I believe online instructors can make use of both asynchronous and synchronous learning environments to deliver superior educational opportunities to a diverse, often geographically dispersed, student population.

Patricia Schodowski has an MS in Education from Cal State East Bay, and has been teaching online since 2005. Her specialties include instructional design for online learning, course development, faculty training, online teaching, and live e-learning. In addition to teaching at Cal State East Bay, she is employed as an instructional designer at Kaiser Permanente in Hayward, CA. Schodowski also teaches at community college and has taught professional development courses at UC Irvine Extension.

 
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Join the Program

If you hold a bachelor's degree, have teaching or training experience, and can satisfactorily complete the program coursework, you are welcome to enroll.

No application is needed to receive a Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning. Once you complete the four required courses with a GPA of "B" or better, you will be awarded the certificate.


If you are interested in the MS in Education with a Concentration in Online Teaching and Learning, you must formally apply to the University, but do not need to do so before taking the four certificate courses. If admitted to the master's program, the certificate courses will fully transfer in if a “B” or better was earned in each course.


Still have some unanswered questions? Visit the Support section for additional program information. »

Common Questions

What are the requirements to complete the Online Teaching and Learning Certificate Program?
To earn an Online Teaching and Learning Certificate, you must complete each course with a grade of “B” or better.

How long will it take to complete the Online Teaching and Learning Certificate Program?
The coursework for this program can be completed in as little as 3 ½ months (one semester). However, the program is very flexible and you can take one course per session for two semesters (8 months including a 5-week winter break), skip a session or semester, or take courses at any pace that works within your schedule. View the OTL Certificate sample completion plan.

If I decide to complete my Certificate at a later time, will my courses expire?
Yes. Courses older than five years cannot be counted towards the Certificate. You must re-take all the courses that are five years or older.

Do I need to come to Cal State East Bay's campus to complete the Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning?
No. Courses in the Online Teaching and Learning Certificate Program are offered completely online and campus attendance is never required or needed to complete the program.

Will I receive certification if I complete the Online Teaching & Learning Certificate?
No.  The Certificate in Online Teaching & Learning is not a certification program.  Certification means you’ve mastered a set of standards as shown by passing an exam and awarded by a third party.  This differs from a certificate program, which is educational in nature.  Per Cal State East Bay’s catalog, "a certificate program is a coherent set of academic courses, considerably narrower in scope and objectives than a degree or major, which leads to a certificate. A certificate program is normally oriented toward occupations and/or career skills...." After you complete the four courses in the program you will be given a Certificate in Online Teaching & Learning but it is not certification.

Graduate certificates are popular among professionals who wish to have some additional coursework past their BA/BS and either do not want to go into a master’s program, or who already have a master’s or higher degree. A certificate demonstrates that you took a series of courses with a specific focus, at the graduate level.   

In California and other states, a teaching credential is necessary for K-12 teaching. Other states require a similar process but call it "certification." None of the courses in the Online Teaching & Learning programs (Certificate or Masters) are applicable to a California teaching credential.

Will this program help me obtain a K-12 teaching credential in California?
No. This program does not meet the requirements for a California K-12 or adult education teaching credentials. For more information about Cal State East Bay's teacher certification program, visit the Department of Teacher Education. However, coursework in the Online Teaching and Learning Certificate Program can be fully applied to the MS in Education with a Concentration in Online Teaching and Learning degree program.

Will there be a notation on my transcript that I earned the OTL Certificate?
No. Completion of a certificate program is recognized by the awarding of a certificate. There is no notation about the OTL Certificate program on your permanent record. (The courses will, of course, be on your transcript.)  Usually, a combination of the certificate and an official transcript is proof that you have completed the certificate.

Can the Online Teaching and Learning Certificate Program courses be applied to the corresponding Master's program?
Yes. The four required courses in the Online Teaching and Learning Certificate Program are fully transferable if you have been accepted into the MS in Education with a Concentration in Online Teaching and Learning degree program. However, you must earn at least a “B” in each certificate course. The master's program requires six additional, 3 unit courses.

If I decide to pursue the MS program, how old can my certificate courses be?
The Certificate courses applied to the MS-OTL program cannot be older than five years. All units must be earned within the five calendar years immediately preceding the receipt of your degree. For example, if you will graduate in Summer 2010 the oldest course you can use towards the MS degree should have been earned in Summer 2005. Click here for more information.

What can I expect from a class in this program?
Each online class has a start and end date, and specific assignments with due dates in most weeks, so they are not self-paced. Each class begins on the day specified in the schedule; once you log in to Blackboard, you will find a syllabus and instructions on how to start working on the course. You must log in no later than the second day of class or you will be dropped.

All courses are asynchronous. Participants in these courses need not be online and in the course at the same time. You never need to log in at a specific time or on a particular day, though you will need to log in 3-4 times a week in order to complete your individual and group assignments and to participate in threaded discussions.

Which course do I take first? And what order should I take courses in?
You must start with OTL 851: Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning and end with OTL 854: Designing Curriculum for Online Instruction.

 

What is the course schedule like?
You can view the latest course schedule here.

Are there special accommodations for students with disabilities?
If you need special accommodations for a disability, please contact the Accessibility Services as early as possible, preferably before the class begins. If you have questions about how students with disabilities are accommodated in online courses, please contact the program coordinator.

Why is it important that I use my Horizon e-mail account?
Your Horizon e-mail account is the only e-mail address to which all course communications will be sent to, as well as the email account you should use when communicating with individuals at the university. This is the official way the University will contact you once you become a student. You can have your Horizon account forwarded to a personal e-mail account.  However, when contacting CSUEB staff & faculty, you must use your Horizon email account.

Applying

Do I have to be admitted to the University to take courses in the Online Teaching and Learning Certificate Program?
No. The Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning is offered through Cal State East Bay Continuing Education, which does not require University admissions for its programs. There may be, however, other admissions requirements associated with the Online Teaching and Learning Certificate Program, which can be viewed on the Admissions Page.

Financing

Is there financial aid available for this program?
Traditional Financial Aid (such as completing the FAFSA, Pell Grants, etc.) is not applicable for Continuing Education certificate programs. However, there may be other options available to you. Learn more about other financial aid options.

How much does each course cost?
Each course in the certificate program costs $1,326 regardless of residency (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)

Drop & Refund Policy

What is the drop and refund policy?

The term "drop" refers to official deletion of a course from your record. If you cannot continue enrollment in a course for which you have enrolled for a particular quarter, you must officially drop the course using MyCSUEB. You may drop courses without the course appearing on your permanent record. After the Drop period, students may only withdraw from courses.

You must DROP on or before the 5th day of class.

To DROP a course, follow these simple steps:

  1. Drop your class in MyCSUEB.
  2. Ask for a refund by completing the Refund Request Form and faxing it directly to the Cashier’s Office. Otherwise, the course fee will remain on your account.

Withdrawal Policy

What is the withdrawal policy?

Withdrawing from a course refers to official termination of enrollment in a class after the Drop period. You cannot drop a class after the end of the Drop period, but you can withdraw. You can withdraw from a class only for serious health or personal problems beyond your control. If you withdraw from a class, the class will appear on your record with a grade of "W" but will not affect your overall GPA.

You can withdraw from the 6th day of class until the 6th week of class.

How to Withdraw from a Class
To WITHDRAW from a class after the Drop period has ended:

  1. Complete the Withdrawal Form. On the form, state the reason for withdrawal and obtain approval from the instructor via email.
  2. Submit to form the OTL office by email (otl@csueastbay.edu) or fax (510) 885-4498. The Program Director will review your request for approval.

Refunds are not available if you withdraw from a class. Your transcript will show a “W” for each withdrawn class but will not affect your overall GPA.

A stop payment order on a check does not constitute an official drop or withdrawal, nor does it relieve you of your financial obligation for the course. Additional fees may be charged.

If you enrolled in a course, failed to complete the course requirements, and did not withdraw, you will receive a “WU” (withdrawal unauthorized), which counts as an “F” in your GPA.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

Ideal for: Professionals who want to learn how to convert teaching or training materials currently delivered face-to-face into a completely online course or program

Educators and trainers who already design, implement, or teach online courses who seek to update their skills and knowledge of evolving best practices in online learning

Program format: Online

Number of courses: 4 courses

Program length: In as little as 3 ½ months

Tuition cost: $1,326 per course (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)

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