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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 complete the program at your own pace. 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 five week modules, enabling you to complete your certificate in only six months if you take two courses per quarter.


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 VangClass of 2012


This certificate updates my vita in a positive way and makes me more current in my profession.


Monica Grace FusichClass of 2013

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 19% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

–U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


The proportion of all students taking at least one online course is at an all-time high of 32%

–Babson Survey Research Group and Quahog Research Group, LLC


Over 7.1 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2012 term, an increase of 411,000 students over the previous year.

–Babson Survey Research Group


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 DoughertyClass of 2014


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 EdgellClass of 2013



A Strong Foundation to the Master of Science in Education, Option 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 an Option 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 Certifcate program is five 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 two quarters, or six months. However, the program is very flexible and you can take one course per quarter for four quarters (12 months), skip quarters, or take courses at any pace that works within your schedule. Please remember, though, that courses must be taken in sequence.

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 an Option in Online Teaching and Learning program.

View the latest course schedules here. 



Certificate Requirements

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

Required Courses

EDUI 7801 and 7802 are offered in Fall and Spring quarters only. EDUI 7803 and 7804 are offered in Winter and Summer quarters only. Courses must be taken in sequence.

Course
Units
Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer
EDUI 7801: Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning
4.5
X
X
EDUI 7802: Teaching Models for Online Instruction
4.5
X
X
EDUI 7803: Technology Tools for Online Instruction
4.5
X
X
EDUI 7804: Designing Curriculum for Online Instruction
4.5
X
X

Most students take EDUI 7801 and 7802 in their first quarter, then finish with EDUI 7803 and 7804 the following quarter. Once you have completed 7801 – 7804 with a GPA of 3.0 or better, you will receive the Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.

Course Schedule

Please check the schedule section below for registration times and class dates. Please remember that courses must be taken in sequence.

Winter 2015

QuarterRegistration DatesClass DatesClass Break
EDUI 7801 EDUI 6701 will be offered next quarter (Spring 2015)
EDUI 7802 EDUI 6702 will be offered next quarter (Spring 2015)
If you have completed EDUI 7801 & 7802 in a previous quarter, you may enroll in EDUI 7803 & 7804 the next time it is offered.
EDUI 7803 November 5 – December 14 January 5 – February 8 February 19 – 15
EDUI 7804 November 5 – February 12 February 16 – March 20 n/a

Spring 2015

QuarterRegistration DatesClass DatesClass Break
EDUI 7801 Feb 16 – March 22 March 30 – May 3 May 4 – May 10
EDUI 7802 Feb 16 – May 6 May 11 – June 12  n/a
If you have completed EDUI 7801 & 7802 in a previous quarter, you may enroll in EDUI 7803 & 7804 the next time it is offered.
EDUI 7803 EDUI 7803 will be offered next quarter (Summer 2015)
EDUI 7804 EDUI 7804 will be offered next quarter (Summer 2015)

Summer 2015

QuarterRegistration DatesClass DatesClass Break
EDUI 7801 EDUI 7801 will be offered next quarter (Fall 2015)
EDUI 7802 EDUI 7802 will be offered next quarter (Fall 2015)
If you have completed EDUI 7801 & 7802 in a previous quarter, you may enroll in EDUI 7803 & 7804 the next time it is offered.
EDUI 7803 May 11 – June 14 June 22 – July 26 July 27 – Aug 2
EDUI 7804 May 11 – July 29 Aug 3 – Sept 4

Fall 2015

QuarterRegistration DatesClass DatesClass Break
EDUI 7801 Aug 3 – Sept 13 Sept 23 – Oct 27 Oct 28 – Nov 3
EDUI 7802 Aug 3 – Nov 1 Nov 4 – Dec 8  n/a
If you have completed EDUI 7801 & 7802 in a previous quarter, you may enroll in EDUI 7803 & 7804 the next time it is offered.
EDUI 7803 EDUI 7803 will be offered next quarter (Winter 2016)
EDUI 7804 EDUI 7804 will be offered next quarter (Winter 2016)

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

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.

Jodi Servatius

Ed.D.

No matter the content, a good online course actively engages learners and encourages collaboration. These are hallmarks of my classes.

Jodi Servatius, Ed.D. believes that high quality education should be available to everyone—no exceptions—and this is why she became interested in online education. Dr. Servatius is Professor Emerita at Cal State East Bay, where she began in 1986. She previously served for almost 20 years in the public schools as a teacher and administrator. She has taught online courses at CSUEB since 1998 and led the design team which created the Certificate and MS programs in Online Teaching and Learning. Dr. Servatius recently retired from the position of Interim Dean, College of Education and Allied Studies at CSUEB. She loves teaching online and delights in working with graduate students from various geographical locations and many different professions.

 
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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.


The Application Process

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

If you are interested in the MS in Education with an Option 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 if I need to withdraw from a course?

Withdrawal and Refund Policies vary depending on the type of program in which you enroll and some Continuing Education programs have course-specific refund policies. Please contact the Program Coordinator directly if you have any questions about refund and drop policies or click here for more details.

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 in sequence and earn 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 two quarters, or six months. However, the program is very flexible and you can take one course per quarter for four quarters (12 months), skip quarters, or take courses at any pace that works within your schedule. Please remember, though, that courses must be taken in sequence.

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 an Option in Online Teaching and Learning degree program.

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 an Option 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, 4.5 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 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.

Which course do I take first? And what order should I take courses in?

Here is the required sequence for the four courses (each is five weeks in length and each earns 4.5 quarter credits/units/hours):

  • Quarter One: EDUI 7801 (Session One) and 7802 (Session Two)
  • Quarter Two: EDUI 7803 (Session One) and 7804 (Session Two)

EDUI 7801 & 7802 are offered every Fall & Spring quarters only.  EDUI 7803 & 7804 are offered every Winter & Summer quarters only.

Once you have completed EDUI 7801 through 7804 with a GPA of 3.0 or better, you will receive the Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.

If you decide to pursue a master's degree after completing the certificate program, your courses (EDUI 7801 – 7804) will be counted towards the MS-OTL degree, but only if they were completed within the past 3-4 years.

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 $1,327.50 regardless of residency (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)

Drop & Refund Policy

What is the drop and refund policy?

For courses EDUI 7801, 7802, 7803 and 7804, 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. If you want the credit balance refunded to you personally, you must download the Refund Request Form (pdf) and submit to the Cashier's Office for processing. There is a $10 processing fee for this service (except for Financial Aid students or for cancelled courses). Otherwise, the course fee will remain on your account.  Submit your refund request directly to the Cashier’s Office (in person or fax (510) 885-4244).

Students who drop a course by the drop deadline are entitled to a full refund (less the $10 fee). Refunds are not given once the drop deadline has passed.  Dropped classes will not appear on your transcript.

If you are eligible for a refund, the amount is automatically credited to your University account and the balance will remain on your account to apply toward future charges.  If you want the amount refunded to you personally, you must submit the Refund Request Form to the Cashier’s Office.  Processing of refund requests takes approximately nine weeks. (Credit card refunds may not appear on your statement for one to two billing cycles.)

Withdrawal Policy

What is the withdrawal policy?

Once the drop deadline has passed, you may only WITHDRAW from a class.  Refunds are not available for a withdrawal.  Please note that you cannot withdraw from a class after it has ended.

For courses EDUI 7801, 7802, 7803 and 7804 the withdraw period is the 6th day of class until the 3rd week of class

Complete the Withdrawal Form and submit to Ayellee Adam (ayellee.adam@csueastbay.edu).  You must provide documentation for the withdrawal request. 

Your transcript will show a “W” for each withdrawn class.  A stop payment order on a check does not constitute an official 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.

If you receive Federal Financial Aid, you must also contact the Financial Aid office to drop or withdraw from your classes. Financial aid has strict policies on what must be done to the funds that have been disbursed directly to you and/or credited to your account. For more information, please visit the Financial Aid Drop & Withdrawal Policy page.

If Continuing Education cancels a class, you will receive a full refund. Refunds are issued in the same form as payment received (e.g. if you paid by credit card, you will receive a credit; if you paid by check, we will mail you a refund check.) Processing takes approximately six weeks.

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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: 6 months

Tuition cost: $1,327.50 per course (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)

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