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.
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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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.
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.
This certificate updates my vita in a positive way and makes me more current in my profession.
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.
–Ambient Insight Research
–U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
–Babson Survey Research Group and Quahog Research Group, LLC
–Babson Survey Research Group
Here’s what you should expect to achieve as a student in the OTL Certificate program:
Gain ground in the pedagogy of online teaching and learning.
Use your existing teaching and training materials to create fully online courses based on the most current best practices in online teaching and learning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To earn your Online Teaching and Learning Certificate, you must complete each course with a grade of “B” or better.
OTL 7801 and 7802 are offered in Fall and Spring quarters only. OTL 7803 and 7804 are offered in Winter and Summer quarters only. Courses must be taken in sequence.
|OTL 7801: Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning|
|OTL 7802: Teaching Models for Online Instruction|
|OTL 7803: Technology Tools for Online Instruction|
|OTL 7804: Designing Curriculum for Online Instruction|
Most students take OTL 7801 and 7802 in their first quarter, then finish with OTL 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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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