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.
Open the door to new teaching or training opportunities as an online instructor or trainer, update your skills in the growing field of online education, and increase your marketability in today’s economy.
The first fully online program at Cal State East Bay and one of the most comprehensive online teaching and learning training programs offered in the world, the MS in Online Teaching and Learning (MS-OTL) program has been empowering educators, instructors, trainers, and support staff to effectively design and implement online courses since 1999.
Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Best in the West College by Princeton Review
Top 25 Online Colleges and Universities 2013 –Guide to Online Schools
Teaching or training objectives are different for each instructor. That’s why the MS-OTL 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 MS-OTL degree’s flexible, online format is perfect for busy working professionals like yourself, because it allows you to complete the degree at your own pace.
Cal State East Bay’s MS-OTL program attracts students from all over the world, providing you with a unique opportunity to engage with culturally diverse educators and collaborate for optimal learning outcomes. You’ll enjoy the hands-on curriculum in which both your instructors and fellow classmates provide detailed feedback on every assignment.
Courses are delivered entirely online and in five or 10 week modules, enabling you to complete your master's degree in only 15 months if you take two courses per quarter for five consecutive quarters.
I feel more confident, polished, and prepared to have discussions about online learning, its value to an organization, and how I can be a key player in the success of an online program.
Online education is widespread, and the growing demand for quality online trainers and educators is only increasing. The training and skills you acquire in the MS-OTL program can transfer over into almost any educational fields, 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.
Employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 13% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
There was a 3.9% increase in the number of online education students from 2015 to 2016, up from the 3.7% rate recorded from 2014 to 2015.
—Babson Survey Research Group in partnership with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC)
More than one in four students (28%) now take at least one online education course (a total of 5,828,826 students, a year-to-year increase of 217,275).
—Babson Survey Research Group in partnership with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC)
Since Cal State East Bay’s MS-OTL program began in 1999, more than 500 students have graduated from the program to become successful online teachers and trainers. Graduates leave the program equipped with the tools necessary to create teaching and training materials for a completely online environment, making them invaluable in any workplace.
In fact, graduates come from a variety of settings, including higher education, K-12, corporate, non-profit, business, and the military. Here’s just some of what you should expect to achieve as a student in the MS-OTL program:
From online teachers at universities and community colleges to head online trainers for nuclear technology and medical companies, MS-OTL graduates have secured positions in a variety of settings.
Without the MS in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning program at Cal State East Bay, none of these opportunities would have been afforded to me. I was offered my first full-time position at OTC as Director of Online Teaching and Learning because of the subject-matter expertise I gained from MS-OTL program at CSUEB. I recommend this program on a regular basis to friends and colleagues because it has been instrumental in my success.
I was lucky enough to be in the first cohort group to graduate from the MS in Education, Online Teaching and Learning program. It changed the focus of my entire career and I credit that program with my success. It was a wonderful program with caring faculty and leadership and I strongly recommend it.
This was an amazing opportunity to continue my learning and to be able to teach in my home country of Colombia from Asia Pacific where I live now. The MS OTL program was a great influence in my life and a big milestone in my permanent quest of being a good teacher.
All MS-OTL courses are conveniently offered online. Classes have a start and end date, and specific assignments with due dates in most weeks. Once you log into 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.
You can look forward to lively discussions on topics such as maintaining instructor presence in an online course, website navigation, and student assessment. All of these concepts lead up to your final project in which you will design your very own online course.
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/or videoconference. A high-speed Internet connection is strongly recommended.
To earn your Master of Science in Education with an Option in Online Teaching and Learning, you must complete 10 courses: eight required and two electives. All courses are 4.5 quarter units (equivalent to 3.0 semester units).
If you have already earned your Online Teaching and Learning Certificate (OTL 7801 – 7804), you can apply those courses toward the first four courses in the MS-OTL program. You will only need six more courses to earn the MS degree.
At the graduate level, a "B" average is needed for graduation. You must earn at least a "B" in all required courses (OTL 6701 – 6707 & OTL 6899), but may earn a lower grade in the two electives (OTL 677x & OTL 678x). However, the overall GPA must be a "B".
You must take the first four courses in sequence.
|OTL 6701: Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning||4.5||X||X|
|OTL 6702: Teaching Models for Online Instruction||4.5||X||X|
|OTL 6703: Technology Tools for Online Instruction||4.5||X||X|
|OTL 6704: Designing Curriculum for Online Instruction||4.5||X||X|
|OTL 6705: Educational Planning and Development for Online Programs||4.5||X||X|
|OTL 6706: Research in Online Teaching and Learning||4.5||X||X|
|OTL 6707: History and Culture of Online Learning Communities||4.5||X||X|
|OTL 6899: Project*||4.5||X||X||X||X|
*Must be taken in your last quarter in the program
The 677x and 678x elective courses are offered in alternating quarters. Please refer to the course search page for a current listing of MS-OTL courses being offered. You will need one Theoretical and one Methodological elective.
|Theoretical Elective (select one)|
|OTL 6772: Content Development for Online Learning||4.5|
|OTL 6773: Supervising and Evaluating Online Teaching||4.5|
|OTL 6774: Current Issues in Online Learning||4.5|
|Methodological Elective (select one)|
|OTL 6780: Building the Online Environment||4.5|
|OTL 6781: Creating Digital Media for Online Instruction||4.5|
|OTL 6782: Designing and Implementing User Interfaces for Online Instruction||4.5|
|OTL 6783: Providing Interactivity in the Online Environment||4.5|
Most students take OTL 6701 & 6702 in their first quarter, then take OTL 6703 & 6704 the following quarter. Once you have completed OTL 6701 – 6704 with a GPA of 3.0 or better, you will also receive the Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.
The first four courses (OTL 6701 – 6704) are five week courses. After that, all courses (beginning with OTL 6705) are 10 weeks in length.
Note: If you will be on Financial Aid, you must take two courses per quarter in order to fulfill the eight unit minimum requirement for full-time graduate status.
The more I teach about OTL, the more I learn – from our OTL students!
Nan Chico, Ph.D. helped create Cal State East Bay’s MS in Online Teaching and Learning (OTL) online degree program, and has been teaching, administering, designing, and re-designing courses in it ever since. Chico previously served Cal State East Bay as Associate Graduate Dean and Interim Director of the Online and Hybrid Support Center for faculty. She has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area most of her life, and she greatly appreciates California’s public schools. She earned her BA at Cal State East Bay and her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Francisco.
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.
Professor Datt Khalsa holds a Masters of Education with a specialty in Online Teaching and Learning from Cal State East Bay. She has been teaching for this program since her graduation in 2001. Professor Khalsa went on to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the field of Language, Literacy and Culture. She has been involved with administration, program development, and teacher training for over 35 years and has K-12 and extensive higher education teaching and administrative experience. Her conference presentations and publications include research on social media in the classroom, assessment, online education, virtual teamwork, global online communities, and cross-cultural communication in multidisciplinary K-12 curriculum.
Honored to be one of the first graduates of CSUEB's online teaching and learning Master's program.
Professor Kay Lehmann has been affiliated with CSUEB as an adjunct faculty member and student for more than 14 years. After graduating from CSUEB master's program, she then earned a doctorate with a specialization in online learning from Walden University. Professor Kay's interests are: educational research; online learning; creating learning communities and uses of social media in education. Professor Kay is a Milken National Educator Award Winner.
I love working and learning with graduate students – they have a reason to be in class and it makes the process very satisfying.
Sharon Newman offers over 30 years of experience as a systems analyst, web designer, project manager, and classroom and online trainer/developer. She teaches the three theory electives in the MS in Education, Online Teaching and Learning program. She has been involved in online and computer based education for many years. Newman’s philosophy has evolved as she works with students and faculty. She believes developing a community of learning is the key and by providing clear instruction, good resources, and enough structure and interaction to stay organized, students will connect with the course content and with their classmates.
Professor Witt Salley is the founding Director of Clemson Online, the e-learning arm of Clemson University. He has served the field of online education in various administrative, instructional, and service capacities since 2003. Salley's administrative posts have included Executive Director of Online Learning for a private career college in Springfield, Missouri and College Director of OTC Online, the virtual campus of Ozarks Technical Community College.
Since 2008, Salley has been graduate faculty at California State University, East Bay, in the Master of Science in Online Teaching and Learning program — the same program he completed in 2005. Additionally, he has taught seated and online courses in English studies, professional communication, instructional technology, teacher education, and political science.
Salley has presented at local, national, and international conferences — including the Missouri Community College Association, Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges, United Stated Distance Learning Association, Distance Learning Administration Conference, and Conference on College Composition and Communication.
Salley is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Sloan-C's Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning as well as ITC’s Distance Learning Leadership Academy.
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.
For admission into the MS-OTL program, you will need to:
If you completed your undergraduate degree internationally, you also must have a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper test or 213 on the computerized test or have an official transcript or letter from the college or university certifying that English was the language of instruction. This requirement only applies if you graduated from a country where English is not the official language.
Please apply for the MS-OTL program on CSU Mentor. Choose Hayward Campus as the main campus and select Education MS – Online Teach & Learn – ONLINE – Spec Sess as your Major/Program.
As soon as you apply, send your transcripts to:
Cal State East Bay
Office of Admissions
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542
You must send a "letter of intent" directly to the Program Director, Dr. Anne Guptill, explaining why you'd like to be in the program, your future goals (as it relates to the degree), and your relevant teaching and/or training background. Make sure to include your contact information in case of questions.
Please e-mail your letter to email@example.com.
The application deadlines vary depending on the quarter you plan to enter into the program. Please review the Application Information and Deadlines table below. New students are admitted each Spring and Fall quarters only.
|Quarter||Application Filing Period||Transcripts and Other Documents Due By|
|Spring 2017||8/1/2016 - 2/1/2017; late applications accepted on a space-available basis||2/15/2017|
|Summer 2017||Not accepting applications|
|Fall 2017||10/1/2016 – 5/31/2017||7/15/2017|
|Winter 2018||Not accepting applications|
|Spring 2018||8/1/2017 – 11/1/2017; late applications accepted on a space-available basis||2/15/2018|
|Summber 2018||Not accepting applications|
You must enroll in a class during the quarter you are admitted to the program. Failure to do so will result in a "no show" status and your acceptance into our program will be canceled. You cannot defer your enrollment to a future quarter; you will need to reapply.
If you missed the application deadline, you may start as a student in the Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning program while you decide whether to continue to the MS degree. The four certificate courses (OTL 7801–7804) are fully transferrable to the MS-OTL program. However, you must still meet admission requirements.
Area of study: Master of Science Degree in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning
Ideal for: Those interested in converting 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: 10 courses
Program length: 15 months
Tuition fees: $1,327.50 per course (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)
Please let us know if we can answer any questions about the Option in Online Teaching and Learning program. Many answers can also be found in our online Support Center.