DEPD professional certificates

For more than 20 years, UW-Madison Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD) has provided professional certificates and innovative courses to instructors seeking knowledge and credentials in teaching online. Choose from the K12 Certificate in Online Teaching or the 2-track Professional Certificate in Online Education.

Certificates at-a-glance

K12 Certificate in Online Teaching»
Proven principles and practices in online teaching and learning. Online, self-paced, affordable. Earn WI DPI’s required 30 hours of professional development for teachers of online students.

Professional Certificate in Online Education»
Proven principles and core knowledge/skills essential for any instructor or designer of online learning. 2 tracks: Instruction, Instructional Design.

DEPD instructor Erin McCloskey (EdD, Harvard) talks about key concepts and practices of online learning.

Why earn these certificates?

Practical: This totally online, flexible certificate prepares you with foundational knowledge, understandings and skills that are essential for any instructor or designer working in online environments. You can begin applying new knowledge and skills immediately.

High quality: The certificate models a principles-to-practice approach. Course content reflects only the most reliable, research-based knowledge in the field of online education, which is then translated into practical strategies for instructors and designers.

Personalized: In course-based assignments, you will apply new knowledge and skills to your own teaching or design needs, reflecting your unique students, subject area, and context. You will create several tangible products that can be immediately applied within your professional context.

Marketable: Your certificate ePortfolio serves as a demonstration of your knowledge and skills in online education, which can be shared with current or potential employers or supervisors.

Expert feedback: DEPD instructional staff, experts in online education, provide feedback on your ePortfolio and are available for consultation during your certificate program coursework.

Professional community: Collaborative courses provide a way of making connections with other professionals in the field.

Get complete details about our Professional Certificate in Online Education, K12 Certificate in Online Teaching, annual conference, and people.