Certificate programs in online education

For more than 20 years, distance education practitioners have recognized UW-Madison’s Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD) as the established leader in providing innovative professional certificate programs in online education. Below are 2 of our most popular offerings.

Professional Certificate in Online Education (PCOE): Learn and apply proven strategies to produce online learning applications. With emphasis on instruction and instructional design, the certificate culminates in an ePortfolio. At the end of this program you will be able to demonstrate your skills in planning online learning and making sound instructional design decisions. Details»
K12 Certificate in Online Teaching (KCOT): Achieve your professional goals with maximum convenience, flexibility, and affordability. The Fundamentals course provides a solid foundation in the pedagogy of online teaching, with a focus on key principles and practices important for quality K12 outcomes. The course is completely online and self-paced. Details»

More offerings are planned in the near future, so check back often.

Why earn these certificates?

Practical: These totally online, flexible certificates prepare 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 certificates model 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.

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