Courses and 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 quality courses and certificate programs in online education. We also offer custom solutions for your organization’s professional development needs.


Professional Certificate in Online Education (PCOE): Learn and apply proven strategies for teaching and designing online instruction. The certificate culminates in a professional ePortfolio that demonstrates your skills in planning online learning and making sound instructional design decisions. (70 hours/7 CEUs) 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. (30 hours/3 CEUs) Details»


Fundamentals of Online Teaching Course (FoOT)
Whether you’re new to the field of online education and trying to get a foot in the door, or a more seasoned professional looking to step up your game, this is the course for you. This basic overview is a great way to explore the field of distance education. (30 hours/3 CEUs) Details»
Customized Professional Development Solutions
Professional Development for online educators, trainers, and course designers is essential to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of online and distance education.  Leverage DEPD’s expertise and resources to customize a professional development course or program for your distance education instructional staff. Request more information»

The skills you need, when you need them

Practical: These totally online, flexible certificates and courses prepare you with foundational knowledge and skills essential for any instructor or course designer working in online environments. You’ll apply new knowledge and skills immediately.

High quality: The certificates and courses 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 most assignments you will apply new knowledge and skills to your own teaching or design needs as you consider your unique students, subject area, and context. The products you create will be tangible and immediately applicable within your professional context.

Marketable: Your individual products will demonstrate your knowledge and skills in online education and can be shared with current or potential employers or supervisors.

Expert feedback: DEPD instructors are experts in online education and provide feedback on your assignments. They are available for consultation during your coursework.

Professional community: Many courses include collaborative learning activities and provide opportunities for connecting with other professionals in the field.

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