K12 Certificate in Online Teaching

KCOT at a glance

When: Open enrollment. Start the class right after you register.

Cost: WI K12 educator: $395. Out-of-state educator: $495. Group rate for 5 or more: $355 per learner

Continuing education units: 3 CEUs (30 hours)

REGISTER ONLINE or by phone at 608-262-2451

Questions? Contact Janet Staker Woerner, janet.stakerwoerner@wisc.edu, 608-890-3038

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Totally online, self-paced, affordable

Achieve your professional goals with maximum convenience and flexibility. Learn proven principles and practices in online course models, planning, and management, as well as the different roles of learners and instructors in the online space.

How the certificate works

Learners earn the K12 Certificate in Online Teaching (KCOT) Certificate after completing the online course work and a course project. The KCOT provides a foundation in the pedagogy of online teaching, focusing on key principles and practices important for K12 educators. The course is completely online and self-paced. You control your own schedule for when to do your work. Topics include:

  • Online course models and principles
  • Understanding the online learner
  • Role of the online instructor
  • Principles of planning content and activities
  • Course management strategies

In this certificate you’ll learn about practical guidelines for K12 instructors who are interested in teaching in the online environment. You’ll engage in learning and reflective activities that will help you understand the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. Using a course of your choice, you’ll complete a final activity and receive personalized feedback from a UW-Madison Distance Education Professional Development instructor.  Successful completion of this project qualifies you for the K12 Certificate in Online Teaching.

Continuing education credit

Successful completion of this UW-Madison certificate earns you 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), representing 30 hours of engagement in professional development activities. CEUs measure non-credit educational and career enhancement experiences, not undergrad or graduate level credit. One CEU is defined as ten (10) hours of full participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction (click for source).

We do not speak for the Wisconsin DPI or any other accrediting or governing body, so only you can determine if the continuing education (not undergrad or graduate) credits that you will earn in this certificate meet your professional development needs. We recommend that you check with your employer or licensing authority to determine if CEUs will meet your professional development needs or requirements.

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