Professional Certificate in Online Education

PCOE at a glance

When: Winter course starts Jan 2018.

Cost: $1,595

Continuing education units: 7 CEUs (70 hours)

Questions? Contact Janet Staker Woerner,, 608-890-3038

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The Professional Certificate in Online Education (PCOE), offered 3 times per year (January, May, and September), will help you apply proven strategies to enhance your knowledge, skill, and credibility in teaching online.

Key topics:

  • Contextual factors of online education
  • Essential teaching and learning principles for online environments
  • Effects of technology on education at a distance
  • Writing learning objectives, creating online activities and designing online assessments

The certificate culminates in an ePortfolio in which you will demonstrate your skills in planning online learning and making sound instructional design decisions. Click on “Receive Information” in the at a glance box above to sign up for updates.

Why earn the PCOE?

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 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.

Frequently asked questions

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