E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate

Meet your professional development goals to be certified as highly qualified in the area of e-learning instruction and online training.



What is the online course sequence?

EDUC 760 E-Learning for Educators 3 graduate credits
This is the introductory course in the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate, is an approved elective in the online Master of Science in Education degree program, and is open as an individual course to students seeking professional development.

EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning 3 graduate credits
(choose one section)

EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-Learning 3 graduate credits

EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning 3 graduate credits

NOTE: This is the fourth in the series of five required courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching and is also available as a single course for experienced trainers and online educators seeking professional development.

EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum 3 graduate credits
(Prerequisite: Successful completion with a 3.0 gpa in EDUC 760, 761, 762, 763 and Consent of Instructor) 

Successful completion of the practicum earns the E-Learning Certificate. This course culminates your preparation as an e-learning professional. You will finalize your professional e-portfolio as a career building demonstration of your online teaching skills and abilities. During the practicum you will teach with a cooperating online instructor gaining valuable real world online teaching experience. (A customized internship is available for those already teaching online.)

Frequently Asked Questions about the Practicum

Course Start and Ending Dates

Each course is 8 weeks.

Course Starting and Ending Dates

How long does it take to complete the online teaching certificate?

Each course is 8 weeks
Five semesters if you enroll in one course per term. If you enroll in two courses per term, you may complete the certificate in ten months.

Sample Plan of Study 

Plan A: Begin in June and complete the certificate in 10 months. 
EDUC 760 June 2013
EDUC 762 July 2013 
EDUC 763 September 2013
EDUC 761 October 2013
EDUC 764 January 2014

Plan B: Begin in September and complete the certificate in 10 months. 
EDUC 760 September 2013
EDUC 762 October 2013 
EDUC 763 January 2014
EDUC 761 February 2014
EDUC 764 June 2014

Plan C: It's possible to skip a term or two between courses instead of enrolling in courses back to back each term.
Upon completion of all five online courses, you will receive a certificate from the university, in addition to the 15 graduate credits on your University of Wisconsin-Stout transcript.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are online courses open to veterans and military service members?

Yes, you can work online from anywhere in the world. We encourage veterans and military service members working at the graduate level to join our program. UW-Stout was selected as a Military Friendly School, and this honor places us in the top 15 percent of all schools nationwide.

May I enroll in one course for professional development without taking the entire course sequence?

Yes, any individual course may be completed for professional development.

Are you ready to learn and teach online?

Complete the READI Readiness for Education at a Distance Indicator for personalized feedback on how online learning fits your learning style and lifestyle needs.


This online program offers:

  • Eight week intensive online courses
  • Expert facilitation by veteran online educators
  • Small highly interactive classes
  • Professional quality projects for an e-portfolio to aid in job searches
  • Career mentoring and job placement assistance
  • Credits may also apply as electives in the Master of Science in Education degree program 
  • Highly competitive tuition
  • Accreditation


When can I start and how do I register online?

Register online now to reserve your spot. Select university billing, and no payment is due until the term begins.
All courses are offered each semester (spring, summer and fall).

Do I need to apply for admission to the university's graduate program?

No, you do not need to apply for graduate admission to the university unless you are beginning a Masters degree program at University of Wisconsin-Stout. We welcome non-degree students.

When is the registration deadline?

Registration is available until each session is filled or two weeks before the course begins.

Tuition and Financial Aid Options

How much will it cost?

Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students. Tuition for 2011-2012 is $397 per graduate credit ($1191 per course) for professional development.
Payment options: e-check, check, money order, employer purchase order, or credit card
Some courses require textbooks not included in the tuition fee.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, if you are enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Stout Master of Science in Education degree  and enrolled in a minimum of five (5) credits.

Career Opportunities


What can I do with this certificate?

The Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching is designed for both experienced educators and those interested in entering the field of online teaching including:

  • Instructors in K-12, technical and community colleges and higher education
  • Health educators involved in patient education, continuing education or in-service education, community health education, or academic healthcare education
  • Curriculum consultants, professional development coordinators, and distance education leaders
  • Continuing education facilitators and trainers in professional associations, nonprofit organizations, business, government, and military interested in teaching online and blended courses, or using web-based components to enhance face-to-face instruction For those who seek training in the skills necessary to develop self-paced e-learning products, print materials, computer-based training, orientations and compliance tutorials, project management or redesign of existing curriculum for just-in-time delivery and electronic performance support systems (EPSS) consider the Instructional Design Certificate program.
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"As an experienced classroom teacher I found that taking online professional development courses was the most effective way to meet my needs. I became such an advocate that my goal was to become an online facilitator delivering professional development to working teachers. Because of the strong foundation I received in the certificate program for E-Learning and Online Teaching from UW-Stout , I developed the skills to create an online community of learners. The culminating practicum allowed me to put theory into practice under the guidance of a supportive, experienced mentor. Today I am working as an online facilitator, with the opportunity to live my professional dream, all thanks to the excellent education I received through UW-Stout."

- Patricia Hutton, Online Facilitator
South Plainfield, New Jersey
"This is a 'MUST HAVE' course for any teacher or trainer that is interested in learning how to teach online.  As a seasoned online learner, this is by far the best online course I have taken. Dennis has a strong virtual presence and has made the course very interactive and relevant to my personal learning, as well as providing high quality, research based content and facilitating thought provoking discussions among the participants.  I was always 'in the know' of how I was doing throughout the course due his timely and supportive feedback.  For me, this course has set a new standard in online learning!"

- Jen Hegna, Information Systems Manager
Byron, Minnesota
"I've really enjoyed the practicum, and in fact, all of the courses in the online teaching program. One of the things that has really struck me is the sense of
camaraderie that develops in these classes between people who have never met before, face to face. I think this is very contrary to what most people think. They expect that an online class will be totally devoid of human interaction, and I'm thoroughly convinced that there is more... it's just not face to face. If I had it to do all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat"

- Loren Rochester, Special Projects Manager
/Training & Development
Madison, Wisconsin
"... As an online teacher, experiencing an online course from the vantage point of a student offered me invaluable insight in course content, design, and establishing a community of learners. To foster successful online teaching, classroom management and teacher communication skills are paramount. Thank you for providing an exemplary model. I could not have wished for a more positive and enriching experience. Truly, your attention to students promotes student success."

- Dianne Scott, English Department Chair
North Dakota Center for Distance Education


The School of Education at University of Wisconsin-Stout is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; phone (202) 466-7496.

UW-Stout School of Education's undergraduate and graduate professional education programs including majors, minors, and concentrations are accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

University of Wisconsin-Stout is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools (NCA) located at 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602. Phone: 312-263-0456 or 800/621-7440 fax #312/263-7462.

For More Information...


Dennis O'Connor, Program Advisor
Phone: (530) 318-1145
Email: oconnord@uwstout.edu
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