Online Learning and Teaching Certificate

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
https://www.towson.edu/coe/departments/edtech/grad/online-teaching-learning/

Program Director: Dr. Liyan Song
Phone: 410-704-5751
Email: lsong@towson.edu

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Online Learning and Teaching is designed to meet the increasing need of PreK-12 educators, instructional leaders, program directors, professional development staff, higher education faculty, instructional design specialists, chief learning officers, and other professionals and individuals, who wish to design, develop, implement, manage, and evaluate online learning environments. The scientific research in online learning informs us that to create, maintain, and manage quality online and/or blended learning environments and programs, educators and other learning design professionals should have a deep understanding of online learning environments and principles of learning and instructional design and development.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 for full admission and 2.75 for conditional admission. All GPA calculations for admission are based upon the last 60 units of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study.

Non-immigrant International Students

Program Enrollment: F-1 and J-1 students are required to be enrolled full-time. The majority of their classes must be in-person and on campus. See the list of programs that satisfy these requirements, and contact the International Student and Scholars Office with questions.

Admission Procedures: See additional information regarding Graduate Admission policies and International Graduate Application online.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

Certificate Requirements

This post-baccalaureate certificate program in Online Learning and Teaching consists of the following five courses (15 units):

ISTC 603FOUNDATIONS OF DISTANCE EDUCATION3
ISTC 605E-LEARNING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT3
ISTC 655DEVELOPING DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA MATERIALS FOR LEARNING DESIGN3
ISTC 663INTRODUCTION TO LEARNING SCIENCES3
ISTC 667INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT3
Total Units15

The coursework from this program can be applied to the existing Master’s in Instructional Technology with concentrations in either Instructional Design and Development or Educational Technology depending upon professional goals. 

The proposed PBC seeks to prepare educators to: 

  • Develop knowledge and skills of designing, developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating online or e-learning environments and programs. 

  • Develop a conceptual and practical understanding of principles of learning or instructional design and effective online teaching and learning. 

  • Demonstrate application of research-based, pedagogically effective learning strategies, appropriate organization of content, level of student engagement, differentiated learning, higher-order thinking skills, and appropriate instructor-student, student-student, and student-content interaction in the design of e-learning environments. 

  • Demonstrate skills in integrating learning or instructional design principles and procedures with multimedia technologies and course management tools to develop highly engaging and interactive online learning environments.  

  • Develop skills of planning, designing, and incorporating strategies to encourage active learning, interaction, participation, and collaboration in the online environment. 

  • Develop knowledge of legal, ethical, safe, and healthy behavior related to technology use.  

  • Develop knowledge and skills of designing, developing, delivering, and evaluating online learning environments and programs that are accessible for individuals with disabilities and are responsive to learners' diversity and cultural differences. 

  • Demonstrate competencies in creating and implementing assessments in online learning environments in ways that assure the validity and reliability of instruments and procedures.