Online Teaching Certifications and Courses

There are many benefits and choices when it comes to increasing your knowledge and practical skills in the area of online learning. The selections listed below offer quality instruction and courses delivered in a convenient online format.

Online Teaching Certificates from COLRS

COLRS provides two asynchronous, self-paced courses for faculty to access as a resources. If an instructor chooses, they may complete the activities in the course and earn a certificate.

Building Digital Communities

The COLRS staff, along with Professor Karen Swan, created this course as a resource for UIS faculty.  We hope you find the course useful as you consider teaching in the online enviornment.  You may be teaching on campus using a Blackboard shell for your course, flipping your class, or supplementing your classroom; you may be teaching a blended course or in a blended program; or, you may be teaching 100% online.

This course is self-paced.  Faculty determine when and how often they participate in the modules.  Five activities for your practice are included; these are required if you wish to receive the Building Digital Communities Teaching Certificate.  Upon completion of all module assessments, a letter of completion will be issued to you and a copy sent to your dean. Faculty will also be issues a certificate to display in courses and on websites.

Estimated time to complete: 12-15 hours

To enroll: Contact COLRS.


Universal Design and Accessibility for Online Courses

The Blackboard Accessibility Interest Group sponsored the development of this course. It was designed by experts and leaders in the field of universal design and accessibility in the U.S., Canada, and around the world. The COLRS staff has modified it to be a self-paced course available to UIS faculty and staff.

Eight activities in this course are required for you to earn a certificate of completion. Upon completion of all assessments, a letter of completion will be issued to you and a copy sent to your dean. Faculty will also be issues a certificate to display in courses and on websites.

Estimated time to complete: 18-20 hours

To enroll: Contact COLRS.


Higher Education Online Pedagogy Graduate Certificate from UIS

The UIS Higher Education Online Pedagogy graduate certificate is designed to assist higher education faculty who would like to learn how to teach online. Candidates will learn effective practices for teaching online, build course content, and design quality assessments.

A total of 12 credit hours are required for completion of the program. Each course may be taken for elective credit in the MTL program. Contact Ryan Williams for more information.


Illinois Online Network – Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR)

  • Master Online Teacher Certificate
    The Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR) series of online faculty development courses is designed to help students and faculty members acquire the skills and knowledge needed to teach and learn online, to help staff and administration support online education, to improve the quality of online education across the globe, and to research the online teaching and learning context.
  • Several UIS faculty & staff have received the Master Online Teacher Certificate from the Illinois Online Network.
    Note: These courses may be taken for credit through UIS.


Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C)

  • Mastery Teaching Series
    The Sloan-C certificate in Blended Learning, Mobile Learning, and others provide practical and comprehensive training in all aspects of teaching and course design.
  • Online Teaching Certificate
    The Sloan-C Online Teaching Certificate prepares faculty to teach or improve online courses using the Sloan-C pillars of quality in online education.  A unique feature of the certificate program is that expert mentors work individually with each certificate candidate to accomplish specific goals.


Professional Certificate in Online Education from the University of Wisconsin Continuing Studies

“The Professional Certificate in Online Education (PCOE), offered 3 times per year (fall, summer, and spring), 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.”