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Online Teaching and Learning, Graduate Certificate

Teach in the 21st Century!

The entirely online graduate certificate in Online Teaching and Learning equips teachers to keep pace with the demands of virtual schools and web-enhanced classrooms. You’ll gain the knowledge, experience, and vision necessary to teach online through the core required courses in our master's degree. Students who want to teach online and/or include online teaching components within the traditional classroom will be interested in this program. The graduate certificate builds upon your prior educational coursework and will support your growth as an educator:

  • Earn a graduate certificate to gain experience and credentials or as a starting point for a graduate degree.
  • Learn how to teach in an online environment and be prepared for the changing educational landscape.
  • Learn how to incorporate online tools into traditional classrooms or any environment.

Using Technology to Learn

Entirely Online

Complete your program from any location. Whether you live in Warrensburg, in Missouri, another state, or even another country, all of the program requirements can be completed from wherever you have an internet connection.

Student Learning Outcomes

The graduate with a certificate in Online Teaching and Learning will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to teach with and about technology at a distance
  • Apply the historical, sociological, philosophical, and research foundations of computer-related technologies to traditional educational settings and to online educational environments
  • Examine the affordances and obstacles of communicating in online learning environments
  • Use a variety of tools and methods for assessing student achievement in online learning environments and evaluating online courses
  • Design and develop learning objects and systems for storing and retrieving digital education products, applying them to standards-based lessons
  • Use constructivist teaching such as problem-based learning, inquiry-based learning, and project-based learning integrating technology, information databases, and Internet resources into traditional and online classrooms

Entrance Requirements

Acceptance into the program requires an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA.

Course Sequencing

It is important to start the certificate with the very first class, INST 5100: Foundations of Educational Technology. INST 5500: Online Course Development should be taken in the final semester. The other courses can be taken in any order.

Combination with Other Degrees

Qualified students who are interested in a graduate degree in Educational Technology may apply these courses towards an M.S. or Ed.S. degree to fulfill some of the requirements. Courses may also be applied as electives in other UCM graduate programs depending upon their specific degree requirements. Students will be required to contact the Graduate School and apply for acceptance to each program.

Financial Assistance

In accordance with federal and state financial aid regulations, a student pursuing a graduate certificate must also be fully admitted to a UCM MS or EdS degree in order to qualify for financial assistance. Students are allowed to dual enroll in both simultaneously.


UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


Shantia Kerr Sims
Associate Professor
Lovinger 4111
Tel: 660-543-4795


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