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Online Teaching

Online Teaching and Learning Certificate

Kent State University’s Instructional Technology program offers a certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.  It is not endorsed by the state of Ohio, not does it confer any licensure.  The certificate is awarded for taking the following fivecourses (15 hrs. altogether):  The courses can be taken in any order (no pre-requisites) and can be combined with the Masters Degree in Instructional Technology:

  • ITEC 67436  Distance Education  3 hrs.
  • ITEC 67438  Instructional Applications of the Internet  3 hrs.
  • ITEC 67442  Designing Online Courses  3 hrs.
  • ITEC 67444  Teaching Online Courses  3 hrs.
  • ITEC 67449  Research in Online Learning and Teaching  3 hrs.

The purpose of the certificate program in Online Learning and Teaching is to provide current and potential online educators with a strong foundation in how to design and teach online courses. Specific goals are

  • Students will explain the place of online learning in the context of distance education in general.
  • Students will choose and use a variety of Internet resources and software and integrate them effectively into education.
  • Students will design effective online courses.
  • Students will teach online courses effectively using such technologies as learning management systems, many computer mediated communications options, and other technologies.
  • Students will describe existing research on online learning and teaching and use it in designing and teaching online courses.

Admission requirements include:

  • A completed application form for Non-Degree Student
  • A well-written and coherent statement of the student's goals in the program
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.

After admission, a program of study must be completed with program coordinator, Drew Tiene (  Download this program here, complete the information, sign it, and submit it to him.  It can be mailed to White Hall 405, KSU, Kent, OH 44242, faxed to 330-672-2512 or a signed .pdf can be sent to