Online Teaching Endorsement

The Online Teaching Endorsement & Graduate Certificate Program features three courses designed to prepare teacher candidates to deliver enhanced online learning opportunities for P-12 learners. The initial course in the sequence introduces teacher candidates to concepts in distance education, research in online practices and instructional design principles, and strategies for engaging learners using technology in learning management systems. The second course focuses on the design and development of high-quality online learning experiences based on Quality Matters K-12 standards. The final course addresses expectations, challenges, and issues specific to facilitating online learning including creating a sense of community, differentiating instruction, and encouraging interactivity.  

Certificate Admission Requirements

  • Admitted to the university as a graduate student in education
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Submit verification of immunization (pdf)


  • EDIT 5001 Introduction to Online
    • This course focuses on the field of K12 online teaching and learning. Learners are introduced to concepts in distance education, review its history, conduct research on specific areas of practice, investigate instructional design and strategies for online teaching and learning, explore the technologies commonly used, organize and design online learning experiences within a learning management system, and explore the unique roles and responsibilities of the distance learner and instructor.
  • EDIT 5002 Designing Online Learning
    • This course focuses on the design and development of a high-quality online learning experience for students using research-based elements and instructional design principles for effective online instruction. As a part of this experience, students will evaluate how experienced online teachers design and organize e-Learning based on Quality Matters K12 standards.
  • EDIT 5003 Facilitation of Online Learning
    • This course addresses expectations, challenges, and issues specific to facilitating online learning. Topics include motivating students, creating a sense of community, monitoring progress, providing feedback, differentiating instruction and universal design for learning for students with special needs, encouraging interactivity, collaboration and dialogue, and utilizing originality checking software. Candidates complete a portfolio of observations and reflections of experienced online teachers. Course prerequisite: EDIT 5001

Dismissal Policy
Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA during the three-course series that comprise the certificate program. If a student's GPA falls below a 3.0, he/she may petition to stay in the certificate program for one semester. If, at the end of the semester on probation the student's GPA is still below a 3.0, he/she will be dismissed from the certificate program. Any student who plagiarizes work will fail that course (receive an F) and be referred to the Judicial Council for a violation of Georgia College's Honor Code.

Exit Requirements
At the completion of the three-course certificate program students who have met all requirements of the three-course series will be eligible to receive the certificate in Online Teaching and, when applicable they will be recommended to the Professional Standards Commission for the endorsement.