Become an Effective Online Instructor

Prepare for designing online courses, teaching in blended or online classes or training in e-learning settings.


How much will it cost?

Summer 2015 $415 per semester hour graduate credit
Each course is 3 semester hours graduate credit - $1245 per course.
There is no registration fee and no program application.
E-textbooks are provided free.

Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.


When can I start and how do I register online?

Register online

Reserve your spot now. This program is very popular and courses fill well before the start date.

All courses are offered three times each year (spring, summer, and fall).

Do I need to apply for admission to the university's graduate program?

No, you do not need to apply for graduate admission to the university unless you are beginning a Master's degree program at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

When is the registration deadline?

Registration is available until each session is filled or five business days before the course begins.


What is the prerequisite?

Completion of a bachelor's degree

How long is a course?

Each course is 8 weeks.

May I enroll in one course, such as Instructional Design for Elearning, without taking the other courses?

Yes, many students enroll in a single course for professional development and do not take the other courses. The dates for spring courses with openings are:

EDUC 760 E-Learning for Educators 
EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning
EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-Learning
EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning
EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum  (Prerequisites: Successful completion with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in each of the courses within the certificate: EDUC 760, 761, 762, 763 and Consent of Instructor is required to register for the Practicum.)

Frequently Asked Questions about the Practicum

Ten Month Fast Track Option

Complete all five courses and receive a graduate certificate in e-learning and online teaching.

It's possible to skip a term or two between courses if that works better than taking the courses back to back. 

Begin May 2015 and complete the certificate in 10 months.

EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators May 4 - June 26, 2015
EDUC 762 Assessment in E-learning June 29 - August 21, 2015
EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-Learning August 24 - October 16, 2015
EDUC 761 Collaborative Communities in E-learning - Online Facilitation October 19 - December 18, 2015
EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum January 20 - March 27, 2016

Begin August 2015 and complete the certificate in 10 months.
EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators August 24 - October 16, 2015
EDUC 762 Assessment in E-learning October 19 - December 11, 2015
EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-Learning January 4 - February 26, 2016
EDUC 761 Collaborative Communities in E-learning - Online Facilitation February 29 - April 22, 2016
EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum May 2 - July 8, 2016

NOTE: Twelve of the course graduate credits may be applied as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program


Find Online Teaching Jobs

How will a graduate certificate help me?

Include your graduate certificate courses on your resume and LinkedIn profile as an indication of your commitment to acquiring new skills and extending your knowledge.

Document your subject matter expertise in e-learning to enhance your existing masters or terminal degree.

Use your online portfolio to showcase your expertise and competencies to potential employers.

"... for students balancing the jobs they must have with the advanced education they desire – a situation faced by most students today – completing a certificate can be the most direct path to career success."
~ The Certificate Solution

What type of online teaching job opportunities are available?

The courses are designed for experienced trainers and educators interested in entering the field of online teaching or those who wish to blend web-based instruction into their face-to-face classes. Our students are:

  • Trainers in corporations, nonprofit organizations, business, government, and military
  • Technical and community college instructors (adjunct and full-time)
  • College and university professors (adjunct and full-time)
  • K-12 teachers (blended classrooms and virtual schools)
  • Clinical healthcare educators involved in patient education, healthcare education, continuing education or in-service education, community health education, or academic healthcare education
  • Curriculum consultants, professional development coordinators, and distance education leaders
  • Continuing education facilitators

Check out our E-learning Graduate Certificate Magazine - Finding E-Learning Jobs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application fee?


Is the course open to international students?

Yes, students from 23 different countries have enrolled in this program.

Will I receive a certificate document to include with my resume?

Yes, upon completion of all five online courses, you will receive an official certificate from the university, in addition to the 15 graduate credits on your University of Wisconsin-Stout transcript.

Are online courses open to veterans and military service members?

Yes, you can work online from anywhere in the world. We encourage veterans and military service members working at the graduate level to join our program. UW-Stout was selected as a Military Friendly School, and this honor places us in the top 15 percent of all schools nationwide.

What are the participation expectations?


Is financial aid available?

You may qualify for aid if you are enrolled in a masters degree program for a minimum of five (5) credits.

Will this include designing self-paced learning materials?

For those who seek training in the skills necessary to develop self-paced e-learning products, print materials, computer-based training, orientations and compliance tutorials, project management or redesign of existing curriculum for just-in-time delivery and electronic performance support systems (EPSS) consider our Instructional Design Certificate program.


  • Eight-week intensive online courses
  • Expert facilitation by experienced, currently teaching online instructors
  • Small, highly interactive classes (limit to 15 students)
  • Professional-quality projects for an e-portfolio to aid in job searches
  • Career mentoring and job placement assistance
  • Highly competitive tuition
  • Credits apply as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program
  • Accreditation

For More Information

Contact Us:

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Dennis O'Connor, Program Advisor
Phone: (530) 318-1145
Email: Elearning Certificate


Our Students Say...

"This is a 'MUST HAVE' series of courses for any teacher or trainer that is interested in learning how to teach online. The instructors have a strong virtual presence and made the courses very interactive and relevant to my personal learning, as well as providing high quality, research based content and facilitating thought provoking discussions among the participants. I was always 'in the know' of how I was doing throughout the courses due to timely and supportive feedback. For me, these courses set a new standard in online learning!"
~ Jen Hegna, Information Systems Manager
Byron, Minnesota

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