Elearning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate

Become an Effective Online Instructor

Prepare for teaching in blended or virtual online classrooms or training in elearning settings.


How much will it cost?

2014-2015  $415 per semester hour graduate credit
There is no registration fee and no program application.
E-textbooks are provided.

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

All courses are offered three or more 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.


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 and do not take the other courses.

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

EDUC 760 Elearning for Educators 3 graduate credits
EDUC 762 Assessment in E-learning 3 graduate credits
EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-learning 3 graduate credits
EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-learning 3 graduate credits
EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum 3 graduate credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion with a 3.0 gpa in EDUC 760, 761, 762, 763 and Consent of Instructor.>

During the practicum you will finalize your professional e-portfolio as a career building demonstration of your online teaching skills and abilities, and you will teach with a cooperating online instructor gaining valuable real world online teaching experience. (A customized internship is available for those already teaching online.) 

The practicum also includes career mentoring and job placement assistance.

Complete all five courses and receive a certificate in elearning and online teaching.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Practicum


Find Online Teaching Jobs

How will a certificate help me?

You may include your certificate courses on your resume and LinkedIn profile as an indication of your commitment to upgrading skill sets, acquiring new skills and extending your knowledge.

Share your certificate projects in an online portfolio showcasing your expertise and competencies.

"... 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 both experienced trainers and educators and those interested in entering the field of online teaching and interested in using web-based components to enhance face-to-face or blended instruction including:

  • 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)
  • Health educators involved in patient 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 and trainers in professional associations, nonprofit organizations, business, government, and military

Our program advisor, Dennis O'Connor, updates the E-learning Graduate Certificate Magazine. We encourage you to check the information about 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 the University of Wisconsin-Stout Master of Science in Education degree program and enrolled in 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 veteran online instructors
  • Small highly interactive classes
  • 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

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School of Education
Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693

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


Our Students Say...

"I just got hired over the phone to teach math and social studies online for a company that provides Moodle classes for education companies with contracts in China, Nigeria, and South America. I’m very excited about the chance to teach online and grateful for the training I received in this program."
~ Barb Jacobson
St. Paul, Minnesota


"I am so impressed with the forward thinking of UW-Stout, their School of Education, and this E-Learning and On-Line Education Certificate Program. As both a student and as a practicum intern, I had the privilege to see the inner workings of the program and to hear the comments and impressions of a broad cross section of students. This program is education at its best!""
~Rick Gauger
Knapp, Wisconsin


"As an experienced classroom teacher I found that taking online professional development courses was the most effective way to meet my needs. I became such an advocate that my goal was to become an online facilitator delivering professional development to working teachers."
~ Patricia Hutton, Online Facilitator
South Plainfield, New Jersey


"This is a 'MUST HAVE' course for any teacher or trainer that is interested in learning how to teach online. Dennis has a strong virtual presence and has made the course 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 course due his timely and supportive feedback. For me, this course has set a new standard in online learning!"
~ Jen Hegna, Information Systems Manager
Byron, Minnesota

"I really enjoyed the practicum, and in fact, all of the courses in the online teaching program. One of the things that really struck me is the sense of camaraderie that develops in these classes between people who have never met before, face to face. I think this is very contrary to what most people think. They expect that an online class will be totally devoid of human interaction, and I'm thoroughly convinced that there is more... it's just not face to face. If I had it to do all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat."
~ Loren Rochester, Special Projects Manager/Training & Development Madison, Wisconsin

"... Experiencing an online course from the vantage point of a learner offered me invaluable insight in course content, design, and establishing a community of learners. To foster successful online teaching, classroom management and teacher communication skills are paramount. "
~ Dianne Scott, English Department Chair
North Dakota Center for Distance Education



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