E-Learning Practicum

Practicum with online teaching internship. Work with mentor teachers. Facilitate discussions and evaluate student work in an online graduate class.
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In the EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum, you will

  • Facilitate student discussions.
  • Utilize the instructor side of learning management systems.
  • Accurately evaluate online student performance.
  • Participate in peer reviews.
  • Use a rubric to self-evaluate teaching performance.
  • Sustain a reflective mindset.
  • Develop an ongoing professional learning network.
  • Finalize a professional e-portfolio.

Online Course 3 graduate semester hour credits 
Enrollment limited to six students.


  • Consent of Instructor
  • GPA of 3.0 in each of the four prerequisite courses EDUC 760, 761, 762, 763

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

Course Description

Practicum in teaching online with a cooperating online instructor. Application of online pedagogy and technology evaluated through observation, discussion, and reflections.


How do I register?

Complete the Online Registration Form.

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

When is the registration deadline?

Reserve your spot now. This program is very popular, and courses fill well before the start date. This course is offered three times each year (spring, summer, and fall).

During the practicum, you will teach online with a cooperating instructor gaining valuable real-world online teaching experience. A customized internship is available for those already teaching online. Successful completion of the practicum with a 3.0 GPA or higher earns the E-Learning Certificate.


E-textbooks are provided when you log in to the course.  

Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K.. (2013). Lessons from the virtual classroom: The realities of online teaching. (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass ISBN: 978-1118123737

Palloff, R. M., and Pratt, K. (2007). Building online learning communities: Effective strategies for the virtual classroom. (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons ISBN: 978-0787988258

If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from online bookstores such as amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or textbooks.com. Be sure to allow for delivery time. NOTE the ISBN number and 2nd edition.

Additional recommended web-based articles will be available via the course modules.

Our Students Say. . .

"The practicum combines scholarly learning, practical experience and the latest online tools and research while being coached and mentored by a group of dedicated and experienced instructors. I am proud to have had the opportunity to achieve my certification from UW-Stout in this program. Don't stop pushing the envelope! You are doing a great job!"
~Rick Gauger
Knapp, Wisconsin

"One of the things that has 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 & DevelopmentMadison, 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

"The culminating practicum allowed me to put theory into practice under the guidance of a supportive, experienced mentor. Today I am working as an online facilitator, with the opportunity to live my professional dream, all thanks to the excellent education I received through UW-Stout."
~ Patricia Hutton, Online Facilitator
South Plainfield, New Jersey

No travel to campus - 100% Online
  • Participate 24/7 from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.
  • There are no required "live" chat sessions.
  • This is not a self-paced class.