Online Teaching and Learning Graduate Certificate

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About the Program

The Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning is a 15-credit hour lock-step graduate certificate and is designed to provide a solid foundation in learning, technology, design, evaluation, and instructional theories related to online learning and the creation of effective online courses. Candidates will gain experience with a broad range of technology tools and strategies commonly used in online education with multiple opportunities to apply this knowledge in authentic online instructional settings relevant to P-12 online learning environments. The graduate certificate can be applied toward the Master of Science with a major in Online Teaching and Learning. This program is aligned to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation’s (CAEP) advanced-level program standards and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) for Educators standards.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, candidates should be able to:

  1. Apply professional ethics and a biblical worldview to teaching and learning, research, technologies, instructional design, assessment strategies, and course development for P-12 online environments.

  2. Analyze current research, theories, methodologies, practices, and standards for online teaching and learning.

  3. Evaluate appropriate technologies and tools for optimal student learning and engagement.

  4. Design authentic learning experiences and assessments using the instructional design process.

  5. Demonstrate effective online systematic instructional design.



Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at


Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Online Tuition
15 Total $470 / credit hour

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program with specialization courses. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email

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Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below.



Below are the lists of requirements for the Online Teaching and Learning Graduate Certificate. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

To meet the admission requirements for this certificate program, candidates must:

  1. Have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. Transcripts from foreign institutions may need to be sent to an outside agency for evaluation and determination of transferable credits, degrees, and GPA. If this outside review is necessary, students are responsible for the initiation of this evaluation and for any fees incurred during the process.
  2. An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed.
  3. Experience in an education environment.

Completion Requirements

To complete the graduate certificate in Online Teaching and Learning, candidates must:

  1. Successfully complete the program curriculum.
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  3. Payment of all tuition and fees is required in order to receive a certificate.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Online Teaching and Learning Graduate Certificate. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.