Every year, more and more school-age students are finding success taking online classes. Today’s educators need to know how to structure lessons for an online environment to maximize learning and engagement.

Our certificate program will provide you with a fundamental understanding of online learning methods, strategies, management, designs and resources to better prepare you to teach in an online environment. This hands-on program offers opportunities for interactions and close consultation with recognized experts in the area. Your class projects are designed to create material that you could use in your own online classroom.

You don't have to be a teacher to take this certificate. If you are, each course in this certificate can count for 90 re-certification points for in-service K-12 teachers. Faculty from the Instructional Design and Technology department and the Teaching and Learning department teach these courses.

Plus, these courses can be applied toward ODU's master's degree in Instructional Design and Technology

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Required Courses

  • 12 credit hours (four courses)

Courses focus on:

  • The unique pedagogical structures of online learning environments
  • Methods for selecting, evaluating and integrating available instructional resources for online learning
  • Approaches to management and assessment in online learning environments

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Some classes will have live, regular online meeting times, while others will not. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.


If you're already a teacher, each course in this certificate can count for 90 professional development points towards licensure renewal for in-service K-12 teachers.

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$547 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2019 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

To take courses for this certificate, you will need to be admitted to ODU as a non-degree or degree seeking graduate student. In addition to general admission requirements, this certificate requires a GPA of 3.0 or higher in your undergraduate degree.

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You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.