Why ODU for a certificate in teaching K-12 online?

Now more than ever, school-age students are finding success with online education. Educators need to know how to structure lessons for online teaching to maximize learning and engagement for elementary and high school students.

Our online certificate program teaches educators online learning methods, strategies, management, designs and resources. These will better prepare you to teach students in an online environment. This hands-on program includes interactions and close consultation with experts in the field. Your class projects include assignments that you can use with students in your own online classroom.

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

You can apply these courses 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$571 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2022 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

State Licensure

Each course in this certificate can count for 90 professional development points towards licensure renewal for in-service K-12 teachers in Virginia.

Virginia teaching licenses have reciprocity in several other states, but recertification requirements may vary. We recommend checking with your state's Department of Education or teacher licensing body to see if the courses in this certificate will meet their requirements.

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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.