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Learn to Develop and Teach Online Courses That Engage K–12 Students

The 15-credit Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning Online in K–12 Settings, delivered online by Penn State World Campus, prepares educators to work in the growing field of online learning for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The preservice and in-service education professionals who complete this certificate will learn critical approaches to the development and teaching of online courses that facilitate engagement, inquiry, expression, and achievement in elementary and secondary students.

Teachers, supervisors, and administrators of K-12 settings who enroll in this program will develop a working knowledge of the terminology, technology, and methods that drive institutional decisions about online course design and delivery. The five courses of the certificate will guide you through responses to questions that are typical in online learning, including how to start with the design of online learning resources, through evaluating effective online teaching performance. Learn the best practices for integrating new concepts like blended learning or the flipped classroom model.

The course work for this certificate aligns with the standards established by the International Association for K–12 Online Learning (iNACOL). There is an expectation of practical application of all that is taught in the program, as the final course of this certificate requires you to deliver authentic online teaching while working with an expert evaluator. Early- and mid-career educators who successfully complete this certificate can achieve a level of professional development and are committed to personal improvement, educational impact, and student motivation.

Are You a Pennsylvania-certified (Licensed) Teacher?

The courses in this certificate meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Online Instruction Endorsement. If you are currently certified (licensed) to teach in Pennsylvania you can add this endorsement to your teaching credentials upon successful completion of the certificate. With the rise of online learning options offered by both fully-online and traditional K-12 schools, the Online Instruction Endorsement offers an advantage to teachers seeking to be prepared for future professional opportunities with online teaching.