Department of Instructional Design and Technology / TESOL

Graduate Certificate in eLearning and Online Teaching

eLearning continues to gain momentum and popularity in the corporate, military, and healthcare sectors, as well as in post-secondary and K-12 education. The Kansas Occupational Outlook Handbook forecasts 24.7 percent growth through 2020 for instructional designers and coordinators. eLearning will expand to a $21 billion market and constitute 48% of the total budget spent on training, making "online learning designer" one of the top 10 most in-demand job skills among Global 1000 companies. This certificate will provide online learning designers and teachers with research-based, best practices in online teaching and learning.

Students can begin this certificate during the Spring, Summer, or Fall semester depending on course availability. If planned appropriately, this certificate can be completed within 10 months or less by taking six credit hours a semester. The certificate can be completed to supplement any other graduate degree program; however, courses completed for this certificate can be applied toward a masters degree in Instructional Design and Technology (if completed within seven years of the first course).

Items you may want to consider about this certificate:

  • the program has entry points each semester (fall, spring, summer)
  • it takes 10 months or less to complete the certificate
  • credits may be applied toward graduate degree programs in various departments of The Teachers College and other study areas offered by Emporia State

(All students admitted to the IDT degree or certificate program are required to provide their own personal computing devices to complete assignments. The device needs to be capable of completing required class assignments.)


Program of Study

Core Courses - 9 Credit Hours

IT 800 Instructional Design 3 credit hours
IT 820 Designing and Developing Web-Based Instruction 3 credit hours
IT 830 Contemporary Issues in Distance Education 3 credit hours


Electives - 3 Credit Hours

Select from recommended classes below, or select from appropriate electives from other various graduate programs (must be approved).

IT 710 Web Design 3 credit hours
IT 743 Canvas Learning Management System 3 credit hours
IT 712 Moodle Learning Management System 3 credit hours


Total Required Hours - 12 hours