Program Overview

At Michigan State University, students will complete three courses to complete the graduate certificate in Online Teaching and Learning. Information in this program will show students how to design and teach online courses. Course rates per credit hours for Lifelong/Graduate Certificate students are $597.25 for residents, and $765.50 for non-residents. At the graduate level, both resident and non-resident students will pay $683 per credit hour.

The courses students will need to take are Electronic Portfolios, Learning Technology by Design, and Teaching Students Online. These are three-credit courses, totaling 9 credit hours. Each course is taught within an eight-week period. All the materials are provided in an online format, and students are not required to buy any additional textbooks.

The aims of these courses are to show students how to understating online teaching and how it differs from the face-to-face method, finding online resources, how to enhance online learning, and designing ways to cultivate student collaboration and communication. Throughout the course, students will also be compiling a portfolio of their work that can be used for possible hiring or promotion intentions.

Individuals interested in applying to this program will simply need to complete the University Application and Certificate Course Request Form, and submit any official transcripts. Students can apply rather late to the program, and qualified students may be accepted up to one week before the start of classes.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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