The Online Teaching Certificate is designed for students working in non-K-12 environments (i.e., higher education, industry, military) who wish to improve their online design and facilitation competencies. (Students holding a clear, renewable teaching certificate in Georgia should consider the Online Teaching Endorsement instead).

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program sheet, which provides a required coursework sequence, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

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The Certificate in Online Teaching prepares individuals to design, facilitate, and manage instruction in an online format. Participants are prepared to assume a role as leaders in online learning for their organization. The certificate consists of four courses focused on the characteristics and instructional methods of developing, delivering, assessing, and administering online courses from the classroom to the organizational system level. The Certificate in Online Teaching will be beneficial to higher education teachers, instructional designers, and administrators.

Program Location


Method of Delivery

Fully Online Only


The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Credit and transfer

Total semester hours required: 12

Graduate students may be able to reduce their cost through prior learning, previous degrees earned at UWG, or transfer credits. We have created a tool to help students estimate their tuition costs.                

This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.

Save money

UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.


  • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
  • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
  • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
  • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
  • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
  • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
  • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.


Coursework is 100% online. The Online Teaching Certificate courses can be taken one-per-semester. Therefore, the program takes 3-4 semesters at minimum.



This course prepares candidates to serve as instructional leaders in media in PK-12 schools. Candidates will use a systematic instructional design process and research-based professional learning practices to develop learning experiences that meet the needs of diverse learner populations in both physical and virtual environments.

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This course will focus on the application of instructional design principles as they relate to instruction. A systems approach to instructional design which includes information and application of skills and techniques necessary in the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of instruction will be used.

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This course is a general introduction to conceptual, theoretical, and practical ideas concerning distance education, including the current status of distance learning and its impact on education. Students will become conversant in the terminology of the field of distance education, review its history, conduct research on specific areas of practice, investigate instructional and learning design strategies, explore the technologies commonly used, and understand the unique roles and responsibilities of the distance learner and the distance instructor.

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This course provides a practical approach to the design, development, facilitation, and improvement of learning units in an online format. Students will become conversant with terms associated with assessment and evaluation of instructional practices delivered in online and distance education settings. This course has been designed specifically for those professionals seeking the UWG Online Teaching Endorsement.

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Students will analyze and develop policy related to distance education and e-Learning programs and learn to oversee installation and administration of a learning management system. Course topics include: management theory and practice; leadership roles and styles; and planning and policy development for educational and corporate organizations.

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Logan Arrington, Ph.D.

Logan Arrington, Ph.D.

Interim Department Chair

Adriana D'Alba, Ph.D.

Adriana D'Alba, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Jason Huett, Ph.D.

Jason Huett, Ph.D.

Dean USG eCampus/Associate Professor

Kim C. Huett, Ed.D.

Kim C. Huett, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Graduate Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from all regionally or nationally accredited institutions attended are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.

Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

  • Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. 
  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree or higher, with a GPA of 2.7 or higher.

Application Deadlines

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Graduate Admissions

Department of Educational Technology and Foundations

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1. Design and develop quality online content

2. Implement, assess, and evaluate online learning

3. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and ability to administer/lead online learning