Instructional Technology Certificate Program

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Note: This program, formerly known as the Professional Certification in Online Teaching, will be piloted during spring 2017 with the Innovative Pedagogy Grant Program and additional participants. It is anticipated to be available university-wide soon thereafter.


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The Instructional Technology Certificate Program is a no-cost professional development program offered to full-time instructors, instructional designers, and instructional/distance education support staff throughout the university, including the College Station, Galveston, and Qatar campuses (unfortunately, due to space and resource constraints, we are unable to admit teaching and/or graduate assistants into the program).

Completing the program provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop and teach high-quality online courses. Plus, you further your professional development by earning CEUs.

Required Courses

Three core courses comprise the basics of the program. These three courses are required and designed to be taken in sequence, so please register for each course individually:

  • Fundamentals of Teaching Online – 3 weeks
  • Content Design and Development – 4 weeks
  • Assessment in Online Learning – 3 weeks

You earn 6 CEUs from core courses. Successfully completing the courses requires 7-10 hours per week of actively participating in online discussions and completing assignments, which together comprise an entire module or unit of web-based instruction. You share your final project with other participants for the purposes of peer review and to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning goals of the program.

You are required to earn 0.4 CEU by completing workshops from the list of electives below. Not all ITS workshops are included in the list of approved electives for the program.

The core courses, electives, and any associated coursework should be completed within 12 months of initial enrollment.


Choose electives to customize training to fit your needs. All electives provide 0.2 CEU unless otherwise noted.

Estimated Time Commitments

  • Core courses: 7-10 hours per week for 9 weeks
  • Electives: Varies, typically 2-3 hours per workshop

Computer Requirements

  • A computer using Windows 7 or Mac OS X v.5 or higher
  • A high-speed Internet connection is highly recommended
    • We cannot guarantee multimedia components will work with slower connections
    • We cannot distribute hard copies (e.g., CD-ROM, DVD-ROM) of multimedia items due to copyright restrictions
  • A set of speakers and/or headphones for listening to presentations and a webcam, headset, and/or microphone for voice chat
    • Some courses have audio/video presentations
    • Some courses use voice chat and/or student-narrated presentations
    • Consult ITS staff for more information about these devices

Software Requirements

  • Modern Web Browser
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Google Chrome
    • Internet Explorer or Edge
    • Apple Safari
  • Adobe Flash Player
    • Some courses include audio/visual presentations
  • Adobe Reader
    • Some courses include PDF documents
  • Java Runtime Environment
    • Some courses include content that runs on Java
  • Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, or Google Docs
    • All courses require one of these business application suites
    • OpenOffice and LibreOffice are free alternatives to Microsoft Office