Instructional Technology:  Teaching the 21st Century Learner Certificate

Learn the essential principles and practices to become a PreK-12 or postsecondary online teacher.

Become an Online Teacher

This certificate is an application-oriented program where students employ real-world tools through the lens of 21st Century learning theories to actively learn and demonstrate masterful understanding of the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Teaching. It is designed for new or current educators who seek the skills to serve as effective instructors, curriculum designers or instructional leaders for PreK-12 and postsecondary education environments, in both online and blended modalities.

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As a student you will:

  • Learn how to employ best practices and 21st Century educational paradigms to examine, experiment, and assess the efficacy of online and blended teaching models.
  • Master best practices for transformational blended and online pedagogy/andragogy through research on learning theories and higher-level cognition.

  • Craft actionable understandings of today’s tools for engaging students, building community, and employing multiple forms of communication, including social media, to promote transferable learning of academic content.
  • Develop ways to evaluate and create effective online assessments and design learner-centered, project-based assignments and assessments that meet academic standards.
  • Examine relevant laws and regulations along with evaluating tools and strategies to build media and assure ADA accessibility for all students.

Who Should Enroll:

  • PreK-12 teachers
  • Postsecondary teachers
  • Teacher candidates
  • School administrators
  • Technology coordinators
  • Instructional coaches
  • Librarians
  • Instructional practitioner leaders

Other Fees:

  • LiveText - $145 (nonrefundable)


8-week course

4 courses total

Estimated Cost

$525 per course

$2,100 full program (other fees may apply)

Ways to Learn



3 credits per course

12 academic credits total

Admission Requirements

Admission is not required for those pursuing the Certificate.

Program Curriculum

  • EDUU 624  Foundations of 21st Century Teaching


    EDUU 625  Design and Assessment of 21st Century Teaching


    EDUU 628  Advanced Design and Assessment of 21st Century Teaching


    EDUU 629  Teaching the 21st Century Learner Capstone


    Total Credits   12

    *EDUU 624 Foundations of 21st Century Teaching must be taken first. Courses must be taken sequentially.

    Students must receive a grade of B- of higher to progress to subsequent course and maintain an overall 3.0 GPA.

    A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to students who complete the program. University admission is not required. Students may also complete the courses as part of the Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology, Teaching the 21st Century Learner. Additional course and admission requirements apply.

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