Certificate Overview

Become an Effective Online Instructor

Prepare for designing online courses and teaching instructor-led blended or fully online classes and training.


How much will it cost?

Summer 2016 - $415 per semester hour graduate credit
Fall 2016 - $435 per semester hour graduate credit
Each course is 3 semester hours graduate credit
Tuition Due Dates
Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.
  • No registration fee and no program application
  • E-textbooks are provided at no additional cost
  • Includes full access to lynda.com self-paced video tutorials to help develop course management and other technology skills
  • Brainfuse eTutoring, an on-demand support system, is available in a number of subjects including writing, computers, and technology.


When can I start and how do I register online?

Register Online

Reserve your spot now. This program is very popular and courses fill well before the start date.
All courses are offered three times each year (spring, summer, and fall).

Do I need to apply for admission to the university's graduate program?

No, you do not need to apply for graduate admission to the university unless you are beginning a Master's degree program at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

When is the registration deadline?

Registration is available until each session is filled or five business days before the course begins.


What is the prerequisite?

Completion of a bachelor's degree

How long is a course?

8 weeks

2017 Course Dates

      Frequently Asked Questions about the Practicum

      May I enroll in one course, such as Instructional Design for Elearning, without taking the other courses?

      Yes, many students enroll in a single course for professional development and do not take the other courses.

      Ten Month Fast Track Option

      Complete all five courses and receive an official university paper Graduate Certificate in E-learning and Online Teaching to scan and include with your curriculum/vitae and on your LinkedIn profile.
      NOTE: Twelve of the course graduate credits may be applied as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program
      It's possible to skip a term or two between courses if that works better than taking the courses back to back.

      Program Plan if You Begin August 2017

      Find Online Teaching Jobs

      How will a graduate certificate help me?

      Include your graduate certificate courses on your resume and LinkedIn profile as an indication of your commitment to acquiring new skills and extending your knowledge.
      Document your subject matter expertise in e-learning to enhance your existing masters or terminal degree.
      Use your online portfolio to showcase your expertise and competencies to potential employers.
      "... for students balancing the jobs they must have with the advanced education they desire – a situation faced by most students today – completing a certificate can be the most direct path to career success."
      ~ The Certificate Solution

      What type of online teaching job opportunities are available?

      Check out our E-learning Graduate Certificate Magazine - Finding E-Learning Jobs.

      Who Should Enroll

      The courses are designed for experienced trainers and educators interested in
      1. entering the field of online teaching/training
      2. or
      3. adding blended web-based instruction into their face-to-face classes.
      Our students include:
      • Graduate students seeking training in online teaching to enhance a Masters or Doctoral degree resume
      • Educators seeking training for a post-retirement second career
      • Trainers in corporations, nonprofit organizations, business, government, and military
      • Technical and community college instructors (adjunct and full-time)
      • College and university professors (adjunct and full-time)
      • K-12 teachers (blended classrooms and virtual schools)
      • Clinical healthcare educators involved in patient education, healthcare education, continuing education or in-service education, community health education, or academic healthcare education
      • Nurse educators for RN, BSN and MSN programs
      • Curriculum consultants, professional development coordinators, and distance education leaders
      • Continuing education facilitators

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Is there an application fee?


      Is the course open to international students?

      Yes, students from 23 different countries have enrolled in this program.

      Will I receive a certificate document to include with my resume?

      Upon successful completion of the five courses, each student is mailed a signed certificate with the University of Wisconsin-Stout official seal titled "Graduate Certificate in E-learning and Online Teaching".
      Our students include a scanned copy of their certificate with their resume to document their commitment to acquiring new skills and extending teaching/training knowledge.
      Also, our graduates share their e-learning projects in an online portfolio showcasing their expertise and competencies.

      Are online courses open to veterans and military service members?

      Yes, you can work online from anywhere in the world. We encourage veterans and military service members working at the graduate level to join our program. UW-Stout was selected as a Military Friendly School, and this honor places us in the top 15 percent of all schools nationwide.

      Is financial aid available?

      Scholarship Application for Online Students
      UW-Stout Office of Financial Aid
      You may qualify for financial assistance if you are enrolled in a masters degree program for at least five (5) graduate credits in a semester.
      Stout University Foundation sponsors scholarships for graduate students.

      Will the courses include designing self-paced learning materials?

      Consider our Instructional Design Certificate program if you who seek training in the skills necessary to develop
      • self-paced e-learning products
      • print materials
      • computer-based training
      • orientations and compliance tutorials
      • project management
      • redesign of existing curriculum for just-in-time delivery and electronic performance support systems (EPSS)


      • Eight-week intensive online courses
      • Expert facilitation by experienced online instructors
      • Small, highly interactive classes (limit to 15 students)
      • Professional-quality projects for an e-portfolio to aid in job searches
      • Career mentoring and job placement assistance
      • Highly competitive tuition
      • Credits apply as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program
      • Accreditation

      For More Information...

      Request Information Online
      Contact Us: Dennis O'Connor, Program Advisor
      E-learning and Online Teaching Certificate
      University of Wisconsin - Stout
      Menomonie, WI 54751
      Phone: (530) 318-1145

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