Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

This certificate is ideal for people who are already teaching or who hope to do so in the future, whether in P-12, higher education, or at the corporate level. These courses will prepare you to become a thoughtful and skilled online educator at a time when there is a pressing need for these skills in the educational landscape.

After completing five courses, you can earn your Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning through UGA's Mary Frances Early College of Education Learning, Design, and Technology program. Certified P-12 teachers can also earn the Georgia PSC-approved Online Teaching Endorsement through this program. All courses are taught by experienced faculty, offered online, and scheduled for busy graduate students and working adults.

This program provides a solid foundation in learning, evaluation, and instructional theories related to online learning and the creation of effective online courses. You will gain experience with a broad range of technology tools commonly used in online education with multiple opportunities to apply this knowledge in authentic online instructional settings relevant to your current or intended careers.

Throughout this program, the emphasis is not on “one best way” to teach online, but rather on developing a deep understanding of online learning and learners, a wide-range of instructional tools and strategies, and the skills to choose critically among these to best teach diverse learners in a variety of online formats.

Upgrade your teaching skills in online education and make a greater contribution to your chosen profession.


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission has approved the University of Georgia to offer the Online Teaching Endorsement for in-field Georgia educators.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.


Tuition & Fees


Online Tuition $363 per credit hour 15 credit hours $5,445 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 3 semesters $1,791 USD
Total      $7,236 USD


Online Tuition $1,029 per credit hour 15 credit hours $15,435 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 3 semesters $1,791 USD
Total      $17,226 USD

*Students currently enrolled in a UGA graduate degree program will pay standard graduate tuition rate and fees.  

For students registering for fewer than 5 credit hours in one semester, student fees are reduced to $362 for that semester. Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See  UGA Tuition and Fees  for the complete schedule of fees. 

Tuition and fees are subject to change.  

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

This program is TAP eligible. The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 


The Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning is available to any graduate student enrolled in a degree program at the University of Georgia, students with a prior bachelor’s degree who wish to take only the certificate program, and all UGA undergraduate students enrolled in the Honors or Double Dawgs programs.

Currently enrolled UGA students who choose to pursue this certificate should submit this supplemental form and a single page Statement of Purpose to the Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning program coordinator. You will then be assigned an advisor to ensure successful enrollment in courses.

Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply as a Graduate Certificate student. Admission requirements are based on UGA's Graduate School admissions standards for certificate students.

Application Checklist - New UGA Students

Students applying to the graduate school for this graduate certificate are not required to take entrance exams or to submit test scores and letters of recommendation.

  1. Graduate School Application – Submit to the Graduate School online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Supplemental Form – Complete the Online Teaching and Learning Supplemental Form online.
  3. Test Scores – International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  4. Statement of purpose - Submit to the Graduate School online in your application.
  5. Official Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.

Application Deadlines

For best consideration apply by the following dates. 

Domestic Applicants

  • Fall:  July 1
  • Spring:  November 15
  • Summer:  May 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15
  • Spring:  October 15
  • Summer:  February 15


Students seeking this certificate will take the following courses:

Course Title

EDIT 6400E

Emerging Approaches in Teaching, Learning, and Technology (3 hours)

EDIT 6170E

Introduction to Instructional Design (3 hours)

EDIT 7520E

Online Teaching & Learning (3 hours)

EDIT 7350E

Evaluation and Analytics in Instructional Design (3 hours)

EDIT 7460E

Internship in Instructional Technology (3 hours)

NOTE: Student class scheduling is subject to course availability. All courses are offered at least once per year with several being offered twice. Be sure to communicate with your academic advisor.

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

Contact Information

Email us using the request for information form or call 706-397-3114