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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
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Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching

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The certificate provides students with essential knowledge and skills in supporting student learning, instruction, assessment, teacher dispositions, and other aspects of the educational process in online learning environments.

The goals of the certificate are to:

  • provide an employment advantage by supplying students credentials reflecting their skills as online teachers,
  • give students an understanding of the unique challenges of teaching and learning online in their subject area, equip students to teach online courses with a focus on using web-based tools for education purposes, designing technology- based instruction, modifying teaching methods, and using multimedia and distance education based on strong theoretical and research foundations.

The objectives of the certificate are to:

  • ground students in the pedagogy of online teaching and learning,
  • prepare graduates to implement fully online courses starting from the current teaching or training materials they now use,
  • give graduates the confidence and knowledge necessary to implement and teach effective online courses regardless of the course management system employed by their school district.

Students learning outcomes that will be assessed include:

  • strategies for orienting students to the online learning environment,
  • integration of technical skills necessary for the course management system,
  • pedagogical approaches to facilitate online learning including best practices and next practices,
  • establishing social presence in the online learning community,
  • facilitating effective online discussions and collaborative work,
  • managing assessment strategies and integrity in the online environment,
  • understanding important legal issues such as FERPA, ADA, and copyright restrictions, and
  • identification of relevant institutional policies, procedures, and support services.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a Graduate Application
  2. Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities (EMU alums do no need to request official transcripts).
  3. Earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.
  4. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program.

Students with non-U.S. post-secondary credentials must submit an evaluation of their international transcripts from the Educational Perspectives (EP) credential evaluation service. Click here for additional information.

Online Education for Out-of-State Students

It is great that you are considering Eastern Michigan University for your online degree program. Before you apply, though, it is critical that you make sure you are eligible to enroll in a program based in Michigan. EMU is an approved State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Participant. That means EMU can enroll students into online programs who live in any SARA member state without seeking additional authorization from that particular state. 

Check your eligibility to attend EMU: Is your state a SARA member? If yes, you are eligible to enroll in an EMU–Online program. If your state is not a SARA member, you may still be eligible to enroll at Eastern Michigan University. For more information, please click here.

Department Information

Teacher Education, College of Education

Martha Kinney-Sedgwick, Ph.D. | Department Head | 313 Porter | 734.487.3260 | mkinneys@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Nancy Copeland, Ed.D. | Graduate Coordinator | 313 Porter | 734.487.3260 | ncopeland@emich.edu

Toni Stokes Jones, Ph.D. | Program Coordinator  | 313 Porter | 734.487.2737 | tjones1@emich.edu

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