E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate

Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to effectively teach or train online and serve as leaders in distance learning initiatives.
Degree Type Certificate
Careers and Salary Certificate Outcomes
Delivery Online

The use of the Internet to deliver education and training in fully online or web-enhanced formats is growing at a tremendous rate in all sectors of our society. An increasing number of K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions are using web-based technologies to facilitate learning, particularly at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

Consequently, there is a growing need for highly skilled online distance educators to support online teaching and training across the nation and around the world. At the completion of the graduate certificate program candidates will demonstrate the knowledge and skills to effectively teach or train online and serve as leaders in distance learning initiatives.


  • Eight-week intensive online courses
  • Expert facilitation by experienced online instructors
  • Small, highly interactive classes (limited 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

What is the prerequisite?

Completion of a bachelor's degree

How long is a course?

8 weeks
The courses do not need to be taken in sequence.

May I enroll in one course, such as E-learning for Educators, without taking the other courses?

Yes, you may enroll in any of these courses for professional development.

Ten Month Fast Track Option

Complete five courses (15 credits) and receive an official university paper Graduate Certificate in E-learning and Online Teaching.

Our flex schedule will fit your needs. Skip a term between courses if that works better for you than taking the courses back to back.


Certificate Requirements

The certificate is an alternative credential for individuals seeking to obtain new knowledge and skills.
Required Courses

"This is a 'MUST HAVE' series of courses for any teacher or trainer that is interested in learning how to teach online. The instructors have a strong virtual presence and made the courses very interactive and relevant to my personal learning, as well as providing high quality, research based content and facilitating thought provoking discussions among the participants. I was always 'in the know' of how I was doing throughout the courses due to timely and supportive feedback. For me, these courses set a new standard in online learning!"

Jen Hegna, Information Systems Manager, Byron, Minnesota

UW-Stout offers "professional development certificate" programs in addition to its traditional majors and minors to meet the needs of those who wish to obtain additional knowledge and skills needed for personal growth and professional advancement.

While not a substitute for a degree or diploma, the certificate is an alternative credential for individuals seeking to obtain new knowledge and skills or to update their knowledge and skills in a specific area. Typically, a certificate is earned by completing a set of limited, well-defined learning outcomes focused on new or emerging processes or new knowledge and principles applied to practical problems or issues.

Students may enroll in the certificates as a stand-alone program or in addition to their undergraduate [U] or graduate [G] major. Undergraduate students are ineligible for graduate-level [G] certificate programs.

Learn about tuition, registration deadline, course sequence and more.

Register Online

When can I start?

Register now to reserve a spot.

Complete the Online Registration Request Form

There is no registration fee to reserve a class.

Will the course credits apply to a Master's degree?

Yes, only 7 additional classes are required to obtain your Master of Science in Education graduate degree.

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 the Master of Science in Education or the Master of Science in Career and Technical Education degree at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

May I enroll in the courses if I have already completed a Master's degree?

Yes, you may enroll in the courses to meet your goals for

  • advanced certificate
  • professional development
  • a continuing education refresher course
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits to apply for salary advancement
  • transfer credits to another university.

When is the registration deadline?

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


How much will it cost?

$441 per semester hour graduate credit, $1,323 per course
Fall tuition is due October 10, 2018.

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 are required.
  • E-textbooks are provided at no additional cost
  • Students have remote access to the extensive UW-Stout Library system
  • Resources include 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

Is financial aid available?

UW-Stout Office of Financial Aid
You may qualify for financial assistance if you are enrolled in a Master's degree program for at least five graduate credits in a semester.

Stout University Foundation sponsors scholarships for graduate students.

Finding Online Teaching Jobs

What type of online teaching job opportunities are available?

Find jobs at our E-learning and Online Teaching Career Center.

How will a graduate certificate help me?

  • Work anywhere and live where you want.
  • Add your certificate to your resume and LinkedIn profile. Demonstrate you are acquiring new skills and knowledge.
  • Enhance your masters or terminal degree with subject matter expertise in e-learning.
  • Use your online portfolio to showcase your skills to employers.
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?

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Upon completion of the program, each student is mailed a signed certificate with the University of Wisconsin-Stout official seal titled "E-learning and Online Teaching."

Are online courses open to veterans and military service members?

Yes, you can study online from anywhere in the world.

Department of Defense staff, veterans, military service members, and retired military are encouraged to enroll.

Contact our Veteran Services staff with questions about educational benefits.

Will the courses include designing self-paced learning materials?

Consider our Instructional Design Certificate program if you seek training in the skills necessary to develop 

  • job aids and 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).