Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

Graduate Certificate

CU Denver’s Online Teaching and Learning certificate focuses on effective online & hybrid learning designs, high impact practices, and modern learners; with distinct themes of instructional design, inclusive pedagogies, active learning, and emerging pedagogies.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: Online Classroom: Fully Online Recommended completion time: 1 year Credits required for completion: 12 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you will learn

University of Colorado Denver’s Online Teaching and Learning certificate program is designed for educators in K-12 settings, higher education settings, and adult workplace settings (corporate, community, government). This certificate is focused on designing online courses and learning resources using learning management systems, digital media, and technology tools and resources; and on the use of pedagogical strategies to facilitate online courses and learning opportunities for learners. 

In this certificate program you will become competent, creative, and confident in the use of various digital media and technology in support of learning, collaboration, and communication in online courses by: 

  • Using various digital media and technology in support of learning, collaboration, and communication in online courses. 
  • Using digital media and technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.  
  • Applying learning design principles to create innovative learning spaces and digital learning environments and resources that engage and support learning.  
  • Applying principles of inclusion, social learning, open sharing, and knowledge construction to build community and foster meaningful learning interactions. 

This 12-credit certificate program has rolling admissions, so you may start the program in the Fall, Spring, or Summer term. 

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to prepare you for excellence in your career as a learning experience designer, educator, and leader. CU Denver and the SEHD are recognized for preparing educators, learning designers, and leaders of distinction who value educational excellence and social justice. Additionally, CU Denver's School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report's “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.


You will complete the following courses:

  • INTE 5200 Designing Online Learning Experiences (3 credits)
  • INTE 5250 Teaching Strategies for Online and Blended Learning (3 credits)
  • Select two--
    • INTE 5340 Learning with Digital Stories (3 credits)
    • INTE 5665 Learning with Social Media and Networking (3 credits)
    • INTE 5670 Crafting Synchronous Learning (3 credits)

Through these courses you will participate in a learning community that stresses inclusive values, social learning, open sharing, and knowledge construction. You will learn about emerging trends and issues and relevant research and best practices, and use a variety of digital media platforms and development tools. The course assignments focus on solving professional problems of practice in your own school and organizational settings.

Admissions Requirements

How to Apply

  1. Read the instructions below:
    1. From the Admissions Dashboard click "Start New Application"
    2. Click the "Create Application" button
    3. Click the "Open Application" button
    4. Fill in your Personal Information before continuing on to the "Academic Interest" section
    5. Select the Certificate button
    6. Under the Non-Degree dropdown, select "Denver Non-Degree"
    7. Please choose a certificate under the Certificate drop down menu
    8. Select the Term you wish to enroll and then continue the rest of the application as instructed
  2. Start your application here

For more information, email or call 303-315-6300.