Graduate Certificate in Open Digital Education

Graduate Certificate

The Open Digital Education certificate focuses on critical digital pedagogy, critical instructional design, open pedagogy, and media literacy; with distinct themes of humanistic education, centered on learner equity, inclusion, agency, community, and creativity.

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 Open Digital Education certificate is designed for professionals in K-12 settings, higher education settings, and adult workplace settings (corporate, community, government) who are interested in open approaches to teaching, learning, and inquiry. The certificate focuses on developments in open educational resources, practices, and learning communities with special emphasis on critical and creative pedagogy, initiatives, and designs. Learners will also access, analyze, evaluate, and create open educational resources and practices relevant to their professional trajectories, personal interests, and academic curiosities. Learners will also explore ideologies, tensions, and opportunities associated with open educational resources, practices, and initiatives.  

In this certificate program you will: 

  • Apply learning design principles to create innovative digital learning experiences that engage and maximize deeper learning using open educational resources and practices. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to access, evaluate and create open educational resources and practices as informed by critical and creative learning theory and design principles.  
  • Advocate and create designs for equitable access to and participation in technology-rich learning opportunities that meet the diverse needs, and draw upon the assets, of all students. 

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 four courses:

INTE 5300 Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship (3 credits)

INTE 5360 Critical Digital Pedagogy (3 credits)

INTE 5370 Open Education (3 credits)

Select one-- 

    • INTE 5340 Learning with Digital Stories (3 credits)
    • INTE 5000 Maker Studio (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.