Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: Graduate Certificate

Classroom Type: Fully Online

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.

Application​ deadlines

Rolling decision

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling Science & Technology

Campus: Online

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 required courses below:

  • INTE 5200 Designing Online Learning Experiences (3 credits)
  • INTE 5250 Teaching Strategies for Online and Blended Learning (3 credits)
  • INTE 5670 Crafting Synchronous Learning (3 credits)

And select one course from the following:

  • INTE 5340 Learning with Digital Stories (3 credits)
  • INTE 5711 Creative Designs for Learning (3 credits)
  • INTE 6930: Student Agency/Internship

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.

Sample Courses

  • INTE 5200 - Designing Online Learning Experiences3 credits
  • INTE 5250 - Teaching Strategies for Online and Blended Learning3 credits
  • INTE 5340 - Learning with Digital Stories3 credits
  • INTE 5665 - Learning with Social Media and Networking3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:1 year

Required Credits for Completion:12

Admission Requirements

Written Statement: Describe your interest in the program, your special strengths, and the goals you hope to achieve through your work in the program.

Current grad students should reach out to their academic advisor if they want to add a certificate to their current program. Once they have spoken with their advisor, they can register for certificate courses.

How to Apply

Please complete the Graduate Non-Degree Admissions application to apply for this certificate program. Complete the application sections in order for the best experience.

  1. Fill in your Personal Information before continuing to the "Academic Interest" section
  2. Select the Certificate button
  3. Select either the On-Campus or Online certificate option. Please note that not all programs are offered as both on-campus and online
  4. Choose a certificate under the Certificate drop down menu
  5. Select the Term you wish to enroll and then continue the rest of the application as instructed