Online Teaching Certification

Teaching online requires specific knowledge, skills and abilities, that are similar, but unique in comparison with teaching in a traditional classroom. As such, it is imperative that faculty are effectively prepared to effectively engage with students in an online classroom.

Beginning Fall 2019, faculty who are assigned to teach online will need to have completed the online teaching certification course to be eligible to teach online.

Certification Program

The Online Teaching Certification program is comprised of two elements:

  1. A 7-week online course where participants will experience being an online student and learn/apply the quality standards, best practices and expectations of online teaching at DSU. This replaces the former online teaching course and is required of all faculty assigned to teach online regardless of past requirements or online teaching experience.
  2. One semester of mentoring with another DSU colleague, where the online teaching competencies introduced in the online course will be reviewed and assessed, and the faculty’s online teaching plan will be implemented from the certification course.

Official certification will be achieved when these elements are successfully completed.

Faculty will receive a DSU digital badge/certificate upon certification that can be posted on LinkedIn or other social media/network space. Other digital badges can also be earned successful completion of other professional development activities.

Course Schedule

One or more sessions will be scheduled each semester to effectively accommodate the certification needs of faculty assigned to teach online. Based upon demand/need, additional sessions will be made available.

Upcoming Sessions

  • Fall 2018: September 17 – November 5
  • Spring 2019: February 4 – April 1 (includes additional week to account for Spring Break)
  • Summer 2019 (2 sessions)
    • Session A: May 13 – June 23
    • Session B: June 24 – August 11

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Upon completion of the course, faculty will be enrolled into an Online Teaching Community, where best practices will be showcased from other DSU faculty, expectations and standards will be reinforced, and ongoing dialogue facilitated based upon community needs and interests. Learning community groups will be formed around disciplines and/or topics.

In addition, faculty will be paired with a mentor to help guide the implementation of their online teaching plan established in the course.


Adjunct faculty assigned to teach online are eligible for compensation ($250) for participation, as it is not included an existing teaching contract expectations.