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Online Learning

Designed to prepare educators and other professionals to design and deliver online learning opportunities in academic or business settings.

Currently enrolled students: If you are enrolled in another program at the U, you need to formally apply to earn this certificate.

Application priority deadlines:

  • December 15 - Spring start
  • April 30 - Summer start
  • July 31- Fall start
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What you'll learn

Through this certificate you will:

  • Develop knowledge and skill in best practices for designing and delivering online distance learning
  • Engage with current research about distance learning, current practices and learning theory
  • Practice designing, developing and delivering online learning
  • Participate in a learning community where you learn from each other while reflecting on your teaching, reading, designing, and writing

Complete 12 credits (each course is 3 credits):

  • CI 5321—Foundations of distance education
  • CI 5323—Online learning communities
  • CI 5325—Designing and developing online distance learning
  • CI 5327—Designing online adventure learning

Note: Transfer credits may not be applied to this certificate program.

Fit your schedule

All courses for this certificate program are offered completely online.

Benefit from a graduate degree
Certificate + M.Ed.

You can pursue the certificate alone or pursue the certificate and M.Ed. degree in learning technologies at the same time.

If interested, apply to both programs.

Get an edge
Cutting-edge research

Our faculty have won local, national, and international teaching and research awards. Their research informs educational policy and practice

Bodong Chen

Aaron Doering

Angelica Pazurek

Cassandra Scharber

Daryl Boeckers

Matti Koivula

Tuition + Aid

Tuition varies depending on your degree program, student status, and residency. More cost information is on the CE+HD site.

Prepare to apply
All applicants

Required: Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent with at least a 2.8 GPA.

To apply you will need to submit:

Unofficial transcripts. Upload your transcripts into the application system; please do not mail your transcripts. Official transcripts are required only after you are admitted. Tips for uploading your transcript(s).

Resume. Upload in the Program Supplementary Information - Graduate Program Additional Application section.

Statement. One page explaining your current involvement with technology and your career interest related to technology.

Prepare to apply
International applicants

This program does not support VISA requirements; if you need a VISA, please view our Master of Education degree option instead.

International applicants may also need:

  • An English translation of your transcripts, if the transcript is not in English. A course by course evaluation may be required.
  • TOEFL scores. Official TOEFL scores are required. You may qualify for an exception if you have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.

    UMN TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines

    TOEFL registration and score submission

Download and refer to this tip sheet as you work through the application. The included directions will help you complete your application quickly and smoothly.


Academic adviser
Michelle McElroy

Faculty adviser
Aaron Doering