Become an Effective Online Instructor

Want to teach or train online?

Hands-on learning to help you teach fully online or blended classes or facilitate web-based corporate elearning.

100% online.
  • Work from home
  • Work from anywhere
  • Designed to fit your schedule

How much will it cost?

  • 2018 - 2019 $441/per semester hour graduate credit or $1.323 per course 
  • E-textbooks are provided at no additional cost.
  • No registration fee and no program application are required.
  • Each course is three semester hours graduate credit
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  • Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.

Is financial aid available?

UW-Stout Office of Financial Aid
You may qualify for financial assistance if you are enrolled in a Master's degree program for at least five graduate credits in a semester.

Stout University Foundation sponsors scholarships for graduate students.

Graduates who complete our certificate work in many sectors:

  • Technical and community colleges and universities
  • K-12 schools (virtual and traditional)
  • Business and industry
  • Department of Defense
  • State and local government
  • Trade associations
  • Educational publishing companies

Program Highlights

  • Eight-week intensive online courses
  • Expert facilitation by experienced online instructors
  • Small, highly interactive classes (limited to 15 students)
  • E-portfolio projects immediately applicable to your work
  • Career mentoring and job placement advice and assistance
  • The same highly competitive tuition for all students (in-state and elsewhere)
  • Credits apply as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program
  • Students have remote access to the extensive UW-Stout Library system.
  • Resources include full access to self-paced video tutorials to help develop course management and other technology skills.
  • Brainfuse eTutoring, an on-demand support system, is available in a number of subjects including writing, computers, and technology.

What is the prerequisite?

Completion of a bachelor's degree. (No graduate school application is required.)

How long is a course?

8 weeks

May I enroll in one course, such as E-learning for Educators, without taking the other courses?

Yes, you may enroll in any of these courses for professional development.

How can I earn a certificate?

Complete five courses (15 credits) and receive an official university paper Graduate Certificate in E-learning and Online Teaching.

Which course should be taken first?

EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators is our foundation course. However, the courses do not have to be taken in sequence.  Also, you can skip a term between courses if that works better for you than taking courses back to back.

When can I begin?

Enroll now, there is no registration fee.

How do I get started?

Register now to reserve a spot. There is no registration fee to reserve a class.

Complete the Online Registration Request Form

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Will the course credits apply to a Master's degree?

Yes, only 7 additional classes are required to obtain your Master of Science in Education graduate degree.

Do I need to apply for admission to the graduate degree program?

No, you do not need to apply for graduate admission to the university unless you are beginning the Master of Science in Education or the Master of Science in Career and Technical Education degree at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

May I enroll in the courses if I already have a Master's degree?

Yes, you may enroll in the courses to meet your goals for

  • advanced certificate
  • professional development
  • a continuing education refresher course
  • proof of subject matter expertise
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits to apply for salary advancement
  • transfer credits to another university.

When is the registration deadline?

Registration is available until each session is filled or five business days before the course begins.

What are the job opportunities in online teaching?

Find jobs and advice at our E-learning and Online Teaching Career Center.

How will a graduate certificate help me?

  • Work anywhere and live where you want.
  • Add your graduate certificate to your resume and LinkedIn profile. Demonstrate you are acquiring new skills and knowledge.
  • Enhance your masters or terminal degree with subject matter expertise in e-learning.
  • Use your online portfolio to showcase your skills to employers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application fee?


Is the course open to international students?

Yes, students from 23 different countries have enrolled in this program.

Will I receive a certificate document to include with my resume?

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Upon completion of the program, each student is mailed a signed certificate with the University of Wisconsin-Stout official seal titled "E-learning and Online Teaching."




Are online courses open to veterans and military service members?

Yes, you can study online from anywhere in the world.

Department of Defense staff, veterans, military service members, and retired military are encouraged to enroll.

Incoming Veterans Benefits

Contact our Veteran Services staff with questions about educational benefits.

Selected as Best for Vets by Military Times and Military Friendly School by Victory Media

UW-Stout is a "Military Friendly® School".

Will the courses include designing self-paced learning materials?

No. Consider our Instructional Design Certificate program if you seek training in the skills necessary to develop corporate or academic

  • job aids and self-paced e-learning products
  • print materials
  • computer-based training
  • orientations and compliance tutorials
  • project management workflow
  • redesign of existing curriculum for just-in-time delivery and electronic performance support systems (EPSS).

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Contact Us: Dennis O'Connor, Program Advisor
E-learning and Online Teaching Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: (530) 318-1145

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Our Students Say...

"This is a 'MUST HAVE' series of courses for any teacher or trainer that is interested in learning how to teach online. 

The instructors have a strong virtual presence and made the courses very interactive and relevant to my personal learning, as well as providing high quality, research based content and facilitating thought provoking discussions among the participants. 

I was always 'in the know' of how I was doing throughout the courses due to timely and supportive feedback.

For me, these courses set a new standard in online learning!"
~ Jen Hegna, Information Systems Manager
Byron, Minnesota

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University of Wisconsin - Stout is proud to be the first university in Wisconsin to be certified for excellence in distance education practices.