Online Teaching Endorsement
The Online Teaching Endorsement program prepares educators to design, facilitate, and manage instruction in an online format. Participants are prepared to assume a role as leaders in online learning for their organization.
The Online Teaching Endorsement program prepares educators to design, facilitate, and manage instruction in an online format. Participants are prepared to assume a role as leaders in online learning for their organization. The endorsement consists of four courses focused on the characteristics and instructional methods of developing, delivering, assessing, and administering online courses from the classroom to the organizational system level. The Online Teaching Endorsement will be beneficial to K12 and higher education teachers, as well as instructional designers, and administrators.
For more information, please see the Academic Catalog here.
Method of Delivery
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 12
This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.
This course is a general introduction to conceptual, theoretical, and practical ideas concerning distance education, including the current status of distance learning and its impact on education. Students will become conversant in the terminology of the field of distance education, review its history, conduct research on specific areas of practice, investigate instructional and learning design strategies, explore the technologies commonly used, and understand the unique roles and responsibilities of the distance learner and the distance instructor.
This course provides a practical approach to the design, development, facilitation, and improvement of learning units in an online format. Students will become conversant with terms associated with assessment and evaluation of instructional practices delivered in online and distance education settings. This course has been designed specifically for those professionals seeking the UWG Online Teaching Endorsement.
Students will analyze and develop policy related to distance education and e-Learning programs and learn to oversee installation and administration of a learning management system. Course topics include: management theory and practice; leadership roles and styles; and planning and policy development for educational and corporate organizations.
Prerequisite (3 hours)
This course prepares candidates to serve as instructional leaders in media in PK-12 schools. Candidates will use a systematic instructional design process and research-based professional learning practices to develop learning experiences that meet the needs of diverse learner populations in both physical and virtual environments.
This course will focus on the application of instructional design principles as they relate to instruction. A systems approach to instructional design which includes information and application of skills and techniques necessary in the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of instruction will be used.
Guidelines for Admittance
All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required along with official transcripts from all schools attended, and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.
Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
- 2.75 GPA from your Bachelor’s Degree Program
- To be eligible for the professional Online Teaching Endorsement, the applicant must hold a level four (4) or higher renewable professional certificate or permit in any teaching field
Currently enrolled UWG students:
Students who are currently enrolled in a University of West Georgia graduate degree program in the College of Education should talk with their advisor if they are interested in adding the Online Teaching Endorsement courses to their existing program of study.
The list of Graduate School Admission Deadlines is located here.
Admission Process Checklist
The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here.
Department of Educational Technology & Foundations
The list of Graduate School Admission Deadlines is located here.
- Candidates will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and understanding of concepts related to distance education as they apply to instruction (ISTE-C 1a, 1b)
- Candidates will plan for the management of distance education instructional resources within the context of learning (ISTE-C 1a, 1b)
- Candidates will discuss and distinguish between traditional and contemporary approaches to organizational leadership and change for distance or e-Learning settings (ISTE-C 1a, b, c, d)
- Candidates will examine leadership roles and policies most appropriate to advance distance education or e-Learning goals. (ISTE-C: 1b,c)
- Candidates will discuss and apply new knowledge and skills that advance distance education/e-learning in academic or corporate settings. (ISTE-C 1a, 1b, 1d)
- Candidates will install and administer a learning management system in an educational or corporate setting, using effective problem-solving skills. (ISTE-C 1b,d)
- Candidates will demonstrate continual growth in technology knowledge and skills to stay abreast of current and emerging distance education technologies (ISTE-C 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e)
- Candidates will apply current research on teaching and learning with technology when planning instructional systems as they relate to distance education (ISTE-C 2g, 2h)
- Candidates will identify and apply instructional design principles associated with the development of distance education systems (ISTE-C 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f)
- Candidates will design distance education environments that meet the diverse needs of learners and instructors (ISTE-C 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f)
- Candidates will identify and locate technology-based resources and evaluate them for accuracy and suitability for a distance education environment (ISTE-C 2g, 2h)
- Candidates will plan for the management of distance education instructional resources within the context of learning (ISTE-C 2a)
- Candidates will plan strategies to manage student learning in a distance education environment (ISTE-C 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f)
- Candidates will identify learning outcomes, benchmarks, and measurable evidence of student learning (ISTE-C 2g, 2h)
- Candidates will assess the effectiveness of the unit of instruction on student performance and student satisfaction (ISTE-C 2g, 2h)
- Using feedback from learners and peers, recommend and implement changes to the design of the unit of instruction. (ISTE-C 2g, 2h)
- Candidates will demonstrate continual growth in technology knowledge and skills to stay abreast of current and emerging distance education technologies (ISTE-C 3a, 3b, 3c)
- Candidates will examine and describe the distance and e-Learning leadership knowledge base. (ISTE-C 3a, 3c, 3f, 3g)