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Online Teaching and Learning for Adults

The Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning for Adults prepares expert practitioners to design, deliver, and evaluate online learning programs for adult learners in higher education, professional education, corporate universities, training and development, government agencies, and community settings. Offered in an online and cohort format, this 15-credit certificate allows students to experience and critically reflect upon high-quality online learning; build a depth of knowledge in online teaching and learning through carefully-designed, sequential coursework; and engage in increasingly complex learning experiences to develop teaching skills.

Along a continuum of online learning experiences, from an online activity to the administration of an online program, students will be able to design instruction, facilitate learning, engage in strategic administrative decision-making, apply research and effective practice, and evaluate online learning. The program culminates in an authentic, customized capstone project that students develop through each course. Students will implement and evaluate the project, an online learning initiative, to demonstrate mastery of course concepts.

Note: This program does not require a prior Master's degree and is intended for individuals with diverse and dispersed national and international perspectives in teaching and learning. The certificate can be completed in approximately 12 months.

Required Courses

Foundations of Online Teaching and Learning (3 credits)

This course will provide a research, theoretical, and practical foundation to online teaching and learning. Participants will engage in collaborative inquiry regarding the field of distance learning, resulting in the ability to address common assumptions about online learning, cultural competence in online learning, and ethical issues. Participants will be able to distinguish an effective online learning experience for adults and create criterion for selection, implementation, and integration of an online learning tool or application.

Facilitating E-Learning for Adults (3 credits)

This course will explore concepts of teaching online that impact instructional effectiveness and build community and collaboration among learners, with consideration of cultural competence and participant diversity. Participants will experiment with emerging web-based technologies, and gain strategies for promoting learner engagement and motivation. Through modeling, authentic scenarios, feedback, and ongoing reflection, participants will have the capability to effectively facilitate asynchronous and synchronous online learning experiences and support the managerial, social, and technical aspects of online instruction.

Instructional Design for Online Learning (3 credits)

This course will guide participants through a process of designing online instruction for adult learners, applicable for a variety of content areas and settings. Building upon a research-based instructional design model, participants will plan online learning experiences that combine pedagogy, organization, design, and technology. Participants will be able to design media-enhanced, engaging online activities and assess learning.

Online Education Administration and Evaluation (3 credits)

In this course, participants will address challenges and opportunities for administering an online program. Participants will explore considerations for decision-making for online education, including outcomes-based program development, institutional investment, technical infrastructure, technical support, scalability, and sustainability. Using a self-evaluation and reflection process, participants will be able to implement empowerment evaluation to measure success and foster program improvement.

Capstone in Online Teaching and Learning for Adults (3 credits)

Participants will apply learning from program coursework in an individualized culminating project. Participants will design and deliver an online learning initiative that incorporates research-based principles for effective teaching and learning for adults. To measure the effectiveness and impact of the online learning initiative, participants will develop and implement an evaluation plan and engage in ongoing critical reflection.

Computer Needs

2GB or greater of RAM
1 GHz or greater CPU
Broadband Internet connection

Recommended Operating Systems
Windows Vista
Windows XP SP 2+
Mac OS X v10.1+

Other Supported, but NOT Recommended, Operating Systems
Windows 2000
Windows 98
MAC OS 9.x
NetBooks and Notebook computers with small displays
Phone and/or handheld Internet browsers are NOT supported

Supported PC/Windows browsers
Internet Explorer 7.0+
Mozilla Firefox 2.0+
AOL, Netscape, & Opera are NOT supported

Supported Mac OS browsers
Mozilla Firefox 2.0+
AOL, Netscape, & Safari are NOT supported

Productivity Tool Needs:
Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel included)
Windows Media Player
Adobe Flash Player 8+ (free download)
Headset with microphone

Access Needs:
Daily access to the Internet and email during courses
Ability to actively participate in course activities throughout the week

Productivity Tool Needs:
Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel included)
Windows Media Player
Adobe Flash Player 8+ (free download)
Headset with microphone

Access Needs:
Daily access to the Internet and email during courses
Ability to actively participate in course activities throughout the week

Gainful Employment Disclosure

In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU School of Education is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment programs. To see the most recent data available for this gainful employment program, please view the attached disclosure.

Note: The on-time completion rate and program length are calculated using a set formula (based on guidelines provided by the US Department of Education). Many JHUSOE programs follow a format that falls outside the standard program length formula used by the US Department of Education for calculating program on-time completion rate. The JHU School of Education is seeking to change the CIP code currently assigned to this specific program to a more appropriate designation. The restrictions imposed by the current US Department of Education online disclosure form limit the number of jobs related to this program that can be displayed in this disclosure: the job(s) listed here represent only a sample of the jobs related to the program.

Note: Current and prospective students from AR, IA, MN and WI should be aware of state-specific information for online programs.

Contact Us

Faculty Contact
Dr. Robert Caples

Academic Coordinator
Jim Hooper

Ginger Carlson

"The JHU Administration and Supervision ISTE program challenged and inspired me in ways I could not have imagined! It provided a solid theoretical background in effective leadership, curriculum, and supervision, and was coupled with a tremendous internship opportunity that allowed me to put that theory into practice.  Guided by thoughtful, professional, and caring instructors, as well as a strong partnership with ISTE that allowed many opportunities to explore and go deeper with my own unique interests, I have emerged from this program with strong educational leadership and technology skills, as well as a new position as a school administrator.  I am honored to have been a part of this unique program and to call myself a graduate of the JHU A&S/ISTE certificate program."

Ginger Carlson 
A&S certificate 2013
Assistant Principal
American Community Schools
Athens, Greece



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