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Professional Certificate in Online Curriculum Development

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Earn academic credits that can be applied to a degree program.

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Flexible learning to balance family, work, and school.

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On-demand learning with interactive learning assessments.

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Create Effective Online Lessons and Curriculum

The professional development Professional Certificate in Online Curriculum Development is a five-module online certificate designed to provide teachers with the practical skills necessary to create effective and engaging online learning experiences. You’ll explore how to plan, build, and lead a successful online educational environment by practicing the principles of engagement, collaboration, lesson planning, and assessment through a series of five course modules.

The program allows you to earn one continuing education unit for each course, offering up to five total continuing education units. Register for one module individually or all five modules within the certificate.

Modules include:

  • Module 1:  Teaching From a Distance: Planning Lessons for Impact
  • Module 2:  Increase Clarity: Defining Success in Online Learning
  • Module 3:  Assessment Online
  • Module 4:  Engagement in Online Learning
  • Module 5:  Collaboration in Online Learning

Individual Module Cost: $150

Complete Professional Development Certificate: $625 ($125 savings)

Contact us to learn more about tuition discounts available for group enrollment at (805) 200-2332 or [email protected].

National University Professional Certificates do not qualify for federal financial aid

Online Curriculum Development Learning Objectives

  • Learn different instructional frameworks and how to use them in an online environment
  • Discover ways to build an engaging online environment
  • Compare synchronous and asynchronous pedagogical choices
  • Communicate learning expectations, synchronously and asynchronously
  • Identify what students need to know and be able to do
  • Describe what success in learning looks like for students
  • Examine ways to support learners’ needs through distance learning
  • Develop an introduction to your online curriculum development plan
  • Develop an assessment plan for teaching online
  • Develop a plan for increasing engagement in online course
  • Discover ways to organize online group activities
  • Examine design components of online collaborative activities
  • Develop a plan for online collaborative activities
  • Discover the role of the teacher as an evaluator
  • Analyze community-building practices for online distance learning

National University Professional Certificates do not qualify for federal financial aid

Continuing Education

Teachers can earn one continuing education unit for each course in the program, earning up to five total continuing education units.

Degree Pathway

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The Certificate in Online Curriculum Development serves as a valuable credential that complements your educational path, offering the potential to earn one course of prior learning credit toward the Master of Arts in Education (MAE). For more information about prior learning credit, email [email protected].

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can register and start the certificate anytime. Click here to register.

There are no specific admissions requirements. For assistance with registration, call (805) 200-2332 or email [email protected].

The certificate is self-paced and can be completed in six months. The program is approximately 50 hours.

Yes. The course modules are self-paced and 100% online.

The registration fee for the total certificate is $650. Individual certificate courses are $150 per course, but you can save $125 by signing up for all five course modules at once. Register here and check out with a credit card, or contact [email protected] to discuss your payment options.

You can enroll anytime by clicking here and completing the registration steps.

The Certificate in Online Curriculum Development serves as a valuable credential that complements your educational path, offering the potential to earn one course of prior learning credit toward the Master of Arts in Education (MAE). For more information about prior learning credit, email [email protected].

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