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Post-Master’s Certificate
in E-Learning

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The latest devices and techniques for electronic learning present a powerful toolkit of educational opportunities, whether applied in the classroom, over long distances, or as a supplement to class instruction. This certificate provides professional educators with the most current thinking and practices for integrating curriculum development, instructional design, and course delivery using technology and online learning management systems. You’ll learn to use current research to plan and implement instructional design methods and content delivery applications that enhance both your electronic teaching and learning experiences.

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Admission Requirements 

A conferred master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.


For the Post-Master’s Certificate in E-Learning, you must complete 6 courses (18 credit hours). The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 13 months.

Course Details

Course Listings

In this course, you’ll be introduced to the essential elements in the e-learning field, including foundational philosophies, principles, and models. You’ll also consider technologies that increase student success while examining assessment practices and tools specific to the e-learning environment. The goal is to prepare you to use research-based best practices in creating positive e-learning experiences for learners and instructors.

An introduction to instructional learning strategies through the use of information and communication technologies. This course teaches you to develop effective online learning facilitation skills, such as establishing a safe learning environment, accommodating various learning styles, conducting effective online class discussions, monitoring the progress of e-learners, guiding e-learning collaborations, and administering online assessments and evaluations.

In this course, you’ll explore instructional design and its role in creating engaging e-learning experiences. Specifically, you’ll interpret existing standards for learner engagement and instructional design, explore design models for engaging e-learning activities, and actually design instructional content for e-learning experiences. You’ll also evaluate measures of e-learner engagement and recommend strategies for increasing that engagement within education and training contexts.

This course considers key issues and practical guidance for working with students in an e-learning environment. It includes an examination of the basic characteristics of online students and the factors that are critical to their success. You’ll also explore student-centered approaches, engagement that supports equity and inclusion, and assessment strategies for improving e-learning.

Adult learners have unique needs, and this course will prepare you to facilitate online learning to meet them. You’ll examine adult learning theories, principles, and pedagogies with particular consideration for diversity, equity, inclusion and adult motivation. You’ll also consider how to design online learning experiences that present the best opportunities for adult learning.

In this course, you’ll examine the ethical and legal implications of developing online content. You’ll consider the different ways that content is distributed and protected, and you’ll review the individual and collective implications when laws and best practices are not adhered to. You’ll also explore various ethical challenges and the need to consider multiple aspects of content accessibility. The goal is to prepare you to develop online content ethically and legally across all e-learning contexts.

Learning Outcomes

If you’ve earned your Master of Arts in Education degree, then our post-master’s certificate may move you to the head of the class. NU’s Post-Master’s Certificate in E-Learning is designed to help you focus and develop your skill sets and knowledge in a particular area of education beyond the master’s level, without the need for a doctoral commitment or dissertation. You’ll not only enhance your understanding of major theories and practices in your specialty, but you’ll be challenged to think critically about the topics covered with the goal of applying what you learn to your professional objectives—all while gaining a wealth of experience from your mentoring professors.

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