Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

  • Overview

    What is the Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning?

    The Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning is 100% online. This certificate is for professionals in business, government, education, or other settings who want to develop their knowledge and skills in online/blended instructional design. The certificate uses technology-based environments to actively engage students in designing formal educational projects that meet professional objectives.

    Prime candidates for the certificate are individuals with a need to explore online/blended teaching and learning techniques and the willingness to engage in collaborative learning projects.

    Program Quality

    NMSU uses Quality Matters (QM) as the standard for online course development and is a nationally-recognized peer review process that certifies the quality of online and blended course design.

    What benefits does the Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning offer?

    Benefits from earning a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning include:

    • Proficiency in fostering online learning communities
    • Skill in design for online teaching and learning
    • Knowledge of successful assessment and evaluation strategies
    • Associations from a network of committed professionals
    • Keeping current with emerging technologies and OTL strategies
    • A foundation of theoretical and practical information
    • Expanded career opportunities

    Can the certificate program be taken as part of a Master’s degree program? Doctoral program?

    Current NMSU graduate students can take this certificate program. However, the decision about if and how courses factor into a degree plan is decided by the department issuing the graduate degree. It’s highly recommended you meet with your graduate advisor and this program’s advisor before starting the certificate program. See the Application information section for additional information.

    What is required to complete the certificate program*?

    Once admitted into the program, you must:

    • Complete all courses with a B or higher.
    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.


    If you are in a graduate program, all certificate courses must be taken during your study program.

    This program is 100% online. Therefore, if you are an international student with specific face-to-face courses, this is not a suitable program to meet your curriculum needs and educational requirements.


    The Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning consists of four three-credit courses, which can be currently taken in as little as 1 year.

    (12 credits, all available online)
    Take the following (Final course decisions pending)
    • EDLT 528 Foundations of Learning Design & Technology
    • EDLT 560 Fostering Online Learning Communities
    • EDLT 561 Social Media in Blended and Online Learning Environments
    • EDLT 577 Online Teaching and Learning
    Semester 1  Semester 2 
    EDLT 528 EDLT 561
    EDLT 560 EDLT 577

    Students should consult with a program advisor prior to taking the courses. After completing the four EDLT courses, students may apply must apply for the Graduate Certificate upon completion and passing of these courses. This is not a teaching license or an endorsement.

    If you are in a graduate program, all certificate courses must be taken during your study program.

    Program Course Delivery

    • Distance Delivery, 100% online via LMS
    • Synchronous opportunities via webconferencing tools

    See the University Accounts Receivable Tuition & Fee Rates for the current tuition rate.


    The Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning requires you to have a reliable, up-to-date computer. Most computers purchased within the last two years should be sufficient. You will also need administrative access to your computer to download and install applications from the internet.


    A reliable high-speed internet connection will be needed to access course materials and to participate in synchronous events.

    Browser Requirements

    You will need a browser capable of running Canvas. Visit Canvas help to check your browser.


    Browser Plugins

    Multimedia Players


    • Headset with microphone
  • Application


    • Eligibility for admission to the Graduate School.
    • Admission to NMSU Graduate School

    Review and Acceptance

    Acceptance to the program will be based on:

    1. After reviewing your completed Graduate School Application, an advisor will contact you via email regarding your status. Only completed applications will be reviewed.
    2. Successful admission to the NMSU Graduate School. The Graduate School will send you a letter informing you of your status.

    How to Apply

    For the Fall 2021 start date, the application period is February 1, 2021, through April 30, 2021. Contact Dr. Xeturah Woodley ( with questions.

    NOTE: There are separate applications for the Masters in Education in Educational Design with Learning Technologies and the Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching & Learning. To be admitted into both programs, you will need to complete individual applications for each program.

    The Application Process is currently as follows:

    1. Information and documents you will need when applying:
      • Credit card information for the application fee payment
      • Electronic copies of unofficial transcripts and if international certified English translated copy
      • One (1) letter of recommendation
    2. Go to: Graduate School: How to Apply 
    3. Lower right button- Apply to Graduate School.
    4. Create Account
    5. Fill out Personal and Residency information.
    6. When you get to the Graduate Enrollment Information page, select:
      • Starting Semester: Spring 2021
      • Campus: This depends on if you are a Las Cruces or NMSU-Online Campus student, choose for your type, and work with the program coordinators if needed for course registration. Of note, if you are only taking the graduate certificate, you need to apply to the NMSU Online campus.
      • Enrollment Status: choose the applicable option
      • Degree: Certificate (Graduate)
      • Online Intended Major: Online Teaching and Learning Technologies
    • Secondary Contact Information
    • Academic Information is required, including unofficial transcripts
    • Complete Graduate Other Information 
    • Test scores – Skip this 
    • Recommendations: you will need one (1).
    • Graduate Supplemental Information
      • Upload an existing Resume or CV – it can be brief
      • Writing Sample is not needed; skip this
    • Provide your virtual signature
    • Review and Submit

    Completion of Program

  • College of Education Contact

    Xeturah Woodley, Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
    Learning Design and Technology
    Preferred Communication is Email: