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 Masters 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, or not, 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 you start 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 program of study.

    This program is ALL online. Therefore, if you are an international student with specific requirements for 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 taken in as little as one year.* 

    (12 credits, all available online)
    Take the following 
    • 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
    Fall Year 1  Spring Year 1  Summer Year 1
    EDUC 528 EDLT 560 EDLT 561
    Fall Year 2    
    EDLT 577    

    Students will consult with a program advisor on the Online Teaching and Learning Graduate Certificate courses. By completing four EDLT courses, students earn a Graduate Certificate; students 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 program of study.

    Program Course Delivery

    • Distance Delivery, 100% online via LMS
    • Synchronous opportunities via webconferencing tools
    • See NMSU Online Orientation for additional information about NMSU online courses and programs



    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 in order 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 a review of 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.

    Program Application

    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
      • Three recommenders contact information – for the first, use me Julia Parra, New Mexico State University, Assistant Professor, Advisor, 575-646-1767,
      • Required supporting documentation for the academic program supplement – for the 2-page document you need to upload please see below.
    2. Go to:
    3. Upper 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: Relevant starting semester
      • 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.
      • 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 three, use me as the first, and then you need two more. Note that the recommendation is a form that is sent to the recommender, a letter is not needed. There is a box to type letter type information and this can be brief. For Fall 2020, I will review the application and it won’t matter to me who the second and third recommendations are.
    • Graduate Supplemental Information
      • General Statement of Purpose – for this 2-page document you need to upload, please copy and address the below into a document, use 12pt, double spacing. Here it is in a Google Document – MAE EDLT 2-Page Supplemental Document.
      • Upload an existing Resume or CV – it can be brief
      • Writing Sample is not needed, skip this
    • Provide your virtual signature
    • Review and Submit 

    2-Page Supplemental Document

    Per EDLT Coordinator, Julia Parra’s request, I am providing the following information:

    How many online classes have you taken?* Delete what doesn’t apply

    • None
    • 1-3 classes
    • 4-6 classes
    • 7+ classes

    How many online classes have you taught?* Delete what doesn’t apply

    • None
    • 1-3 classes
    • 4-6 classes
    • 7+ classes

    How many online classes have you developed?* Delete what doesn’t apply

    • None
    • 1-3 classes
    • 4-6 classes
    • 7+ classes

    Highest level of education completed* Delete what doesn’t apply

    (Bachelors degree or higher required for admission to the cohort)

    • Bachelors
    • Masters
    • EdD
    • PhD


    Major/Field of Study:

    Current Profession:


    In 200-500 words, please answer the following questions:*

    • Why are you taking this program?
    • What expectations do you have for this program?

    Completion of Program

  • College of Education Contact

    Julia Parra, Assistant Professor
    Coordinator for Education and Design in Learning Technology
    Director of The Graduate Certificate in Education and Design in Learning Technology
    Preferred Communication is Email:
    Office phone for Monday, 2-4pm Office Hours: 575-646-1767