The K12 Certificate in Online Teaching Program at UW-Madison is a foundational introduction to the growing field of online education. Designed for K12 teachers looking to make the transition to teaching online, you’ll learn about planning, managing, and teaching online courses.

Is this program right for you?

Increasingly, K12 schools are employing online learning as an important part of their curricula. UW-Madison’s K12 Certificate in Online Teaching Program is designed for K12 teachers who are new to the field of distance education or who are considering teaching in the dynamic and expanding world of online learning. This basic overview provides a launching point into the field as you learn about the strategies and tools used by successful and experienced online educators. You’ll gain a valuable perspective that will help you understand your online learners and inform your teaching strategies.


The certificate course is taught completely online, enabling you to choose the time and place to learn. You’ll review established models, best practices, and strategies for teaching online and be part of an online learning community. Teachers at all levels tell us that this online learning experience better prepared them to enter into the world of online teaching.


Currently offered twice per year and taking just 6 weeks, the program is designed to be cost- and time-effective. The certificate course encompasses 6 modules; each module includes readings, reflective activities, knowledge checks, and a project assignment based on a course you currently teach or would like to develop. Experts in distance education provide regular feedback during the program including detailed comments on the final course project.



What you Learn

  • Principles, strategies, and models of online teaching and learning
  • Proven practices for planning, teaching, and managing online courses
  • A 360-degree view of online education, from both the teacher and student perspective

Where & How you learn


  • Online


  • Complete 1 self-paced online module per week for 6 weeks
  • Interact with classmates in online discussions to share ideas about tactics and practices for teaching in the online classroom
  • Use a course of your choice to complete a final project

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