May 24, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Online Teaching and Learning Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in online teaching and learning is intended for currently admitted graduate students seeking to develop skills necessary for designing, developing, and teaching online courses in various contexts such as higher education, corporate, K-12 education, and military settings. All courses in this graduate certificate program are delivered online through Distance Education. Students currently enrolled in many of the graduate programs on our campus are seeking to gain experience designing, developing, and teaching online courses. A certificate in online teaching and learning will offer students a way to group the courses they are already taking so that they can present their skills to future employers in a way that is easily recognized. This certificate will also further prepare students to be able to apply their skills and practical experiences they gain from our courses in future development of online courses.

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus
Distance Education

Graduate Certificate Type

Stand-Alone (earned terminal degree required)


Admissions Standards/Procedures

Certificate candidates must currently be admitted to a graduate program at the university or hold a terminal degree and be admitted to the certificate by submitting an online application through the Graduate Admissions Office.

Academic Standards

A 3.50 graduate GPA must be earned across all certificate courses.

Credit Hours Required

15 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

  • IT 570  
  • IT 532  
  • IT 566  
  • IT 573 
    • Students who can demonstrate advanced skills that meet or exceed the learning objectives of IT 573  may replace the course with another as advised and approved by the Certificate Coordinator
  • IT 577  

Non-Course Requirements

  • All courses must be completed within five years of admission to the certificate program.

To receive the certificate, students must:
1) complete the Graduate Certificate Course Verification Form (located on the Graduate School webpage under the Forms Central tab) and
2) through MyUTK, apply to graduate from the certificate program.