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Virtual Educator Curriculum

The program requires completion of four graduate courses (12 semester hours). Twelve credit hours earned by a non-degree seeking graduate certificate course credit may be applied toward the M.Ed. degree program. This certificate will provide candidates with greater opportunities to be hired for virtual teaching positions.


Complete 6 semester hours of required course work.

ETPT 5000 - Introduction to Educational Technology (3)
Introduces the field of Educational Technology, and its relevant competencies. Examines current trends in Educational Technology.

ETPT 5100 - Instructional Systems Design Principles (3)
An introduction to various ISD models and approaches for designing effective systems of instruction. Students will begin to acquire experience in the actual analysis, design, development and evaluation of instruction.

Complete 6 semester hours (2 courses) from the following three elective courses:

ETPT 6150 - Designing Instruction for Diverse Learner Populations (3)
Focuses on the instructional designer’s role in assessing and addressing such differences as performance environment, culture, ethnicity, physical attributes, age/experience, and socio-economic factors to maximize learning in an online teaching environment.

ETPT 6510 - Teaching and Learning at a Distance (3)
Investigates distance learners, learning theories, management, and evaluation of distance learning systems for education and training.

EDP 5120 - Alternative Approaches to Discipline
Reviews a variety of models, constructs and methodologies for addressing behavior and discipline problems, especially within school and family settings. Emphases are placed on individual and group approaches to discipline.

learning outcomes

Candidates in the program acquire the pedagogical skills and knowledge needed for teaching in a virtual school. These include an essential foundation in Educational Technology, which is the ability to design instruction and select strategies and media to meet the needs of diverse learners in an online environment.

Candidates in this certificate program will be immersed in the learning process both as an online student and as an online teacher providing valuable experiences in understanding the needs and changing roles that exists as part of an online learning environment.

Candidates will examine the application of learning theories and best practices in the design of instruction and be introduced to a variety of new and exciting technologies that can enhance teaching and learning in an online learning environment.

Admissions Criteria

  • Candidates admitted to the program must have the following:
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year institution. However, if you are planning to teach in P-12 schools, you must have a teaching licensure in a specific subject area or discipline.
  • An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate work.
  • Two recommendation letters concerning the prospective virtual educator, may come from such sources as the undergraduate major adviser, current employer, school principal or others who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to engage in graduate work in the desired program.
  • All graduate degree-seeking students must apply for admission to the virtual educator certificate program prior to graduation.

If you have any difficulty selecting the appropriate application or finding information related to financial support for international students, please contact the College of Graduate Studies at 419.530.4723 or email


For information please contact:

UT Online Admissions

Online Admissions: 855.327.5695

College of Graduate Studies

Phone : 419.530.4723


The University of Toledo is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission located at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500; Chicago, IL 60604. (800) 621-7440. The current list of individual program accreditations and endorsements can be found on the provost’s page.

The Judith Herb College of Education at The University of Toledo is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) from fall 2016 to fall 2023. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

State Departments of Education set requirements for educator licensure and certification. It is highly recommended that students who seek admission to The University of Toledo, Judith Herb College of Education online program for endorsement, initial educator certification, or licensure in their home state contact their home state’s Department of Education to verify that the desired program and its graduates will meet the eligibility criteria for those credentials. The website of The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification has a directory of state offices of certification.

Last Updated: 2/15/18