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Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

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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.

Explore the Benefits of the Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning at NMSU Online

Benefits of 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

Scholarships and Financial Aid

NMSU helps to keep your tuition costs affordable. But if you need financial help, NMSU is ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education to earn your Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU Online students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

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Phone: 1-888-729-6678


Certificate type: Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

College: College of Health, Education, and Social Transformation

Department: School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership

Delivery formats: 100% online via LMS, synchronous opportunities via web conferencing tools.

Program Road Map: Review Course Offerings

Cost per credit hour: 

  • Graduate online: $444.40*† 
  • Active Military online: $250*† 

Accredited by: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

*For NMSU Online programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is as stated above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Online programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department, or college.

For on-campus students, find tuition and fees here.

Program Highlights

Quick Fact

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, training and development managers can make around $106,000 a year.

What can you do with a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning from NMSU Online?

Educational technology has become an increasingly important tool for learning in places like schools and universities, as well as government agencies and businesses to improve employee training. With a certificate in online teaching and learning you will feel empowered to use your expertise to help others.

This certificate can take you on a path to careers in the private sector, such as:

  • Training and Development manager
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Chief Learning Officer
  • eLearning Developer
  • Performance Support Specialist
  • Curriculum Development Specialist

Graduate Certificate – Online Teaching and Learning Program Details

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 is 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.

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.

Learning online


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.


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