Online Teaching Degrees and Certificate Programs

Online bachelor's and master's programs can prepare teachers for licensure in specific subjects or help practicing teachers advance their knowledge and skills. Get information on program options and licensure requirements. Schools offering Instructional Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Online Teaching Certificates and Degrees Can I Earn?

Online certificate programs are available for practicing teachers and can be found at the post-bachelor's or post-master's level. Common online programs offer certificates in teaching English as a second or foreign language (TESL or TEFL) and online teaching. If you're seeking a bachelor's degree, you can find Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Bachelor of Arts in Education degrees offered online. Online master's degree programs include Master of Education in Learning and Technology, Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

ProgramsCertificate programs for practicing teachers, bachelor's degree programs and master's degree programs are available online.
LicensureSome online bachelor's and master's programs can lead to licensure, but typically require an additional student teaching experience.
CourseworkCoursework varies by program and degree but typically includes curriculum development, teaching methods, educational trends and child development.

Do Online Programs Prepare Me For Licensure?

Online certificate programs are designed to provide additional teaching skills and are typically aimed at teachers who are already licensed. Some certificate programs - such as TESL and TEFL - may be completed alongside a teaching degree program but generally do not lead to licensure.

Most online bachelor's degree programs in teaching prepare you to work with children from infancy through high school. Some online programs arrange a student teaching experience through a school district near your residence so that you can complete all the requirements for teaching licensure, but not all programs meet licensure requirements.

Some master's degree programs are designed for licensed teachers looking to acquire additional skills or those with bachelor's degrees in other fields looking to become teachers. Online master's programs for aspiring teachers can lead to licensure.

What Can I Learn in an Online Program?

Online certificate programs that cover online teaching focus on topics such as online learning, online curriculum design and technological tools in the online classroom. Common courses in TESL and TEFL certificate programs include assessment in TESL and TEFL, linguistics and language acquisition.

Coursework in the undergraduate program varies depending upon the specialty you pursue. However, many programs have similar core coursework that covers curriculum development, teaching methods, educational trends and child development.

The coursework for online master's degree programs also differs according to your chosen specialty. If the program you choose is focused on educational technology, you'll learn how to incorporate and use technology in the classroom for effective learning. If you are focusing on traditional K-12 specialties, your core professional coursework may include educational psychology, history of education, managing diverse classrooms and curriculum theory. Non-licensure programs may require a capstone project that demonstrates what you've learned, while licensure programs require you to complete a student teaching experience in your local area.

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