Teaching Online

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Enhance and expand your methods for effective online teaching in post-secondary, business, and non-profit settings.

Tuition: 4641*
Credential: Certificate
Hours: Part-time
Delivery: Online
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Online Online
Start Dates: Continuous
Program status: Suspended.

This program is currently not accepting applications.

Program status: Suspended

This program is currently not accepting applications.


What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate fundamental principles of adult learning as they apply to diverse online learning environments
  • Design, develop and facilitate learning using online pedagogies and digitally enabled technologies
  • Design engaging online learning experiences that reflect evidence-based approaches/strategies
  • Integrate assessment strategies to measure, enhance, and guide learning and teaching
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of online teaching and learning against quality assurance frameworks
  • Use reflective strategies to improve professional practice and stay current in emerging educational technologies

What to expect

During this program, participants will engage in activities and strategies ranging from direct to indirect instruction, from interactive instruction to independent study as well as project-based and experiential learning. All courses are offered online. 

Examples of instructional strategies include: readings and watching videos, problem analysis, case studies, discussion, course mapping, and reflective writing. All activities will take place online. The majority of activities are asynchronous with the potential of some synchronous activities. 

Instructors in the Teaching Online Certificate will model excellence in online instruction and facilitate participants' achievement of the program outcomes.

Admission requirements


  • English language proficiency at an English 11 level 
  • Evidence of subject matter expertise (i.e. diploma, bachelors degree, trades certification, substantial work place experience) or departmental approval


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s university transfer team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

The Certificate is appropriate from those with no teaching experience to those with substantial teaching experience but little training in instructional skills. Students should have:

  • a willingness to participate in a wide variety of online instructional strategies
  • the ability to work independently and with others
  • familiarity with computer applications and communication tools
  • a willingness to be self-directed to learn or improve skills in using educational technology including new software or applications.  

The Teaching Online Certificate is NOT designed to teach use of specific technologies but rather how technology can be used to create effective learning environments.  

Courses *

This program must be completed within 5 years.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Students may request formal recognition of prior learning attained through informal education, work, or other life experience, including Indigenous ways of knowing. Credits may be granted to students who are able to sufficiently demonstrate the learning outcomes of specific courses. 

PLAR is available for all courses in the program.

Applying for PLAR: 

  • Identify courses for which you will be requesting PLAR 
  • Submit the following to the department: 
  • Actual curriculum products/artifacts created and used by the applicant in their workplace which are judged equivalent to the curriculum documents required in the course assignments. 
  • An essay in which the applicant describes the development of their thinking related to the themes, issues, and concepts of the course. 
  • A successful interview with the department. 

Students may apply for a maximum of three program credits through PLAR. Tuition and fees may still apply to PLAR candidates.  

To request PLAR, please contact the department directly. See Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition policy for more information. 

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee0
Tuition Tuition 4641
Student union0
College initiative52
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource0
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 0
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
Program-specific extra fees0

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