Certificate in Online/eLearning Instruction

Gain competency to design, develop and deliver online instruction.

More people are seeking educational opportunities on the Internet. Instructors in e-learning platforms need to prepare themselves with knowledge and skillsets directly related to this unique teaching and learning environment. The certificate program builds on a foundation of professional preparation in instructor education and on professional experience as an educator.

We offer the courses as continuous entry, a flexible option that allows you to register and start at any time. Students can complete each course in 3 weeks up to a maximum of 3 months. Call our office to register and we will send you the login information for your course.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Continuous 135 hours Certificate Online Part-time

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To apply, please send an email to sie@vcc.ca or visit us in-person at the Broadway campus.

Program Description

Program Description

The Internet has become a medium for people to carry out a whole range of life's activities, including education. Instructors of online eLearning need to prepare themselves with knowledge and skill sets directly related to this teaching and learning environment.

This certificate program builds on a foundation of professional preparation experience as an educator. Completion of the certificate is a follow-up to prior instructor training.

By the conclusion of this certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Build on their professional background and expertise as educators, instructors, or trainers to become highly effective online instructors
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to design, develop, and deliver online/eLearning instruction
  • Combine research-based best practice concepts, relevant learning theories, and authentic assessment activities to formulate their own personalized approach to online instruction
  • Maximize their potential as online instructors by being challenged to create high quality and highly interactive online learning communities
  • Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

    The program is designed to combine theory and practice within a multi-dimensional, constructivist, project-based learning experience. Real-life learning situations have been created in which participants demonstrate online instructor competencies by means of authentic assessment tasks.

    Evaluation of Student Learning

    Evaluation of student learning is based on completion of course assignments and projects. Due dates and criteria for successful completion of each course assignment will be outlined by the instructor at the beginning of each course.

    For more information, read the participant handbook. Feel free to contact the School of Instructor Education at 604.871.7000, ext. 7488.

    Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements


    This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

    As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

    Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

    Program Specific

    Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

    Please submit the following with the completed Application Form.

  • A non-refundable $35 application fee
  • Completion of an instructor education program such as the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program is recommended. Minimum formal preparation and skills include:
  • PIDP 3210 Curriculum Development (or equivalent course in curriculum development)
  • PIDP 3240 Media Enhanced Learning (or equivalent)
  • Documentation confirming teaching role or involvement with instruction
  • Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

    You can apply for an exemption for a course based on your formal education, previous experience and current level of knowledge and skills. You may apply for a maximum of one course for exemption through PLAR or prior course equivalency.

    The fee for Prior Learning Assessment is half the tuition in that particular course at that time. The submission of materials and information that you supply will be graded. If your submission is not accepted, you will still be charged for the process and be asked to complete the course.


  • Read the Program Guide and identify courses for which you will be requesting PLAR. Fill out the Application for PLAR Form
  • Submit the following to the School of Instructor Education Department Head:
  • 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 his/her thinking related to the themes, issues, and concepts of the course
  • A successful interview with the SIE Department Head or one of the full-time SIE faculty members
  • It is recommended that students contact the School of Instructor Education Department Head for further details.

    Recommended Characteristics:

    This Certificate is designed for educators and trainers who plan to enter the world of eLearning and:

  • are eager to implement online instruction
  • are highly motivated to learn eLearning tools and techniques
  • enjoy dynamic project-based learning activities that are relevant to delivering successful online courses
  • have some understanding of online education but lack practical implementation skills
  • Course Schedule

    Fees and Other costs

    Application Fee $35
    Tuition Fee $2,064
    College Initiative Fee $33
    Other Costs $20 - Graduation Fee

    For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

    Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

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    Contact us:

    phone: School of Instructor Education at 604.871.7000, ext. 7488

    email: sie@vcc.ca

    Program Highlights

    Program Highlights


    Course Schedule

    Courses Schedule


    Term 1

    (EDUC 4150) Online/eLearning: Principles and Processes
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    3.0 credits  course outline
    (EDUC 4151) Design and Develop Interactive eLearning
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    3.0 credits  course outline
    (EDUC 4152) Delivery of eLearning
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    3.0 credits  course outline