Online Teaching Certification
Faculty Professional Development Requirements
The options provided on this page for faculty professional development for online teaching have been approved by the Distance and Extended Learning Steering Committee. These options are designed to meet SACSCOC and THECB requirements that faculty who teach distance education courses have appropriate training, as described in PPS 02.03.20.
Any faculty member wishing to teach an online or hybrid course is required to complete at least one of the training options listed before teaching an online or hybrid course at Texas State University.
On-campus and virtual course options that meet the necessary requirements are offered through the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. Additionally, online options include courses offered through Quality Matters (QM) and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC).
Note: If you have already completed one of the training options through QM or OLC, you are exempt from completing any of the training options listed above, with the exception of Teaching Online at TXST - Supplemental.
Faculty Professional Development Options through Texas State University
The Office of Distance and Extended Learning (ODEL) implements a faculty professional development program that is designed to meet the SACSCOC and THECB requirements.
Online and Hybrid Certification Courses
Teaching Online at Texas State Self-Paced Course
This self-paced, fully-online course is offered using Canvas, the university’s learning management system. Although we invite you to take as much time as you might want or need to review the materials and complete the course, most will finish in fewer than 8 hours, and faculty with prior knowledge of online teaching and learning concepts have opportunities throughout the course to test out of specific modules. Additionally, the modular nature of the course will allow faculty to engage with a lesson at a time as they have time. Course topics include Instructional Planning, Learner Activities, Communication and Interaction, Distance Learning Policy, Accessibility, and Student Misconduct. Those who choose this option will be able to begin work on the program within a business day of registration. For more information about this course and registration, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.
Teaching Online at Texas State Course (Hybrid delivery)
This hybrid course is offered using Canvas and Zoom. The course is made up of several modules--some to be completed before the synchronous session begins and some afterwards. In total, it is anticipated that you will spend 8 hours on this course. Asynchronous course topics include Introduction to Online Teaching, Introductory Course Materials, Accessibility, and Copyright, Fair Use, Intellectual Property, and Student Privacy. Synchronous course topics expand on these to learn about Instructional Planning and Alignment, Course Content: Curating, Formatting, and Organizing, Communication and Interaction, and Learner Activities. The course wraps up with an asynchronous module on Online Student Misconduct, and information about additional resources and our online/hybrid teaching community. Additional optional modules on various technologies including LMS systems, multimedia application and tools for collaboration are also offered.Those who choose this option will be able to begin work in the Canvas course within a week before the synchronous meeting day. This course will certify participants to teach online and hybrid courses at Texas State University.
Register for this course using the Signup Reservation System.
For more information about this course, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.
The following courses offered by Quality Matters (QM) and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) are also approved options for faculty training.
To be certified to teach online or hybrid courses at Texas State, any faculty member who completes one of the following courses from QM or OLC is also required to complete the Texas State supplement, Teaching Online @ TXState–Supplemental, which is a brief course focusing on essential material specific to Texas State. To enroll in Teaching Online @ TXState–Supplemental, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at email@example.com.
Note: The costs for individual professional development and training with QM or OLC, including the certification options below, are normally covered by a faculty member's academic unit.
|QM Designing Your Online Course||None||2 weeks|
|QM Designing Your Blended Course||None||2 weeks|
|QM Improving Your Online Course||An online course to improve||2 weeks|
|OLC Online Teaching Certificate||Online teaching experience||10 weeks for foundation course plus 3 electives|
|OLC Advanced Teaching Certificate||3+ years teaching experience or OLC teaching certificate and 1-yr experience||3 week foundation course plus 4 live synchronous sessions|
Instructors with prior training, extensive experience teaching online, and other qualifications may seek an alternative approach to meeting the professional development requirement by completing the Alternative Documentation of Faculty Development for Online Instruction.
To complete and submit this form, open it using a current version of Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat Pro. Once you complete and sign the form, you may e-mail it, along with supporting documentation, to the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at DistanceEd@txstate.edu. For assistance digitally signing, please view the How to Digitally Sign PDFs video.
To expedite your completion of the online Alternative Documentation form, we recommend you assemble the following documentation before beginning the form:
- Online teaching certificate copy (if applicable)
- PDF example of previously instructed online or hybrid course that demonstrates best practices in online teaching
- Copy of syllabus from previously instructed online or hybrid course
This process will take several hours to complete, and the documentation and attachments will then be evaluated by an instructional designer and distance learning administrator. Once the review process is complete, the instructor may be provided with a waiver of Texas State's requirement for a professional development program.
If you have any difficulty completing the form, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at 512.245.2322 for assistance.
NOTE: To be certified to teach online or hybrid courses at Texas State, any faculty member who who submits Alternative Documentation will also required to complete the Texas State supplement, Teaching Online @ TXState - Supplemental, which is a brief course focusing on essential material specific to Texas State. To enroll in Teaching Online @ TXState, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any faculty member who submits Alternative Documentation or completes QM or OLC online teaching certification courses is also required to complete the Texas State supplement, Teaching Online @ TXState - Supplemental, which is a brief course focusing on essential material specific to Texas State. To enroll in Teaching Online @ TXState - Supplemental, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at email@example.com.