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Online Teaching Certification

The following options for faculty 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 below before teaching an online or hybrid course at Texas State University. On-campus course options that meet the necessary requirements are offered on campus 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, with the exception of Teaching Online at TXST.


Faculty Development Options

The Office of Distance and Extended Learning implements a professional development program on the Texas State campus that is designed to meet the SACSCOC and THECB requirements. The following courses are approved for online faculty at Texas State:

Course Duration
Foundations of Online Course Design and Development (Instructors design and develop one online lesson and the course components required for that lesson) 2-5 weeks (depending on semester)
Advanced Online Course Design and Development (Instructors design and develop a fully online course, including all course components. Participation requires the department chair’s approval, including support for a course release funded by the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs) One semester—Fall or Spring

Additional Options 

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 at TXST, which is a brief course focusing on essential material specific to Texas State. To enroll in Teaching Online at TXST, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at distanceed@txstate.edu.

Course Prerequisite Duration
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

* As an alternative to the online course, Texas State may invite QM to provide a face-to-face session for 4 hours for up to 20 participants. There are no prerequisite requirements, and participant materials are provided by QM.


Self-Documentation Alternative

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.

If you have any difficulty completing the form, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at 512.245.2322 for assistance.

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.


Texas State Supplemental Course: Any faculty member who submits Alternative Documentation is also required to complete the Texas State supplement, Teaching Online at TXST, which is a brief course focusing on essential material specific to Texas State. To enroll in Teaching Online at TXST, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning at distanceed@txstate.edu.