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Online Teaching Certificate


The Online Teaching Certificate draws on the latest information and research regarding online learning methods, teaching tools, assessment and best practices for teaching in an online or digital environment. Leverage your background and proficiencies as a K-12 or community college educator to become a more effective online teaching professional. As you complete courses, fill your toolbox with useful ideas, new skills and lesson plans to implement with your students.

The certificate is offered as a sequence of one foundational required course followed by four elective courses. This 15-unit certificate is designed for anyone who would like to teach online.

I enjoyed how this course allowed me to learn about digital storytelling, create my own digital story, incorporate what I've learned into a lesson plan for my own students, and reflect on that lesson. All of the material is relevant to becoming a more effective teacher. Thank you!

-Teacher, Armed Forces AE

All of the materials/activities in this course are highly useful and applicable in the classroom. There are so many tech tools taught and practiced. I plan to use almost all of the tools/resources within my own classroom.

-Teacher, Pennsylvania


Fresno Pacific University makes continuing education possible for K-14 educators with a busy schedule. Learn how FPU designs courses with the working teacher in mind.

  • Convenience
    • You set the pace as online learning makes it easy to complete your credits as your schedule allows. Advance your skills while still working a full-time job.
  • Flexibility
    • Enroll in courses anytime and take up to a year to complete each course without any need to visit the FPU campus.
  • Support
    • Instructors are available to give you the individualized support that you need, whether you are looking for an answer to a simple question or general guidance.
  • Value
    • Unlike single-day or weekend workshops, FPU’s courses dive deeper into specific topics and give time for teacher practice, engagement, and reflection.
  • Expertise
    • Course instructors at FPU are veteran teachers with classroom experience and advanced degrees who are instrumental in the development of engaging courses.
  • Salary
    • A professional certificate may lead to a salary increase. Some districts offer thousands of dollars per year for taking courses.


The first step is to enroll in the required course listed below. Once the required course is completed, take any four of the elective courses listed to earn the required 15 units.

Required Course:
Elective Courses:

How do I obtain the certificate?

  1. Complete one of the required courses and 4 elective courses as specified above.
  2. Click to download the application form.
  3. Return completed application form to CE office, as stated on the form.
  4. Upon receipt of the completed application form, and verification of successful completion of the 15 units, the certificate is awarded and posted to the participant's transcript.