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The Educational Technology program is committed to offering the E-Learning Certificate, a fully Web-based, graduate-level, non-degree program in the area of distance education with an emphasis on e-learning. The 12-hour certificate program (with a total of four graduate courses) targets e-learning practitioners seeking a graduate certificate and those who show interest in teaching and learning online initiatives in higher education or in e-learning industries.

Candidates will be able to serve as effective online educators by advancing knowledge and skills in electronic learning, both conceptual and practical; and meet changing job requirements in response to current trends in e-learning. 

Please note that the 12-credit-hour program is not the same as any state teaching license. The certificate is offered through UTB. Click on the following link to download the E-Learning Certificate Program flyer.


  • This program is delivered completely online through a courseware management system (currently BlackBoard) in conjunction with a conference management system (currently BlackBoard Collaborate).
  • Learn how to design, develop, implement, and evaluate instructional solutions for e-learning environments.
  • Should you wish to pursue an M.Ed. degree in Educational Technology at UTB, the four completed courses in the E-Learning Certificate program will transfer directly into the M.Ed. program, pending advisor pre-approval.
  • All courses include a variety of asynchronous and synchronous learning activities that are collaborative, engaging, dynamic, and interactive, using the latest technology tools in e-learning.

E-Learning graduates will be prepared to work as instructional designers/developers in higher education, or industries with an e-learning workforce.​


12 Credit Hour Program:

EDTC 6321 – Instructional Design
EDTC 6323 – Multimedia/Hypermedia
EDTC 6358 – Theory and Practice of e-Learning
ELECTIVE with an emphasis on e-learning production skills​

Click on the following link to download the E-Learning Certificate Program of Study form.


EDTC 6321 – Instructional Design. This course uses an instructional systems design model to guide the student in systematically developing effective Instruction. Theoretical and practical issues in instructional systems design are examined. Other instructional design models are introduced. Lec. 3, Cr. 3.

EDTC 6323 – Multimedia/Hypermedia. This course concentrates on the development and utilization of hypermedia and multimedia in education. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to develop an interactive instruction by utilizing audiovisual technologies and computer-based/Web-based technologies in a meaningful, educational context. Lec. 3, Cr. 3.

EDTC 6358 – Theory and Practice of e-Learning. This is the capstone course for the e-Learning Graduate Certificate Program. Students are expected to apply previously learned skills and knowledge to plan and manage an e-learning project in a real-life context. Prerequisite: Must be within 6 hours of completion of program. Approval of Program Coordinator. Lec 3, Cr 3.


The one three-hour elective course should come from the following list of approved electives. These electives are currently under revision and are not retroactive. Please contact the certificate program coordinator for approval.

EDTC 6325 – Educational Communications. This course addresses the development of instruction for e-learning environments. Learners will use a research-based rationale for the selection and utilization of technologies for designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating instruction using an open source courseware management system. Learners will also explore the potential of 3-D virtual environments for instructional applications. Lec. 3, Cr. 3.

EDTC 6351 – Web-Based Multimedia in Instruction. This course examines the cognitive domains of learning and the corresponding research in web-based multimedia. It provides a theoretical construct by which distance educators can infuse learner-centered principles and examine the possibilities for streaming media in online education. Lec. 3, Cr. 3. 

Note. The program does not allow courses to be transferred from other programs or institutions.


Unless mentioned otherwise in the UTB Graduate Catalogue, student applicants are expected to follow UTB non-degree admission policies. Please contact Mari Stevens, Graduate Studies Specialist, at 956-882-6587. The criterion for admission to the E-learning Certificate Program is:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or over 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study
  • Applicants whose undergraduate GPA in the last 60 credit hours is less than 3.0 must submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores above 150 Verbal, 141 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical.

To apply online, please click on the Online Graduate Application

Students enrolled in the E-Learning Certificate program must file a Program of Study (POS) with the program coordinator as soon as they start the program. This POS is separate from the one they file for other degree or non-degree programs. Lack of approved POS will preclude students from registering for future classes. Upon completion of the coursework, candidates must also file a separate Graduation Application​ form with Graduate Studies Office. ​


For more information, please contact the E-Learning Certificate Program coordinator:

Cheng-Chang "Sam" Pan, Ph. D.
Educational Technology
(956) 882-7805

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