Principles ​& Practices of Online Teaching

A certificate program for online, mobile, and blended learning environments

Program Overview

The Principles & Practices of Online Teaching certificate program provides guidance, hands-on practice, and resources for becoming a successful online and mobile course designer, developer, and facilitator. The program consists of 3 courses, each lasting 6 weeks, and a 2 week Capstone project that invites participants to demonstrate knowledge and skills learned from each course.  The capstone project is developed through weekly "chunks" of information and application of knowledge.  Experienced subject matter experts, online and mobile course designers and facilitators mentor and provide guidance throughout the program.

This new certificate program will help you develop the skills you need to effectively develop and teach an English language course online, mobile or blended traditional face-to-face courses.

The program will be offered twice a year, with starting dates in January and July.

Who Should Attend?

English language teaching professionals who would like to acquire or enhance skills to design or deliver online and mobile asynchronous, synchronous, and blended learning courses. No previous experience with online/mobile course design is necessary.  Basic knowledge of the Internet and commonly used software programs such as Microsoft Office products and especially word processors, is beneficial.

Registration Fees for Certificate Program

TESOL Members US$1,950
TESOL Global Members US$900
Nonmembers US$2300
Accredited_ProviderRegistration fees include access to three 6-week online courses, 2-week capstone course, and opportunity to earn 20 CEUs.
Spaces are limited to only 30 registrants per cohort. 

Register Online (Cohort 1 - Starting January 2017)
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Requirements for Completion for TESOL Online Course 

TESOL is authorized by IACET to offer ​20 CEUs for completion of this certificate program. No partial CEUs will be given to registrants who do not complete the certificate program.  For more information about CEUs, please go to www.tesol.org/CEUs.

Course Descriptions and Schedules

Best Practices of Online English Language Teaching 

16 January - 26 February 2017 (Cohort 1)
3 July - 13 August 2017 (Cohort 2)

This first course of the Principles and Practices program provides a global perspective of online and mobile English language learning and an overview of the final Capstone Project.  The course offers the development of a solid foundation and understanding of course design, features and components that will be explored in greater depth in Courses 2, 3 and the Capstone project.

Participants will discover and apply best practices, pedagogies, and strategies for teaching English as a Foreign/Second language in online and mobile learning environments, including a blended approach to face-to-face instruction.  The course provides a framework for developing the online/mobile/blended course and key considerations that ensure a beneficial and successful teaching and learning experience.

In this course, participants 
  • Explore and become familiar with the course learning management system  
  • Explore and become familiar with online, mobile and blended learning environments - features, applications, devices and differences in the learning environments
  • Understand how to manage learning in online, blended and mobile learning environments 
  • Understand characteristics of successful online learners 
  • Understand the role of the online facilitator/moderator and effective best practices 
  • Discover, experience, and apply best practices for other important aspects of online/mobile learning
    • rules of netiquette
    • copyright issues, cheating and plagiarism
    • student engagement and interaction
    • scaffolding and support for struggling students 

Online/Mobile Support for English Language Core Competencies Development

6 March - 16 April 2017 (Cohort 1)
21 August - 1 October 2017 (Cohort 2)

This second course of the Principles and Practices program focuses on the development of core language skills and competencies in online, mobile, and blended learning environments.  Participants will discover, experience, and apply learning in the creation of activities related to core competencies using carefully selected online and mobile resources that best support objectives and skills development.  Core competencies include Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary and Grammar development.

In this course, participants
  • Incorporate strategies learned in Course 1 of the program to facilitate learning
  • Understand best practices and techniques for listening in online/mobile learning environments
  • Understand best practices and techniques for speaking in online/mobile/blended learning environments
  • Understand best practices and techniques for reading in online/mobile learning environments
  • Understand best practices and techniques for writing in online/mobile learning environments
  • Understand best practices and techniques for teaching vocabulary in online/mobile learning environments
  • Understand best practices and techniques for teaching grammar in online/mobile learning environments
  • Understand best practices and techniques for assessment in online/mobile learning environments
  • Understand best practices and techniques for the development of proficiency in core skills/competencies in online/mobile/blended learning environments  
  • Begin to build the Capstone project  

Planning, Organizing, Delivering an Online Course

1 May - 11 June 2017 (Cohort 1)
9 October - 19 November 2017 (Cohort 2)

This third course of the Principles and Practices program combines the application of skills learned in the first two courses in the development of an online course.  Participants follow an instructional design plan in the planning, organization and delivery of an online course that meets individual goals, objectives, and institutional needs. 

In this course, participants
  • Identify and complete the steps in creating online courses from planning to application phases, including Universal Design for Learning, Instructional Design models,  learner population, objectives, assessment, course outline, lessons, and activities
  • Explore features of learning management systems for their functionalities and support for English language learning 
  • Identify and apply diagnostics and scaffolding to lesson/activity design
  • Build course navigation, learning and collaboration areas, and a lesson for implementation in the Capstone
  • Continue to build the Capstone project  

Capstone: Putting the Principles into Practice

12 June - 25 June 2017 (Cohort 1)
27 November - 10 December 2017 (Cohort 2)

The Capstone represents a synthesis of information and learning from all courses that comprise the Principles and Practices program.  It invites participants to put the principles outlined in previous courses into practice by applying knowledge and applications in the development of a course using participant-selected Learning Management System. This includes completion of online course design, creation of a complete lesson, and implementation with students at individual institutions.  The online course includes but is not limited to syllabus, course outline, homepage, navigation, discussion forums, a lesson, activities, and assessment.  

In this course, participants 
  • Create a course description to include learner population, proficiency level, duration, objectives etc.
  • Connect all components developed in Courses 1-3 into a final capstone project; 
    • Learning management system
    • Online course framework
    • Lesson and activities for the online course built into the LMS
  • Share capstone course with other participants for feedback
  • Review and provide feedback for capstone courses designed by other course participants
  • Create a final product based on peer and facilitator feedback
  • Facilitate capstone project and provide feedback from learners
  • Reflect and consider next steps for professional development and keeping abreast of current technology trends; disseminate ideas

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact TESOL Professional Learning.