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Graduate Online Teaching Certification Programs

Expand Your Educator’s Toolkit through Graduate Programs in Online Teaching at BSU

From remote learning environments to an increasing variety of online education options, today’s average classroom doesn’t look like it used to. To keep up with these changes, today’s educators must know how to teach online courses and programs.

At Bridgewater State University, you can learn cutting-edge methods through our graduate programs in online teaching. For more than 180 years, we’ve been preparing future educators and leaders through our teaching programs. Now, we’re preparing online teachers, too.

Through our Department of Special Education, our Teaching in a Virtual/Online Setting Graduate Certificate can help you acquire the skills and strategies you need to learn how to teach online courses and add online teaching to your repertoire.

Teaching in a Virtual/Online Setting Graduate Certificate Program Highlights

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Skills you may use immediately

If you’re an educator who’d like to become an online teacher, you don’t have to wait until you finish our certificate program to reap the benefits of your studies. Through our online graduate certificate program, you’ll gain skills and strategies you can use immediately.

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Learn from experts

At BSU, you’ll learn from instructors with extensive experience not only in the classroom, but also in creating engaging online course content. They’ve developed graduate programs in online teaching, and one instructor also serves as the superintendent for TEC Connections Academy, a virtual K–12 school in Massachusetts.

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Flexibility you need

Complete our Teaching in a Virtual/Online Setting Graduate Certificate completely online, no matter your location, and become an online teacher in about one year.

Small class sizes, big learning opportunities

At BSU, we know that preparing online teachers requires connection. That’s why our classes are capped at 25 students. In this way, you’ll have one-on-one time with your instructors plus the chance to collaborate with your fellow graduate students.

Step up your skills

As COVID-19 has demonstrated, many teachers struggle with teaching in online environments. This is one reason we emphasize graduate programs in online teaching — and preparing online teachers — at BSU. Equipped with this certificate, you’ll show potential employers you can teach online courses and can assist other teachers, too.

Career advising

In addition to helping you become an online teacher at BSU, we can help you network and find job opportunities. BSU faculty members within our graduate programs in online teaching can help you explore your options as you develop your skills.

Program of Study for Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Students

Our Teaching in a Virtual/Online Setting Graduate Certificate is designed to support educators who wish to further their knowledge of classroom technology, increase their skills in teaching in an online environment and become online teachers.

We’ve been preparing online teachers for years with our graduate programs in online teaching, so you know you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to teach remotely.

For your Teaching in a Virtual/Online Setting Graduate Certificate, you’ll take four courses that explore a variety of types of learners, several technologies and modes of communication and collaboration in online teaching environments.

Admission Requirements and Program Details

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Program details from 2023-2024 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Graduate Program Coordinator: Tracy Charbonnier

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced school online, BSU alumni knew how to teach online courses to serve their students thanks in large part to the virtual education classes they completed at BSU. “Had I not had those experiences, I wouldn't have been as confident with what I was doing with my students.”

Nichole Freeman, ’98, G’06

Careers in Teaching in an Online Setting

Completing graduate programs in online teaching such as our Teaching in a Virtual/Online Setting Graduate Certificate can enhance your teaching skills and help you become a more effective teacher of contemporary students — in classroom, online and hybrid scenarios.

The advanced skills and knowledge you gain from the program are not only useful in preparing online teachers but also in preparing classroom teachers, too. In addition to classroom teaching, the certificate can help you qualify for other positions, such as:

  • Teacher for an online school district
  • Online tutor
  • Visiting lecturer
  • Education consultant
Graduate Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews. For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.


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Bridgewater offers competitive tuition and fees for graduate students both in and out of state.

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