Teaching in a Virtual/Online Setting Graduate Certificate

Graduate Admissions
Bridgewater State University
Maxwell Library, Room 019
10 Shaw Road
Bridgewater, MA 02325

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The Teaching in a Virtual/Online Setting Certificate is designed to support educators who wish to further their knowledge of classroom technology and increase their skills for teaching in a virtual or online environment. This program will explore the types of learners, various technologies and communication and collaboration in an online teaching environment.

Program Coordinator: Ms. Tracy Charbonnier

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the below criteria in order to be admitted into the Graduate Certificate Program.

* Admission decisions to the Graduate Certificate Program are made on a rolling basis.


Students must complete the following courses to receive a certificate:

  • VRED 500 - Methods and Digital Tools for Virtual/Online Learning (3 credits)
    This course introduces students to a variety of online tools and methods to engage students in their online courses. The course will cover digital tools for influencing how students interact in the virtual classroom by creating engaging and interesting lessons. Students will learn how to create assessments using a plethora of online tools and to analyze the data from these assessments. Course activities will introduce students to educational technology standards. Offered annually.
  • VRED 510 - Developmental Profile of the Virtual/Online Learner (3 credits)
    This course will support the knowledge and skills necessary in preparing participants to select, adapt and design course work for understanding the online student learner in the K-12 classroom. It is designed to help teach the instructor to understand the motivations and learning needs of a student who pursues online learning. The course will teach instructors to evaluate and/or assess learner issues as they affect virtual environment and online learning, including: locus of control (internal/external), the effect of synchronous and asynchronous learning formats on pupil learning, etiological implications of giftedness, processing disorders, chronic conditions and emotional disorders. Offered annually.
  • VRED 520 - Consultation and Collaboration with Stakeholders in Virtual/Online School Settings (3 credits)
    This course provides current teachers in virtual settings with an understanding of key stakeholders in the virtual school community, the theory and practice of consultation and collaboration specific to K-12 school settings, and best practices for how to conduct such consultation and collaboration in a virtual environment. This course will provide students with a framework for implementing consultation and collaboration models, as well as understanding the facilitation factors necessary in any type of school consultation. Students will learn how to use consultation and collaboration models to assist with individual, group, and programmatic assessment of growth, as well as develop intervention strategies as part of the delivery systems in the schools. Offered annually.

Students must also enroll in ONE of the following courses:

  • VRED 530 -  Leadership in the Virtual/Online Education Environment (3 credits)
    This course examines public education as it applies within the virtual/online educational context. This course offers students a broad overview of virtual/online education as it relates to the purpose, organization and administration of virtual/online schools. This course examines: public education as a paradigm, the virtual school within legislation and education policy standards, virtual school accountability, leadership within a virtual school environment, and the role and responsibilities of the virtual/online teacher. Offered annually.
  • VRED 560 - Special Topics in Virtual/Online Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
    Teaching in a virtual/online setting is vastly different from teaching in a physical classroom. This course will offer topics that build knowledge, strategies and skills in understanding online instruction. The topics discussed will address current or timely topics, as well as instruction in the content areas. The topic addressed will be announced prior to registration. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits with consent of instructor. Offered annually.

Minimum Credits: 12

* Students must have a camera on their laptop/mobile device to participate in discussions.

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.