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K-12 Online Learning

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in K-12 Online Learning provides a foundation for developing the skills necessary for teaching in online, face-to-face, and hybrid instructional settings. This concentrated, 6-course graduate program is ideal if you currently have a master’s degree and seek additional coursework required to succeed as an online educator. If you do not have a master’s in education, you might want to consider our M.Ed. in Teaching degree, K-12 Online Learning concentration.

Note: This program has specific admission requirements.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Online learning formats and their impact on student achievement
  • Assessments in online learning environments
  • Personalized and individualized online learning
  • Emerging trends in technology instruction, online tools and ethics
  • Components of asynchronous and synchronous instruction
  • Course delivery in the Blackboard, Sakai, eCollege, Moodle, or other learning management systems

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Analyze effective teaching and assessment approaches in online learning contexts.
  • Evaluate ethical and legal issues related to online learning.
  • Apply technology tools to facilitate effective online learning.
  • Create instructional activities that meet the diverse needs of online learners.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

In addition, the following documentation is required for admission into this program, and must be provided prior to course registration:

  • Official bachelor’s or master’s transcript showing conferral of degree
  • Graduate writing sample

Important notes:

  • This program is not designed to lead to certification or licensure. We strongly encourage you to explore your state-specific requirements prior to applying here in order to make an informed decision. In addition, you may email our coordinator of certification and licensure at SOE_CertificationLicensure@apus.edu.
  • As of November 1, 2014, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 is required for admission into this program.
  • You are required to take EDUC621 as the first course in this degree program, but other courses may be taken in conjunction with EDUC621.

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.  

An AMU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, AMU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.