Online/Blended Instruction Graduate Certificate

This certificate is designed for:

  • K-12 classroom teachers who seek knowledge and expertise teaching in online or blended settings
  • Faculty in higher education who seek knowledge and expertise teaching in online or hybrid settings
  • Corporate trainers or instructors interested in developing and implementing web-based, online instruction

Students must maintain a minimum grade of C and the cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for all four courses.

Interested students should contact their advisor or the graduate educational technology program director (email:


Students must apply for admission and be accepted into the COE graduate program in educational technology, another GVSU graduate degree program, or already hold a Masters or terminal degree to acquire the proposed graduate certificate. Admissions Information.

Non-degree seeking students may take 6-credits before choosing a graduate degree program in the COE. Once admitted into the educational technology graduate program, students may choose the certificate (12-credits), the M.Ed. degree in educational technology (33-credits), or both. Credits earned towards the certificate will count towards the M.Ed. degree.

GVSU faculty members can complete the first two courses without having to apply to a GVSU graduate program and will be allowed to complete the final two courses to receive their certificate (reviewed on a case-by-case basis).

Course List

The graduate certificate in online/blended instruction consists of the following four course sequence (12 credits):

  • EDT 635 Instructional Systems Design (3 credits)
    Comprehensive examination of the process of instructional systems design, aimed at designing effective technology-mediated instruction following a systematic process and adopting a systemic perspective.
  • EDT 629 Online Instructional Design/Development (3 credits)
  • This course is designed to provide educators with the ability to create instructional content on the Internet, paying attention to issues salient for instruction. These issues include theory and research in the area of web-based instruction, online pedagogical design and development, web design, and use of web-based learning environments (like BlackBoard).
  • EDT 684 Field Experience (3 credits)
    Field-based experience designed to provide clinical experience for graduate students. Each experience must be completed with approval by the appropriate faculty advisor. All field experiences require online seminar sessions.
  • EDT 636 Assessment of Online/Blended Learning (3 credits)
    This course focuses on standards and benchmarks for quality online/hybrid instruction, strategies for assessment of learning in web-based learning environments, uses of digital media to support diversity and assessment, and evaluation of student learning.


  • Grand Valley State University: Accredited by the North Central Association.
  • College of Education: Accredited by the National Council on Teacher Education (NCATE) through 2019.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac).
  • High-speed Internet access