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Education, Online/Blended Instruction graduate certificate

Teachers, faculty members, and other corporate training professionals seeking knowledge and expertise in online or blended settings should consider the 12-credit graduate certificate program offered by Grand Valleys College of Education.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

The graduate certificate in Online/Blended Instruction and Assessment provides K-12 teachers, those in higher education and the private sector, with knowledge and skills necessary to successfully design, develop, teach and assess learning in online or hybrid/blended environments. The graduate certificate is designed for

  • Professionals 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; and
  • Corporate trainers or instructors interested in developing and implementing web-based, online instruction.

Interested students should contact their advisor or the graduate educational technology program director.


  • Students must apply for admission and be accepted into the College of Education graduate program in educational technology, another GVSU graduate degree program, or already hold a Master's or terminal degree to acquire the proposed graduate certificate.
  • Students must meet the guidelines for certificates as indicated in the Graduate Studies Policies and Procedures Manual.

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For More Information

College of Education
401 W. Fulton St, Building C
(616) 331-6650

Graduate Admissions Office

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is May 15; winter deadline is September 15; spring/summer deadline is February 15. Early application is strongly encouraged, those received after the deadline will be considered for the next cycle. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit

Location & Format

Classes for the program are a combination of online and in-seat on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Format: Hybrid


The graduate certificate in online/blended instruction consists of the following four course sequence (12 credits, 3 credits each):

  • EDT 635 - Instructional Systems Design
  • EDT 629 - Online Instructional Design/Development
  • EDT 684 - Field Experience
  • EDT 636 - Assessment of Online/Blended Learning