Virtual Instruction Graduate Certificate


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The University offers an online graduate certificate in Virtual Instruction that provides individuals with the tools to adapt their teaching strategies to fit virtual learning environments. The program is ideal for educators and others seeking professional development to stay technologically relevant and adaptable as learning moves more into the digital space.

  • This 12-credit program consists of four 8-week courses that can be completed entirely online in six months. During 2021, the program will start in the summer (June) and continue through the fall semester, with the last course ending in December.
  • Upon completion of the certificate program, students possess the basic tools to successfully deliver courses virtually. The program employs project-based learning. Students produce instructional materials, fuse instructional theory into effective multimedia production, and perform practical analyses of innovative instructional strategies.
  • The skills provided allow teachers and trainers to help individuals in online courses prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.
  • All courses are developed and taught by Indiana State instructors who hold doctoral degrees, are engaged in scholarly research, and are experienced in instructional design, including online courses and training.
  • The online Virtual Instruction Graduate Certificate Program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program also is open to students in Canada (all provinces). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. and Canada except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Required Courses


Graduates of the program possess a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and skills needed by teachers, instructors, and trainers—and the ability to use that knowledge to help students in online and blended courses.  This includes the ability to identify, comprehend, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the basic principles, fundamental concepts, and essential skills and abilities defined in the Indiana Content Standards for Educators, and to apply that knowledge to the tasks of planning and delivering effective virtual instruction and online assessment.

As we prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century, these skills and abilities are essential for teachers, trainers, or anyone wishing to teach an online class or skill.

The Virtual Instruction Certificate is approved by the Indiana Department of Education.

Financial Aid & Assistance

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

*Application fees are currently waived for the Virtual Instruction Graduate Certificate*

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
Chestnut Building 412
Indiana State University
(812) 237-2345


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Indiana State Online
Chestnut Building 412
Indiana State University
(812) 237-2345