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Master Online Teacher Certificate: Making the Virtual Classroom a Reality (MVCR) Series

  1. Description
  2. Application
  3. Curriculum
  4. Tuition

Course Starts:

For general planning purposes, MVCR courses mirror the University of Illinois at Springfield schedule, with five terms held per academic calendar year. There are two terms in the Fall, two terms in the Spring and one Summer term. MVCR core courses are offered every term.

Completion Schedule:

The entire Master Online Teacher (MOT) certificate may be completed in as little as 3 terms, with two classes per term. There are no formal cohorts, so you may begin during any term and take as much time as you require to complete the series.


  • Encouraging Communication in Online Courses*: Promote effective communication among students and between students and instructors in online courses.
  • Instructional Design for Online Course Development*:Introduces instructional design principles and relates the principles to the development of online courses.
  • Online Learning: An Overview*:An overview of online learning; introduces the key elements of an online program.
  • Student Assessment in Online Courses*: Explores various assessment formats that can be used for evaluating students in online courses.
  • Technology Tools for Online Learning*: This course explores some of the technology tools used to build and deliver online courses. The economical, technological and pedagogical pros and cons of each technology will be discussed.
  • Practicum*: The Practicum is the final course in the certificate program. Practicum participants will work with a small group of peers and one MVCR instructor to develop or improve an online course.
  • Universal Design*: Discover how principles of Universal Design can help you create course content that can be accessed and used by anyone, including people with disabilities.

* designates core classes

  • Blended - Hybrid Learning Design and Instruction: Provides instructors an introduction to learning theory, experience using technologies they might adopt in their own courses, and experience redesigning part of a course that could be offered in a hybrid format.
  • Copyright, the TEACH Act, and Intellectual Property Issues in Education: This course explores Intellectual Property law and Fair Use Guidelines as they relate to the Internet in academic contexts.
  • Global eLearning:: Provides an international perspective on e-learning.
  • Issues and Strategies for Faculty Training: This course addresses various models for faculty training and explores the literature to see what works with faculty training.
  • Librarians and Instructors Collaborating in Online Learning: Areas of study will include: how information literacy skills can be integrated into existing assignments; opportunities for librarian and instructor partnerships; and strategies to ensure you are using library resources to their full potential.
  • Multimedia Principles for Online Educators: The purpose of this course is to introduce educators to the principles of multimedia as they apply to effective online education.
  • Sims, Labs, and Virtual Reality in Online Learning: Survey of digital and web-based simulations, games, and virtual environments.
  • Web Design Principles for Online Educators: The purpose of this course is to introduce educators to web design principles that can be used to create effective online courses.


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